When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path

When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path

by Catherine Wilson

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Winner, 2010 EPIC Ebook Award for fiction in the Mainstream category.

"Breathtakingly gorgeous writing … a multi-layered tale of such depth, breadth and insight that it was very nearly a spiritual experience…"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com

"…reminds me of Le Guin, of Cecelia Holland, and something of Rosemary Sutcliff… It made me feel as I did when I was a child reading authors like those… Once again I was in a magical place…"
--from a review by Charles Ferguson on Amazon.com

"…there’s no ring of power or glowing sword of specialness; the magic, like the tone of the book, is quiet. It feels real."
--from a blog review on livejournal

When she was a child, the author of When Women Were Warriors happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, "Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune." But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was looking for all those years ago, she decided to write it.

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

"…Both men and women of all persuasions seem to love these books... Very rare. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com

"Think Beowulf--only comprehensible and with girls."
--from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000805152
Publisher: Catherine Wilson
Publication date: 01/11/2010
Series: When Women Were Warriors , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 40,391
File size: 273 KB

About the Author

I have spent most of my working life as an engineer of one sort or another (broadcast engineer, software engineer) and people who know that side of me are surprised when they learn about the writing side. I like science and engineering because I like to know how things work, and I like the arts because I like to know how people work.

It took me 50 years to graduate from college, because I kept getting distracted by life, but I finally earned a BA and MS in Computer Science. Having accomplished that, I started writing a novel, which turned into a trilogy. I don't know why I needed that degree to write, at last, the book that I always knew was in me trying to get out. Maybe I just needed to be old enough.

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When Women Were Warriors Book I 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all three of these books during a week of rain. The almost 2000 pages kept me enthralled. The cultures and people of these stories are so well writen. The depth and bredth of the people. I was spellbound. Do yourself a favor read this and share it. Sanna7125
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have done without the sex scenes, but thought provoking and beautiful settings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good, I admit it, but not to the point where I would give it a perfect score. I liked the world and the characters in it. There were moments of suspense and drama, but very few were intense. The romance felt very free and there some mild 'scenes' in it. It was an interesting read with a lot of wisdom stuff in it, but I expected something more in it. It was still good though.
diannePA More than 1 year ago
This Trilogy is a fascinating story, not just of a long ago society, but a story of love, power, and human relationships. I have never read any book that caused me so much inner-reflection on my own beliefs. Challenging content but easy reading, I would recommend this to all who wish to make a journey into understanding humankind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading it, which I guess says something. The writing style is a bit amateurish which is probably why I finished it, it was just easy to read. What I found it lacked was building a connection to the characters, I just didn't really care about them. The plot also kinda dead ended for me, which is probably more to do with it being a trilogy, but I'm not invested enough to read the other two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
starts slow but once it opens up and gets going you get sucked in very fast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Daily life is never the same in any generation or culture, but sometimes we meet a person in life that will change Nd enhance our lide. bravo Catherinw and thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the fact that she does not overwhelm you with information. It makes for an interesting read.
AmyKa More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Do not let the other reviews turn you from this book. It is sad that the 3 very subtle intimate scenes which we less then what is in the twilight saga  has upset the immature of mind. I guess I am still surprised by closed mind homophobics. They can't seem to grasp this has been the way of the world for many of centuries for Men and Woman Soldiers. And no it is not strictly about a relationship of 2 women again sad how people seem to miss the the wisdom that is in this book because they can't look passed their own short comings. So yes if you are a closed minded homophob do not waste the authors time with reading it and leaving a ignorant rant. this book is well written with a easy flow. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!   It was so refreshing to read about strong female characters in a place where gay or straight or bi just isn't an issue.  The characters are well developed.  Her descriptions are evocative without being overly verbose.  I couldn't get enough of it.  If you like gay and lesbian fiction, please do yourself a favor and read this.  If you are a homophobic nutbag like the previous reviewer, grow up.  I meant that last sentence respectfully of course.  To the author, thank you for writing such a lovely trilogy.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I stumbled across this book. I thought it was wonderfully written, and a beautiful story! And yes there are lesbians in the book and some mild sex scenes, but if you can look past that, it's a great read! If you can't, just don't read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best series I have EVER read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and its stories and characters and wisdom! Showing a matriarchal society that is self-sufficient, effective, strong was a wonderfully refreshing thing to see. I understand how some people did not like the love scenes between the women, but I thought they were very tastefully done, not at all graphic and not at all gratuitous--and I'm straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish she wrote more then three novels they are really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not finish reading this book. Not my kind of book. Would be liked by someone else maybe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit different but very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instantly and completely drawn into the story told through Tamras' point of view with great attention to her own feelings, emotions, and experiences, as well as those of Maara, Sparrow, and others whom she shares her journey with. As a visual and empathetic/emotional reader I found myself fully immersed in her world and her journey as she becomes more mature and grows in her wisdom, strength, and love. As the story unfolds, throughout the various ups and downs there remains constant threads of love, hope, strength, encouragement, and trust, that is deeply moving and refreshing. It was a joy to get to know Tamras, Maara, Sparrow, as well as the others whom she began to know, and now it's on to book two to get to know them more and to continue experience and join their journey further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enthralling novel.
SusanMN More than 1 year ago
The book is a hodgepoge of story lines and I haven't a clue as to which of them might win. There is a mysterious stranger from the North who may have been raised by wolves, a wise, young girl from the South who takes care of the stranger and advises the mother superior of the empire, a young woman who was a sex slave in her former home, a female empire to protect from food seeking men, some mystical ceremonies that advance women to their next levels of development, lesbian love encounters - yikes! The author seemed to struggle with choosing which story to tell and as a result, started to explore all of them. A good editor would have been a great help to the author who writes well enough and just needs some focus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the way the characters are developed throughout the book. A great read!
IM4SURF More than 1 year ago
The story is a little slow, but easy enough to read. It is different. I will try the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a different approach to life and the training of the ways in life. It is hard to put down. Some areas look at things a little different than most books but the life lessons are still there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everything
BiaJohnson1 More than 1 year ago
I had this book for a while on my tbr shelf and finally got around to reading it, I was not disappointed. It a good book, beautifully written with characters that make you feel for them. Make you want to get to know them, care for them. There were some plot points that didn't feel like they went anywhere. But it was an all around good read.