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Warrior Princess (Warrior Princess #1)

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

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...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harper Teen (first published January 27th 2009)
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Hey_jude
This book, I found, was a little disappointing. I could barely get past the first two chapters. It started out a little lame, with the main character basically sitting on a hill and describing her appearance for the first two paragraphs. Plus, I found from there on, even the 'action' scenes seemed a little forced like they were written for a way younger audience. I mean, this is supposed to be for teenagers and older right? Well, it was written so simply that I felt like I was revisiting a book...more
Allison
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Kristi
I’m a fan of Jones’s Faerie Path books, so when I heard he had a new series coming out, I was very excited. Jones had a very descriptive writing style yet doesn’t exhaust the reader in mundane details. Warrior Princess was no exception.

I really enjoyed Branwen’s story, and while at times I had problems with the character herself, she redeemed herself many times over. One of those redeeming moments being Branwen’s change from the awkwardness of childhood to a prominent and determined young woman...more
Simcsa
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 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
...more
Justine
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 B...more
Billie
Holy cow! I was totally entranced by this book! I devoured it! I have read The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read this series. It did not disappoint!

The story line is great, and the characters make you feel for them. I admit at times I had tears in my eyes! It is a short book in the fact that the events happen in only a few days time, but that isn't a horrible thing to read. I loved Branwen's character and how much she changed once she really figured out who sh...more
Arya
Mar 29, 2010 Arya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle School + (probably more for "Juveniles" then "Young Adults"
Wow. . .this was anamazing book! I whole heartedly enjoyed Branwen's adventure and I have already put the second book in the series on order - this is a treasure!

Saxons are coming. The news is like a death sentence to the small "princedom" of Garth Milain. The rough territory on the ourskirts of Brython is very vulnerable to Saxon invasion and already they have been struck hard by raids. When Branwen's brother is brutally murdered by the Saxon raiders her parents decide her fate.

As the lone hei...more
Christie
I picked this book up because after reading the description it seemed like something right up my alley: royalty, middle ages, fantasy, and strong heroine. It sort of fell flat for me though. First off, the heroine was not very personable and was very hard to connect with. You never get to see inside her head and its really hard to understand her motivations for why she does or does not do things. The characters all seem very one-dimensional. The book also does not feel like a cohesive story. It...more
Teen Department Homewood Library
Mar 10, 2009 Teen Department Homewood Library rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, magic, adventure and intrigue
Branwen is the central character in this magical tale of an imagined history. Wales has been beating back Saxon raids for years, but there is an ever growing threat of full-scale invasion. Branwen's family lives with this threat daily. When her brother is killed by a Saxon raiding party, Branwen is sent-against her will-to a place of safety rather than bring honor on her family by fighting with her parents. But Branwen's time with the cultured, wealthy allies only makes her more determined to fi...more
Hannah B
I absolutely loved this book. If anyone is sick of the same-old same-old teen girl fantasy/YA and is looking for something different then look no further than this book. Frewin Jones is known for his other series The Faerie Path, which is good and all, but this book is WAY better. It is based on Welsh Mythology and history which is something I really love, but even if you're not into that, it's extremely interesting. Branwen is not your typical YA heroine; she is feisty and can take care of hers...more
Heather
Jul 27, 2009 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manelle
Ignore the cover art - it has nothing to do with the story.
When Princess Branwen's brother is killed by invading Saxons, she is sent away for her own safety. She doesn't want to leave her home and parents and, to make matters worse, the kingdom she is sent to is completely different than her own, and she is seen as uncivilized, and called "barbarian princess." But Branwen is proud of her heritage and doesn't want to be a ladylike, "just for show" princess; she is a hunter and a warrior. Add a t...more
Yuqing
When Princess Branwen's brother Geraint is killed by the Saxons,her father(Prince Griffith)and mother(Lady Alis) decided to send Branwen on an arrange marriage with one of her father's closest friends, Captain Angor. When the Saxon's interfere with the trail that Branwen is supposed to be traveling,Angor invites Branwen to come stay at his place for the time being.There was a completely different culture and dress codes for Branwen to get used to in Angor's Place. Meanwhile, Branwen finds out th...more
Krista Stevens
I love strong female characters and Branwen is one of them who rejects the accepted, traditional female roles in this story set in a mystical world where the old gods and goddesses still exist. Branwen sets out on a journey that will end in an arranged marriage until events happen that make her decide she has another fate. The cover is very hokey - the book is actually very good. She becomes a warrior and fights. Her companions are well chosen. I hope there is a sequel. The Rhiannon aspect is a...more
Book Angel Emma
Review by Madison - Year 10

Branwen ap Griffith is sent to live in Doeth Palas, the Prince’s Home, until she is to be married to a stranger. However, Branwen refuses to curb her personality and adopt the submissive persona required of her. She sets out to change their arrogant opinions.

When the Saxon’s attack her homeland, she is visited by a ‘Shining One’ who convinces her to fight for her home, to endure a long journey with an impossible mission.

My favorite part of the book was when Branwen ups...more
Lauren
Feb 20, 2014 Lauren rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
Recommended to Lauren by: computer :/
Shelves: all-fantasy
I was really excited to read this book, then I noticed those unfortunate words on the cover "author of the Faerie Path". Drat. I couldn't even get through the Faerie Path, so my expectations went through the floor. This book has a lot to prove, so work it, little Welsh middle-age fantasy book with the worst self-explanatory title ever. Work it. Soon.


