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Warrior Princess
     

Warrior Princess

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by Frewin Jones
 

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You can be a warrior, if you choose to be.

Fifteen-year-old Branwen's life is changed forever when enemy Saxon troops attack her homeland and her brother is killed. Branwen wants to jump into action and avenge her brother's death, but instead she is sent to a neighboring stronghold where she'll be safe from harm. Yet while she is

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You can be a warrior, if you choose to be.

Fifteen-year-old Branwen's life is changed forever when enemy Saxon troops attack her homeland and her brother is killed. Branwen wants to jump into action and avenge her brother's death, but instead she is sent to a neighboring stronghold where she'll be safe from harm. Yet while she is surrounded by exquisite beauty and luxury in her new home—as a princess should be—she feels different from the other girls. Deep down, Branwen has the soul of a warrior.

Then a mystical woman in white foretells a daunting prophecy: Branwen will be the one to save her homeland. Suddenly forced to question everything—and everyone—around her, she realizes that the most difficult part of her journey is still to come. With no time to lose, Branwen must make a choice: continue on the path her parents intended for her . . . or step into the role of a true Warrior Princess.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Susan Allen
Fifteen-year-old Branwen, the heroine of this historical fiction adventure/fantasy, is a princess, although certainly not spoiled. She is strong and daring and yearns to take part in battles. When her brother is savagely killed by the Saxon invaders, she is sent away by her parents for "her own good." Branwen finds herself in her allies' stronghold, but it is a place where women do not hunt or fight, and she is forbidden from doing anything deemed unladylike. Branwen struggles to accept her fate, but even a mystical lady in white, given to prophecy and magic, sees her as a warrior. Eventually Branwen chooses to defy her elders and takes a chance because to do otherwise would mean risking everything. The author of The Faerie Path series creates a forthright and smart heroine whose spirit and courage will catch the attention of young teens. The story is true to the period and realistically portrays situations with historical accuracy. Some of the battle scenes may be a bit too descriptive for some readers, but the story is plausible and exciting nonetheless. Readers will get the feeling that it is just one of a series of books as the ending leaves many questions unanswered. They will be anxiously awaiting the next installation of Branwen, the warrior princess. Reviewer: Susan Allen
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Princess Branwen ap Griffith fears a Saxon attack upon her home in the cantref of Cyffin Tir, but she is still unprepared when savage Saxon warriors descend upon her family, slaying her beloved older brother Geraint and changing the course of her life forever. To protect their only remaining child, her parents send her off on a journey to an arranged marriage in a faraway land, but Branwen burns to distinguish herself as a warrior (following in the footsteps of her mother, the legendary Warrior Maiden) and avenge her brother's death. Jones creates a plausible, richly described early medieval world, with its own mythology of the Shining Ones, led by the goddess Rhiannon who tells Branwen that the choice is hers: obey her parents' dull and dreary will for her or follow her destiny as "the Bright Blade! The Emerald Flame of your people!" Well, which would you choose? The framing of Branwen's choice is a bit unclear: when she initially chooses not to follow Rhiannon (angry that the goddess did not intervene to save her brother), it unfolds that the more she tries to distance herself from her fate, the more she ends up unwittingly following it—if something really is one's destiny, is one given the choice of what to do about it? Nevertheless, Branwen's destiny provides the material for suspenseful treachery, bloody violence, and the promise of romance, presumably to be fulfilled in the sequels to come. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

An unexpected encounter with Saxon warriors in the hills near their home ended with the death of Branwen's brother and her banishment to safety in the kingdom of her father's ally Prince Llew. While struggling to adjust to a pampered and dainty new life as a princess, Branwen finds herself increasingly drawn to her old ways as a warrior maiden. Teased and taunted because the people around her cannot understand her strength and mastery with slingshots and the wild falcon that follows her, the 15-year-old eventually gives in to the secret temptation to be trained as a skilled warrior. Thus begins her journey toward becoming the defender of her people. Daughter to a warrior mother, Branwen must quickly press on to maturity and decide whether to marry as tradition and her family wills or follow an uncertain, but prophesied destiny as Warrior Princess. Exciting from start to finish, the story follows her as she moves beyond the awkwardness of girlhood to the assurance of the powerful young woman she is about to become. Filled with battle scenes, fully realized characters, and a conclusion that will keep readers guessing, this story has surefire appeal.-Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
A reluctant heroine embraces her destiny in this bland, generic historical fantasy. Branwen is sent away from her border home in seventh-century Wales after her brother is slaughtered by Saxon marauders. Grieving and miserable among more elegant court ladies, Branwen is shocked when the ancient goddess Rhiannon mystically selects her to "save this land." While she bitterly rejects the prophecy, her friendship with a half-Saxon runaway and surreptitious weapons training nonetheless equip her to help repel an invading force-but at a terrible cost. Branwen floats adrift through the narrative, devoid of a distinctive voice and buffeted by more decisive characters. Jones makes some effort to ground the story historically by scattering authentic names and artifacts, but the depiction of early medieval life is both cliched and anachronistic. Especially jarring is the oddly context-free role of religion; Brythons constantly invoke "the saints" and strenuously repudiate their former gods, yet there is not a single reference to the faith or institutions that replaced them. Still, Branwen's adventures may beguile a few dull hours; the conclusion blatantly advertises that sequels are forthcoming. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061985669
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Warrior Princess , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,272,597
File size:
738 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Frewin Jones has always believed in the existence of "other worlds" that we could just step in and out of if we only knew the way. In the Mortal World, Frewin lives in southeast London with a mystical cat called Siouxsie Sioux.

