The Women's War (Women's War, #1) by Jenna Glass

The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

In a high fantasy feminist epic, a revolutionary spell gives women the ability to control their own fertility—with consequences that rock their patriarchal society to its core.When a nobleman’s first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated like possessions and bargaining chips. But as the aftereffects of a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally, women at last have a bargaining chip of their own. And two women in p...

Details The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

TitleThe Women's War (Women's War, #1)
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherDel Rey Books
GenreFantasy, Feminism, Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

  • Lucia
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc. 2.5 stars. Maybe. This book contains a richly drawn world, believable characters, a complex but neat system of magic and enough political machinations to keep you on your toes the whole way through. What it isn't is fast paced or exciting, and this took me over a month to get through. While I really, really appreciated the concept of this book—that the world changes because women gain the po...
  • Carrie
    The Women’s War by Jenna Glass is the first book in the epic fantasy Women’s War series. This is another book in which women have been treated as if they are property instead of equals along the lines of things like The Handmaid’s Tale or Vox.In here though we start off meeting Alys who is the daughter of a King but her mother was exiled years before when the King decided he was finished with her so Alys has been disinherited. While visitin...
  • Helen Power
    Synopsis:In this patriarchal, high-fantasy world, women are used by royals as bargaining chips and are valued only for their ability to reproduce.  But the tables have finally turned. A curse has been cast, one that allows all women to choose whether or not they want to bear a child.  Women have finally regained some control over their lives, but the battle has just begun.  Many men will do whatever they can to keep their power.Plot & Charact...
  • Jenny
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (Del Rey). This review is unbiased and honest.2.5 ⭐Trigger warning: misogyny, sexism, rape, violence, racismContent warning: white feminismDNF at 65%URGH! This is such a hit and miss it hurts. It could have been an amazing epic fantasy about women overcoming sexism and misogyny and fightin for equality. Instead it became a chain of how many times the author could include sex in those women'...
  • Lesa Divine
    5 🌟I actually enjoyed. Seen a lot of reviews with people DNF this it had me worried but I decided to give it a try.Seen all the trigger warnings but as i kept reading I noticed those trigger warnings are part of the plot that these women must fight for or to upcome and fight in the women's war. Characters growth, the magic system, very vivid. I enjoyed the suspense of what to come next with these women and how to get out of the crap that held ...
  • Sami
    The Women's War is an incredible, tour-de-force answer to Naomi Alderman's book, The Power. In this epic fantasy, women seize control of the magic of the land, creating a world where women chose if they become pregnant and consequences befall any man who would fight a woman's will. Glass' heroines are women of every age, who each offer a unique perspective on their sudden gain in power. As these women begin to seize control over the dominion of m...
  • Rike @ RikeRandom
    cn: death (by suicide, beheading, mercy killing, magic, (off-page) torture, …), sexual assault (rape, forced prostitution, …), miscarriages, violence against childrenTHIS IS NOT A FEMINIST BOOK!I really wanted to like this book because the premise was awesome. Then I started reading it and within the first 10 % several characters committed suicide / were pressured into killing themselvs, countless women were raped and I don't know what else. ...
  • Sahitya
    When I first read the premise of this book, I was blown away and I was so sure I was gonna fall in love with it. And when I actually got approved for the ARC, my joy had no bounds. However, I’m quite unsure about how the experience turned out to be. So, let me share my thoughts. I definitely went into this book expecting a very fiery feminist fantasy world where the women are finally ready to take down the patriarchy, but I got was a very under...
  • Sarah
    The Women's War is the first book in Jenna Glass' new epic fantasy series and it is set in a patriarchal society where women are seen as property, first of their father's and eventually belonging to their husbands. Women are definitely second class citizens in this world and it shows in every aspect of their lives, right down to the fact that it is forbidden for women to use magic. Women are forced to obey the men in their lives and for noblewom...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    I finished this SO fast compared to my recent reading pace, which should tell you how much I enjoyed it. It's political, it's dark, and it really draws you in.The heroes face incredible odds, but there's also a really incredible sense that their world changing around them so anything could happen. I love that feeling of possibility, and of course the possibilities for revenge that permeate the story.The magic system is interesting. It's a little ...
  • Beth Cato
    I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley.The description defined this a "high fantasy feminist epic," and that is dead-on. This is a secondary world setting where women are marginalized, abused, and maligned, and they finally start to fight back. That also means this is a difficult read at times, as it doesn't shy away from incidents of rape and abuse. That said, this IS a book from a mostly feminist perspective, and it doesn't let t...
  • Renee
    I received free books from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. What would happen in a world where women are marginalized and abused, if they found a way to get the upper hand over the men that dominated them? The book begins with an earth shattering event that had me turning pages, and it didn’t let up. This book had great characters: strong women and good, supportive men living through extremely difficult situations. There are so...
