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Warrior Wench

(The Asarlaí Wars #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone's head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew.

All of those are about to bite her in the ass.

Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2016
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Marie Andreas It does, but it is not the main focus of the story. The romance does add to the story, but the focus of the plot is not the romantic aspect.

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The first book in The Asarlai Wars series by Marie Andreas. Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary captain back from r&r. But her 2 weeks turned into a month and her memory is sketchy. Time to find her ship and... Her ship is what? Her ship has been taken apart and scattered across the galaxy. So she takes another ship, the Warrior Wench and goes to find her crew. Odd things are happening and it looks like it's up to her and her crew to figure it all out.

While the story doesn't end in a cliffhanger, t
This came across as a "firefly" type story. All was entertaining until the last 5% then I think the author didn't know what to do and started throwing in ideas that didn't gel with the story. Still enjoyable and I will read the next one. ...more
Evan Nelson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I stopped at around the 30% mark -- I couldn't finish it. This book is a collection of every sci-fi trope known to humanity, crammed together as tightly as possible. I could hardly turn a single page without reading about blasters or ship computers or yet another random alien race that seems eerily tailored to be perfect at some specific human profession.

And the characters... oh the characters. Even if I tried I could not create a cast of characters that so closely matches a specific set of bori
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.6/5

Review: A fairly mundane attempt at the 'Space Operatic' with bold characterization and fairly good world building.

The Bad: Vas, while being hotter than a two-dollar pistol, is also a borderline sociopath that kills with a justified contract or you just plane pissed her off somehow. She has tons of enemies that want to kill her yet remains underfoot within a crowded galaxy. Confused? Me too. Despite her tendencies towards the erratic, she is a pirate/mercenary/captain with a heart o
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read much sci-fi lately but the combination of the UF style cover, the fantasy style title and the blurb intrigued me.

Right from the get go I was immersed in an alien world of space mercenaries, alien species and a hard-talking heroine. To say that Captain Vas(Kisha) Tor Dain is having a bad few days would not be hyperbole. Right from the start it is clear to the reader that "something" has happened to her and her memories have been blocked/ altered.

On an adventure that includes (Starg
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens, space
*thumbs up* - entertaining as heck!

Look, I chose this book because Warrior Wench is a hell of a good title. And, granted, I thought the lady presented on the cover was lovingly named the Warrior Wench. Because anyone that allows themselves to be nicknamed Wench and still be badass is cool, nay? Hahaa…Alas, I was wrong! Warrior Wench is the name of a spaceship, originally intended to be a space brothel – yup, sex sells in space, too – but, what has that got to do with anything, I will say not *wi
Tony Hisgett
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book, which is probably why I am more disappointed than I should be that it turned out so poorly.
My overriding impression after reading about a quarter of the book was the author was just trying too hard as she threw in more and more unexplained information that didn’t make a lot of sense. It didn’t help that the heroine seemed to run around like a ‘headless chicken’ getting nowhere.
Benjamin Thomas
I received a free ARC from NetGalley of this novel for review.

Vaslisha “Vas” Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain whose life is upended when she returns from what she thought was a two-week vacation only to realize she has actually been absent for an entire month with no memory of what happened in the interim. Her ship, “The Victorious Dead”, has apparently been salvaged and so she is forced to accept another ship, a pleasure barge named the “Warrior Wench” in its place. Fortunately the Warr
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much fun!

What an enjoyable read! Well paced with excellent world and character building, this book was a joy to read from start to finish!
Snarktastic Sonja
This book made me happy. It actually made me spit my coffee from laughing a few times. Not an easy feat for me. NOT that the book is *funny*, but it is certainly heavy on the sarcasm.

The first elephant in the room . . . the title. Is the title off-putting to you? It was to me. :D I delayed reading this because with a title like "Warrior Wench", I was positive I was getting a story more steeped in sex than sci-fi. Well, I was wrong. After reading this book, I am madly and crazily in love with the
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rollicking scifi adventure, there was plenty of action, including space battles (my favorite), humor, lots of different beings serving on a mercenary crew and a tough as nails with a heart of gold female captain. Capitan Vaslisha Tor Dain comes back from what was supposed to be a two week trip to find she’s been gone a month and has memories missing from that time, her ship, The Victorious Dead, has been broken up and sold in pieces all over the galaxy, and then there are the ominous ships att ...more
Diane Burton
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you like sci-fi with a lot of action, romance, and a wild adventure? Here it is. I loved this book. Just looking at the cover and you know what the heroine is like. I thought Warrior Wench meant her. Hahaha. It's the name of her ship, but it could describe her, too. Besides losing her original ship, she's stuck on a formal brothel-ship. At least the accommodations are better. But somebody has it in for her. One attack after another. Sheesh.

With the myriad characters, I felt like I was on Fars
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Warrior Wench is not a person but a space ship. That ship is full of great characters many with their own backstory. That and world building are a big part of the story. There are plots within plots as the Warrior Wench travels on different missions. There is a lot of action and some mystery with the characters. Don't look for a resolution to the story. The end is a bit of a cliff hanger.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters and story really well. In fact once I start the book yesterday it kept me interested and reading till I finished it last night. I recommend this book

*** Received a copy of book from and Marie Andreas ****
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun space ride! Cant wait for the next one!
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely don't know how I feel about this book, so I'll break it down into pros and cons.

Pro's: It's a decent enough sci-fi adventure romp. There are enough mysteries, twists, and questions to keep you engaged, and there are lots of fights, battles, and explosions too, so it's got a lot going on. The world-building is pretty solid (if somewhat formulaic), but not overwhelming.

