Friday, June 5, 2009

Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones

“It takes just a moment for fifteen-year-old Branwen’s life to change forever. In the blink of an eye the Saxons attack and her brother is killed. Almost as quickly, she is sent away from her home to a neighboring stronghold where she’ll be safe from harm. Now Branwen lives as a princess should—surrounded by exquisite things and lavish quarters. But deep down remains the soul of a warrior. Just when Branwen is sure she has been pushed to her limits, a chance encounter with a mystical woman in white forces her to question everything—and everyone—around her. With no time to lose, Branwen must make a choice: continue in the path her parents intended for her…or step into the role of true Warrior Princess.” -Book Cover

The word that comes to mind when I think of Branwen is gumption. Her character is full of guts and I love it. When placed in an awkward situation she faces it and says what’s on her mind, instead of quietly internalizing everything and not taking action. I especially love when she confronts Iwan on her first night in Doeth Palas. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and finished it in one sitting. The story had everything, adventure, bullies, a strange falcon-friend, mystical creatures, powerful gods and a terrific young heroin. It was only lacking in one area, romance. I guess I’m a sap, but I love a little romance in my stories. I suppose there are a few possible suitors for Branwen. Iwan, although arrogant and a jerk, there is some possibility there. Rhodri, the lovable side-kick, and of course her long-time betrothed Hywel. So, I’m hopefully that one of these guys will play a more romantic role in the upcoming books. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable read.

Book One: Warrior Princess
Book Two: Desitiny's Path (November 2009)

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