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  • A dystopian story with twists

    A dystopian view of a world divided into tribes or perhaps small nations. The main character Yolanda is the Matriarch of the Horde who are strong female warriors. She gets the opportunity to meet the King of her neighbouring nation who she's fighting a vicious war with but to her surprise his son the Hammer beheads him and offers her not just his father's head but a chance to save her people from thirst and ultimately death. I liked the ideas behind this although will admit there's very little world building so it wasn't a perfect read for me. I would have liked more information about why they no longer seem to have much technology and also just why they are actually at war ! The second half had a couple of surprises which I really enjoyed and there is romance although it all seemed a bit quick to make declarations of love but I guess in times of conflict and war everything does feel more immediate. What I absolutely hated was the constant reference to Yolanda having snakes squirming in her tummy and yes I understand it was a way to describe her tumultuous feelings and trepidation but surely other descriptions could have been used ? It might not irritate others but sadly I found it repetitive and completely uninspired which was a shame because I did enjoy the overall story and particularly the twists. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

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  • A Fun, Quick Read

    This was a pretty simple story. Even though it was about two warring nations and had pretty high stakes it focused mostly on the main couple. There was very little world building. It mixed some random modern things with a more primitive setting and there was very little explanation for what was chosen out of each category. I didn’t love the chapters, because they were too short. Usually I prefer lengthy chapters with more complex writing, specially in a Fantasy. Overall, this was a fun quick read. I enjoyed it.

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  • Interesting premise!

    my review The Matriarch, the first book in the new Women of the Dust series by Annabelle McInness, is a dystopian romance, set in the midst of two warring nations. The world-building of this book was excellent. It was so well described that I often felt as if I were there. It was more than reading about a place. I almost experienced the heat, the dust and sand of the barren land. And the mythology of the story was really engaging. One nation was male-led, the other female. The Horde of women have struggled to create a safe haven for women and children, taking in only men of the Horde… those born of a Horde woman. They’ve been largely starved of resourse, forcing them to resort to less than humane, although resourceful, means to survive. I appreciated the fact that the author created no perfect characters. While the story was clearly meant to showcase the strength of women, they weren’t created to be perfect or better than men. People are more complicated than that, so I’m glad that it wasn’t a clearly defined line between the two in relation to good and evil. However, I was a little conflicted about some aspects to the story. There was a touch of instalove that felt a little bizarre to me. After all of the long-lived animosity between the two nations, it seemed strange that Yolanda would develop trust in Sasha so quickly. It’s not so much that I hate instalove, but that it seemed out of character for her. Second, as much as the strength of women was at the forefront of the story, there were some moments when the heroine felt more like the damsel in distress, needing the man to save the day. But all of that being said, they were minor issues, nothing that stopped me from enjoying the book and looking forward to the next! my recommendation: If you love post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, this is an interesting read with a great premise. However, there are definitely some triggery moments with themes of abuse and neglect, graphic violence (including rape), torture.

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  • The Matriarch

    Yolanda, the matriarch of a dying hoard. The one thing that could save them, water. The hammer son of a cruel and unjust king. He holds the answer to Yolandas problem. But can they overcome to fulfill the needs of their people? I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

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