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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerou ...more
Kindle Edition, 473 pages
Published September 4th 2016 by JPH
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Susan Hampson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Now this is a long, long, book, a fantasy story that follows the life of Rhianwyn of the Caderyn, a warrior in her own right. She is one tough lady that like all the other women in her tribe battle alongside the men in her homeland, to protect their property and families. These are violent times set in Iron age Britain with graphic and violent fighting scenes with axes and swords, very bloody and gory. There are also explicit sexual scenes which take place. If any of these offend this book will ...more
L. S.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to preface this by saying that Wildcat is an incredibly long book. However, such care was put into its composition that I feel like readers would hardly notice. There were very few lulls in the narrative, and the plot carried the reader along insistently, keeping them turning the pages.

How much loss can one person stand, really? After her tribe is forced into an alliance with their Gaian conquerors, Rhia finds herself ripped from the life of a warrior and wife to a life of indulgence
Rhianwyn (Rhia) is a woman you really do not want to mess with. She, like other women, is a  warrior of the Caderyn, women fight beside the men and are just a ferocious and deadly. As with all things, nothing stays the same. Change is on the way as the Gaians gradually take over land and the people. A truce between the Calderyn and the Gaians is formed with Rhia and her sister Gwen starting a new life to keep the peace.

This is an absolute cracker of a read and the author has created a story that
Meredith Wilson
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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***I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.***

First off I want to preface this review by stating that I have a huge crush on the protagonist of this novel, Rhia. She is such a badass and the embodiment of girl power! Growing up amongst the Caderyn, her father being the chief, Rhia lived a warrior’s life and relished every second of it. When she marries her childhood sweetheart, Bevan, life is perfect, and she loves being a wife.

Unfortunately, life threw a punch and Rhia foun
"...the warrior elite had fascinated her for years, and try though she might she couldn't bring herself to crawl away."
An important thing to note as I begin this review is that I truly did enjoy Wildcat by J.P. Harker. Though a rather lengthy novel, both the story and the characters were exceptionally engaging. I found the villains quite wonderful in their devilish nature and loved both the plot and the historical context behind it all. This is one thing that I believe Harker has integrated very
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5. Soooo this book. Everyone dies that’s all I have to say. I should have know not to get attached but how tf was I supposed to know ughhhh. Good book though
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book. It wasn't the fastest story, but I didn't mind. I liked the main character Rhianwyn and I felt for her as she went through a lot. The plot was interesting.

More in-depth review to come!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s a LONG book, that’s for sure. But even with that I didn’t find myself bored with the story. It’s not a fast-moving plot. It’s a slow burn that takes its time developing the world and the characters. It definitely has more plot than something character-driving, but a lot of time is spent on the characters as well and how they react and deal with the situations that arise around them. I was really afraid it was going to be a slog, but it wasn’t. I didn’t begrudge reading the story at all, and ...more
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way effect on my review.*

Cover - I'm starting a new way to review, and first thing I notice on a book is the cover. This one really stands out, and is very eye-catching! I love the colors, and her face is both beautiful and interesting. The back cover fits well, and looks just as good. I am not impressed with the back font, but that's a minor detail. The blurb grabbed my attention, and made me want to read more.

Plot - The plot, while not
Rosemary John
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like descriptive writing, featuring fantasy characters who face real-life problems in a blunt fashion, then I'd recommend this book. I got hooked from the beginning!

The characters are completely relatable. Based during a war between Lurians and Gaians, and is clearly based on Iron Age Britain, when the Romans started invading. The strategies of the battles, combined with the cultural rituals and the inner monologue of Rhia, the daughter of a Lurian chief, makes for a captivating read. Th
Apr 26, 2017 added it
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DNF at about page 240. Not for me, unfortunately.

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Cyra Schaefer
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
** I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. **

Trigger Warnings: rape & violence.

Wildcat is a fantasy book that follows Rhianwyn, a warrior from the Caderyn tribe, over the course of about five years. It follows her from her first battle against the Caderyn's rival tribe, the Gorvicae, to her new life among the Gaians after her tribe's defeat at their hands, and back.

I keep wanting to say more, but I feel like I would personally think anything else that
Adriane (Ordinary Reader)

Rhianwyn comes from the Caderyn tribe - A tribe rich of love, traditions, respect and honor. It's a tribe where, among other things, men and women are treated equal; including in warfare. Until a woman becomes a mother she is as much of a warrior as any man, and shares in the responsibility. Rhia is a warrior at heart, but is also ready to settle down - after one more battle. But when that catastrophic battle against the ever-expanding Gaian empire leaves the tribal warriors in ruins, killin
Sarah Greenwood
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review might be late but this still goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in an era you would love to see. To observe only though as I think it would be a bit intense to be involved when the battles start up.

This seems to be a book of many parts following the journey, happy and sad in equal measure, of our warrior Rhia of Caderyn. We start almost as we mean to go on with a battle taking place between her people and the Gorvic. A battle won would put anyone in a g
Darque  Dreamer
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wildcat is powerful, dangerous, and intriguing! This one is full of action, mayhem, and betrayal! For fans of The Mists of Avalon and Game of Thrones, this one is sure to take you on a wild ride full of twists and turns!

The first thing I noticed about this book was the kick ass cover! That cover conveyed so much to me, and the story beneath did not disappoint! Wildcat was full of intense, gory battle scenes, passion, sadness, and surprises. There was danger and betrayal at every turn, and so man
Lissanne Daamen
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Before I get into this book, I want to warn you for rape and violence triggers.
First of, this book is incredibly well researched. The book, which is a combination of the Iron Age Wales and Ancient Rome was just enough to satisfy my love for fantasy and historical fiction. I really appreciate how much research the author has done in order to make this book as realistic as possible and it’s mind-blowing well it turned out. I would have loved to have seen a little more of the Ancient Rome side of t
Jordan Hagenson
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. Actual rating 4.5/5

Wildcat is a historical fantasy set in Ancient Briton, more specifically Iron Age Britain. It’s primarily from the main character, Rhianwyn’s point of view and deals with issues of war, death, rape, honor, domestic violence, and family to name a few. This books is absolutely huge, about 550 pages, so it took me a while to get through, but it was absolutely worth it.
There was little that I didn’t like abou
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. Now this was an incredibly long book. But it was written with such care that I think the readers will hardly notice how long it is. There were few lulls in the narrative story; the plot flowed along smoothly keeping you ...more
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Shauna Philp
I was given a free copy from the author for an honest review. This in no way will sway my review.

After much deliberation, I have decided to shelve this book at approximately 50%. There will be SPOILERS discussed in my reasoning for doing so.

Wildcat follows Rhia, a Caledon warrior, as she tries to find a balance between her desire to be a warrior and her "duties" as a wife and mother.

Writing style: The author's style was not for me. There were blocks and blocks of inner dialogue and des
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