The characters are fun, typical sci-fi heroes that are identifiable, even if you don't identify with them. And they (a
Vas is the captain of a mercenary ship. She has just return from an extended vacation to pick up her ship and her crew, only to find her ship has been scrapped for parts. The replacement ship, though bigger, newer, and fully of shiny addons, comes with the unfortunate monicker of the Warrior Wench, as well as the reputation of being a brothel. And that's just the start of her bad day. Vas is poisoned, trackers are inserted into her blood, and she narrowly escapes being framed for murder.

The acti
Keith Symcox
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow, what a mess of a book. The author writes well, but I always wondered what a science fiction novel would look like when written by someone with no knowledge of physics or engineering. Now I know. The action sequences were kind of fun once you suspended your feelings of disbelief about the weirdness going on. Just a few of the strange things:

-Travel across solar systems in less than an hour, yet sensors seem not to be able to pick up ships a couple of minutes away.
-Our captain seems to be abl
Marya Miller
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought Warrior Wench for one simple reason: It was written by Marie Andreas, whose Lost Ancients series I totally love. The fourth Lost Ancients book is not yet out, so in Ancients-deprived desperation, I made the hyper-leap from fantasy to sci fi, and discovered that Marie Andreas' stories are absolutely gripping no matter what she writes about or what genre she explores.

The story is built on a mystery that begins to unfold as Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain is busy discovering that something shoc
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to get into and I contemplated DNF quite early in the piece but it was a bookclub read so I soldiered on after a couple of days break. Once I got further in I was no longer reading as a chore but because I want to know what was going on and find answers to the ever increasing pile of mysteries. Unfortunately the ending is quite abrupt (even tho it took a LONG time to get there) and none of the mysteries are explained. It is very much a set up book for the series in that it intros a large nu ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a name like "Warrior Wench" I wasn't exactly sure what I'd be getting into with this book but I actually really enjoyed it and will definitely read the next one. At the beginning of the book I felt that the main character was all talk and attitude without much substance. That changed by the end of the book however and in fact, all of the characters grew on me the further I read. There is some good world building and some action sprinkled throughout. My one complaint is that there are so man ...more
Peter Carlstrom
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and full of action!

Four and half stars! Exciting but a little confusing. I didn’t get a clear understanding of relationships, powers and conflicts. It appears to be a plot device to keep these mysteries until the time of reveal. The captain had an annoying habit of not dealing with emotional and traumatic events by just leaving it be. It was the most irritating feature in the book. That being said the world building was exciting, the characters colorful and fleshed out, the action was f
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is what you end up reading when you listen to a recommendation engine. I plover through the whole trilogy which I got through a free trial of the kindle unlimited program... thankfully. The author clearly has no clue about anything science fiction, science, military. Very little was believable or even entertaining and the character development was weak too. Even the writing style seemed to deteriorate through the trilogy until she was beating you over the head with facts mentioned a page or ...more
Debra Wenskovitch
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great space adventure and I enjoyed reading this book. Warrior Wench is the name of the ship that a mercenary crew ended up with when their own ship was taken apart and the pieces shipped out by enemies unknown. The captain is a strong female lead character and her crew is an interesting mix of different aliens, each with their own characteristics, strong points and flaws. Lots of mysteries pile up and each incident adds to the confusion of what is happening as planets are being destr ...more
Barrie Davis
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW!!

Badass heroine and her mercenary crew, epic battles, even more, epic space battles, the hodgepodge crew of diverse life forms fight off the evil aliens, psychotic religious fanatics and the reclusive monks controlling it all. It's difficult to say more without massive spoilers, there's so much going on suffice to say that this is old school epic sci-fi space opera as it should be written. Incredible characters brilliant storylines and world-building so well written you feel part of the
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I didn't have anything else to read. I'm happy I found it gathering dust in my shelves. I could not wait to finish it, just to see what would happen. I did not find it a WOW-book, if you can understand what I mean, but it was good enough. I had told myself that I would not continue with the series because at some point I just got tired of it. However, I am re-thinking that decision. Vas is a good character, and I like how she comes off as badass. Then we get to see a di ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pulls you in

Is this book chaotic to read? Yes. But it would also be chaotic to lose two weeks, have an external mental block on them, fall in love with exactly who you shouldn’t, and have the universe fall down around you while you are just trying to survive, keep your crew intact, and find the pieces of your ship. I accidentally read this until well past 4am (luckily on a Friday) because I just had to know what would happen next and how it would fit into the greater mystery being uncovered.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An exciting start to what I assume is a series about a mercenary "Captain" of a ship crewed by various sentient species. The story starts with Vas coming back from and extended vacation to find her ship has been dismantled and the parts spread through the universe. She gets another ship called the "Warrior Wench" which has been outfitted as a space brothel and a bit more. After gathering her crew from their extended stays the ship goes on a previously arranged job and then .... To continue might ...more
Judith Favia
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovers of Star Trek and Star Wars Line Up

One of the best and most memorable books I have read this year (and I go through about four a week). The characters are strong and highly individual. The action is non-stop. The setting is believable and technically interesting without being intrusive. I hope they make this into a movie just so as can see the various space races. I can't wait for the sequel. And I plan to check out all the rest of the author's books. What a find!!!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

If you enjoy Lyndsay Buroker's Alisa Marchenko series, then you will definitely enjoy this. Apart from a lack of polish at the beginning, you would think that you were reading Buroker. Non stop action, a tough lead character with a heart of gold all feel so familiar. I loved this and will read the series. It's the best in this genre that I have read in the last 4 or 5 months. 4.5 stars.
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Marie is a fantasy and science fiction reader with a serious writing addiction, and a few awards to go with it. If she wasn't writing about all the people in her head, she'd be lurking about coffee shops annoying total strangers with her stories. So really, writing is a way of saving the masses. Her fantasy series, The Lost Ancients, starts with The Glass Gargoyle. The entire six book, Lost Ancien ...more

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