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This Crooked Way by James Enge
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Jan 24, 2012

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Engaging but sadly disappointing in its first person portrayal of women solely as slaves to their periods and fear of rape.

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Nobbynob Littlun After finishing the book my impressions of Fasra were "clever" and "resourceful," so I was rather puzzled by this review and gave the chapter a read-through again.

It looks mistaken...

For one, it was her menarche specifically, and her mother explains that it was more severe than it should have been because she (the mother) had been using a spell to delay the menarche -- and thence her induction as a Bargainer -- as long as possible. That's not "slaves to periods," that's "magic made her first period explosive."

Furthermore, when Fasra recoils from Charis, it's for fear of murder, not rape. She specifically says, "I didn't want him cancelling his debts me by getting rid of me."

Even if that weren't the case, this is a page and a half out of several chapters in which Fasra's character is consistently excellent in a variety of ways.

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