Califia's Daughters (Mass Market Paperbound)

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I read it because Laurie King used a pen name and I had to have it.
Then *gasp* I liked it! Set in the not so distant future; a man-killing
virus has swept across the globe. Men only make up 1/3 of the
population and must be protected at all costs. Marriage is a luxury,
reserved primarily for women who can afford it. In the midst of such
global change, a woman named Dian sets off on a journey to change the
course of a new world's history. (Think The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, without the graphic abuse scenes toward the end.)

— Jessilynn

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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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553586671
ISBN-10: 055358667X
Publisher: Spectra Books
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2004
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Bantam Spectra Book

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