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"Classic in its theme of young, idealistic lovers from opposing camps, it sheds a bright light on the culture, history and legends of a time and place too little explored by most western readers." - Persia Woolley, author of the acclaimed Guinevere Trilogy

"McCabe paints a vivid portrait of Medieval France whose vestiges can still be found in the streets of modern Paris." - Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc mystery series and Murder in Passy

"A grand and engaging re-telling of the original 'star crossed lovers' epic with everything Orlando - chivalry, romance, fights to the death, hippogriffs, madness, and beauty! As engaging a story as I have read this year, I couldn't put it down and I urge you to pick it up today." - John Granger, author of Unlocking Harry Potter 

"I read the story in one sitting and was devastated to find out what I had in my hands was only volume one!  I look forward to volume two."  - Ibrahim Al-Marashi, professor of History at IE University in Spain

"This is an original approach to the story of Bradamante and Ruggiero.  Historically accurate, with a clever sense of plot and an incredible set of characters.  Once you start you simply can't stop!" - José Lúcio, professor of Economic Development at New University of Lisbon-Portugal

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Linda C. McCabe lives in the Northern California Wine Country with her college sweetheart and teenaged son.  She received a master's degree as an historian of science from Sonoma State University, and loves to travel.  To aid in the research of her writing, she spent a month in France scouring museums in Paris and trekking through medieval hilltop villages in the Midi-Pyrenees.  She has been a member of the California Writers Club for more than a decade and is past-president of the local branch, Redwood Writers.  She has had opinion/editorials published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Los Angeles Times and essays published in several of the Redwood Writers' Vintage Voices anthologies as well as the Centennial Edition of the California Writers Club Anthology West Winds. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Destrier Books (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983636206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983636205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,940,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda C. McCabe lives in the Northern California Wine Country with her college sweetheart and teenaged son. She received a master's degree as an historian of science from Sonoma State University, and loves to travel. To aid in the research of her writing, she has taken two extended trips to France scouring museums in Paris and trekking through medieval hilltop villages in the Midi-Pyrenees. Her novel Quest of the Warrior Maiden won the 2013 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association Award for Best Historic Fantasy.

McCabe has been a member of the California Writers Club for more than a decade and is a past-president of her local branch, Redwood Writers and received the Jack London Service Award. She has had opinion/editorials published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Los Angeles Times and essays published in several of the Redwood Writers Vintage Voices anthologies as well as the Centennial Edition of the California Writers Club Anthology West Winds.

McCabe was also the winner of the website Portkey(dot)org's First Reader's Choice Award for Best Novel Length Fic for Harry Potter fan fiction in 2003 for her story "Secrets, Lies and the Daily Prophet."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe-Free on October 3, 2011
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I came across this through an unrelated search and bought it because I like mythology but was unfamiliar with this tale. Once it was on the kindle, neither my wife nor I could put it down. I can't find any other books by this author on Amazon but we will be watching. If you like historical fiction and/or mythology, you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 18, 2014
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Quite unexpectedly, I was completely engaged in the battles, the romance, the characters, the adventures, and the lore from the start of reading the Quest of the Warrior Maiden. I don't know this genre so my complete entanglement was a surprise. But what a pleasant surprise to be surrounded by this magical world of epic characters who retain some of their human traits of hunger, thirst and passion. The tale is told eloquently in a style that fits the period but very understandable. I can not wait for the sequel then I know I will be waiting for whatever Linda writes next. I am hooked!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malena on July 19, 2012
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Usually when I read a book outside of my genre (mystery) I get bored after a point and wonder where the mystery is. This book had me from the start and I couldn't put it down. The characters, the adventure, the love story, it all comes together to make a great book. This is volume one of what I hope will be an epic series that Ms. McCabe continues writing for a long, long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marco ferrara on October 13, 2013
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What a surprise! An American writer tells the epic of Charlemagne’s chilvary us in an English language quite easily understood also by foreigners. The reader will recall the school lessons about Ariosto and Boiardo (“Orlando furious” and “Orlando in love”) and will enjoy following the adventures of so many characters: beautiful maidens (also valiant in battle) knights fighting for the Christian Charlemagne or the Muslim Akramont, and also magic legends. All this in a Europe as it should have been in the eighth-ninth century.
I enjoyed reading this novel and am looking forward to the following of the love story between Bradamante and Ruggiero in a new forthcoming novel, as promised by the writer.

Original text in Italian:
"Che sorpresa trovare descritte, da una scrittrice americana, le gesta dei paladini di Carlo Magno in una lingua inglese chiara e abbastanza comprensibile anche da chi non possiede una grande conoscenza dell’Inglese. ! Vengono richiamate alla memoria le letture dell’Ariosto e del Boiardo (“Orlando Furioso” e “Orlando Innamorato”, ) ed è divertente seguire le avventure dei tanti personaggi: belle fanciulle( anche valorose combattenti) ,cavalieri che si battono in a fianco del loro re, Carlomagno cristiano o Agramante musulmano, e non mancano interventi di maghi e maghe, in un’Europa immaginata come doveva essere nei secoli settimo-ottavo.
Mi sono divertita ed attendo la prosecuzione della storia d’amore fra Bradamarte e Ruggiero, nel prossimo libro promesso dall’autrice."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Farrell on October 8, 2011
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This tantalizing love story is based on the Italian romantic epic poems of Orlando furioso and Orlando innamorato written in the Italian Renaissance about medieval legendary events. Yet the author retells this tale to highlight the Maid, Bradamante, a Christian warrior fighting for Charlemagne, and her love for Ruggiero, a Saracen knight and her sworn enemy.

Weaving fantasy and history in a complex plot with many characters, the author uses Bradamante's love for Ruggiero as the single thread pulling the action forward. When Bradamante learns of her noble destiny, her love for Ruggiero is elevated into a quest to save her religion and country.

Fraught with obstacles, trickery, and magic, Bradamante is entangled in a web, but is she caught? At the book's fast paced ending, madness and conflicts are at every turn. A well written and exciting adventure, fueled by passion and revenge, this is the stuff of great literature. Compelling and entertaining!
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