Fighting For Home Descendants of the Amazoi Book 1 by Kim Richards Genre: Historical Fantasy
In 300 B.C.—the Greco-Roman Age—tribes of warrior women thrived near the Black Sea. The area is now modern-day Turkey. The Greeks called them Amazoi (meaning Mankiller). Inspired by their story, Fighting for Home sings the tale of one tribe as they battle to save their way of life. Healing magic is real! Ilenea and Saphira, the wolf sisters, battle close to home with others of their generation. A healer priestess named Essla travels to a temple of Artemis at Anthela with her male slave, bringing a call to arms for the pending war. She meets and falls in love with a Roman General. Whatever the outcome, this war changes everyone.
Thup. Thup. The second archer cried out as two of Xanthi’s arrows buried themselves into his thigh and hip. He let his own arrow fly. Leaves rustled where his arrows disappeared among the tree branches. He fumbled with an arrow, trying to notch it quickly when he heard the rustle again.
The archer looked up as Xanthi leaped from the bushes with her spear in hand. There was no time for him to raise his bow before the bronze point burrowed its way through his leather cuirass, seeking the tender flesh beneath.
At his wretched cry, the shield man to the left took a wild swing with his sword. He caught Xanthi just below the left collarbone. It sliced through her leather jerkin, taking breast flesh with it.
Crying out from the pain, she fell to her knees as blood poured from the gash. One hand pressed against the wound as her other fumbled for her knife.
Xanthi’s man turned his attention from her. He should’ve advanced. Celete used it to her advantage and swung her axe up the inside of his shield. It’s blade cleaved his stomach wide open. His guts spilled out over her hand—hot and sticky. He toppled sideways, landing in the dirt before Xanthi. With a roar befitting any lioness, she clawed at his face for what he did to her.
Kim Richards is an author, editor, and book formatter. She writes horror, fantasy, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and children's books under her name Kim Richards and two pseudonyms: Sharie Silva and Kim Bundy.
Born and raised in Roswell, NM Kim now lives in Northern California where she is supervised by two cats and a small dog. She enjoys sewing, bellydancing, music, movies, and occasionally gardening.
A Matriarchal Society Does Not Equate Hatred of Men An opinion piece by Kim Richards
Throughout history, women have often led their people. There have been many queens, empresses, and pharaohs who were strong women. Deborah in the Old Testament of the Bible led her people and served as a judge. Miriam, also of the Old Testament, was a prophetess and led worship services. Wu Zetian is regarded as the most famous female ruler in China’s history. Her advice was sought after. We cannot forget Cleopatra or Hatshepsut who both ruled Ancient Egypt.
Matriarchal (female led) societies have existed across the world. There is a slight difference between female ruled nations and all female societies. I believe both contained strong women we can be proud of. In researching Amazon Warrior Women for my book, Fighting for Home, I discovered there were all female tribes of Native Americans. Amazons existed in Ancient Libya and Thermadon (an area of modern day Turkey—where Fighting for Home is set).
There are modern matriarchal societies today in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Ghana, and India. Mosuo women in China continue today. As of an article posted a year ago, there are 40,000 Mosuo women. It’s interesting that they do not marry and inheritances go through the matriarchal line. The Umoja tribe in Kenya is most modern, having created in 1990 when a group of rape and gender violence survivors banded together to support one another. They are one group who have banned men for obvious reasons.
How did these societies develop into matriarchies? Proposed theories include women left behind when their men went to war and killed. Women have run castles and lands holdings when their husbands, fathers, and brothers left to crusade or on long pilgrimages. Someone had to keep the place running! They stepped up in the same way women in WWII did to work factories and shipyards because their men joined the military forces. Rosie the Riveter is a modern icon of female strength.
In the legends of Amazon women, they preferred a female strong society. It did not mean they killed all men. Certainly, some misandry existed to a few due to abuse or early lives of slavery. Most had a working relationship with male dominated societies. Amazons fought in the Roman gladiatorial games.
In my early research I learned the Ancient Greeks valued boy babies over girls. They would abandon the female infants or give them away in favor of raising boys. Matriarchal tribes might take these girls in and raise them as their own. It served the purposes of both peoples. Other times, difficult girls were sent to these tribes. I like to think that a warrior culture might temper a difficult child and make use of her temperament.
It is my hope that with Fighting for Home, and the upcoming books in the series, I have portrayed women in a strong light, within the historical parameters of their time period. Slavery existed in their day and so it is in the story. That does not men my characters (or myself for that matter) hate men. Several of the characters find love, friendship, and different ways of life by the end of the story. A hint about book 2 of the Descendants of the Amazoi: two of the main characters are children of the women in book 1. Book 2 is titled Fighting for Glory and Book 3 will be called Fighting for Destiny.