A month or so ago I did a blog post about the top ten lesbian fiction books for the Amazon Kindle. One of the ten was the book (also available in paperback), When Women Were Warriors Book I by Catherine M. Wilson. Now, it’s still high up on the top 10 Kindle list due, in part no doubt, to the fact that it’s free for the device. But, as with many free things, free is a hook to get you to read books II and III for the Kindle and the hook works very well!
Book I, also known as “The Warriors Path”, typically ranks under 2,000 among the most popular for the Kindle. As a paid paperback, it’s holding it’s own 3.5 years after publication. Books II and III while not as highly ranked as I are, by no means, weak in paperback or for the Kindle. The reviewers are all effusive in their praise of each of the books.
In “The Warriors Path” we get the story of Tamras, a (16 year old) woman starting an apprenticeship to become a warrior. The setting is the Bronze Age (which ran up to 1200 B.C.). Tamras led a sheltered life prior to becoming an apprentice. She’s paired with a bit older warrior, a woman named Maara in the position of “companion” which, really, meant personal servant. She was felt to be too small to be a warrior. Maara, at first, pays her no heed and barely acknowledges her. She gets no warrior training. Only after her warrior nearly dies and Tamras, out of her own anger at her nurses her to health, do things begin to change.
Even still, the tale is a winding one. We don’t immediately get to know very much at all about Maara as a warrior or her background. She does not immediately step into training Tamras. It’s quite a bit more involved than all of that but it’s a story that’s well worth your patience!
Now please note; this book (and, really all 3 of them) are popular across a wide spectrum of readers. Lest you forget, the Warriors stories, while having some male characters and certainly battles with men (though few in the first book), are centered around an all female main cast. Sexual love between women is depicted. Imagine where you wished Xena and Gabrielle would have “gone” and you get the idea!
I’m actually almost finished with book II and looking forward to III. I’m not going to give away the story lines any further than I already have though so don’t ask. Just know that you’ll be totally sucked in too!
The paperback versions of all three books (the linked pages will also show you Kindle options):