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Warrior's Woman (Ly-San-Ter #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  6,019 ratings  ·  226 reviews
In the year 2139, fearless Tedra De Arr sets out to rescue her beleaguered planet Kystran from the savage rule of the evil Crad Ce Moerr.

Experienced in combat but not in love, the beautiful, untouched Amazon flies with Martha, her wise-cracking, free-thinking computer, to a world where warriors reigns supreme - and into the arms of the one man she can never hope to vanqu
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Avon (first published 1990)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I have mixed feelings about this book. I was impressed that Johanna Lindsey wrote this futuristic, science fiction romance when she was a historical romance author, but at the same time, I felt that the hero Challen was very much a caveman, moreso than her heroes in even her most bodice-rippery romances.

I loved Tedra. She was pretty awesome: independent, upbeat, fashionable, intelligent. I found it hard to believe she would be happy being the 'little woman' for Old School Macho Guy Challen. I k
Meljean Brook
I just saw this in my feed, and marked it five stars because it is pretty much my ultimate guilty-pleasure book. Except, with no guilt, because I kind of adore everything about it, from the cheesy cover to the silly fact that Tedra refers to Challen's name being apt because it's two letters short of "challenge," even though they don't speak English.

I heart every bit of it, and have since I first read it about twenty years ago. I read it so many times that I incorporated "farden" into my vocabula
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Enjoyable, pleasant story about a space traveling futuristic woman falling in love with a sword wielding barbarian.

Tedra is a top level government security police person on the planet Kystran. People have sex sharing for pleasure not to procreate. The government creates humans by taking cells from the most desirable subjects, grows them in test tubes, and then raises the children in group centers and schools. There are no parents, families, etc. Machines create all food. Th
This book was first published in 1990 and I read it several years later, when I was in high school. I’ve been recently re-reading old books on my Nook and this one popped into my head.

Warrior’s Woman is pure, fantasy silliness and it’s almost embarrassing that I like it. Then again, my favorite movie of all time is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and I feel the same way about it, so I’ll describe it the same way: it’s like loving a big, dumb jock.

All right, here’s the plotline: Tedra De Arr is a
I saw this listed on some list of romances, and remembered that I read this back when I was a teenager, I think. This was one of the stupidest romances I've read. Start with a supposedly self-sufficient and capable woman who learns that what she really wants is a primitive warrior who will abuse her to keep her safe. (He punishes her for getting in danger by arousing her and not letting her come.) Then add in a stupid artificial intelligence who keeps telling the woman that this is what she need ...more
2.5 stars.

This took WAY too much time to read! It felt like the book went on for forever. This was not the best place to start reading a much-loved author, that's for sure. I liked the characters of Tedra and Challen well enough. Challen was super arrogant and domineering, but he had a sweet and caring side that I liked. Tedra was thankfully a strong woman with a mind of her own, because if she wasn't, the romance between her and Challen wouldn't have worked. And it very nearly didn't work for
Johanna Lindsey is at her best in this rollicking, rough-and-tumble romance with a sci-fi twist.

Picture a fiercely independent uber-feminist, forced to flee her home, taking refuge in an apparently-friendly port -- only to discover that her "safe haven" is a place where men rule and women obey, and where she is quickly captured by the first man she has ever encountered who cannot be overpowered by her.

Tedra has never met the man she cannot beat in a fair fight... until now. And when she challeng
Lost me at: 65%

I don't know if the author wanted to be ironical. Sure as hell she should have stuck with the bodice-rippers. At least in a so called historical setting some things do have a (warped) sense.

