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When Women Were Warriors Book III: A Hero's Tale

When Women Were Warriors Book III: A Hero's Tale [Kindle Edition]

Catherine M. Wilson
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"In Book II, Tamras moved from her home into the lands beyond its border. In Book three, the stage widens further: she deals with the struggles of whole peoples. Caught up in intrigues that would once have been far above her, the heroine risks everything unless she can not only learn to swim in treacherous waters, but to master them. The heroine’s inner journey continues to match her outer one. She must confront the meaning not only of personal love, but the love that extends beyond oneself and those we hold dear. Catherine Wilson’s skill at tackling the big issues of love, meaning, and humanity is so deft that it all seemed, to me at least, to flow naturally from her narrative in a way I found technically quite breathtaking.…"
--from a review by Charles Ferguson on the Goodreads website

"Being the third and last volume in a series I enjoyed immensely, I knew that I could expect this last book to deliver a happy and satisfying ending. What I didn’t expect was the intricate and daring storyline of this last volume. It is bigger and broader than what has come before, and it is spectacular. … this time the story unfolds on to a whole new level. More characters, more intrigue, greater losses, wonderful reunions. … There’s no taking the easy road here—the story opened up into unimagined dimensions to tell a tale that really is that of a hero.
"… When Women Were Warriors manages to blend mythic storytelling with characters who feel so real you could imagine stepping into the pages and having a conversation with them. A Hero’s Tale skilfully weaves the questions of love, faith and fairness into a dramatic story; not only of a relationship between the main characters, but of a quest so much bigger it takes the breath away. There is everything you could wish for here – power struggles, forces for good and evil, dramatic tests of faith, daring rescues, fatal rivalry, but it is managed with such a deft hand that in the end it is all one beautiful story. What else is there to say? This is not just lesbian fiction, but a story about being human. It’s not to be missed.
--from a review by Kate Genet on the website, Kissed By Venus

In Book III of the trilogy, Tamras must make her own hero’s journey. She ventures into the unknown and encounters a more formidable enemy than any she has ever faced. Character is destiny, and the destiny of Tamras and all her people will depend upon choices that come less from the skills she has been taught than from the person she has become, from her own heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981563635
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shield Maiden Press (1 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the interest of full disclosure, I should state that my author picture was taken in 1968, more than 40 years ago, so if you should happen to run across me in real life, don't be disappointed that I no longer resemble the young woman you see here. I have grown old, and although not so cute on the outside, I am much lovelier on the inside.

I chose this photo for my Amazon author page because in it I am standing by the entrance stone at Newgrange, a megalithic passage tomb in Ireland, built over five thousand years ago. If mysterious portals exist in the world, this is one of them. Many authors will tell you that their stories come from a mysterious place, and when I began to write my trilogy, When Women Were Warriors, I suspected that perhaps I had once stepped into another world without knowing it and brought back some ancient long-forgotten tale. Wherever the story came from, it came more through me than from me. I made it from my own life and from my own experience, but I also heard a voice whispering within me that was not quite mine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trilogy 16 Oct 2011
By TerryB
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much flawless. 17 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been putting off writing this review because I wanted to do the novel justice by wording this just right. However,after finishing the entire trilogy in less than two weeks just under a month ago I am still so sad at having finished it and there are certain parts of the book which I seem to recall whilst going about my daily business. It is obviously, for me, an inspiring piece of work, so I decided to stop hesitating and just write what I thought about it.

This entire trilogy was breathtaking.

The characters are exquisitely well written, I especially loved how Sparrow was written. The pace is just right (although there are times where the main character slips into story-telling in order to get a across a point or a moral which I could have done without at certain points) and the entire trilogy was very thought provoking for me. There are quite a few twists which I honestly did not see coming so you are kept on your toes throughout.
I really enjoyed the idea of a world where women were once warriors and the historical accuracy Wilson seems to provide is brilliant, the story is, in a way, very convincing.

I honestly can't praise this trilogy enough. I especially enjoyed the final book and was truly sad to have to leave the characters and the world they live in. I really do think it would be perfect for a film or tv series.

