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Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology's Fiercest Females

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Warriors, Witches, Women is a guide to awe-inspiring mythical female creatures; from feminist fairies to bloodsucking, seductive temptresses, half-human half-bird harpies created from the wind, or protective  voodoo goddesses who still impact on African-American cultural feminism. 

The stories of fierce females from mythology and folklore are retold, placing women firmly at
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by White Lion Publishing (first published February 4th 2020)
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Sumit RK
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren't able to burn

Warriors, Witches, Women is a guide to the legendary mythical female characters which brings old myths and folktales to life by casting them in a modern light. From feminist fairies to seductive temptresses, from fearsome witches to little known goddesses, this book covers a large variety of mythological characters. Divided into five sections, ( witches, warriors, bringers of fortune, elemental spirits, and munificent spirits ) i
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WARRIORS, WITCHES, WOMEN is a reference book detailing notable figures from mythology and folklore from around the world. Each section is divided into categories: warriors, witches, elemental spirits, evil and benevolent. The author really made an effort to be diverse in her inclusions, so we have figures taken from Judeo-Christian religion, as well as Voudo deities, Japanese youkai, Buddhist and Hindu gods, Celtic goddesses and spirits,
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

Warriors, Witches, Women brings old myths and folktales to life by casting them in a modern light. The book would relate the tales to feminism, climate change and the Me Too movement. This made centuries old stories relevant and engaging.

This book tells the story of some of the countless women who have had their tale shrouded because they were Too loud. Too powerful. Too smart.
These women were either cast a witches, ugly and unloveable- cast as the villain, or erased from history, warning othe
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quatro Publishing Group- White Lion Publishing for granting my wish on NetGalley.

I enjoy reading about strong women in both fiction and nonfiction and this collection of fab women from different mythologies from around the world was a superb read. Divided into five sections( witches, warriors, bringers of fortune, elemental spirits, and munificent spirits) and accompanied by a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and a mythological women playlist, this book was a great readin
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovingly collated, this is a diverse and well written book on various goddesses of various ancient myths and legends. Everything from Medusa, Mami Wata and the gender fluid rainbow serpent are included, with details about their origins and their place in today's society. There's frequent discussion over how these dieties have been reclaimed by strong females of today and how they are helping to redefine what it is to be strong, powerful and feminine. There were also a lot of Gods I had never hea ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

I have always loved mythology, it is one of my absolute favourite things. Even with all the time I have spent learning different mythologies, there were several amazing women here that I didn't know anything about.

"Yes we are angry, yes we are making a noise about it, and yes, we are hungry for change. We are harpies."


Rehabilitation: Many of the women in these books have besmirched reputations. They are vilified, slutshamed and turned into neg
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

Circe. Medusa. The Furies. These, and many more, famed mythological women were equally as famed for their beauty as their monstrous qualities and, often too, their tragic endings.

This collated fifty of mythology's females and provided the reader with a brief understanding of their story, their fate, and their contemporary relevance. This empowered the women who remained voiceless, abused, marginalised, the moral of the story, or the villain to be slain in male-centric s
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? What do you want to be known for?

Warrior? Goddess? Monster? Witch? Queen?



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

Witchy Ghost Queen remixed with Goddess

This world is made 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 mist
Erika Sarutobi
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I enjoy reading mythology and was interested in this since it was written through a feminist lens. Though it was fun reading through them, I can't help but feel like it was getting a bit repetitive with the feminist aspects in each entry because there were many.

Each entry explained the history of each woman and the original story about them before the male authors of the past changed their description to be more wicked or weak and dimmined their strong aura so that people would not fol
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it

Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology's Fiercest Females by Kate Hodges

This book is a guide to mythical women and female creatures across history and across the globe. It's clearly a very feminist interpretation of these women's stories and for that reason I really liked it. Kate Hodges has several sections to the book that split the mythical female creatures into different categories: warriors, witches, bringers of misfortune, elemental spirits and munificent spirits. 

Kate Hodges
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“We will not wait to be offered leftovers from the feast. We will arrive in a whirl of wings and talons and pick off what belongs to us. Yes, we are angry, yes we are making a noise about it, and yes, we are hungry for change. We are harpies.”

I have always been fascinated by mythology, in all it’s iterations. From Disney’s Hercules, to Wonder Woman, Saint Seiya, Inu Yasha and countless others, I developed an early inte
Greyson | Use Your Words
Content Warnings: Sexual Assualt: Rape. Violence: death, violence.
Representation: LGBTQIA+: Sapphic, lesbian, bisexual. POC. Religion.
Actual Rating: 4.5

A wonderful collection of women in mythology.

These figures don’t purely provide a comforting link to history, but make for powerful contemporary role models, their struggles, hopes and strength resonate. These fabulous women may be from the darkest past, but they’re leading the charge forward. And Thank goddesses for that.

