Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray
Date of publication: May 12th, 2020
Series: The Women’s War
The Women’s War—Book 1
Queen of the Unwanted—Book 2
In this feminist fantasy series, 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 rules 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 whom 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 all come together and embrace the true nature of female power, everything they have struggled to achieve may be at risk.
From the moment he’d seen the results of his aptitude testing at the age of thirteen, Jalzarnin Rah-Griffolm had set his sights on one day being named the Lord High Priest of Khalpar, and he had never for a moment doubted his destiny.Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass
I never DNF books. I can count on one hand, in the past 2 years, how many books I DNF’d. I also never DNF ARCs. There were times where I would talk myself through reading books that bored me to the point of tears. I would also talk myself through books that confused the ever living out of me.
But, someone had made a comment on a previous review that got me thinking. Why should I read those types of books? I should read books that I like. Books that give me joy.
Unfortunately, Queen of the Unwanted did not bring me joy while reading it.
Queen of the Unwanted is the 2nd book in The Women’s War series. I found out, rather early on, that you need to read book 1 before reading book 2. I was left wondering who characters were, what their relationships were and wishing that I had read book 1. I am sure if I had read book 1 first, then I would have had an issue reading this book.
So, I am going to put Queen of the Unwanted and The Women’s War on my want to read list. I did like what little I read. I loved that what the author was trying to say. I just need to understand the backstories before I read this book. Hopefully, I will get to read both books one day!!!