A series of High Fantasy novels by Robert Newcomb, notable for a) a literal gender war, with women as the baddies, and b) an amazingly vehement Hatedom, partly because of the gender war and partly because of rampant cliches.The order of the books is:
The Fifth Sorceress (2002)
The Gates of Dawn (2003)
The Scrolls of the Ancients (2004)
The sequel trilogy is known as Destinies of Blood and Stone. There were plans for a third trilogy, Victories of Blood and Stone, but publisher Del Rey cancelled Newcomb's contract after the second trilogy was released.Read a recap of the first book here.
This series of books provides examples of:
Action Girl: By the third book, Shailiha is one of these. Also in the third book is Tyranny.
Aerith and Bob: We have Tristan, Nicholas, Morganna, and Shailiha all coming from the same family. In the same world, we also have Failee, Succiu, Wigg, Shannon the Small, etc.
Anything That Moves: A common result of sorcery, but Succiu deserves special mention, as her appetites include men, women, slave boys, dwarves, gentically mutated minions, other sorceresses, and both the main character and his twin sister.
Artistic License - Biology: Apparently, Succiu can go through a full-term pregnancy in less than a month without suffering any ill-effects.
Considering some of the other stuff she's done, accelerating her pregnancy through black magic is par for the course.
Author Appeal: Newcomb seems to be really into nudism, although only villains are nudists.
Love at First Sight: Tristan towards THREE different girls. First Lilith who is a sorceress in disguise and tries to kill him then Narrissa who dies. And in the second book it happens again with Celeste.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted. It's more of a 'Luke I Am Your Son' moment, between Tristan and Nicholas II in the second book.