Synopses & Reviews
Alldera the Messenger was a slave to the Holdfast, where women are not women but fems, and all the fems are the slaves of men.
As Alldera the Runner, she escaped across the mountains to the grassy plains of the Riding Women, where men are unknown, except as a shadow threat in the foothills.
Now the Free Fems are riding back over the mountains to reclaim the Holdfast. And Alldera the Conqueror must face a host of new and frightful challenges from all sides.
"One of the five best science fiction books of the year."--Publishers Weekly
"Well worth the wait...A moving, thoughtful feminist novel set in a gritty and believable dystopian future."--Kirkus Reviews
In Book One of the Holdfast Chronicles, Aldera the Messenger, along with all other women, is a slave. In Book Two, Aldera the Runner lives in two worlds, both consisting entirely of women. Now in Book Three, The Furies
, Aldera the Conquere leads an army back over the mountains, hoping to end the tyranny and free the slaves she left behind.
About the Author
Suzy McKee Charnas
is the author of over a dozen works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including the Holdfast series from Tor Books and the Sorcery Hall series of books for young adults. She is the winner of the Hugo Award (for her short story "Boobs") and has won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award twice, once retrospectively for the first two Holdfast books and then for The Conqueror's Child
, final volume of the Holdfast series. Her most recent book is My Father's Ghost
, a narrative nonfiction work about her father's old age. She adapted her novel, The Vampire Tapestry
, for the stage in the late 1990s.
She was born and brought up in New York City, the setting for the Sorcery Hall books, and she currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.