And really, how insulting is it that to suggest that the best thing women can do is raise other people to do incredible things? I’m betting some of those women would like to do great things of their own.”
—Jessica Valenti, Why Have Kids?

Never underestimate the power of a scorned or royally pissed woman. Whether she small mouse of a girl who grows up to take a kingdom in her thirties. Or, a woman who has had to love and watch die her child over many lifetimes. 

They left impressions on us. Maybe they helped the hero get on the way. Or maybe their character was so good they stole the show. But there is a lot to be said for the mothers, middle-aged women, and the elderly having an adventure or two. They are just as full of wisdom as Gandalf, and they should have their own books. I collated a very small list of books below that have interesting scene-stealing characters or ones that are the main protagonist. If you have more I would love to read them. 

Middle-Aged and Elderly Heroines who Kick Ass

The mother of a thousand lives

Polgara the Sorcerous 

Many of us readers grew up reading Edding’s books. We came to know them like the back of our hand. But Polgara was always a bit of a mystery. You don’t find out much about her until you read her own story, and then you will understand why she has sacrificed so much and the true queen she is.

The Bitch Queen

Queen Talyien

You never know how much you will give and what kingdoms you will set on fire and burn to the ground to save your child. 

Fabricator, Engineer, Politician, and Queen

Navani Kholin

A woman who protects those she loves while pursuing dominace for her countries future. 

Lady, Mother, Concubine, Bene Gesserit


Lady Jessica of the Atreides

Dune is a complicated tome. The length of breadth of story it covers can be overwhelming. But I find one of the more interesting characters for me was that of Lady Jessica. So much so that I felt she stole many of the scenes she was in. I am looking forward to seeing what the movie does with her character and how it is portrayed on the big screen because of just this. Lady Jessica is a woman of power in so many ways. 

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