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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Shield Maiden Press (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981563627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981563626
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't express enough how fantastic this series is. The second book does not disappoint; every expectation was met, if not surpassed with "A Journey of the Heart". Wilson reliably instills in readers the feeling of wonder at the world around Tamras, an appreciation for the complexity and beauty of social interactions, an awareness of the individual as multi-faceted and full of potential, and much more. The world is great and mysterious, awesome and cruel, and the people in it equally so. We get to know the characters even more, seeing sides of them that surprise and soften our hearts. There are things to be feared and worry over, and there are things to marvel at. I have yet to find a character I dislike or can't relate to/admire in some way. Every moment is handled with grace and wisdom, and as Tamras learns, we learn with her.
This series is more than addicting. Be ready to obsess over it, because it certainly won't let your heart or mind go. Both the first and second books have left a permanent mark in me, and I'm going to start the third ASAP. I bought the second and third as e-books (the first is FREE), but have also ordered the paperback versions and I would gladly throw more money at Wilson if the opportunity arose.
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Ok.. The first book hooked me and now I'm addicted! The author has kept me walking beside the characters who keep revealing themselves bit by bit.i can't write any more.. I have to start reading the next!!
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The wonderful continuation of a truly life-changing trilogy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An amazing trilogy! Feb. 14 2011
By Jo Dogz - Published on
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When Women Were Warriors is a lovely and well told story that spans across three books. It's an epic tale of one young girl, fostered to the house of Lady Merin in the hopes of one day becoming a warrior. Tamras may be young and innocent, but she knows what she wants and is determined to walk the path that she feels is best and not the path others would force upon her.

The books not only follows along as Tamras finds her path in the warriors world, we also get to see her discover the depth and strength of her heart and spirit and discover where she fits in in the world. I really like that Catherine has built a world of strong women, yet hasn't fallen into the trap of making the men weak, of body or mind.

I downloaded the first book from Catherine's website and immediately started reading. It didn't take long before I was fully invested in Tamras and where her journey would take her. That was two days ago. When I finished reading it, I immediately purchased books two and three and jumped right in. Needless to say, nothing else got accomplished around here, I blame Catherine for writing such great books. (I should be blaming my own lack of self control and poor time management skills, but where's the fun in that!).

When I finished the third book last night, I didn't immediately write my thoughts down, instead heading to bed with the intention of allowing the story to pecolate through my mind. I should know by now to have a pen and paper next to the bed, as I thought of several amazing, witty, astonishingly insightful things to write. Alas, I awoke this morning and they've all fled my brain. All I can say is I highly recommend the books. Catherine is kind (smart) enough to offer the first book for only a 99 cent download, so you have nothing to loose by giving it a go. If you're anything like me, when you get to the end of it, you'll almost be tripping over yourself to get back online and purchase the next two.

Thanks Catherine for a great trilogy of books :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Read this book! April 3 2009
By Howling Pen - Published on
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Review of When Women Were Warriors, Wilson, Catherine M. ©2008 by Catherine M. Wilson
By Morgan Van Dyke 4-3-08
The trilogy, When Women Were Warriors is written by Catherine M. Wilson. The main character, Tamras, daughter of Tamnet, amuses and challenges the reader as she learns how to develop deep friendships, face fierce battles and betrayal and grow into wisdom. Tamras has only lived in a land where women govern. When she leaves her mother's farm and lands, her adventures and misadventures at the House of Merin, a training camp for warriors begins.

In Book I of Tamras is presented to the House of Merin in hopes that she too may earn her shield. Queen Merin is the shield mate of Tamnet and Tamras hopes that like her mother, one day she too may earn her shield. Throughout the first book she learns the tasks of being a companion to a warrior and struggles with the hope and dread of becoming an apprentice. Find out what happens when tenderness becomes passionate? On the back cover Ginth is quoted, "Make sure of what you want, and when you get it, don't complain."

Book II continues the journey as Tamras learns the meaning of risk and love. What does it mean to face truths that hurt? Should one risk betrayal or betray the one they are bound to? Book II moves so fast it is over before you want it to be. To revel in the tale is like tasting the sweetness of a wild honeycomb while risking the sting and the knowledge that it will be a sticky mess. Who can Tamras turn to for guidance? "What's that? A wind through dry leaves? Black water whispering down a cave wall? No, just the voice of a foolish old women." Maara

In Book III comes Tamras' the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling throughout the land of her enemies, Tamras ponders the questions that will bring her to the brink. Betrayal after betrayal plunges her into despair; can she figure out who is the real enemy? How will she handle her terrors and passion? "You find the lie, you pull its thread, and the
What Tamras learns can be applied to everywoman. Through Ms. Wilson's tale we vicariously take part in an adventure as if we too are nubile and young. This book is the fantasy of any woman who faces her own foibles as she learns to love, take charge of responsibility and at face the underworld of her mind. These three books take you to the heart of the matter and at the same time take you on a wild adventure When Women Were Warriors. These books may be purchased at Book I in Kindle is available for free: [...] . Her official website is [...]