  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    I READ THIS SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO. Haha. Alright. I dunno where to start. Oh yeah. I hate books with moral lessons and/or agenda's and this one has an AGENDA. It's a feminist agenda and I'm a feminist woman, but I HATE AGENDA'S IN BOOK. Don't shove that shit down my throat.It made the characters unbelievable. They were all thinking "oh, I can't do this because men forbid it". Bish, if you actually lived in a world like that, you wouldn't know ther...
  • Ashley
    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.CW: rape, sexual assault, violenceWho could turn down the opportunity to read a book labeled as "feminist fantasy"? Overall, I liked this book, but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. My major issue w/ this book is that I felt like the events, actions, characters, plots, relationships, etc were not allow...
  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.  4.5 hearts I really loved this!  It has typical fantasy world where women have almost no choices. Their primary worth is to bear an heir for men in the patriarchal society. Men control the magic. Men can also choose to send women to a whorehouse for the "unwanted."  This i...
  • Riley
    The Women’s War is one hell of a story. Based on a society where women are considered second-class citizens, if they are lucky, this is the story of revolution led by two extraordinary women.Alysoon Rai-Brynna is a widowed mother of two and daughter of a king. When her father divorced her mother in favor of a more politically advantageous marriage, Alys and her brother were declared illegitimate. And her mother became an Unwanted, sentenced to ...
  • Desireé
    4.5 stars.This is a book I really needed. It starts with the extreme oppression of women, but the GROWTH of the female characters in this story was phenomenal! They all begin very much accepting of their lots in life - whether that be as nothing but baby-makers for their husbands, devices of pleasure of men, or just second-class citizens - but once the spell hits and its affects are felt, they all slowly break out of the roles they are put into a...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The Women’s WarAuthor: Jenna GlassPublisher: Random House/Del ReyPublication Date: March 5, 2019Review Date: March 3, 2019I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a very long book, 545 pages. It is a combination of genres. It is fantasy, with a very different and interesting take of how magic and spells are created. It is also about a world that is very patriarchal and women-hating...
  • MundiNova
    I give up. I can't do it.Made it 7% into The Women's War before calling it quits. It was the 10th mention of how tidal waves work in chapter three that did it for me. Hopefully an editor gets to this before it's officially published, someone who can remove the repetitive information and the repetitive word usage. There's tons of information dumps in the first three chapters too, not much is 'shown' rather than 'told'. It's too distracting and pre...
  • Geonn Cannon
    This is a very three star book, and that's in no way a bad thing. It's an amazingly detailed epic with a feminist bent. It's heavy on political maneuvering on all sides. It doesn't pull its punches in any way. The magic, the worldbuilding, the characters, are all extremely well drawn. It's a dense book, and a smart book, and it's not something that can just be torn through. I enjoyed it. Some people will like it a lot more than I did, some will h...
  • Nichole
    The Women's War is set in a time when a woman's only importance is to produce an heir. Men are the magic users. Men have all the power.Three women decide to change that. Even if means their deaths.I loved this book. I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, but even if I'm in the minority, I felt it deserved the 5. A fantasy where the women rise up and take a stand? I'm in! I love political intrigue in fantasy, and this book has plenty. I thou...
  • Lisa Feld
    I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I inhaled it with only the most grudging pauses for "bio-breaks." I loved the political intrigue and the new kinds of magic that begin to be discovered as both the magical and social rules around who can do magic begin to shift. And parts of the book feel like an addictive romance novel as women who have either had no choices before or have had to choose husbands based on securing their own s...
  • Anna
    No time for a "feminist" book that doesn't include queer women.
  • Haley
    I’m wondering if I read the same book as everyone else because I LOVED it. I genuinely feel that the majority of people who dislike this book are misunderstanding it. The main complaint I’ve been seeing is that this book is not feminist, and I strongly disagree with that statement. While this book does display horrible treatment of women, it is not glorified in the slightest. It is used as a tool to incite change in this fantasy world. Withou...
  • Lisa
    I don’t read fantasy fiction much, and grabbed this on a whim at the library. It feels like the political points the writer is making are a bit heavy handed, but I found the world she creates interesting. There are elements that people can see and use and who gets to use or see them is part of what ranks their society. I found the characters pretty interesting, with even the difficult/“bad” ones being created with complexity.
  • Michelle
    I actually liked this pretty well. It WAS a little bit heavy-handed in a spot or two, but I did care about the main characters and I want them to make it! This world was wayyy overdue some kind of accounting for the poor women, and I'm glad it got it, despite the many problems. And the freaky thing is it isn't so very different from, say, medieval society (except for the part about all the women in the abbey having to be prostitutes). Pretty inte...