Gritty, Real, Satisfying Dark Fantasy: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (*Spoilers*)

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 *This review contains spoilers for a major plot point.

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#TopTenTuesday: Back to School – 10 Feminist Fantasies That Should Be on a Women’s Lit/Gender Studies Reading List 

Though old school feminist SFF writers like Octavia  Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter seem increasingly present in college courses, I think the 10 books below have a lot to offer in terms of  diverse, important, feminist fantasy (though one is technically SF).

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School


1) The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

  • It has: a disabled heroine; mother-daughter dynamics; lesbian relationships; three nations with vastly different sets of gender identities [one has 5!]; women everywhere doing everything including being heroes, villains, and abusers; a dark matriarchy in one culture that shows any kind of elevation of one sex over another breeds cruelty; women are portrayed as people, flawed, avaricious, heroic

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