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A Woman Worth Ten Coppers

(Shadowed Path #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Seer, healer, goddess, slave—she is all these things and more.

Yim is a young woman suddenly cast into slavery, a gifted seer with a shocking secret—and a great destiny.

Honus is a Sarf, a warrior dedicated to the service of the compassionate goddess, Karm. A Sarf's sole purpose is to serve a holy person called a Bearer. But Honus' Bearer has been killed by the minions of a
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Ohhhh boy. Where to start? Ok, I loved this book in many ways. I love a book that is so engrossing that I don't want to put it down and this is one of those. I tore through it and read in every spare moment I had over the last few days. Its a pretty quick and easy read, i think I would have read it in a day if I had the spare time. The story line is very intriguing (though very cliche and "typical" of fantasy novels). The reason why I'm only giving it three stars is because the writing is a bit ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

A bit slow as far as plot progression but extremely well written. Definitely full of the types of character interactions and dialogue that I love.

Was a bit leery at first because of the title and the fact that Yim is a slave purchased by Honus for the low low price of ten coppers. I expected the clichéd abused servant who falls in love with her master but it wasn't like that at all and by the end of the book their roles are almost entirely reversed. I didn't lik
Allison (The Allure of Books)
A Woman Worth Ten Coppers by Morgan Howell is the first book of the Shadowed Path trilogy. I’ve owned this book for quite a while, and finally picked it up. I’m glad I did; it definitely helped fill the fantasy craving I don’t indulge often enough lately!

Yim is a really special young seer – she has been told now for many years that she is ‘Chosen’ (with a Capital C) and will fulfill a vital destiny to help save the world. Man, no pressure though, right? She doesn’t know a lot of details, but she
Sylvia McIvers
This book keeps being on the shelf I walk past. It's a great title. Some great books have smut-tastic covers, so I finally picked it up.
Yim the Seer knows she has to go somewhere. Her guide is killed and she is sold as a beautiful slave.
Honus was told by his master the Seer (who just got killed) that he must never carry his own pack, so he buys... wait for it... Yim, to carry his pack. But Honus is holy and doesn't rape her, yay. But we must all assume that a woman traveling in torn clothing
Carolyn F.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, fantasy
I loved the Queen of the Orcs series so thought I'd try his next series. This one is good, not as good as the Queen books, but almost. Yim is sent on a quest, and then is kidnapped and sold into slavery. One of Karm's warriors, Honus, buys her to carry his pack. She's one smart-mouthed slave and I'm surprised she gets away with most of what she says. Honus doesn't know what to do with her and doesn't know whether to like her or not. She's hiding her purpose from Honus and he's trying to make it ...more
Oct 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2009-read
Another book I had to force myself to finish.
Passable writing, been-done-before plot, shallow & stereotypical characters.

My biggest problems with this book were twofold.

1) That by the middle of the book, I just really truly didn't care one whit for any of the characters. Not the stilted 'hero/warrior' figure and definitely not the 'abandoned/confused/young-girl-with-a-world-changing-destiny' figure. The bad guys are suitably (and predictably) the 'ultimate' evil, and the gods in conflict are al
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I had read Morgan Howell's Orc series and liked it so I picked up this book. It seemed very similar to the Orc series, a young woman is in a difficult situation and (realistically, often painfully) struggles to overcome her problems- in this case a real horde: slavery, attacks from robbers and others, loss of friends, war, hunger..... She is a noble and brave character, in a brutal time. The ending closes a few threads, but leaves her facing another long journey with a new mission. ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This superb book has earned 4.5/5 stars. I heard of this book from a friend and decided to check it out, and wow, I was not disappointed. I just bought the first book of this author's Orc trilogy, as this one has roused my interest in the earlier series. This hook had its ups and downs, but the descriptions were realistic. It was definitely an engaging read, I finished it in two days! I am definitely more than eager to read the next installment of this series. ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
What a waste of time. Nothing happened and the book was so slow.
Ward G
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting opening gambit here.
We get to meet some of the main characters. As well as find out about their quests.

At the same time finding out. They are doing them by faith.
Not really knowing themselves. What the true purpose or destinations are.

Yim, going from a secluded life of training.
She is the Chosen, yet not really knowing. What all she has been chosen for.
She and her guide ambushed.
Her guide killed, Yim finds herself sold into slavery.

