Dangerous Women 2 Author:George R. R. Martin (Editor), Gardner Dozois (Editor) Anthology of specially-commissioned stories from the most stellar names in the genre, set in a number of readers' favourite fantasy worlds. Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if... more » you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more."
Vol 2 of 3. Each volume contains 7 of the original 21 stories issued in hardcover as "Dangerous Women".
The Girl in the Mirror [Fillory] (2013) / Lev Grossman: Smart girl in magic-school plays a prank that kinda gets away from her and she almost gets eaten by a ghost.
Pronouncing Doom [Emberverse I] (2013) / S. M. Stirling: Post-apocalyptic clans have reformed to try and get some semblance of humanity. Blatant rapist is being tried and sentenced by High Priestess who has to remind everyone that they really should have put a stop to his bullshit month's ago. She sentences him to death and he's executed.
Lies My Mother Told Me [Wild Cards] (2013) / Caroline Spector: Awesome female super heroes.
Name the Beast (2013) / Sam Sykes: A woman is a trained hunter and killer from a tribal people who are kills anyone who enters her territory. She can go up to unarmed, untrained people and kill them. She starts to question towards the end and decides that maybe her daughter isn't as totally worthless as she'd thought by not being as good at the slaughtering as she is.
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly (2013) / Nancy Kress: Post apocalyptic world where women are property and worth only the children they might bear.
Virgins [Outlander] (2013) / Diana Gabaldon: The protagonists stop to watch a woman chased down and then raped in public. No one batts an eye. Male protagonists hired to escort a woman to marry against her will. She decides to do something about it and escapes to marry who she wants. She tips off bandits to try and raid her
Grandfather's goods so she can still live wealthy.
A Queen in Exile (2013) / Sharon Kay Penman: The Queen gives birth and breastfeeds in public to prove that her children are actually hers. Even when she knows her husband is a wanker, she doesn't stand up to him.