Morgan Van Dyke was the founder of Santa Cruz Women Writers Society. Catherine Wilson was one of the first members and certainly one of the most skilled. Ms. Van Dyke has recently retired from social work and grant writing to become a full time author. She is currently working on her first trilogy of books. She and her wife, Elizabeth, live in Washington State.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When Women were Warriors Trilogy April 21 2012
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It is a trilogy so three books to read. Amazing love story for the girls who love girls. Think Zena meets Gabriel and does everything you want them to do.Well maybe not everything but more than they did in the TV series. Could not put it down even on the second read through.Go girls.
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When Women Were Warriors May 10 2013
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This book is a wonderful story of love and adventure that moves so swiftly you can't put it down. I never understood the love between two women and Cathreine Wilson has given me a clear view of the depth of what that love can be in a beautiful way. Thank you for opening me eyes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent trilogy Oct. 16 2011
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When Women Were Warriors. Book 1. The Warriors Path by Catherine M Wilson

Book one of this wonderful trilogy begins the story of a would be warrior, sixteen year old Tamras, as she leaves behind her childhood and her mother Tamnet's house, to enter the house of her mother's best friend, the Lady Merin.

On her arrival, Tamras is disappointed to find that she has been assigned to be the companion of an outsider, Maara. Not to learn to be a warrior right away as she had thought. When Maara is seriously injured, Tamras nurses her back to health again when others had given her up for dead. A bond between them begins to form.

When the time comes for Tamras to become an apprentice warrior, she chooses to remain with Maara, even though the lead warrior, Vintel had specifically asked for Tamras as her apprentice. This does not please Vintel.

The other women of the house are wary of Maara and don't trust her. The Lady Merin herself has her doubts as to Maara's loyalty and asks for Tamras to spy on her.

Will Maara prove trustworthy? Will Tamras agree to spy for Lady Merin?

This book was a total surprise to me. I had the book for a long while before I read it. Then only at the recommendation of a friend. I'm only sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it. The story is written in such a way, that I'd finished it before I realized it was coming to an end and immediately wanted to read more.

The story is told entirely from Tamras's point of view. I loved her way of telling tales from the old days, beginning with, `In ancient days when only women were warriors......' This made parts of the book read like a lovely fairy story. Really delightful. A story not entirely of bloodshed and battles as I had expected. But of a young girl becoming a woman in ancient times. All the trials and tribulations of growing up and experiencing physical love for the first time.

An extremely well written excellent beginning to the trilogy. I love the characters and the way they interact with one another. The scenic settings make it easy to lose ones self in and to imagine being a part of the story as only a talented writer can do.

When Women Were Warriors Book 11 A Journey Of The Heart

This second book in the trilogy follows Tamras as she begins another part of her journey into adulthood. Tamras is apprenticed to Maara and learning to be a warrior. Her best friend Sparrow is now apprenticed to Vintel.

Tamras and Sparrow are lovers, but Tamras has reservations and is wary, as Vintel is hers and Maara's enemy.

When Tamnet, Tamras's mother comes to visit her, Tamras learns that Lady Merin intends to adopt her and make Tamras her heir. When Vintel finds out about this, both Tamras's and Maara's lives are in mortal danger.

When Lady Merin falls ill and Tamras nurses her back to health, Vintel made sure vile rumours were spread around regarding Lady Merin's alleged relationship with Tamras.

Vintel lures Maara's away from the house and then imprisons Tamras. But Tamras has friends and they help her to escape. Tamras catches up with Maara and together they manage to over power the warriors keeping Maara captive and they go on the run.

Maara and Tamras travel far from Lady Merin's house and hide in a forest. They received help from the people of the forest and lived amongst them while deciding what they should do next and when to do it.

As time passed, Tamras realized she had fallen in love with Maara. But did Maara feel the same? Will Tamras and Maara be found by Vintel? Will they survive?

This second book followed right on from where the first one left off. It is a continuation as to be expected in the journey Tamras's life is taking into adulthood. The story is every bit as captivating and intriguing as the first in the series. It left me full of excitement and anticipation for the next instalment.

When Women Were Warriors Book 111 A Hero's Tale

The last book in the trilogy begins where the second book left off with Tamras and Maara still in exile from Lady Merin's house.

At the end of the winter, Tamras and Maara decide to begin the journey back to Lady Merin's house. They know that they must return to put right all the wrongs that Vintel has caused.
Unfortunately on their journey, Tamras and Maara are taken prisoner by people from the north. Maara manages to negotiate for Tamras to be released, therefore putting her own life in the hands of an old enemy, Elen.

Tamras decides to follow Maara's trail which leads towards Elen's house, where she is certain Maara is going to be returned to.

This decision is the turning point for everyone. The house of Lady Merin, The Northerners, The house of Elen and all people along the way. This decision leads to Tamras proving her worth as a leader. But how does Tamras find Maara? Will their love survive? Battles are fought and won, but who is the victor? Will Tamras ever return to take up her rightful place as the adopted daughter of Lady Merin?

This is an enchanting, captivating, excellently written trilogy of books that I simply could not put down until I'd finished them all. I tried to read them slowly to savor them, but alas, my Kindle got red hot from turning the pages so quickly. But I am going to read them again, slowly this time.

The whole trilogy is told from Tamras's point of view and is based on her life and her family, friends and enemies and her adventures along the way. We see her grow from an uncertain sixteen year old companion to the outsider Maara, to her apprenticeship with Maara and her eventual leadership status.

These books are a true delight to read. Page after page was feverishly turned in my quest to take the journey through life with Tamras.

There is something for everyone in these books. Excitement, adventure, love, betrayal, battles, survival, compassion just to name but some of the things you will find along the way.
This trilogy would be brilliant made into a film or TV series. The story and scenery would be a delight on screen.

If you are looking for something to really get your teeth into for the winter, look no further. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend this series.