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Woman of Honor

(Kingdom of Arnhem #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Aislinn of Bairbhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother's horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn's wish and she begins her long years of training.

Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-disc
Paperback, 137 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Desert Breeze Publishing (first published March 27th 2009)
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Danielle Thorne
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected as it begins from a very little girl's POV but I liked the castles, classes, training, young romances and it really opened up the second half into a darn good adventure. Ends with the promise of a second in a series which I will probably read if I can get my hands on it.
Tara Chevrestt
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This is only the second fantasy book I have read in my adult years. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

It's medieval days and Aislinn is seven years old but desires to be a knight and take her dead brother's place in the king's "army." Her little seven year old self takes a coach to the kingdom and presents herself to the king. She begins training to be a knight. There is math, reading and writing, horsemanship, archery, weapons, and swimming. Aislinn overcomes every obstacle in her path f
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Update: If you're considering this book as an empowering story of a girl growing up to be a strong, independent woman and Knight of the Realm avoid this book. I think you'll be much happier with Alanna: The First Adventure and the rest of the Song of the Lioness series.

Betrayed is the best word to describe my feelings by the time I was finished with this book. As advertised, the story begins with a great, empowering tone - with the young daughter running away from home to become a knight so she'
This novel was so emotionally moving my heart literally ached. I loved medieval stories that are well told. And this one has a fantasy twist that makes it that much more fun. Reading about knights and castles are always enjoyable novels for me. Bottom line...Woman of Honor is a well-told, emotionally gripping story. I was literally swept away into the battle scenes, the romance, the fierce loyalty and honor even if it went against matters of the heart. I nearly cried several times while reading ...more
I'm not sure about this one... the author added me as a friend but the reviews make the story sound almost EXACTLY like the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. Hmph.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only made it to page 35, so do what you will with that. I just can't make it through the writing.

It is constantly shoved down your throats that Aislinn is a noble "as a noble she..." "I'm noble..." "Being noble..." I GET IT YOU'RE NOBLE (even though you have exactly zero house servants and your mother cooks dinner in a small kitchen). Yes it is 1155, but seven year olds are still seven, there are so many other books that manage to handle children properly for that time period, this one makes A
Charity Bradford
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sets-and-sequels
I often have to reset my brain during the first chapter or two of books that are new worlds, and this was the same. The story started strong though and was definitely worth the effort. I had to remind myself that in the age and place of Nicole's world, children grow up a lot faster than my four. They have a maturity necessary for the hardships they will face.

Aislinn came off strong and determined from the very beginning. I loved that she knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it even
Shopping on my new Kindle, I like to find cheap books. Woman of Honor was one such cheap book boasting an adventurous tale of love and honor. I’m not so sure that it lived up to its synopsis. At many points I remember asking myself, why am I reading this... snooze.... Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing this book. It was pretty obvious that this was the author’s first book. It was written well, if a bit cheesy. My first complaint: They are seven year olds. In the book, these seven year olds spea ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare's Review

This story follows Aislinn in her quest to do what no woman in Arnhem has ever done before. Become a knight. Initially doing it to honour her dead brother, it soon becomes a matter of pride — to show the other pages that she is not a puny wench and every bit as capable and strong as they are. If not more so.