Yeah, didn't happen. And it took me an entire WEEK to read! But I could feel the plot potential, so I kept reading. But really, it was awful.
A) You...more
Wadwilkins
I don't know how to review this . . . book one was great, but I need to read the rest of the books before I will know just HOW much I like it!
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
I liked this one! :D
The characters where pretty cool and the story had a plaesant flow.
I will probably read the second book as well. :D
Amanda
If you like historical fantasy, you should also like this book.
Breaking away from the traditional Damsel in distress, Jones weaves a fateful tale that left me with wanting some more. In WARRIOR PRINCESS, Frewin Jones --- who readers may know from his Faerie Path books --- writes with an elegant and graceful style. His colorfully descriptive words paint a vivid picture for the reader.
The main character Branwen, has many interlocking layers that will lure readers in, inviting them to share in the...more
Stephanie
I've always enjoyed Frewin's other series, the Faerie Path books so I was obviously very excited to see that there was a new series coming out by her.

But honestly, I thought Warrior Princess fell kind of flat. Very cheesy and completely cliche.

However, despite the cliche-ness, I still managed to quite enjoy this book. Hello, warrior princess? It's like Xena and everyone loves Xena, right? :)

The plot was okay, I guess. It's the typical adventure-warrior type of book where a certain person has a t...more
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I’ve always found medieval stories interesting. Also, I’m a bit feministic over book protagonists so Warrior Princess seemed to befit my taste. I was curious to know how it would turn out.

At first, I struggled with how the story was going on. I felt that it was too slow and Branwen seems totally fixated with her grief for her brother; which was somehow too much to be taken as brotherly love. If I didn’t know Geraint was her brother, I would’ve thought he was her lover. It was just too strange a...more
Sara
Rereading books is fun. Rereading books because you've forgotten that you've already read them? Not so much.

Honestly, when I picked up Warrior Princess a few days ago, I thought I hadn't read it. And when I got a few chapters in and realized "wow, this is really familiar... have I read this before?" I simply figured that I had read some of it through an online preview, or perhaps waiting at a bookstore or library. However, the familiar feeling of "I've read this before, haven't I?" stuck with me...more
Bridget
Great Fantasy book, but it took a while to get into the story. Branwen is a princess but she has never really had many fancy things or acted much like a princess. She loves to hunt and spend as much time as she can outdoors. Then one day her parents long-time enemies attack a nearby farm, Branwen and her brother are out hunting and hear the attack. They run to help and in the process her brother is killed. Branwen is the only heir left to her kingdom and they know that war is coming. Her parents...more
Larissa
When Branwen was little her brother Geraint would tell her old nursery stories of Pooka's and Coblyn's and Gwyllion's. When she was little he told her stories of the Shining Ones. They were the Old Gods, the forgotten Gods, and it was forbidden to talk of them.

When Branwen was younger her brother Geraint gave her a slingshot that she taught herself to use and to hunt with. When she was younger he taught her to handle a sword if ever she had a need to defend herself. However these lessons were al...more
P.E.
This is a mini review since I don't plan on writing a whole long review for this book.

Negative:
It had lots of action, but I read the first in the series about a year ago so I barely remembered anything when I started reading it. Vague memories started coming, but I had a hard time getting myself into the action. The synopsis is very misleading, IMO. It basically describes what happened in the first two chapters, and nothing else.

Positive:
So much happens and this book is filled with strong women...more
Emily
I had serious issues with Branwen... for the first 3/4 of the book. It seemed to be around that point where she started actually developing some backbone. She was just this mouthy whiny princess before but she wouldn't actually stand up for herself. Mostly to help and save Rhodri. Who I thought was a great character. I actually feel that for the most part (after Branwen grew a spine,) that their gender-roles seem to be reverse, which is fine ususally the male characters seem to be good at fighti...more
Diana Dang
Branwen is a young princess who's homeland is in danger. Threatened, her family sends her off to get married so they will have a strong ally with their kingdom. Except Branwen wants to be out there, fighting against her enemies, instead of being tucked away into safety.

When an old prophecy reveals that her future would be different than she thought it would be, she has a big decision to make. Except, what will be the path she chooses?

Warrior Princess is as typical and predictable as its title. I...more
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
Review From A Journey Through Pages

When reading the synopsis for this book, two other books jumped into my mind, one is a historical fiction book I adored when I was younger, The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle and the Helen of Troy series that starts with Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner. For some reason I've always been drawn the ass kicking heroine in a time period where she can't be and is expected not to be. (Yes I am excited for Pixar's Brave to come out).


I will admit I was not exa...more
Bitten By Books
My Review:
After 15-year-old Princess Branwen sees her brother being kill by a gang of marauding Saxons. Her whole life is torn right before her eyes. And she is taken from her home to stay with her parents friends. Until it is safe to journey up north, to marry a prince she doesn't love.. While struggling to adjust to a pampered and dainy new life as a princess, Branwen finds herself increasingly drawn to her old ways as a warrior maiden. Teased and taunted because the people around her cannot u...more
Sabrina
“You can be a warrior, if you choose to be.”


The title Warrior Princess has been given to many stories and legends, but this is by far the best. Branwen ap Griffith, princess of Garth Milain, has always dreamed of being a warrior like her mother, Lady Alis. Branwen and her brother Geraint are out hunting in the woods one day and come upon a Saxon army destroying a farm. With one swish of an axe, Geraint is killed and Branwen's whole world is turned upside down. Fearing for her safety, her pare...more
Rebecca
In early medieval Wales, fifteen-year-old Princess Branwen’s world is turned upside down when her older brother is killed by Saxon invaders. Because she is her parents’ only surviving child, they decide to send her away to live somewhere they hope will be safer. Branwen’s new home is luxurious, but in this place a woman’s role is to marry, not to fight. But even bigger changes are in store for Branwen, when the ancient goddess Rhiannon tells Branwen of her destiny as a warrior and savior of her...more
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This author has published under several versions of his name, including Allan Jones, Frewin Jones, and A.F. Jones. He has also published under the pen names Sam Hutton and Steven Saunders.
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