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Paperback, 316 pages
Published March 1982 by Tor Books (first published 1982)
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I finished reading my battered Science Fiction Book Club edition of The Swordswoman for the umpteenth time last night and thought to put down some thoughts on why this book garners four stars. I first read the book as a teen, during a time when I was discovering a number of female authors and strong female characters (including C.J. Cherryh and Phyllis Ann Karr to name two) and I was taken with Salmonson's character Erin of Thar.

The story concerns Erin Wyler, a young Earth woman who's dreamt of...more
This was bad. I wanted to give it only one star, but decided on two (1.5, really) because it became bearable.

This book was hard to follow. It liked to jump from one thing to another. It was written in a weird, confusing way where the reader didn't know anything but the main character just figured things out and the reader was never informed of HOW the main character came to these knew what to do. It is written almost like a sequel, but it isn't.

There was so much wrong with this book that I can't...more
Norm Davis
Feb 22, 2014 Norm Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science Fiction & Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Norm by: Mike Fales

The Swordswoman, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Del Rey 1982, FIVE STARS

The first time I read this book was a little more than 30 years ago. Being nostalgic recently I recalled some books that still have a hold on me today. This book was one of them. I so desperately wished Jessica would write more Endsworld novels back then. Lots more. She never did.

Now, today, after reading this book a second time I think Erin of Thar (two swords) deserved to be written about in at least as many books as Edgar Ric...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Hews a bit closer to the standard 'hero's journey' story arc than I like, but investigates ethical implications with a thoroughness far beyond the average heroic fantasy. I liked this book, but thought 'Tomoe Gozen' was superior.
So, I started this book with a pretty biased outlook. Jessica is part of my family and she is among my favorite people. However, I had no idea she was a published author until we became "friends" on Facebook. Heh.
Anyway, I found this book and have done my best to read it as objectively as I could. To be blunt, I loved the story. But, I want more. I suppose that is the sign of a pretty decent story. I can see myself reading this a few more times in the future. And creating a million different a...more
I read this a long time ago, but I remember really liking it. I may have to dig is out and reread it to see if my memory is doing it justice. I do recall being surprised at the main character being a woman and trained fighter, that was very cool to see.
This was an entertaining book, but Salmonson's Tomoe Gozen trilogy is much, much better.
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