I love mythology.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A wonderful mix of characters from mythology full of strength and character , all female. I absolutely adored this and I love all mythology but this was an extra special read, some tales in here I hadn’t read much about before. I loved it so much I need a copy in hardback as soon as it’s out, a wonderful read, perfect for the fan of mythology, feminism or just great strong women.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth-and-legend
(Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

I found myself majorly surprised twice by this book, both in the best of ways. First, while there is a sizable showing of figures from Greek mythology, they thankfully do not end up dominating the book as a majority, a phenomenon that I feel like I have unhappily encountered in too many mythological collections of stories and characters. Instead, they are just a fraction of a genuinely diverse and awesome array of mythological women wh
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Warriors, Witches, Women makes an empowering collection about mythology's fiercest women. It's unapologetically feminist and incredibly diverse, as it features legendary figures from all over the world and of different sexual orientations. From Maman Brigitte to Futakuchi-onna, Kate Hodges tells you about these women's stories and their evolution through the years. She gave each one four pages, one of them filled with a stunning portrait. Their stories pique your interest without becoming overwh ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Warriors, Witches, Women by Kate Hodges is like a who’s-who of the women of folklore who have influenced the women of the world. There are many that cross different regions and may be named differently in different locations. The details show that many were very independent until the male rulers modified the stories slowly. Often these women were used to try to influence women from trying to be too independent.

This book made me want to read more about each. This is our history. It’s too bad we d
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is dynamite! Packed to the gills with mythology, Warriors, Witches, Women explores legendary female figures.
For having so much information it's a surprisingly quick read!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
**thank you to netgalley for the arc!**

this was a really interesting book that goes into detail about the different women in folklore and legend. the writing is good, and the illustrations are stunning. i know nothing about mythology, so i'm not sure how accurate this is but it was interesting to read about! i really liked that it talked about so many different mythical women from around the world - and gives detail attention to each. if you're at all interested in women's role in mythology and
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, it just had everything in it! It had lovely illustrations, concise information and a diverse mix of individuals that it focused on, from race, to what these women actually were and meant to people. I am a huge fan of mythology and just reading about powerful women in general, but I don't think I've comes across a book with such an eclectic mix.

I really loved that th
Paul English-Wolfe
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
As the saying goes, history is written by the victor, and invariably that victor is a man. This has been the case throughout history and stretches back into the distant mists of mythology.

When I think of mythology my mind brings up images of Achilles standing triumphantly above the body of Hector by the gates of Troy, Jason departing Colchis clutching tightly the Golden Fleece and mighty Thor wielding Mjolnir.

Also I think of Medusa, cold and evil. Helen of Troy, beautiful yet treacherous and the
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

What an amazing book this is! Every page has been carefully researched and has an abundance of knowledge just waiting to be devoured!
This book is all about women - made up or real women? You decide.
So many powerful kind, good, evil, wicked women to find out about in this book and I was shocked that I had only heard of about 1/4 of the women and spirits listed in this book!
Eustacia Tan
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
While I was requesting the book on Thor, I also chanced upon Warriors, Witches, and Women. Requesting this book from NetGalley was a no brainer because I love mythology and I thought it would be very fun to have the spotlight on women in various myths from around the world. While I enjoyed this feminist take on various women in religions and myth overall, it failed to impress on several counts.

Warriors, Witches, Women looks at fifty different women that are grouped into five categories – Witches
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it

This book makes me want to go read more about these fantastic icons. I loved that we get such a wide variety of mythological woman from all around the world. I am so used to hearing the same myths and legends so it was a nice change and made me want to explore the entire mythology of countries I am not as familiar with. I especially want to look more into Irish folklore now, since I am part Irish and instantly was intrigued by Morrigan

I am also already super fascinated with Japan folklore, but w
The Resistance Bookclub
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-voices
**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
A powerful, informative and quick read for anyone interested in mythology and feminism.
Kate Hodges delivers a good overview of mythological women from all around the world (and not just Graeco-Roman, Nordic and Celtic like most mythology collections would). The chapters are short, which is a strong point of the book: you don't have to fight through a lengthy biography of each one, but instead get a to-the-point summary of wh
Amy Layton
With beautiful, delicately-lined illustrations and a plethora of historical and modern information, Warriors, Witches, Women proves to be the multi-cultural and multi-faceted look at women in mythology for the decade. I appreciate the introduction of each personnage, what with an illustration, quotation, name spellings, and culture they’re from, and I even more appreciate the two pages filled with information on these women. However, I have to say that as much as I enjoy the information and illu ...more
Clare O'Beara
Fifty strong women, some goddesses, some witches, some women thrust into legend, all the heroines of their own tales. From Medusa to the Morrigan, Helen to Pele, the Harpies and Furies, they have been celebrated even as some were cruelly treated or made the spoils of war.

I enjoyed the richly coloured imagery and the global theme.
Great work.
I downloaded an e-ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.
Easy to read, engrossing, short essays take a look at the mythical women of antiquity from all over the globe - and give them an interesting twist, viewed through a 21st-century feminist lens. The accompanying artwork was great too.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This is a beautiful book - I thoroughly enjoyed it - and I'd strongly recommend Hodges's book to people wanting to get to know some female mythological characters, some of which are still revered today. Hodges brings up both more well-known goddesses, spirits and fairies, but also some that might not be that familiar to everyone, and she spans many different regions of the world., not just the Greco-Roman region, but also Basque, Hawaiian, Welsh, Lithuanian and Vietnamese deities, fairies and ot ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this so much! Need to get my hands on a physical copy as this was very clunky to read as an ebook.

Especially loved the mythological women playlist listed at the end!
Light overview on some of the most common women of myth. Short but interesting notes about each of the women mentioned, and would be an excellent book for folks new to mythology. It was a pleasure wandering through the book.
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Kate Hodges has written seven books that have been translated into eight languages. Her titles include biography collections Warriors, Witches, Women and I Know A Woman. She has also written guides to London, among them Little London, Rural London, Welcome to the Dark Side: Occult London and London in an Hour, and family activity book On a Starry Night.

She has over 25 years writing experience on m

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