An evil new magic threatens to undo all the progress women have made in the third and final book in Jenna Glass’s riveting feminist fantasy, following The Women’s War and Queen of the Unwanted.
In the once male-dominated world of Seven Wells, women now control their own reproduction, but the battle for equality is far from over. Even with two thrones held by women, there are still those who cling to the old ways and are determined to return the world to the way it was.
Now into this struggle comes a darker power. Delnamal, the former King of Aalwell, may have lost his battle to undo the spell that gave women reproductive control, but he has gained a terrible and deadly magic, and he uses these new abilities to raise an army the likes of which the world has never seen. Delnamal and his allies seem like an unstoppable force, destined to crush the fragile new balance between men and women.
Yet sometimes it is possible for determined individuals to stem the tide, and it comes down to a unique triad of women–maiden, mother, and crone–to risk everything…not only to preserve the advances they have won but to change the world one final time.
Review: 5 Stars
I have been stalking the release of this book ever since I finished Queen of the Unwanted. When I got a review copy I dropped what I was reading and picked up Mother of All right away. I really loved the first two books in this trilogy, so I had really high hopes for this concluding book of the series. I am really pleased to say that once again Jenna Glass delivered and I was blown away by Mother of All. I am sad that this is the end of the series, but so glad that I gave this series a chance.
Mother of All is a character driven political fantasy, and the characters are really done well. While there are many characters in this series this book focused on Kailee, Alys and Leethan. It was interesting to see Leethan play a bigger role because in previous books she was a minor character and I really grew to love her in this installment. I also loved Kailee’s role in this book, she has really become one of my favorite characters of the series. I really love that this series focused on a variety of different women all who had strength in their own way. While Alys’s point of view is in every book of the series, each installment had different main characters.
Once again it was Alys who I love the most. In this book she really struggles with grief and depression, but still finds strength to fight against injustice. I found her easy to relate to and I really empathized with her as she struggled with her grief. I really think that The Women’s War trilogy did a great job showing grief over the loss of a loved one. So often in fantasy novels characters die, but most of the time it doesn’t feel so impactful because the characters don’t suffer with grief. Jenna Glass did a fantastic job developing here characters so that you could really empathize with their feelings, whether they we joy, heartbreak, anger or grief, I was really able to feel what each of the characters were going through.
While this is a character driven novel it also has an outstanding plot. The book follows four main points of view: Delnemal, Leethan, Kailee and Alys, and while I had an idea of how the characters might come together it was executed really well. The climax of this book blew me away and I was up really late because I couldn’t walk away from the action. All of the plot lines had twists and turns, keeping me on the edge of my seat, until they all came together for an epic ending. I was really pleased with the way the series concluded. While it’s always hard to finish a series and leave beloved characters behind, I felt like the ending did the series justice. I was glad there was an epilogue so I could see how everything turned out for the characters that I loved.
Mother of All was an epic conclusion to this feminist fantasy series. If you were like me and you are on the fence about whether this series is worth a shot or not, I urge you to give it a chance. This series has made my favorites list and I look forward to seeing more from Jenna Glass.