Starting when she is seven, the book follows her through her childhood and training. With the King’s son, Crown Prince Caelan and Geoffrey, her mentor and fellow page, their fr
Kelly Erickson
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicole Zoltack's Woman of Honor is the tale of a very determined little girl who fights tradition in her goal to honor her brother's memory. It is fascinating to watch her grow up, learning many life lessons along the way. And sometimes learning them too late.
This is a wonderful, detailed look at the hidden side of palace life, that of the pages, squires and servants. It is also a beautiful look at a child becoming a woman.
The writing style pulled me into Aislinn life, feeling her joy at a job
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicole Zoltack's WOMAN OF HONOR weaves the tale of the first lady knight of Arnhem. Sprinkled with historical facts, bullies, and a good dose of love and honor, WOMAN OF HONOR is a coming of age novel set in the fantastical medieval world of Arnhem Kingdom. Aislinn is brave and truly grows to be a woman of honor. The characters are likeable and realistic. We feel Aislinn's pains while she tries to prove herself. She overcomes tradition and the growing threat of Speica. This novel has history, kn ...more
Jan farnworth
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is a fantastic young adult story that was so emotionally moving, my heart literally ached. I cried at a few places in the story. I could not believe that what was happening! I got very involved with these characters and am totally on the hunt for the next part of the story. This story has romance, adventure, a new way of looking at Knighthood; it has everything you could want in a fantasy adventure story.

This is the first story I have read by this author, and I have to say she going o
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventure Romance, Fantasy and More!
I loved this book! It is a story that reminds us all not to give up on our dreams because, yes, they can come true! With hard work and determination this young girl achieved her dream and found love as well. I enjoyed the fact that we could follow her from age seven to adulthood. The characters were endearing and the fantasy side Nicole creates is believable. This book has romance, adventure and more....I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved Woman of Honor! A very good coming of age story about a little girl with big dreams of becoming a lady knigh.The story line takes you from Aislinn as a little girl to her as a young woman she struggles with all the hard work it takes to become a knight. Aislinn is a strong character as well as her friends Geoffrey and Caelan.I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did !
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just lovely. Absolutely loved the characters and their no-hard-feelings sort of vibe. The story itself was very intriguing and had me at a state of content while reading.
Bookish Addict
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It details Aislinn's journey to become a lady knight, the first of her kind in the Kingdom. Fantastic story that details every aspect of her training and hardships as a female page making her way through the ranks. I just wish the ending wasn't so rushed. It was a nice slow build to learning about Aislinn and loving her character. There's a lot of character development, plenty of action, and little bit of love. Amazing storytelling. I want more!
Charles Dillon
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good.

Very definitely a terrific read, well worth it's price. While a lot of the plot is quite predictable and seems familiar, it's like going to grandma's house - while the destination is quite predictable, the trip there always yields fresh surprises. 😉
Stephanie Burkhart
Book Review for "Woman of Honor"
Written by Nicole Zoltack
Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN: 1-936000-03-2
Ebook Format
4.5 Stars

Zoltack pens a coming-of-age fantasy full of adventure and romance with "Woman of Honor." This is the first novel in "The Kingdom of Arnhem Books" and it's a thrilling introduction to Zoltack's world.

The novel opens with seven-year-old Aislinn of Barbhe leaving her home and seeking out the king. She wants to ask him for permission to become a Lady Knight. Surprisingly, he gran
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
*2.5 STARS*
Synopsis: Woman of honor is all about Aislinn, a girl who wants to be a knight to carry on her family's tradition after her brothers tragic death. She goes to the King who accepts her request but on condition that she will have to go through two years of probation after which it will be decided if she is worthy of knighthood or not. During those two years she makes an ally out of the prince, whom she hates for having luxuries she does not have. She fi
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aislinn is only seven years old when her brother is killed. To uphold the family honor, Aislinn is determined to become a knight in his place. With the blessing of the king and the approval of her father, she begins her training. She makes a few friends and endures some minor bullying, but she does manage to do well in her lessons.

I enjoyed Aislinn’s early years as she struggled to learn and catch up to the other students. She has a determined personality, and she does not give up or give in to
3.5 stars.

This is a great fantasy book! It reminded me a lot of Tamora Pierce's "Protector of the Small" series, which is also about a girl who trains to become a knight. Woman of Honor is perfect for fans of that series.