Why writing about a warrior woman, a woman in the secret service, good enough to defend presidents and the like and then, a few chapters later, transform her in to a useless, weak, dumb "prisoner". If strength was all that jazz, martial arts wouldn't exist. She is supposed to be expert in them
Megan Moon
It's been a really long time since I read a true romance. The "I'm not kidding around, it's basically porn" kind of romance. I don't mean that in a graphic way but, in the way all the characters are written like they have some kind of hormone imbalance. Ridiculously jealous, full of insecurities that seem to range from one extreme to the other, and all of them drama junkies and crazy nympho-maniacs. Plus endless moral compromises and personal violations that in reality would NOT leave you feelin ...more
May 11, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: futuristic romance readers
One of the first romance novels I ever read. It was pretty fun, but also pretty third-rate. It had the trashy feel of one of those late-night, made-for-tv sci-fi movies you see (or used to see) on HBO and USA. Those movies are fun sometimes though, and this was too. Basically you've got your strong, over-achiever heroine who's dissatisfied with the men of her race because she wants someone capable of dominating her. After a political coup leaves her in danger with nowhere to go, she ends up seek ...more
My mother gave me this book when I was really down one day, and it brought a much needed smile to my face. This book will have you laughing out loud. The main character is a head strong woman who encounters a man she can not wrap her head around. Very entertaining.
Jul 04, 2015 Jan marked it as tbr-romance
I know, I know, I know.
But look at that cover and tell me you aren't tempted by its Old-Skool over the topness.

So yeah, I'm going to get myself a second hand copy and read this :)
Barbarian warriors from another planet... Yes please!

This was a really fun, fluffy, sci-fi romance. I'll definitely read more in the series.
My favorite book ever!
Sheila Melo
Guilty Pleasure Sorta Sci-Fi Romance

"She was waiting for the man she wouldn't walk all over to come along. She'd been waiting a long time."

FINAL DECISION: Over the top and literally out of this world, WARRIOR'S WOMAN was before its time with a woman who is willing to have sex and enjoy it without worrying about love, but ends up falling for the hero anyways. Guilty pleasure read.

THE STORY: Tedra De Arr is strong and has not found a man to have sex with because she can beat most of the men of her
I can't believe I forgot to do a review for this book. So here goes.

In the year 2139 we meet Tedra De Arr she is racing off in her spacecraft to find warriors to help her planet "Kystran" that is being invaded by barbarians from a planet that believes woman are for slaves , sex and babies. Kystra is a planet that has already started having woman warriors and their babies being made in incubators. They have medical machines you lay in to heal you instantly and by a certain age you have to go in
I have just found out from Goodreads of course, that there is a book three, Heart of a Warrior, in this series. Since I originally read this book and Keeper of the Heart back in the 90s, I think I need to read them again.

Update: I finished my re-read of this book a few minutes ago. I know a lot of other readers don't like the dominant male / submissive female roles exhibited by the protagonists, but I really enjoy their interactions. I particularly like the fact that Tedra is not really submissi
I think this was the book where there was a role reversal sex scene. The normally submissive heroine was in charge. She had the hero hold on to the headboard (like he tended to do naturally), but because he was told to do so there was all this yummy sexual tension in the act.

One of the few trashy romances I remember, so it must have been a good one. *g*

(Reviewing decades after the fact.)


Okay, I re-read this one, so I can elaborate the "if I remember correctly" pseudo review. Actually it was
Kasey Jane
The story begins with a female fighter on a mission to rescue her planet alongside a snarky, hyper-intelligent computer.

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In search of help, she stumbles upon a planet of hunky barbarians and -- after losing a bet -- becomes one barbarian's love slave for a month.

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This books is my ultimate guilty pleasure. OMG I adore this book. Barbarians are just UNFFF to me. The Hero is the ultimate alpha male. I get all tingly just thinking about him. Sure this book has MAJOR feminist issues, but who gives a rat's ass, This is pure reading pleasure for me. I prefer the Fabio cover IMMENSELY over any of the others. I love that is has 2 sequels. Can you imagine if they made a movie about it. I'm DROOLING over imagining who would play the male lead. /swooon. I don't know ...more
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book. I was very disappointed about that because it's the first time I've found a Johanna Lindsey novel I didn't like. It's possible the biggest reason for this is I dislike novels that have a futuristic setting, but part of the reason is also how the writing style seemed to be lacking in a big way. This isn't surprising since it is one of Lindsey's earlier novels.

