Warrior Princess by Frewin JonesWarrior Princess by Frewin Jones

Warrior Princess

byFrewin Jones

Paperback | September 29, 2009

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You can be a warrior, if you choose to be.

Fifteen-year-old Branwen's life is changed forever when enemy Saxon troops attack her homeland and her brother is killed. Branwen wants to jump into action and avenge her brother's death, but instead she is sent to a neighboring stronghold where she'll be safe from harm. Yet while she is surrounded by exquisite beauty and luxury in her new home—as a princess should be—she feels different from the other girls. Deep down, Branwen has the soul of a warrior.

Then a mystical woman in white foretells a daunting prophecy: Branwen will be the one to save her homeland. Suddenly forced to question everything—and everyone—around her, she realizes that the most difficult part of her journey is still to come. With no time to lose, Branwen must make a choice: continue on the path her parents intended for her . . . or step into the role of a true Warrior Princess.

Frewin Jones has always believed in the existence of "other worlds" that we could just step in and out of if we only knew the way. In the Mortal World, Frewin lives in southeast London with a mystical cat called Siouxsie Sioux.
Title:Warrior PrincessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060871458

ISBN - 13:9780060871451

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series starter I found this book a very easy read to become emersed in. I love the lands that Frewin Jones created. I also enjoyed the hint of gods and goddesses that were included. This whole book was action-packed. It was interesting to learn the ways of the different people. This is my first YA historical fantasy that I have ventured into and I really enjoyed it. Branwen was the perfect heroine in this story. She watched helplessly as her brother was struck down dead. Instead of being hell bent on revenge Branwen becomes a great warrior. The hate that she feels towards her brothers murderer is used to fuel her to become a force to reckon with. She continuously proves that she is brave and has character. There were also a few secondary charcters that made impressions because of either things they said or did. I hope that most of them make appearances throughout the series. After reading this book I know that I like the way that Frewin Jones writes and I will be reading more books by him in the future. I can't wait to see what comes next in the series and what Frewin's other books are about. I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers and readers who want a kick ass heroine.
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) I enjoyed this one. It was a fine example of YA/adolescent literature. Good points: The main character was eminently likeable and a refreshingly independent and strong young woman. The world building was well done (although I'm not familiar enough with that period of history to make any pronouncements as to the novel's accuracy). I thought the supernatural elements were also well done. The secondary characters were also interesting, especially the young man who becomes her friend (I'm trying not to give spoilers here). Bad/not so good points: The only negative comment I could make is that the book ended rather abruptly and came rather close to not being a 'complete' novel. This is a problem which exists in many recently published novels, IMHO: while it is all right and even desirable to have a continuing storyline if one intends to write sequel(s) to follow the current novel, having a novel in which the major plot points of the story are in no way resolved and which leaves the reader feeling as though they read only part of a book is simply annoying. For example, consider the following two (silly!) plots. In the first, two hypothetical main characters (Tweedledee and Tweedledum) find their dog's murderer and hand him over to the authorities. Unfortunately, they also find clues which suggest he was part of a larger conspiracy of dog-hating catlovers. This larger conspiracy is left to be explored in further novels. The novel ends with T&T tearfully burying their beloved pet. In the second, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are racing to find their beloved dog's killer. A clue suggests he might have a house in Scarborough, Ontario. They are rushing to find the man and enter his house when something goes boom. The novel ends. Of these two plots, which would you say constitutes a complete novel? My point here is that many novels take the second route and try to make readers keep reading by publishing one novel as two or more separate novels. This is highly annoying to me, as a reader. The talented writer will manage to keep me reading *without* such (cheap) artifice. Finally, this novel (i.e. 'Warrior Princess') did come rather close to resembling the second type of plot (i.e. an incomplete novel) rather than the first. Anyways, JMHO. (And as a PS: I am a dog lover who also likes cats. So please don't flame me on that account.) Other books I recommend: -Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer -The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart -The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson -The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Date published: 2012-07-17

Editorial Reviews

“A fast-paced plot that will keep readers turning pages. The strong descriptions of medieval Britain and insight into Branwen’s character will appeal to fantasy readers who enjoy strong heroines, ancient magic, and a hint of romance.”