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Barnhill, Kelly - When Women Were Dragons

Barnhill, Kelly - When Women Were Dragons

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In a world where women and girls are taught to be quiet and submissive, a mysterious phenomenon known as the Mass Dragoning begins to sweep across the land. Women of all ages are spontaneously transformed into magnificent dragons, their voices silenced and their power unleashed.

Alex Green, a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, witnesses the terrifying transformation of her mother and is desperate to understand what is happening. As the Mass Dragoning escalates and tensions rise, Alex joins forces with a group of other girls, each with their own unique abilities, to uncover the truth behind this extraordinary event.

Along their journey, they encounter a variety of characters, some who seek to exploit the newly emerged dragons for their own gain, and others who fear their newfound power. Alex and her friends must navigate this treacherous landscape, fighting not only for their own survival but also for the future of all women and dragons.


  • Women's empowerment and liberation
  • The suppression of female power
  • The transformative power of self-discovery and acceptance
  • The importance of finding one's voice
  • The strength of community and friendship

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Witches, Found Family, Self-Love, Acceptance, Redemption, LGBT+, Queer Identity, Forbidden Love, Self-Discovery, Social Outcast, Identity, Belonging, Love Conquers All

Awards & Recognition:

  • Several Goodreads Choice Award nominations

Embark on an enchanting journey into a world where magic and reality collide, as young Alex Green witnesses the extraordinary transformation of women into dragons. When Women Were Dragons is a captivating tale of female empowerment, self-discovery, and the power of love, infused with elements of magical realism and subtle LGBT+ themes.

Delve into the captivating world of Alex and her newfound dragon form, as she navigates a world that has turned against her and her kind. Prepare to be enthralled by a story that explores themes of identity, belonging, and the transformative power of love, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, hope can shine through.

Title: When Women Were Dragons 

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Pages: 352

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: June 8, 2023


  • Weight: 262 grams
  • Size: 12.6 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
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