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Warrior Princess (Warrior Princess Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the greatest read. Unoriginal characters, really cliche
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Breanna Higgins More than 1 year ago
I usually find medevil books boring bur this book was interesting and captivating.
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Tinkerbellv101 More than 1 year ago
A good begining to a story. It had a nice pace and fun characters, I will admit i was expecting a little more action but they worked it. The story is definietly one you should try and i'm really excited to read the next one and see where Brenwin journey leads her. If you like Frewin Jones and his Fairie Path series you will like this book. The way he words things and the medevil feel is totally believeable.
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this is by far my fav book.I love the clift hangers.
Vampfan8483 More than 1 year ago
My usual read normally has vamps or something supernatural in it. Even though this didn't I really, really, liked it I finished it in one day.
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Kira More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced book that will keep you wanting more, I finished this book in maybe two or three days. I love how Frewin Jones was able to write a exceptionally well written story of how some girls are able make changes that will better themselves to help her survival and the survival of others also! I cant wait for the next book Destinys path coming out in October! I suggest you go and read this book, you will not be dissapointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the entire book takes place in about week spand maybe. its kind of fast paste. i read this in about a day; its one of those "just for fun" kind of books. The next book in this series is Destiny's Path. I will be getting the next book. you should read it. though i have to admit i winced a couple of times when something embrassing happened to the main character, Branwen.
chinagirl95 More than 1 year ago
I didn't really get into this book much, you know? it was kinda blah. But I kinda sorta enjoyed it. I think I prefer Frewin Jones' fairie books. those are good.
SuzSM More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next in this series to come out. I have enjoyed reading and re-reading this story of a young woman with proud ancestry striving to find her way to accept the great responsibilities that she has to face. The character is typical rebellious teen in a strange environment but in a medieval setting. Her fellow teenagers behave in ways that would not be unexpected under the circumstances, making this more believable. I enjoyed not agreeing with the heroine's behaviors at some points and supporting her at others, but enjoyed every minute of it. Frewin Jones builds teenage relationships well, and leaves us hanging, knowing that somewhere along the line relationships have to re-converge. This book flows well, and reads well. I would recommend it to anyone.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It takes just a moment for fifteen-year-old Branwen's life to change forever.

In the blink of an eye, the Saxons attack and her brother is killed. Almost as quickly, she is sent away from her home to a neighboring stronghold where she'll be safe from harm. Now Branwen lives as a princess should -- surrounded by exquisite things and lavish quarters.

But deep down inside remains the soul of a warrior.

Just when Branwen is sure she has been pushed to her limits, a chance encounter with a mystical woman in white forces her to question everything -- and everyone -- around her. With no time to lose, Branwen must make a choice: continue in the path her parents intended for her . . . or step into the role of a true Warrior Princess.

I'm a fan of Jones's THE FAERIE PATH books, so when I heard he had a new series coming out, I was very excited. Jones has a very descriptive writing style yet doesn't exhaust the reader in mundane details. WARRIOR PRINCESS is no exception.

I really enjoyed Branwen's story, and while at times I had problems with the character personally, she redeemed herself many times over. One of those redeeming moments being Branwen's change from the awkwardness of childhood to a prominent and determined young woman.

I think if I had to label this novel I'd call it a historical fantasy. I appreciated the historically accurate details that were depicted throughout the novel.

I'm hoping that this is the beginning of a series, because the ending leaves many questions unanswered. Overall, an entertaining, faced-paced read that is sure to conquer fans of both fantasy and historical fiction!