If you want a story of courage, passion, love, sex, betrayal and honesty which has certain historical/fantastical ties to it give this a go. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!

I only wish there were similar works like this out there!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action, with a satisfying ending 1 Jan 2012
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The final book in the trilogy is every bit as strong as the first two. This is most definitely not the kind of trilogy where the whole story gradually fizzles out towards the end! It did however have a very slightly different tone and feeling to the other two books, mostly because this time Tamras was not in the safety of Merin's house. There is much more action in this final book as it builds to a climax with an emotionally charged battle scene. Emotions which were felt strongly in the first two books are only heightened in this final book where good periods of time are spent with Tamras alone and we wait with suspense to see if she will be reunited with Maara.

The final battle scenes were very cleverly put together and made you really think. I'm not normally one for fight scenes whether they be in books or movies, but this was written intelligently with real heart which drew me in anyway. So much so that I ended up missing all the New Year celebrations in favour of spending a good 4 or 5 hours curled up in bed until 3am to get to the end - i just couldn't put this book down!

Now i'm a little lost if i have to be honest, as I already miss jumping into Tamras' world and following her adventures, it's a bit like waking up from the most amazing dream. It's not very often that a book can have such an impact on me. I strongly recommend anyone to read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 July 2014
By helen m
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Thoroughly enjoyed this story all the way through the trilogy and still was greedy for more at the end. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine M. Wilson is genius 18 May 2014
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
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What Catherine M. Wilson describes in "When Women Were Warriors" is a society that may or may not have existed. A matriarchal society is a society where women rule and inheritance goes through women. "A Hero's Tale" is supposed to be set in Great Britain ca. 1000 BCE (late Bronze Age). In fact a bronze knife holds a pivotal role in "A Hero's Tale".

For the average person (as we see with the forest people) tools and weapons would have been largely made of stone/flint (such as arrow heads and spear heads). Warriors would have invested in bronze swords and bronze arrow/spear heads although most would probably not have been as fancy as this sword. More nerdy stuff below.

Ms. Wilson keeps on stringing words together in a manner that creates music in my head.

I have had three teachers in my life that have taught in the manner Maara seems to teach Tamras. Two were in school and one has been in my personal life. The relationship of teacher/student - master/apprentice is a tricky one. An apprentice wants to become as proficient as the master and excellent masters want their students to learn as much as it is possible for the masters to teach. Maara has an ability to impart her knowledge without holding anything back yet pacing her delivery to fit Tamras learning speed. I guess you could say Tamras is the ideal student. She wants to understand and acquire whatever skills Maara sees fit to share. To do that Tamras needs to learn to think for herself. Perhaps that is the most important lesson Maara shares with Tamras.

Tamras' ability to see past the surface of people and things is not a talent she got from Maara, rather it was one Maara helped Tamras unfold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
couldnt put it down
Published 2 months ago by margie reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Loved the three books in this series but each one can be read alone and has its own merits. Beautifully descriptive of how life was and the connection with earth and all that it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. S. Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gold
My heart is left within the lines and I will not want to take it from there for it is where it belongs - among the Merin people.
Published 5 months ago by Marika
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
excellent story from star to finish! Once I read book one that was me I had to read the next two books. I want more of this is all I am saying :)
Published 6 months ago by KN01
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
An amazing trilogy. I am so disappointed to be finished. The way the author is able to weave such an interesting cast of characters and storylines kept me entranced. FANTASTIC!
Published 8 months ago by lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars So different but so good.
I have read the trilogy now. A great read and totally different to my normal genre of book. Descriptive to the point of feeling you are there with the warrior camps.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved this book it was written so well a real page turner and the characters were really believable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by maxine
5.0 out of 5 stars Three wonderful books
These three books are wonderful. Beautifully written and full of life's truths. I thought I'd read everything worth reading but this trio of books has proved me wrong. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A very gripping tale about love and friendship, can highly recommend this book. Once you start reading it, you cannot stop, it is simply unputdownable.
Published 15 months ago by Felix Satanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this trilogy
I find Catherine Wilson's writing extraordinary and this book is no exception. I strongly recommend it. Read more
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