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 bookthat the world changes because women gain the power...
  • Carrie
    The Womens War by Jenna Glass is the first book in the epic fantasy Womens 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 Handmaids 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 visiting her mot...
  • 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...
  • Shaina
    Womens War is a complicated one and yet simple at the same time. This is a world like ours used to be back in the medieval times and some parts even farther back than that as far as womens rights and abilities are concerned; however, there is magic. Women arent allowed to use it in most countries or places. And women s Magic is considered unclean until someone needs a certain spell and then sure, its all fine but on the DL. (I know I have written...
  • 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. I orig...
  • 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...
  • 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 says a lot about how much I enjoyed it. Its political, its dark, and it really draws you in.The heroes face incredible odds, but theres 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. Its a little sci...
  • 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, Im 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 understa...
  • Kara Babcock
    I grabbed this book off my librarys new books shelf, and Im glad I did. Im happy to live in an era where we can have a blurb on the cover of a book that says, #MeToo and #Resistance through the lens of epic fantasy. Count me in! The Womens War posits a world where men control the direction of womens lives and a womans worth is largely determined by the children she has or could bearwait, sorry, thats our world. In this fantasy world its oh, is i...
  • 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 didnt let up. This book had great characters: strong women and good, supportive men living through extremely difficult situations. There are some ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Riley
    The Womens 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 lif...
  • Haley
    Im 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 Ive 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. Without thes...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The Womens 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. T...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Beautifully written book, great idea, but it's a case of... lopsided execution, maybe? I will write a longer review later...
  • 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...
  • Brittany
    This book took me a while to get through. Its over 500 pages and while I really enjoyed it, it was rather slow pace. Now, that doesnt mean that you shouldnt attempt this book because you really should. It just sets this up for an epic sequel that I cant wait to get my hands on.This was such a unique take on fantasy magic and the typical patriarchy of the Victorian/Renaissance Era. I developed such a great respect for some of the characters and en...
  • Shelby
    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*I was very excited to read The Women's War, the blurb hooked me but the story really blew me away. Imagine a male dominated world full of mystery, magic, and politics. Now imagine women taking power over their fertility and flipping the entire world on it's axis...Alys is stuck in a terrible position: she's been disinherited by her father (the king), her mother has been completely ostraciz...