Check out The Story Siren for a review on the first book of this series, The Warrior Princess.
Synopsis: In the end of the previous book, Branwen defeated the Saxons who were trying to invade her home. In this book, Brandwen must continue on the path The Shining Ones have put before her to fulfill her destiny. The old gods have sent a messenger to help guide Branwen and Rhodri on their way as they try to save a friend’s home from traitors and Saxons.
Author: I rather liked Frewin Jone’s other series The Faerie Path, and so when I found out about this one I had to read them. Frewin manages to put in just enough historical sounding names and facts to make it seem real, without taking away from the fantastic. For years Frewin wanted to write fantasy and sci-fi, but they were constantly rejected until Harry Potter brought the genre back into popularity.
Romance: In the first book Branwen was attracted to Iwan until he turned out to be a jerk, and then it seemed her interest was going towards Rhodri. In this book, it was hard to tell if Branwen was jealous of Blodwedd, the gods’ messenger, or just felt sorry for the owl-girl and half-Saxon’s attraction to each other. You can tell that Iwan is interested in Branwen, but that Branwen hasn’t quite figured that out yet.
Character: The women of Powys are amazing. The Saxons forced half into servitude and the other half into imprisonment, but the young women still kept their spirit. They were willing to fight for their homes and die, rather than be at the hands of the Saxons. Because they had that inner strength, they died with courage or survived battle. These are some serious kick butt femmes.
Quote: You are but a thread in the tapestry… a single footprint upon the eternal road.
The Verdict: If you like strong female characters who are the heroes rather than damsels in distress, this book is for you. And if you like The Faerie Path series then you’ll like the Warrior Princess books.