ARC Review: Warriors, Witches, Women by Kate Hodges

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? What do you want to be known for?

Warrior? Goddess? Monster? Witch? Queen?

Harbinger?

Ghost…

Uh, I think you all know what I would choose.

Witchy Ghost Queen remixed with Goddess

This world is made up of mythos. History is laced with fact and fiction and they intertwine. We have prayed to the Gods and Goddesses, sent our strongest soldiers off to wars, we dare not speak the name of certain spirits in fear of invoking their wrath.

We learn to not repeat mistakes but we also learn because it is fundamental to know and it is FASCINATING. History is rich and it is sordid and it is messy and I absolutely love it.

I don’t think I have to hide the fact that I loved this book and how it highlights women: good and bad, fact or fiction.

Warriors, Witches, Women is an illustrated book that showcases women from all around the world. These are the women made up up legends. The first chapter?

Witches

I’ve never heard of Morgan Le Fay but I learned that she is a British Fairy and Enchantress. The book also provides us with a really handy description and her history which I…am crying over.

Another favorite entry of mine is The White Buffalo Calf Woman, an Indigenous American/Lakaotan Spirit who taught the Lakota Sioux Tribe tribes their most precious ceremonies their most precious ceremonies and environmental practices.

It is books like this I love the most because they go into such careful detail into teaching us important history.

Growing up, we always got a very white washed version of mythology and it was frustrating as a black child. All of these great people and they’re all…white. It’s stinging. This book does a great job in showcasing various figures of color such as Mami Wata, Cihuateteo, Yennenga , Futakuchi-onna.

Of course, my creepy ass is also happy in the ghost section. I nearly wept. SO MANY GHOST FIGURES I KNEW NOTHING OR NEARLY NOTHING ABOUT? I’M…so happy you guys.

This is a gorgeous book. The writing is impeccable and the artwork is amazing. Each entry has its own art and a lot of effort and love was put into it. You can absolutely tell. I plan to buy this when it’s available because an ARC copy doesn’t do it justice and I need my daughter to read this as well.

Luckily we live in a time where she doesn’t have to go through what I did and doubt that just because her skin is dark doesn’t mean that her history isn’t rich in mythology.

Her background is full of goddesses, strategists, elementals. Strong women past and present. It all leads back to her and she too will be known as legendary.

Thank you very much to publisher and Netgalley for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my own,.

I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

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🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍 5/5

Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by White Lion Publishing

16 thoughts on “ARC Review: Warriors, Witches, Women by Kate Hodges

  1. This looks like an awesome book! Is it geared at any age range in particular? I would love to read it regardless and I’m sure it’s great for reading at any age, I was just wondering what to expect from the writing style!

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    1. reading it I would say it’s geared at any age group honestly! but eh maybe mostly young adult? there are some pictures with nudity and some warriors standing on piles of heads so I would be careful of that with too young children lol πŸ™‚

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  2. I love this!!!!! You are so right that we have traditionally been given such a white washed view of things in all aspects of life really. And any book that explores and promotes a much more inclusive and diverse view of mythology sounds simply fabulous to me. Lovely review dearest Amanda. Have missed you around these parts, I hope that this weekend is being kind to you <3333

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  3. Ooh, this sounds like a really great read! I love learning more about mythological characters (even though I’m real shit at remembering their names LOL) so it’s a big yaas to learning more about mythical female characters. It doesn’t hurt that this art is beautiful! 😍 Great review, Amanda love πŸ’œ

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  4. Ooh, thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention, it looks amazing! ❀ What a beautiful review as well: ‘It all leads back to her and she too will be known as legendary’. Your daughter is very lucky to have a Mum who makes sure she has books that will inspire her X x x

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