Meeting Honus. She does not know, if she should d
Sarah ~Goddessofthestory~
A random book that I picked up at a BOGO book sale. It was meant to be. What an amazing journey. It started off a little raw. But I quickly fell in love with the two main characters.
More than anything it was a beautiful slow burning connection between Yim and Honus, so complex and wonderful. The world is complicated, but the details were brilliantly layed out with very little boring dialogue or descriptions. The world was revealed moment by moment in actions and small details.
I have just finish
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a bit wary at first as this has a very typical smut book cover. It would probably do the author some good to change it, since this actually had good fantasy plot instead. I very much liked it and was really into it until about 3/4 in (I'm guessing this is about the time in the plot, when the author couldn't figure out how to wrap it up, and decided to extend it to another book). It just fell flat at that point and I lost interest. ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a neat little read that was NOTHING like what I was expecting. I had this book sitting around for a long time and thought it was one of those romance novels. I finally picked it up and to my surprise and delight it didn't have any of that in it! The world was neat with the turmoil it was going through, not to mention that of the characters. The travels, trials and tribulations were enough to keep you wondering what was going to happen next, with heartwarming twists sprinkled in. Loved it. ...more
Apr 29, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF at page 88.

I was just not feeling this book. It just didn't hook me and quite frankly even if I had liked it, I would never have finished the trilogy after hating the last book in this author's Queen of the Orcs trilogy.

It wasn't bad, but I didn't see the point in giving it my time.
Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasyromance
My thoughts:
The book had a strange feeling to it, it was not epic fantasy, it felt like fantasy romance, without the romance. Just these hints of romance and feelings.

Yim is chosen by the Goddess and she does her best to follow her path. Though she does have these TSTL moments. They travel to a dark and desolate landscape and even though she already was in a jam earlier she still gets in trouble and needs to be rescued. I still like her because she is not truly TSTL, she just seem way too innoce
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
The plot was interesting, but not revolutionary for high fantasy. There’s an evil entity spurring on war and discord, and Honus and Yim are the only ones who are able to stop him. They travel and camp a lot, taking refuge with families devoted to the goddess Karm.

Yim is a good character, but not a great one. She was named “The Chosen One” as a child and raised by a wise woman to fulfill a great purpose as instructed by the goddess Karm. So what, you ask, was she chosen to do? Have a baby. That’s
Arec Rain
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down. From the first chapter, I was hooked. So many secrets surround Honus and Yim, and, as the reader, I wanted so much to figure out each and every one right along with the protagonists. However, I felt like nothing ever happened.

First off, the world seemed like such a cold, dark place. Everywhere Honus and Yim traveled, there was nothing but suffering and strife. I felt as if the entire world was just this bleak place with no hope of any kind. Even when the two prota
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Its been a while since I read a book that I adored. A Woman Worth Ten Coppers has broken my streak. I adored this book. I loved the characters. From the smart-mouthed Yim, to the I'm-holy-but-not Honus, and even the ultimate evil bad guys. All the characters were extremely interesting and made me care about what happened to them.

The world was interesting. Its not very new in terms of what it contains, but it is interesting how Morgan Howell makes typical fantasy elements her own.

Don't let the so
Melania Ramona
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I could not put this book down, I just had to see what will happen with Yim and Honus. But at the end I felt depressed.
I get it, it's dark fantasy, but so was "Daughter of the Blood" (Anne Bishop), and it didn't make me cringe at the thought of finishing the series. The problem is I couldn't see the hope in the story. It's clear to me that Yim is going to have to sacrifice herself (and probably Honus' heart) to defeat the evil Devourer. So, what's the moral? Noble sacrifice to save the world, b
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book. The nemesis of Yim and Honus-and everyone else, really-is dark and does take a lot of the hope for success from the story, but in a good way. You need to have a good challenge for the protagonist(s) and that is certainly the case for the pair. I liked the idea of two gods fighting for the people.

What I really enjoyed about Yim is that she’s neither too kick-ass nor too soft. She has flaws and is not prepared for what is to come but is working her way to
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was pleasantly surprised that a book that hands over its premise that women can be bought and sold it its title was pretty even handed when it came to gender equality even if its characters aren't. Honus is the emotionally mercurial one (at least for most of the book), prone to reacting first and then questioning the results later. The other main character, Yim, though she pouts a lot, is the even tempered one with even her poor decisions telegraphed by her mood from a long way off. I hadn't n ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read this trilogy through at least twice so far. I find it endearing and powerful. A great beginning to an amazing series. It takes off very well for me, slowly bringing in the reader to a rip-roaring adventure. The religion of the goddess Karm is one of beauty, life, love, and peace. Personally I like it very much. The following of the Devourer is it's inimical opposite: violent, blood-thirsty, filled with hatred and death. Yim is The Chosen of Karm. What the true meaning of this is unknow ...more
Deviant Divas
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The title was the reason I picked up this book. I wasnt sure what to expect after reading the first couple of chapters. Yim is a woman stuck with being the Chosen and Honus is a warrior in the service of a Compassion Goddess.

Fate brings these two odd people together and threw out the story Yim shows some feeling towards Honus who does have feeling for her.

