The Daughters’ War

Tor. (Blacktongue, Bk. 2). Jun. 2024. 416p. ISBN 9781250887672. $28.99. FANTASY
The first war against the goblins was the Knights’ War, because the Knights of Gallardia won. The second was the Threshers’ War, because the goblins sliced through the once-invincible knights like threshers through a field of grain. Now comes the Daughters’ War, because the Gallardians’ daughters (aided by hard-to-defeat war-ravens) are all they have left to send into battle against the goblins. This is the story of how the hard-bitten Galva of The Blacktongue Thief came to be that exceptional knight, and of her coming of age through the loss of innocence, faith, and hope. It’s also the story of how Galva, her ravens, and her cohort win the war, lose the peace, and hide as best they can from the consequences that are coming for them.
VERDICT Readers who were caught up in the political shenanigans, hopeless battles, and pyrrhic victories of Brian McClellan’s In the Shadow of Lightning or Daniel Abraham’s Age of Ash will be enthralled, while those who like their grimdark fantasy to trip over into horror will find similarities between the characters of Galva and Alex Easton from T. Kingfisher’s What Feasts at Night.
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