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When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path (Volume 1)

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ISBN-13: 978-0981563619
ISBN-10: 0981563619
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Product Details

  • 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 (1,034 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cathy S. Umbehagen on January 1, 2009
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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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.
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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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Either Ms. Wilson or her publishers have so little confidence in her writing that they have to use a cheap ploy to sell books. They give first third of the book out free to try and make others buy the other two thirds of the book at a premium. This is NOT a book, but 1/3 of a book. Perhaps volume 1 would be more appropriate, but even still a bit deceptive.
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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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