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When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine M. Wilson
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Winner, 2010 EPIC Ebook Award for fiction in the Mainstream category.

"The strong, supple prose on display in all three novels, the intelligence of the plotting, and the skillfully varied pacing make this a standout trilogy--highly recommended"
--from a review by the Historical Novel Society

"Breathtakingly gorgeous writing … a multi-layered tale of such depth, breadth and insight that it was very nearly a spiritual experience…"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on

"…there’s no ring of power or glowing sword of specialness; the magic, like the tone of the book, is quiet. It feels real."
--from a blog review on livejournal

When she was a child, the author happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, "Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune." But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was looking for all those years ago, she decided to write it.

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

"…Both men and women of all persuasions seem to love these books... Very rare. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on

"Think Beowulf--only comprehensible and with girls."
--from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 610 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 274 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0981563619
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Shield Maiden Press (25. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001MBU7EK
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #9.066 Kostenfrei in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 - Kostenfrei in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read 4. August 2009
Von Astrid TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
This is the first part of a trilogy, set in the British Isle sometime during the Bronze Age, a time when matrifocal societies and female warriors were still a common thing. The story is told from the perspective of the main character, Tamras, a young woman who left her mother's family to join the House of the Lady Merin. Tamras wants to become a warrior. To reach this task she must first become a warrior's apprentice.

Even though this book is about female warriors it's by no means a story which is focused on fights or bloodshed. It is rather a story about a young woman who is eager to find her own path, despite of other people telling her what is or would be best for a young girl. Tamras struggles to find her own way which isn't always easy. She becomes friends with a former slave and chooses a mentor who is disliked from the other members of the House of Merin, simply because the warrior is a stranger.

Tamras is a likeable character and it's hard to put the book down to take a break. I was impressed to read on the author's blog that she took some years off from working a day job to write this story. From my point of view this time was well spent. It's not often that I get the feeling that every word of a story is well thought through and every character as well drafted as it is the case with this book.

I'm really looking forward to the other two books of the trilogy. And, even if you don't usually read stories that are written in the first perspective: give this one a try. It's well worth it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly addictive 12. Oktober 2009
Von Athena
I heard about this book by accident. When I started reading I was fascinated by the story at once and I was very tempted to read the whole book in one night, although I had to get up early the next day.

I read that it took the auther 10 years to finish the trilogy and she did a great job. One can see that she put a lot of efford in creating interesting characters. It's a great book and I can only recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Go get addicted! 25. September 2013
Von Spinifex
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved these books.
After I finally started to read this - having had this first book on my Kindle for ages - I was absolutely hooked.
It is really well written and I fell in love with several characters.
A big bonus is of course the first book being free - that taster made me really want to buy the other two because I NEEDED to know how the story went on.

If you are looking for a well written story with most of the characters being women that are of course loving women and it is no big deal at all - go get this.
It was such a pleasure getting lost in a world that does not care about this and has some really nicely written ( in my opinion) erotic scenes.

So all in all I have a lot of feelings for these books :)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen really cool story 26. Februar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
really cool story and well written! id like to read some more!........... .......................... ............. ............ ............... ............. .............. ............... ...........
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Music of Words 2. Januar 2009
Von Cathy S. Umbehagen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
"All the women of my family had gone to war... Now my turn had come...So it is the custom that a free woman leave her mother's house to bind herself and those of her blood to a neighboring clan, either by the sword or by the cradle." Set in the British Isles during the Bronze Age, thus begins the tale of Tamras, just sixteen, as she leaves her home and everything she knows to continue the custom of her clan and journey to become a warrior's apprentice. The story is told from the perspective of the main character who has led a quite sheltered life prior to this point.

From the title the reader would expect simply a tale of battle and blood, but this story instead surprises and mesmerizes one in its wonderful intricate weaving of words that become a delicate fabric of story and feeling. Words flow like a gentle meandering stream and one is swept up in the actual thoughts and emotions of the main character as she experiences growth and change when she enters the world of a warrior's apprentice. The battles in the first book of this trilogy are few and are not the main focus of the story.

I am a book lover and have been an avid reader of many genres for over fifty years. I do enjoy a good story just for the sake of the story while often thinking that the writing is simply mediocre. Seldom, however, do I read a book where I feel that the actual writing drives the book. This book is a true gem not to be missed. There are so many books out there to be read, but a limited number where the telling is as good as the tale. This is a book for those who love the smooth feel of words on their minds as a story progresses rather than just the action driving the book.

