A funny, fiercely feminist YA epic fantasy—following the adventures of a tavern wench.
Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her.
Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.
Advance praise for Wench:
"Kaplan's work is compelling...the powerfully depicted feminine characters are a joy to see develop, and the casual acceptance of same-sex relationships is portrayed exceptionally well. Recommended for fans of Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King." —School Library Journal
"A fierce, feminist romp through the adventures of a tavern wench. Like an old classic fairytale, with bands of thieves and magical feathers, but with more badass female characters.” —Shea Ernshaw, NYT bestselling author of The Wicked Deep
"Smart, plucky, resourceful ... Tanya is exactly the kind of character I love to root for. Readers are sure to delight in the fresh, inventive magic of Wench. This story of lost family and found friends is a heartfelt exploration of what it means to come home." —Megan Bannen, author of The Bird & the Blade and Soulswift (November 2020)
“Wench is a power fantasy for every girl yearning for a body-positive, snarky, wonderfully queer heroine. Kaplan’s prose is warm and inviting, and her characters utterly endearing. Witty and charming!” —Ashley Poston, national bestselling author of Geekerella
“Charming, thrilling, and always surprising, Wench offers a wildly refreshing reimagining of the fantasy genre, one you won’t be able to put down!” —Andrew Shvarts, author of the Royal Bastards series
“A spirited, fast-paced adventure that reminds readers not all tough heroines need be handy with a sword.” —Ellen Goodlett, author of Rule and Rise