This is the third of the series of one of those butt kicking female protagonist stories I enjoy so much. Green, the main character, is now a mother and although she has mellowed this is akin to suggesting a tsunami is just a wave. Green leaves Copper Downs and returns to the Temple of the Silver Lilly and her meanest foes.
I would suggest reading Green and Endurance , the precursors to this book. All three books deal with empowering women and defying the status quo. Green’s goal of stopping child slavery and the abuse of women becomes secondary to her goal to find lost friends and to protect her children.
There is a body of literature that suggests that if women were in charge there would be fewer wars. I don’t think this is just due to the heighten sensibilities of women, nor do their lack of interest in macho posturing. I do think there would be less conflict because when they do throw down the gauntlet, they follow it with massive overkill. Green exemplifies that role with her temper and actions.
This is a coming of age book as well, Green is only sixteen. Her baptism into motherhood is fraught with violence and peril.
Jay Lake does a great job with these books and provides food for thought on complacency, misogynist lifestyles, abuse and power addiction.
I highly recommend it.
Web Site: http://www.jlake.com/2010/08/14/writing-endurance-is-a-wrap/