I really enjoyed Aislinn's character. I love how she knows what she wants and is determined to keep fighting, no matter what. She's easy to admire, and I liked watching her journey as she grew up and became a knight. I also liked the addition of secondary characters, like her fr
This book was pretty good, and I enjoyed it, but it's not one that I would recommend. I really liked how the main character, a girl, was so tough and determined - willing to fight and train at the same level and in the midst of all other boys. I liked her personality, and the personalities of the other characters a whole lot.
In a funny way it struck me at times like a mix of A Stranger to Command and Tangled. An unusual mix that I wouldn't have expected, but it worked out.
That said, a few key th
S.L. Figuhr
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author for her generosity.

Aislinn is a child of almost eight who wants nothing more than to become a lady knight. We follow her on her journey. I enjoyed the strength and perserverance which is shown through out the story as the girl pursues her goal.

Despite that, I was left feeling that something was missing during the novel. I never fully got a sense that Aislinn’s hardships and troubles on her path to becoming a
Audrey Jane
I’ m having a difficult time reviewing this book. It had so many ups and downs. The first half of this book began as a 4 star rating, going into a 2 star, to end up as a 3 star book.

In Woman of Honor we get to follow Aislinn in her journey to knighthood. When the story begins she is 7/8 years old. Before you know it, she’s a page and then a squire where she reaches adulthood. At the same time the pacing can be confusing; sometimes I had to remember how old the characters were.
I liked the eleme
I liked this book and especially the female protagonist, Aislinn. I loved her from the beginning with what she she wanted to do. Honor her brother's death and become a lady knight. Well that is difficult as in the kingdom there are no lady knight. I liked her journey in becoming one and being stronger than men, fighting shoulder to shoulder along with them.
I liked it all and the romance between Aislinn and Caelan, liked it!
Just it is historical fiction with fantasy. Nothing wrong with that but
Lisa Blackwood
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came as a surprise. I hadn't read anything else by this author before and bought it because I liked the cover and the blurb. I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this YA coming of age adventure story.

It wasn't perfect, no book is. There were a couple times I was reading and thought 'now that's not likely to happen' or 'it's that convenient' but those were the only glitches I noticed. Overall this is a well written, fast paced story with believable characters and a good plot. I
Jack Lindsey
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well crafted fantasy novel set in a world of chivalry and romance. The character of the feisty heroine Aislinn and the fictitious land of Arnhem are well drawn. Her quest to become a noble knight is skilfully explained and tells of the trials which can beset a woman who is determined to succeed in a very masculine profession.

The magic and mystery is believable and fits in well with a historical perspective. There is plenty of conflict and the rivalry between high born Aislinn and the l
Harry Brake
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Expect the unexpected. What hasn't been done in writing? I have yet to come across a tale fo a woman training to be a knight, and one so well -written. Yet Nicole Zoltack did just that. This novel, the first in a series, is heroic and deserving in showing what women can do and did, even in the m iddle Ages if they set their mind to.

Certainly this is not a tale of al positives, there are sacrifices to be made for the yearning to be successful, especially in a world dominated my male stereotypes,
Rebekah Cooper
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this book covering at least eight years of Aislinn's life she has little personality. We know little about her fears, hopes, or temper let alone that of the other characters. Her obstacles seem to just disappear despite her poor or lack of planning. The romance is poorly written, the prince and Aislinn act like blocks of wood. Zoltack spends just a few pages total on Aislinn's training. The few action scenes read more like summaries with half the words missing. This book reads like Zolta ...more
A.R. Norris
I liked the narrative flow of this story. It wasn't quite what I expected, but that was a good thing in this instance. I was expecting an action packed knight story. Instead I got a heartfelt, warm story about a little girl following her dreams and succeeding no matter what obstacles stand in her way...including royalty. I fell in love with the MC and loved watching the childhood friendship with the MC grow into a grown love. The ending was timed very well and opens up perfectly to book two. I'l ...more
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Nicole Zoltack is a USA Today bestselling author who loves to write romances. Of course. She did marry her first kiss, after all!

When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or witches, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband, three energetic young boys, and precious baby girl. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire d

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