Friday, May 15, 2020

Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass

In the riveting sequel to the feminist fantasy epic The Women's War, the ability to do magic has given women control over their own bodies. But as the patriarchy starts to fall, they must now learn to rule as women, not men.

Alys may be the acknowledged queen of Women’s Well—the fledgling colony where women hold equal status with men—but she cares little for politics in the wake of an appalling personal tragedy. It is grief that drives her now. But the world continues to turn.

In a distant realm unused to female rulers, Ellin struggles to maintain control. Meanwhile, the king of the island nation of Khalpar recruits an abbess who he thinks holds the key to reversing the spell that Alys’s mother gave her life to create. And back in Women’s Well, Alys’s own half brother is determined to bring her to heel. Unless these women can come together and embrace the true nature of female power, everything they have struggled to achieve may be at risk.

Book 2
Buy Links

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Queen of the Unwanted is the second book in The Women's War series, which is classified as women's literature, although I believe anyone could, and should, enjoy it!

In this fantasy world, kings rule, unwanted women are delegated to the Abbey (brothel), and magic is wielded based on sex.

While the above statement is the truth, we are now seeing the changes taking effect after the world shaking Blessing/Curse (depending on who you ask) has been cast. A spell that takes just a tiny sliver of power away from the men and awards it back to women... this little thing has thrown the world into a tailspin.

This book continues where The Women's War left off. Alys has been awarded the position of Sovereign of Women's Well, and while she's the leader, she is dealing with a devastating loss. She's a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a leader. She's also the sworn enemy to her homeland and declared a traitor by her half-brother. She's dealing with many things and doing the best she can for her new principality, but will it be enough?

What I love about this series is that every single character has a story. All the females (Queen Ellinsoltah, Kailee, Chanlix, and Mairahsol) have something that makes them human, they have flaws but they never give up. I must mention that even the female villain in this book, one I truly despised, totally shocked me. I would never guess that I could empathize with this woman, I wouldn't think I could like her... and here I am, still thinking about her.

This story takes the patriarchal society and is turning it on its head. I love the magical elements, the political intrigue, the character building, and even the budding romance. I will mention that this book took a while to build up, but by 40% I was completely enthralled and didn't put it down until I was done!

Also Available in The Women's War Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our The Women's War post.

Jenna Glass made her foray into epic fantasy with The Women’s War, but she wrote her first book—an “autobiography”—in the fifth grade. She began writing in earnest in college and proceeded to collect a dizzying array of rejections for her first seventeen novels. Nevertheless, she persisted, and her eighteenth novel became her first commercial sale. Within a few years, Glass became a full-time writer, and she has never looked back. She has published more than twenty novels under various names.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Queen of the Unwanted (The Women's War #2) by Jenna Glass to read and review.

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