One of the biggest things I noticed with this book is how there were periodic references to th
Tracee Fisher
One of the most fun bubble-gum romance books I've read in a long time. I keep re-reading it because it's so much fun. (Though my copy is currently on loan to a friend.) It *might* be classified as sci-fi-meets-fantasy-meets-bodice-ripper-romance-novel, but my hardcore sci-fi buddies would have a cat if I called this sci-fi. But with computers with artificial intelligence and interstellar travel as the backdrop, it *technically* qualifies. That's definitely just the backdrop, though. Where Johann ...more
Laura Hamadi
I had a goal to read all of Johanna Lindsey's books, but this one was so bad I will definitely not be reading the rest of the Ly-san-ter series. The first 200 pages just DRAGGED on and on and on. It also took me nearly three weeks to read this book, because of how much I hated it. I can usually whip through a romance book in one sitting. Not this one!
So, finally, I read this!
After years...
Well, I have this novel since long ago (a year ago) and just have interest to read this now--well yesterdays.

Hm. This is story about galaxy. Not just about different races (and this too, I think), not just about different country (big NO), but this is about different planet, galaxy, and traditions.

Kinda confusing. You have admit it. At first.
And as Lindsey made it with basic needs of human--and yeah, different planet, galaxy and traditions--it still have th
Leila Mota
Johanna Lindsey's books are on sale on Amazon. That makes (some of) them almost irresistible to review. Maybe they are dated, but they were so fun to read in the 1980's! It was a time when I was discovering this kind of books, and they were very difficult to find and get in my country. We had to import them, and they were kind of expensive, and it took a very long time to get them to our hands safe and sound. But it was worth it when we got them. Many sleepless and happy nights were spent with s ...more
The plot of Warrior's Woman was interesting and the story flowed nicely, but I do think certain parts of the story were a bit of a let-down.

The heroine, Tedra, was likeable to an extent. She was super independent to begin with, which I really liked because I haven't read many books with a heroine that could think for herself, but once she came into contact with the hero, Challen, her independence started to waver. She was still defiant and disagreed with him, but she gave into his primitive dema
Faye Hollidaye
Apr 19, 2014 Faye Hollidaye rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance-genre readers who like some science fiction
Recommended to Faye by: it was a hand-me-down book
Shelves: adults-only
This isn't the best romance I have ever read, but it is pretty decent, in my opinion.

There is much to love about this book: the science fiction elements, the future mixing with the past, the political reasons driving the story, and the unique mixing of cultures and beliefs, among many other things. The sensual scenes are relatively satisfying to read, as well, though a little cliche at times.

However, there are a few things that one could very well dislike. Such as: A strong modern heroine being
Pamela Shropshire
This is one of the Books of the a Month of the OSRBC on Facebook. I've read this a number of times, "back in the day." We shall see how I like it now.

I've reached Chapter 17. Some thoughts.

I love Martha. She's hilarious. Tedra comes across as slightly insecure with her constant talk of being a Sec 1; if she were really as proficient as she claims, she shouldn't have to talk about it all the time. Granted, I can see how she would feel insecure on a planet of "giant barbarians" without her phazor
Tedra is a tough combat lady, and when her planet is invaded by unstoppable Conans, she flies to the Conan origin planet to get her own Conans to stop the invader Conans. This is never a good plan – it’s like when you have a bug or something that eats sugar cane and you introduce a cane toad to kill it, and then the cane toad has no natural predators and suddenly your country is just completely overrun by these things. They are ugly and noisy and they eat everything, and sure, sometimes people g ...more
This was a reread for me. I owned and read it back when I was a teenager and remembering enjoying it. When this came up as an option for the book club I thought why not? I remembered not particularly enjoying the heroine in the other book club choice so thought I would reread Warrior Woman and see how I felt about it 15 years later! I actually enjoyed the sci fi elements of this book. They were amusing though sometimes I felt like it was a 15 year old boy's fantasy.... The interactions between T ...more
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom
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Ly-San-Ter (3 books)
  • Keeper of the Heart (Ly-San-Ter, #2)
  • Heart of a Warrior (Ly-San-Ter, #3)

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