Note: Because of the imposed segregation of the women in this society of warriors, this story does have a couple of scenes of female sex.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unexpected Pleasure 1. Februar 2010
Von Robin L. McLaughlin - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Since getting my Kindle I've read quite a few self-published stories and books, and while some of that stuff is so bad as to be unreadable I've had fairly good luck with picking fiction that is at least decent, even if somewhat flawed. Usually the flaws show up in lack of editing and proof reading, but often times the writers show a lot of promise or talent.

When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson is an exception in that it's a very polished, professionally crafted book by a self-published author who as far as I can tell doesn't have any traditional publishing credits. I ended up being very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and the book.

Wilson's writing is very smooth and she does an excellent job of creating intriguing characters with depth. The story is slow in unfolding, and yet the pacing is just right so that it doesn't drag. The book kept me interested all the way through, even though there really isn't any action to speak of or major exciting events. Which again points to the skill of the writer. The story is primarily about the experiences and internal changes the characters undergo.

I would label the book as fantasy in that it's medievalish in what appears to be more a made up world than historical. But it's not traditional fantasy, in that it's only kinda swords and without the sorcery. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written, character-driven story about female warriors within a predominantly female setting.

Here's a quote from the book I really liked:

"I tried to remember how I had felt at home when I was looking forward to seeing someplace new. Everything there was so familiar that I longed for something different. Now I longed for just one familiar thing. I felt like a bird, caged all its life, set free by an open window and cowering upon the windowsill."

Kindle Note: The Kindle edition is extremely well done.

I am disappointed the 2nd and 3rd Kindle books in this trilogy (at the time of this writing) are priced at ten bucks each. That's the price I expect to pay for new ebooks from traditional publishers released at the same time as hardcovers. I'm willing to pay five to six dollars for self-pubbed ebooks of this quality, which is the equivalent of buying a backlist or new paperback release title from a mainstream author. But as it is I won't be getting to see how the story continues and ends with this pricing scheme.

My opinions about pricing are not reflected in my rating of the book as I don't believe that's appropriate. Books should be rated and reviewed on their own merits. But I included the comments because pricing is part of some people's consideration as to whether they want to read the first book or not. The end of the first book does leave the reader hanging a bit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a great read! 26. November 2011
Von Janis Ian - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
On vacation with my trusty Kindle, I happened to notice this book was available for free download. Got a sample, was intrigued, ordered the book. Read through it in two days and was so taken with the characters that I actually ordered - and paid for! - the second in the series. I've just bought the third, and am completely engrossed. Yes, perhaps not as detailed as Rothfuss or Martin - she's a new author, hey! - I found I didn't miss any of the detail at all. Reminiscent of early Valdemar (Mercedes Lackey) stories. Worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved reading this book 18. Januar 2009
Von Lee Frank - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This title would never have attracted my attention, however I saw an offer on "kindlekorner" for a free copy of Book 1, so I took advantage of it. When it arrived I was in the middle of reading "Blind Man's Bluff". I decided to put it aside and just read the first few pages of "When Women Were Warriors". It really caught my attention so read the first couple of chapters. At that point I could not put it down, as I was consumed in the story and continued reading until the end. Then I finished the book I had been reading. I just purchased book 2 & 3 and have already started reading book 2. I am so happy I saw the free offer for Book 1, because reading it really expanded my horizon. This author really paints a clear understandable picture in these three books. Excellent read!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen rip off 1. Januar 2011
Von Asha - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
First and foremost this IS NOT a trilogy. These three "books" equal one book. The first book, which I purchased for my kindle for $1, has NO CLIMAX. At this point I was interested in the story, so thought I would give the benefit of the doubt and buy the second "book".It was $9.99 on kindle, which is a lot for any e-book as far as I'm concerned. The second book starts on chapter 28,(hmmmm) the first book ended on chapter 27. See where I'm going with this!! Oh yeah, and it has a climax, BECAUSE IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK. These are not books unto themselves, and not parts of a trilogy, simply PARTS OF A BOOK. This person took a book, ripped it in thirds, slapped covers on and voila, trilogy. I don't appreciate this sly tactic. It's actually not a bad story from what I've read and I would have liked to read it through, but baiting people to pay $21 for an e-book ( much more for a hard copy) is wrong. They can keep their third "book". I can do without.
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