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Warrior Princess (Destiny's Path #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,490 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
"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 l
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harper Teen (first published January 27th 2009)
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Feb 07, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 inside remains the soul of a warrior.

Just when Branwen is sure she has been pushed to
Teen Department Homewood Library
Mar 10, 2009 Teen Department Homewood Library rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2009 Yuqing rated it it was amazing
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
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Diana Dang
Dec 28, 2009 Diana Dang rated it it was ok
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
Mar 29, 2010 Arya rated it it was amazing
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
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!
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
Jul 21, 2011 Billie rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2011 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: irp-books
“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
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
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
Coucher de soleil
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
Whimsical Fox Story Teller
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
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
Apr 01, 2012 Sam at A Journey Through Pages rated it really liked it
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
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
Hannah B
Sep 30, 2012 Hannah B rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2012 Bridget rated it liked it
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
Krista Stevens
Jan 19, 2013 Krista Stevens rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2013 Justine rated it really liked it
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
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jun 05, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, an excellent read
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: book art, love the:title, content, genre
A wonderful medieval book that is set in Wales, the story is about a beautiful girl, named Branwen, who is the warrior princess in this magical old tale of fae. Wales has been battling back Saxon raids for years. There is always a looming threat of an invasion, and her family lives with this threat every day.
Her brother is killed by a Saxon raiding party and Branwen is sent away to safety rather than allowing her to battle. Her experience with the wealthy allies only makes her more determined t
Feb 20, 2014 Lauren rated it did not like it
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
Aug 25, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Hmmmmm. Mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, nor was Branwen quite as strong or intelligent as I was originally expecting. But for all that, it was still a decent beginning and I am interested in reading the rest of the series.
Annie Ericksen
Mar 18, 2016 Annie Ericksen rated it liked it
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Fifteen-year old medieval Welsh girl Branwyn tries hard to keep up with her older brother Geraint. She can hunt with the best of men and bring down an animal with her trusty slingshot. When Geriant is killed by Saxon raiders in front of her, Branwyn is determined to get revenge. Her whole life changes from that moment on. To keep her safe her parents decide to send her south to Gwent to marry. The roads are not safe so first she must stop at Doeth Palas with Prince LLew and his family. There Bra ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Bridget rated it liked it
An enjoyable but juvenile book.

Read via the TPL
Dec 27, 2015 Wren rated it did not like it
This was a DNF for me. The main character is a brat & I couldn't take it anymore.
Oct 04, 2016 Crazy_catlady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get into the book. Only managed get up to chapter 10. The writing is so emotionless.
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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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