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Armed in Her Fashion Paperback – 7 Jun 2018
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"The novel is written with arresting detail and challenges literary tropes about women. Its roster includes half a dozen complex female characters and one trans male character, all of them captivating, sympathetic, repulsive, flawed, dangerous, selfless, determined, and damaged. They and Heartfield's powerful battle scenes make this well worth the price of admission."
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Armed in Her Fashion is Kate Heartfield’s debut novel, and what a strange, compelling, genre-bending debut it is. Part horror, part fantasy, part history, and part epic, it combines all of its elements into a commentary on gender, power, and patriarchy. . . . I really enjoyed Armed in Her Fashion. It’s worth reading. I may, in fact, need to read it again: there are interesting layers in the thematic work that Heartfield’s doing, and I’m not convinced I caught them all in one sitting. In other words, I recommend it.”
―Liz Bourke, Tor.com
About the Author
Kate Heartfield is the author of dozens of speculative-fiction stories, including "The Seven O'Clock Man", which was longlisted for the Sunburst Award. Her interactive novel The Road to Canterbury is coming soon from Choice of Games. Her novella The Course of True Love was published in 2016 as part of the Shakespearean fantasy collection Monstrous Little Voices from Abaddon Books. Kate grew up in Manitoba, lived for a year in Belize and now lives in rural Ottawa with her partner and their son. A former newspaper editor, she now makes her living as a freelance editor, teacher and writer.
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This story had so much potential, but a lot of the writing seems lazy, as in, the author was more interested in getting from one point to the next than she was in adding depth to the story. Where the tale could have been enriched with more detail or explanation, it is simply the writing equivalent of a hand wave of dismissal. This lack of care can be seen in the many grammar and spelling errors all throughout the book.
As mentioned, there was so much potential, and I believe that if the author had cared enough to hire an experienced editor/proofreader, the more regrettable parts of the book could have been corrected.