- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Shield Maiden Press (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981563619
- ISBN-13: 978-0981563619
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (977 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path (Volume 1)
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I chose this photo for my Amazon author page because in it I am standing by the entrance stone at Newgrange, a megalithic passage tomb in Ireland, built over five thousand years ago. If mysterious portals exist in the world, this is one of them. Many authors will tell you that their stories come from a mysterious place, and when I began to write my trilogy, When Women Were Warriors, I suspected that perhaps I had once stepped into another world without knowing it and brought back some ancient long-forgotten tale. Wherever the story came from, it came more through me than from me. I made it from my own life and from my own experience, but I also heard a voice whispering within me that was not quite mine.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I'd read more by the author and would enjoy continuing with the story line. It was a good story line but not in depth enough that I got caught up and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Louise Richards
I found this novel to be one dimensional and undeveloped. Despite the negative reviews claiming the book was "ripped apart to create a trilogy" I decided to try it because... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kelsey N.
I really enjoyed her style of writing. Very engaging too. I also enjoyed the romantic scenes. They were well written and didn't need to use porn to envision the scene.Published 10 days ago by kirko
I gave this a four star rating because it didn't ever "lag". The story was very interesting. It had me from the beginning. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer