The Weavers of Alamaxa

Harper Voyager. (Alamaxa Duology, Bk. 2). Mar. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063114807. $32. FANTASY
This second book of the “Alamaxa Duology” picks up where The Daughters of Izdihar left off. The women fighting for both their civil rights and their rights to magical training in their home city of Alamaxa are in hiding, as their revolution is adjudicated legally and politically. In the first book, upper-crust Nehal and working-class Giorgina were separated by wealth and status. This time around, Nehal has been kidnapped by an enemy who believes that any magical powers are abominations and is determined to use her as an example of their solution. Nehal and her friends have somewhat different—and even more explosive—plans. This feminist fantasy, inspired by modern Egyptian history, turns into a wilder adventure as Nehal fights her way back across the desert while those remaining in Alamaxa do the hard business of political infighting to achieve their aims—all while an implacable enemy moves against them both from the shadows.
VERDICT Readers looking for fantasy inspired by the wide world of voices out there will find this story’s incorporation of Egyptian history fascinating, while those who love feminist fantasy such as Jenna Glass’s “Women’s War” series will dig right into this fight.
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