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Set in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the warrior queen Califia, this brilliantly inventive novel tells the story of a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.

Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be, when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had grown. When the ratio of male to female was nearly the same. Before the bombs fell, and a deadly virus claimed the world's men.

Now, civilization's few surviving males are guarded by women warriors like Dian, the Valley's chief protector, as fierce and loyal as the guard dogs she trains. When an unexpected convoy of strangers rides into her village, it is Dian who meets them, ready to do battle.

To her surprise, the visitors come in peace and bear a priceless gift, whose arrival is greeted with as much suspicion as delight. And indeed, the strangers want something in return, a request that could change the future of the Valley into one of hope — or utter desolation.

It is up to Dian to discover their motive, in a journey that will cost her far more than she ever imagined, a journey from which she may never return.

Review:

"In the not-so-distant future Richards envisions, women warriors guard their peaceful, self-sustaining California enclave, hunting, planting, harvesting, and keeping watch over the men and boys essential to survival after most males perished along with electric power and fossil-fuel-driven engines....An engaging adventure in which Dian must make a hazardous journey to investigate the northern dangers." Booklist

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"Califia's Daughters is a fun-to-read adventure and a thought-provoking challenge to generally accepted ideas about what it means to be female. The characters come to life and leave the reader, at the end, wondering what became of them. It is well worth the time to read; and a sequel would be welcome." SciFiDimensions

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"Complex and satisfying, Califia's Daughters delivers both as an action-adventure novel and a triumph of world-building." SciFi.com, Editor's Pick

Synopsis:

Fantasy and feminist speculative fiction meet in this touching story of one woman's journey to hell and home again and a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.

About the Author

Leigh Richards is a pseudonym for a best-selling, award-winning author Laurie King.

Laurie R. King won the Edgar and John Creasey Awards for Best First Novel for A Grave Talent. She is the author of six acclaimed mysteries in the Mary Russell series, the most recent being Justice Hall, a Top Ten Booksense Mystery 76 pick and the Book Best Crime Novel of 2002, as well as four novels in a contemporary series featuring police detective Kate Martinelli. Proving her versatility, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed stand-alone novels of suspense: Keeping Watch (which was recently optioned by CBS), Folly, and A Darker Place.

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mulliner, November 18, 2012 (view all comments by mulliner)
I love Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and her Kate Martinelli books (police detective in San Francisco). In 2004, she wrote this science fiction novel under the pen name Leigh Richards. I really enjoyed it, too.

It's a (near) future dystopia, in which war and disease caused modern society to collapse. There's now an endemic virus which causes most boys to die in infancy. The oldest remember a world before it changed, but the young and middle-aged only know a world where women are the leaders, fighters, and do any dangerous work, while the few men and boys in a community are hemmed in by protection from injury and being kidnapped. The book opens in a small community in California that's managing pretty well, farming and hunting. There's a surviving city that still has technology, and which sends out trained healers with some medicines.

The protagonist is the community's warrior leader. She's in her element defending her place, but (naturally) is confronted with a challenge, and has to go on a journey that takes to her very different places. Suspenseful, imaginative ��" I want more!
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Sandra Davidson, March 19, 2012 (view all comments by Sandra Davidson)
As I wrote to the author, "You are cruel in the most kind way. I just finished Califia's Daughters. I shall give nothing away except my tears."

Strong story, strong characters and equally strong ending.

This was a slow start only because my life has been rather uncooperative on some fronts, and because I started and found that I had started other books.

Last night I had to get back to the story. I stayed up until my eyes stung and could not finish it until this morning--at which time I was crying.

Do yourself a favor: If you're the type of person who 'skims ahead' or reads the last few pages first, start with page 1.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553586671
Author:
Richards, Leigh
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Author:
King, Laurie R.
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.34x4.25x1.11 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Spectra Books - English 9780553586671 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In the not-so-distant future Richards envisions, women warriors guard their peaceful, self-sustaining California enclave, hunting, planting, harvesting, and keeping watch over the men and boys essential to survival after most males perished along with electric power and fossil-fuel-driven engines....An engaging adventure in which Dian must make a hazardous journey to investigate the northern dangers."
"Review" by , "Califia's Daughters is a fun-to-read adventure and a thought-provoking challenge to generally accepted ideas about what it means to be female. The characters come to life and leave the reader, at the end, wondering what became of them. It is well worth the time to read; and a sequel would be welcome."
"Review" by , "Complex and satisfying, Califia's Daughters delivers both as an action-adventure novel and a triumph of world-building."
"Synopsis" by , Fantasy and feminist speculative fiction meet in this touching story of one woman's journey to hell and home again and a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.
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