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- Print Length: 274 pages
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- Publisher: Shield Maiden Press (November 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001MBU7EK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path Kindle Edition
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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.
Hmm.....much like some other reviewers I really wanted to like this one. In the same way I really wanted to fall head over heals with Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon and Ruth Nestvold's Yseult.
I never fell in love with either Maara (who remains so mysterious and opaque except for when dishing out wisdom) or the main character, Tamras. Possibly it was because the voice of Tamras is so naive and reactive as to feel flimsy at times. It isn't until about the last third of the book that things get interesting, and just when Tamras begins her own apprenticeship, makes some intriguing enemies by standing up for her own feelings, and begins a political manuevering game that draws her warrior into the life of the homestead, the book ends.
Not a fan of the clearly "go buy the next book" in the series kind of dealio either, actually.
Still, I appreciated Tamras' naivete at times because one of the strengths of this book is the way innocent way it approaches life and male-female and female-female politics. Not as something unusual or surprising, but just as a natural matter of course.
And while there are a plethora of attachments and love amongst characters in this book of various genders and power status, it was interesting to me to see that Tamras still called "love" a heterosexual experience, as in "I can't experience love until I become a warrior and am free to lie with a man", and focused mainly on the feelings and sensations and political implications of her emotions with her best friend Sparrow and warrior, Maara.
And the bits of wisdom are good. I especially appreciated the whole "self control instead of indulging feelings" and "realizing you don't have to let anger use you" kind of philosophy Maara espouses (while rolling my eyes a bit whenever she gets on her high horse.)
So a mixed bag for me. Lovely, refreshingly unjudgmental approach to various relationships, interesting world in terms of the the pseudo-medieval politics of the homestead, and a sprinkling of wisdom-bits to wash it all down. In the end, however, I need to fall in love with a character in order to stick with a series and that didn't happen for me here.
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