- 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 (1,027 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,122 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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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 ›
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The world created in this book drew me forward relentlessly and I was shocked to look up and see it was 4:00 am! This is an intensely human story, both strange and wonderful. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by James D. Ronan, Jr.
I loved the balance of characters in this book. It is fantasy with a thread of historical probability, It grows ones belief that equality between the sexes is not only possible but... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Draconis Femme
I enjoyed reading this book. The ending left me unsatisfied.Published 12 days ago by Shirley Buckert
I liked how it empowered women, but it was kind of long winded. The pace got a lot better toward the end. Read morePublished 13 days ago by robin