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Warrior Princess (Destiny's Path #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,475 Ratings  ·  188 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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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
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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
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
Annie Ericksen
Mar 18, 2016 Annie Ericksen rated it liked it
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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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Jules Goud
A book about a princess who believes that she doesn't have enough courage.

My biggest thing with this book was that we don't really know what Branwen's destiny is. I mean, I understand that she had to go through a bunch of stuff and choose what she was going to do. I wish that we had gotten to know her destiny a little bit more. Oh- a little bit more information on the Shining Ones too. Other then that I liked the way the book went and the plot.

Branwen wants to be a warrior but she doesn't think
Paula Reyes Wagner
3.5 stars =P

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Este libro fue una sorpresa.
Lo leí porque en mi equipo en Wobble challenge lo necesitaba y no tenía idea de con qué me iba a encontrar.
De partida, no está en español y me costó un mundo poder encontrarlo sin pagar (Thank God for

Y terminó gustándome bastante, el principio fue como lento o soso (jajaja), pero cuando empezó toda la mística de los dioses, me atrapó. En la batalla final no podía dejar de leer. Pero el final, fue tambié
Jan 30, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Feb 28, 2015 Sarilisa rated it did not like it
The inconsistensy in the ratings, imo is due to the fact that those who haven't read many books in this particular genre, loved/will love it. Its well written and the plot does draw the reader in. The characters too may seem to be new and exciting. But for those who HAVE read countless fantasy book, this novel is disappointing. hence, the low ratings. Its just an average story with your typical CHOSEN ONE and the trials and tribulations she must face. The main characters' development was, i have ...more
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.
Kathy Chung
Sep 27, 2014 Kathy Chung rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The title sound interesting enough.

However, I find the story was a bit slow paced. Could be due to the mindset problem. Not the author's but rather it's mine. Am not familiar with Saxon, vikings and the historical or mystical folklore of the story.

I find it slow to bond with Branwen. She seems to be just an average person. Maybe that is the problem. She was too plain.

The Shining Ones was too obscured. Too many riddles and oo much guess work makes me feel frustrated.

The good part was Iwan. He
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
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.
Aug 07, 2016 Bridget rated it liked it
An enjoyable but juvenile book.

Read via the TPL
Nov 24, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
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
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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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