What do you get when some of the best women writers of genre fiction come together to tell tales of female strength? A powerful collection of science fiction and fantasy ranging from space operas and near-future factional conflict to medieval warfare and urban fantasy. These are not pinup girls fighting in heels; these warriors mean business. Whether keen combatants or reluctant fighters, each and every one of these characters was born and bred to Fight Like A Girl.
Featuring stories by Roz Clarke, Kelda Crich, K T Davies, Dolly Garland, K R Green, Joanne Hall, Julia Knight, Kim Lakin-Smith, Juliet McKenna, Lou Morgan, Gaie Sebold, Sophie E Tallis, Fran Terminiello Danie Ware, Nadine West
Fight Like A Girl, I remember at school this being thrown used as an insult by boys, “you fight like a girl”, why is being told you do anything like a girl supposed to be an insult? Being a girl kicks boys butts quite frankly, and this book proves it!
Firstly the cover, I rarely comment on covers, but I really love this cover, it really gets the point across that we are dealing with kick ass women!
This book is for people who like to read stories which celebrate women fighting unashamedly. These are strong women with balls of steel. They are soldiers, mercenaries, mages, and bodyguards; Mothers, sisters, and daughters. These are women proving that strength, skill, intelligence, determination, brutality, and justice can all belong to a woman. These stories span the full realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy with traditional fantasy, science fiction, space settings, dystopia, and even some steam punk.
There is something for everyone who loves SFF in this book!
I could break every story down for you but this review would go on as long as the book, so here are a few stories which really stood out to me…
Silent Running by Sophie E Tallis – A futuristic and ballsy story set in space featuring Adii, a tough space guardian who makes Kara Thrace look like a pussy cat! If you like lots of death in a reasonably small word count this is for you!
Vocho’s Night Out by Julia Knight – An amusing short fantasy story featuring Vocho and Kacha from Julia Knight’s Duellist Trilogy (which I seriously need to read now!), this has some great gambit’s, sword fighting, and brother-sister wit.
Archer 57 by Lou Morgan – This was a devastating dystopian story about the power of a mother’s love and the length’s a mother will go to, to wreak havoc on those who destroy her life.
This is a must buy book, my authors to check out list has definitely grown there is so much good writing within these pages. This is a book which celebrates female writers and female strength.
I will close with a final thought from Anne Lyle taken from the introduction “‘you fight like a girl’ is a compliment, not an insult”…
A huge thanks to Joanne Hall and Kristell Ink/Grimbold Books for the ARC to provide an honest review of this novel.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Title: Fight Like A Girl
Author: Joanne Hall, Roz Clarke, Gaie Sebold, Sophie E Tallis, Fran Terminiello, Danie Ware, Nadine West, Kelda Crich, K T Davies, Dolly Garland, K.R. Green, Julia Knight, Kim Lakin-Smith, Juliet McKenna, Lou Morgan
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia, Steam Punk
Publisher: Kristell Ink / Grimbold Books
Publication Date: 2 April 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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