Califia's Daughters
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Califia's Daughters


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.

Title:Califia's Daughters
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:489 pages

    Califia's Daughters Reviews

  • Laurie
    Dec 01, 2008

    This was written by me under the indicated pseudonym....

  • Joyce Lagow
    Apr 29, 2012

    I'm normally not a fan of the post-apocalyptic/dystopic genre; I have the same objections to it as I do to most fantasy: a lack of creative imagination. One would think that with both genres, since th...

  • Lhizz Browne
    Aug 16, 2010

    Wow. Just. Wow. I really loved this book, and I feel so sad that there isn't a sequel (although it works well on its own, I would have loved to have some "further adventures of...") Part dystopia, par...

  • Stephanie
    Jan 23, 2008

    Leigh Richards is also known as Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell books, so when I saw this on the shelf I decided to give it a shot. I read it on the plane home from Vegas, and it held my at...

  • Drew
    Jan 12, 2009

    I wasn't really all that excited about this one, but it was for a book club, so I figured I'd make an attempt. It's a pseudonymous effort by the mystery author Laurie R. King, and I've been told that ...

  • Matt D
    Aug 03, 2011

    I found this at a use book store for half price, and was intrigued by the rather interesting concept. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic America, where the population has been severely decreased and...

  • martha
    Jan 05, 2009

    Intriguing worldbuilding, gripping story, mediocre writing. The premise: technophobic riots unleashed viruses which destroyed most of the world's population, and rendered the birthrate of healthy male...

  • Erica
    Apr 05, 2010

    This book is set in post-apocalyptic California in a society where a deadly virus kills a significant portion of the male population of each generation. Men have become valuable assets to be cosseted ...

  • Yarrow
    May 17, 2011

    I enjoyed this more than i usually enjoy post-apocalyptic feminist fiction. Excellent character development, strong plotting, good ideas. I like the world she has created, and would love to read more ...

  • 2bnallegory
    Sep 04, 2008

    This is a rather adventurous book set into a rather grim future where males have been nearly wiped out and are to be kept safe while the females take on the work of holding together their own special ...