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Warrior Daughter

Warrior Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Janet Paisley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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'Epic... It's a rip-roaring yarn. WARRIOR DAUGHTER, with its lochs and brochs and barely clothed lusty warriors turning cartwheels at dawn, would make a fantastic film'
-- Scotsman

'Paisley's evocation of an ancient Celtic fiefdom is a marvellous marriage of imagination and scholarship ... a unique and inspiring story that goes far beyond the usual bounds of an historical novel. Truly memorable!' -- Lancashire Evening Post


'Paisley's evocation of an ancient Celtic fiefdom is a marvellous marriage of imagination and scholarship ... a unique and inspiring story that goes far beyond the usual bounds of an historical novel. Truly memorable!'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1286 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141033045
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI94NM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend brought to Life 23 Jun 2009
Warrior Daughter has a strong, brave heroine and is powerfully written by an author who pulls no punches when it comes to taking the reader to the heart of the action.

It is the story of the child Skaaha's journey to womanhood on an Iron Age Scottish island. Her life, and that of her sister Eefay, changes dramatically when their mother, a warrior queen, dies in a chariot race. They are sent to new communities, separately, distancing them from the unpopular new queen, Mara. Skaaha goes to the father she never knew, to train as a blacksmith, but continues the warrior type exercises she practiced previously. Aged 11, she has many challenges to face, culminating in a personal crisis some years later, which takes her to the edge of insanity. Aware now that some-one wants her dead, Skaaha does intensive warrior training in order to challenge her adversary, determined to fight to the death.

Warrior Daughter contains a rare insight into a first century society, based on the island we now know as Skye. Showing us a culture very different from our own, we discover that the leading is done by women and of course the warriors are of both sexes. This does not mean the men are powerless wimps - far from it. Both genders have important roles and we meet many interesting characters in the novel. Two of my personal favourites are the gorgeous Druid Priest, Ruan, and Jiya, Skaaha's aunt, who has mental problems. Also a warrior, she is loyal and funny.

The laws and ethics of living in such a community are enviably clear-cut, with helpful boundaries on one hand, and the sexual freedom and respect of women on the other. Of course, there are some who would break the rules, as in today's society.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most unusual 25 April 2010
This is a most unusual book, set as it is in the first century. I'm not sure why I bought it as I prefer novels set either in the present day or the comparatively recent past but this has changed my mind. It was a superb read, tightly written and with a strong narrative drive. The characters are very well realised and Skaaha, the heroine of Warrior Daughter is someone who will stay in my mind for years to come. The novel is very well researched and Janet Paisley has done a great job in bringing the Iron Age to life. I can't imagine why it wasn't shortlisted for the new Walter Scott prize for historical fiction. I loved it and look forward to the next novel from Janet Paisley.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting new novel 24 Jun 2009
As reviewed by Pam Norfolk in the Lancashire Evening Post:
An exciting new novel from Janet Paisley is not so much an adventure story as an enthralling lesson in Iron Age social history ...
Far removed from the precious sensibilities of 21st century Britain, this tale of a Celtic warrior princess presents a young woman's rite of passage in an age when life was a raw fight for survival.
Sentiment played little part in a child's life ... our heroine Skahaa, daughter of the Isle of Skye's warrior queen, is lucky to have been raised by her birth mother ; most children were placed into the hands of selected foster mothers.
When 11-year-old Skahaa's mother dies in a chariot race, she must witness her gruesome `disposal' into the afterlife - an ancient ritual in which her body is devoured by carrion eagles in a feeding frenzy at High Sun.
But Skahaa's troubles are only just beginning; the new warrior queen Mara is hostile to the young girl and she is forced to forge a new life beyond the queen's reach.
With rumour, fear and danger sweeping the island, the fast maturing Skahaa cannot remain unmoved and must find the courage to confront her enemies in defence of her people.
The unfolding story of Skahaa is a unique and revealing account of a long forgotten world in which a daughter was `worth two boys, maybe more' and men spoke only when addressed by their women and were useful only for breeding purposes.
Skahaa's journey through life depends heavily on old certainties and rigidly observed ancient customs but there is also a touching recognition that their beliefs are not infallible.
`They are stories we use to explain the world, to help us understand ourselves. Every story has its own truth,' observes a wise druid priest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warrior Daughter by Janet Paisley 16 Sep 2012
Set at the latter end of the Iron Age in the first century of the Modern era, Warrior Daughter is about Kelts, the Keltoi - beautiful, artistic, poetic and ferocious, especially the women. These people are the progenitors of the Scotland we now know, or at least, once knew. Due to the fact they did not write their history, but related their stories through oral bardic traditions, much of our knowledge of the Kelts is taken from what some would call mythological sources (though notable Romans and Greeks did write about them). However, as a Scot who believes bardic tradition is a valid historical source, this story reads with plausibility and is populated by three-dimensional characters. But, then, obvious from her author's notes, Paisley has done much research into her characters and the place and time in which she sets the story. It is this, along with her excellent writing and story-telling abilities, that give this book its authenticity.

In the telling of the story Paisley provides a fascinating look into a society that while male and female were equal, women took the lead in the community. Women were warriors and in many cases taught men the art of war - and of love. Her main character, Skaaha, is based on the real but little known, Scáthach (her name means Shadowy One), who was a clever and fearsome Keltic warrior queen from the Isle of Skye - it is likely Scotland took its name from her. Skaaha has all the courage, skill and inventiveness of Scáthach, and her story highlights a society that understood the value of equality and respect for the feminine; the divine mother, but with some tension and conflict between old and new Druidic beliefs.

The story begins with the death of Kerrigan, the Queen, killed in a chariot race against a jealous rival.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not read any of her books so this is a ...
Not read any of her books so this is a first for me. Have read a bit of it, not got into it yet. keeping it back to read later.
Published 22 days ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars warrior daughter, a delight and a lesson in one
Beautifully written, with respect and reverence for the ancient culture and lands in which this story is placed . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark S. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
I loved this story, loved the historic setting, loved the characters, loved the gripping storyline. Is there a sequel? I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry to reach the end.
Published 5 months ago by ramona
4.0 out of 5 stars warrior daughter
A unique perspective on ancient BritIsh culture during the 1st cenury AD in the years leading up to the Roman invasion.
Published 7 months ago by DAVID MACPHERSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame
Well written story though too much graphic sexual content for my liking. Detracted from the interesting story line I think.
Published 7 months ago by C. W. Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful evocation of place, time and people
This powerful evocation, recreation, imaginative reconstruction, call it what you will, of an Iron Age Celtic Queen' s life and tribal society, is not my usual choice of reading! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. M. Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The only problem is I am a romantic I wanted skaaha and Ruan to pledge to be with each other for eternity. I do understand why that did not happen . But I wish it did. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patsy Dunsford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story
Brilliant story! A great retelling of the legends of the warrior women in prehistoric Britain. A great heroine at it's centre, this really moved me.
Published 20 months ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, viscious and thoroughly enjoyable
This book is really well researched and excrutiating in places. It's definitely one for the feminists among us, with the main characters being female warriors. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Julie Rae
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book is horrible, just awful. It was a nightmare to read on and finish it. The story is jus violance and sex (not to be confused with romance). The story is not worth telling.
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