From fantastic legends and science fictional futures come compelling tales of powerful women—or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed—who fight because they must, for what they believe in, for those they love, to simply survive, or who glory in battle itself. Fierce or fearful, they are courageous and honorable—occasionally unscrupulous and tainted—but all warriors worthy of the name!
Swords & Sorcery
"Northern Chess" by Tanith Lee
"Anukazi's Daughter" by Mary Gentle
"Become a Warrior" by Jane Yollen
"The Sea Troll's Daughter" by Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Joenna's Axe" by Elaine Isaak
"Love Among the Talus" by Elizabeth Bear
"Soul Case" by Nalo Hopkinson
"The Girls from Avenger" by Carrie Vaughn
"In the Loop" by Ken Liu
"Dying with her Cheer Pants On" by Seanan McGuire
"Prayer" by Robert Reed
Somewhere between Myth & Possibility
"England Under the White Witch" by Theodora Goss
"The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" by George R.R. Martin
"The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars" by Yoon Ha Lee
"Boy Twelve" by Jessica Reisman
"The Application of Hope" by Kristine Rusch
"Not That Kind of War" by Tanya Huff
"Naratha's Shadow" by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Will No War End All War?
"Eaters" by Nancy Kress
"And Wash Out by Tides of Ware" by An Owomoyela
"Hand to Hand" by Elizabeth Moon
"They Tell Me There Will be No Pain" by Rachael Acks
"Wonder Maul Doll" by Kameron Hurley
"The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile" by Aliette de Bodard
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we
These were very good short stories about strong women in difficult situations. Very well written by first-class authors from many genres. Some stories are from established universes, and others are st...
This review is based only on the following stories.The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn - This one made me sad, mostly because a man's ego caused great harm. I was glad that Em found out what happe...
So I only really liked about three stories in the entire anthology. The very first one I read. Northern Chess by Paula Guran. I loved the ending. I can't help but chuckle (view spoiler)[ even if it's ...
An anthology of various genres (fantasy, sci-fi, space opera, etc,) showcasing females in combat; many reviewers have commented on how sad most of these stories are; these stories chronicle the person...
A lot of hits, a couple misses, and a few I wish I had liked more, but a well-curated anthology nonetheless!...
Overall ImpressionA mixed bag, as anthologies so often are. I much preferred the later sections to the beginning; I wonder if I just don't much like sword and sorcery?I will say that I found the colle...
This felt like an older anthology, but I recognized a lot of the authors in it, and I was excited to see a sci-fi anthology centered on war but starring women. The book is divided into five sections; ...
Quick notes on individual stories as I read them:"Northern Chess" by Tanith Lee - this is well written, of course, being from Tanith Lee, but the plot turns on a fairly hoary line dating back to Macbe...
Find my full review of all the short stories in this collection on my blogWarrior Women is an anthology edited by Paula Guran that puts women front and center. There are many ways to be a warrior and ...
This book was terrible. It's an anthology, but I couldn't get through it even so. The preface was extensive, and basically stated, in a very long winded way, that the editor personally picked out stor...