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

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,760 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Alternate cover version of ISBN 9780380753017
Paperback, 422 pages
Published June 1990 by Avon Books (first published 1990)
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Nalini Singh
Feb 12, 2016 Nalini Singh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
I was chatting to some fellow long-time romance readers last night and this book came up and we all made that "OMGitwassoawesome" noise. If you haven't read it, you must! It's sf romance written back when there was hardly any sf romance. But if you read it, go into it with it knowing you're going to get a barbarian alien hero who drags the heroine off to his lair.

It's fun, has a great world, and the romance gets me every time. I saw Meljean Brook's review in which she said it's a guilty pleasur
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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
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
First of all, let us appreciate the glory that is the (original) cover.



Look at it. Just stunning. The hair floating unnaturally in the background is an added bonus.



I'm kind of torn on this one. In a way, I really liked it, but then there was a lot of in-between stuff that was kind of boring. Oh, let me just say that some people will not like this. It takes place on a barbarian world where women do not have equal rights and are submissive and expected to obey the men (warriors) and they have slav
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Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
What a strange book this was.

Don't get me wrong, I found it quite enjoyable? I think?

But I feel like it suffered from not knowing quite what it wanted to be.

It started off as a call to arms, with Tedra fighting to free the females of her planet from slavery. But the way she went about getting their freedom seemed... ludicrous. Submitting to and obeying a warrior on a planet in another galaxy? Who willfully and knowingly uses her lack of knowledge about his customs to his advantage? Makes total
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Meljean Brook
May 15, 2012 Meljean Brook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Choko
*** 3.60 ***

A buddy read with the ladies at Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas who research books with abs on the cover for science!!!


We wanted barbarians in space, we got them!!! And look at this cover drawn by the artist Elaine Duillo - how can we pass on a book with Fabiolicious on it???

I decided to do some research and read the reviews of my fellow readers on GR. Wow! Not very flattering, many complaining of this and other books of its ilk singlehandedly reversing every centimeter gained by any of
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Liz
Feb 06, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Martha
Jul 22, 2010 Martha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Enjoyable, pleasant story about a space traveling futuristic woman falling in love with a sword wielding barbarian.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
Just as enjoyable this time around. Fantasy romance that isn't dark, just a fun sexy story with good world building and a bit of humor.
Ariel
Feb 16, 2016 Ariel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awful, and it made my feminist self feel awful for her being a total dumbass and him being a giant misogynist. It huuuurt. Half star?
Brianna
Oct 15, 2015 Brianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pat
Sep 28, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mara
Dec 06, 2012 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-bin, dnf
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
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Megan Moon
Dec 12, 2012 Megan Moon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rhapsody
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: futuristic romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
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
Karen
Apr 18, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-lighter-side
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.
twelvejan [Alexandria]
Improbable, yet I'm impressed at the extent of its 'science-fictitiousness' for a book written in 1990. Lacking an imagination, I can't even conjure up something as spectacular as that!
Jan
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 :)
Charlie
Aug 22, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbarian warriors from another planet... Yes please!

This was a really fun, fluffy, sci-fi romance. I'll definitely read more in the series.
Sam
Nov 28, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book ever!
Sheila Melo
Oct 19, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: npr
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
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Pam
Mar 18, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
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
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Dianna
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
Elaine
May 28, 2010 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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mlady_rebecca
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
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Kasey Jane
Jun 17, 2012 Kasey Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance, 2012
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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Claudia
Jul 20, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-romance
I have mixed feelings about the book. I loved the whole "future-society-other-planets-concept". The fact that the whole story involved people from other planets worked even better but -
Challen, the barbarian, did not work for me. I love alpha males who go in protective mode and love to bits their women. What I don't like are narrow minded man. I cannot even name him a barbarian because he was plain one side, narrow minded character. A barbarian would have seen reason at a certain point (when he
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Al
Jul 10, 2016 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half the time i did not understand what was going on. I was thrust into a new world . When it comes to space travels and intergalactic missions, i don't really care for it so i struggle to say i enjoyed it. Johanna Lindsey's writing is excellent as usual but this book was not for me. Still good enough to wile away time.
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Ly-San-Ter Family (3 books)
  • Keeper of the Heart (Ly-San-Ter, #2)
  • Heart of a Warrior (Ly-San-Ter, #3)

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