The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

I've learned not to skip over books in my to-read queue because the books that don't draw my attention, the books that I'm tempted to skip, that I put off because they're not well known and no one I know personally is talking about them, are often the books that take me by surprise and present me with something unique and wonderful that I never knew that I wanted until I opened the book. The Steerswoman is one of those books.

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan is the fourth book in Brennan's The Memoirs of Lady Trent series, and it is, in my opinion, the best one that I've read so far. Much as life gets better as you get older and get to know both yourself and the world around you a little better (and you give less of a fuck about what anyone else thinks of you), the Lady Trent books only improve as Isabella grows and becomes more sure of herself and less willing to put up with a world that consistently devalues her work and opinions because of her gender.

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