My problem is that this book was a good read but I had a hard finding it believable in some parts like Yim cold and sometime conflicting emot
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Morgan Howell has a knack for creating characters and worlds to which you can relate. The first in "The Shadowed Path" triology is a perfect example. Yim is The Chosen One and is being sent south from the Wise Woman to the temple of Karm at Bermven. Her escrot is a Seer who is disguised as a peddler. When they are set upon by thieves, the Seer is killed and Yim is sold into slavery. Honus is a Sarf, charged with the holy duty of protecting his Bearer. Unfortunately, his bearer has been killed du ...more
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Frankly it was disappointing. The thing that had drawn me to the first three books in the series, the strong heroine, is missing. Yim is, at best, a clichéd Princess Peach type character - constantly needing to be rescued before she'll lift a finger to help herself. Our hero also doesn't do much to endear himself, though at least he has some intelligence and sense. I still love the world, and I enjoy Howell's writing style. I also loved the various secondary characters that showed up, almost all ...more
Coucher de soleil
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I can't wait for the sequel! It was a fine tale of two individuals who, unbeknownst to them, are fated to meet and whose meeting and existence is probably the last hope for a world that is facing probable destruction through the malign influence of a god or 'essence' known only as the Devourer.

In general, I was thoroughly entertained and engaged by what, for me, was an original and engaging story.

What I will say is that if you don't like to be frightened, you m
Rachel Thompson
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Yim is a young seer cast into slavery and bought by Honus, a Sarf--a warrior dedicated to serving the goddess Karm. A Sarf's only purpose in life is to serve a Bearer, but Honus's was killed. Needing someone to bear his back, Honus pays ten coppers for Yim, entwining their fates forever.

With likable characters, I was disappointed to reach the end and realize that the story wasn't really over. I wanted to like this book more, but overall it's an average telling that ended in a different result th
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I got this one by recommendation on Amazon for my Kindle at a reasonable price, but didn't know a lot a bout the book or the author. It turned out to be an entertaining read about a girl raised with a sense of destiny who winds up being bought as a slave and traveling through a countryside blighted by the invasion of a dark army. She goes through some horrific near escapes while hiding special powers learned in her youth with a wise woman. She ends up with a turn-around in her fortunes as she co ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This a very odd book. The cover looks like it's just going to be bodice-ripper, but all bodices made it out of the book intact. In some ways nothing really happens in this book. The whole thing just takes place when they're on the road. I don't know if this is remedied later books in the series, but it didn't grip me enough to get me through two more books.

The majority of the book is simply the two characters talking along the road, but it somehow works. The more exciting moments are when the tw
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Yim is the Chosen, waited for so that she may right a great evil. So she's confused and upset when a couple days into her journey she is captured and sold as a slave. Honus is traveling home after losing his mentor and spiritual guide. His parting advice was that Honus should not carry his own pack. So Honus purchases Yim. On their journey, they face danger and must learn to work together.

Why I started this book: Intriguing set up for a fantasy novel.

Why I finished it: The writing lacked polish
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Morgan Howell is the pseudonym of author Will Hubbell. Hubbell uses his own name when writing childrens' picture books and for his science fiction novels published by Ace. He uses the name Morgan Howell for his recent fantasy writing, citing the darkness of the writing.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full-time writer who lives in upstate

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“Master,” she called out. “I’ve brought breakfast!”

  Honus noted that she was carefully carrying a large leaf, folded to make a package. She sat on the ground close to him, and with a bit of drama, opened her makeshift bundle. When Honus saw what it contained, he shrank back in revulsion.

  “Wood grubs!” said Yim. “I found a log full of them.” She picked up a finger-sized larva from the writhing mass on the leaf. Holding it by its dark round head, she placed its plump white body between her teeth. Then she bit down to burst the skin and suck its contents before discarding the head and limp body.

  Honus felt the blood drain from his face.

  Yim looked at him in surprise. “Haven’t you ever tasted them?” she asked. “They’re like mushrooms, only creamy.” Yim lifted another from the leaf and held it out. “Here, try one.”

  As far as Honus was concerned, she might as well have been holding an adder. When he backed away, a look of amusement came to Yim’s face. “I thought Sarfs were brave.”

  “That’s disgusting!” exclaimed Honus.

  “No, that’s breakfast. I take it you’re not having any.” Yim placed the grub in her mouth and made quick work of it.

  “How can you eat caterpillars?” asked Honus, as he backed farther away.

  “They’re wood grubs,” Yim replied. “Caterpillars aren’t in season.”

  Honus turned his back to Yim, but he could still hear her eat. He felt she was exaggerating the sucking sounds for his benefit. Then Yim giggled and said, “If I ever have to fight you, I’ll know how to arm myself.”
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