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

Rated 4.69/5 based on 13 reviews
Winner EPIC 2010 Ebook Award in the Mainstream category!

Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman.

Tamras will make a series of choices that seem insignificant, but they will flow from her character and from her good intentions, and they will determine her destiny. More
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About Catherine Wilson

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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John C Adams reviewed on Oct. 19, 2019

I loved this book. There's nothing like a confident heroine to inspire the reader, and Tamra was so likeable for her resilience and determination to overcome her many challenges.

The writing reminded me a little of authors like Storm Constantine, Melanie Rawn and Cinda Williams Chima. There's an emerging tradition of empowered young women featuring as central characters in fantasy literature. It's long past time.

I loved the presence of legends of old told around the fireside by countless generations in this book. Whenever these are present, they enrich fantasy novels immeasurably by providing a heritage for the invented universe. In this case, supporting the theme that women have ruled effectively and ably before and will do again. It was great to see Tamra sharing them with a new generation.
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Pigeonsquid reviewed on Feb. 5, 2019

Just really really good
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Kay Hemlock Brown reviewed on July 29, 2018

I am about 80% of the way through this amazing story. The author's grasp and mastery of a sort of epic voice is brilliant. All the dozen or so characters, sketched mostly in passing, create indelible images, true archetypes, actually recognizable from among the people who live around us in this century, but have been transported to a feudal alternate universe. No number of stars are enough for this story; I sincerely hope the author lavishes as much time and care on all her subsequent stories! Two thumbs up, and a big toe as well.
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Cee Benid reviewed on July 15, 2013

It's free, you will not be disappointed. I ended up purchasing the two other books. I found it very refreshing, as we do not really have much female warriors available for reading.
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Richard Adin reviewed on April 21, 2013

I think this book deserves 5+ stars. Unlike many indie-authored books, this is well written, virtually error-free, and provides a coherent story about a naïve girl who grows up among strong women.

I downloaded this book many months ago and finally got around to reading it. I am very sorry I took so long to get to it. I found the characters so-well formed that I spent the day reading the book from beginning to end. The different personalities and the insights each brings to shaping naïve Tamra's world, especially her warrior Maara and the Lady Merin, make this a compelling read.

The problem is that the tale continues in volumes 2 and 3 in very expensive ebooks ($9.99 each). As good as this first volume is, I personally find it difficult to spend $9.99 on each of the subsequent volumes; I would not have hesitated at $4.99 each. I think that if you are unfazed by such pricing, then you should definitely read this volume and be prepared to continue the adventure. If you are unwilling to spend $9.99 for each subsequent volume, then you might want to think about whether it is worth your while to read this first volume knowing you will not get the whole story. But, again, this volume is excellent, and worthy of 5+ stars. I just do not know if the subsequent volumes are equally as good and thus justify the price asked.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Douglas Nolan reviewed on March 30, 2013

An interesting and somewhat different tale
I enjoyed reading it, did i find it captivating? No
A pleasant story easy read, would i be interested in reading the other two books? Yes
Do i think it was written well enough to pay $9 to read the next novel?
Most certainly not.
$3 maybe
Lets get this stright, the Author / publisher expects me to pay $9 for a license to read this e-book not to purches a book to hold to own, just a license to read it. Sorry even if it was an amazing story that totaly captivated me a book that i could not put down. It would be pure folly to pay such an amount for something that i could not posses
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Michele M. Reynolds reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012

Amazing book. I bought it as my first book from Amazon..not knowing it was part of a series. Toward the end of the book I thought "how is she going to end this with only a few chapters left?" Then I found out, there were more books! I bought those two also. You need to buy these... very exciting books! Very imaginative and a unique world yet grounded in somewhat reality.
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RedRaider reviewed on Nov. 2, 2012

Allowing us to read the Book 1 - brilliant. Catherine hooked me and I didn't stop until I devoured all 3 bookes. This is an excellent triology. Well thought out characters, wonderful, suspenseful, face paced. Very enjoyable plots, intrigue, suprises.
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Catlin Jane Odell reviewed on Aug. 15, 2012

These three books are beyond amazing. I do not believe I have ever read anything so engaging and spectacular. If I could write half as good as Catherine Wilson did in these books and wind such an exciting and engrossing tale, I would be ecstatic! Kudos Lady Catherine!
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Janel Biondo reviewed on Nov. 29, 2011
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I would like to have read this one but there is no way I am paying 9.95 for each of the next two books...your freaking crazy to charge that for an e-book that I am just going to delete as soon as I am done...
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