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(The Caledon Saga #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  39 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
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Published 2016
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Lezlie with The Nerdy Narrative
First, please note that I use the star rating to express MY personal enjoyment of a book.

Secondly, I NEED book 2....I finished this book close to midnight last night and if the second book had been in my possession, I would have begun it immediately.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Wildcat. I'm stunned that I took this long to read this story. It is a story similar to one I've read before? Sure. This type of story is one I will never tire of - several tribes of a people living in peace on their l
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book has so much to talk about for me. I was in doubt whether to give the book 2 or 3 stars, because I have some troubles with the second part of the book. There were so many good things in this book, that I decided to give the book 3 stars. I was kinda done with the book after page 400 and I skimmed through and just didn't really read the final 150 pages. I usually never do this, so I didn't rea
Susan Hampson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
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
Apr 26, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at about page 240. Not for me, unfortunately.

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By JP Harker


I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I had fun reading this book however I found the language to be extremely modern which sorta takes you out of the element of the story, however the story is engaging and very interesting.


We follow Rhia as she contemplates whether she would like to give up being a worrier for being a mother as most tribes ladys do in Caderyn. Her new husband tries his hand and getting her to give it up. However the Dan
Steff Pasciuti
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"...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 Ha
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Wildcat for review from the author - thank you! All opinions are my own.

I did a buddy read of this with Cat (BrewsandReviews) and I'm so glad we read it together! I highly suggest doing a buddy read of this since talking about the book as we progressed was so much fun.

The not so great: The first 100-200 pages or so were a bit slow going. I think that quite a bit of this could have been trimmed down. There was a bit too much of a focus on sex and wanting children in the begi
L. S.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
***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
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
Sarah 🕺🏻
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: owned
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!
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 - Books Less Travelled
*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  ·  review of another edition
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
Cyra Schaefer
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
** 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 I ha
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
If you love detailed world building, clever story crafting, battle scenes that flow really well, and characters that break your heart, go read this book right now! There were parts that made me cry, there were parts I couldn't stop grinning at, and there were even a few parts that made me genuinely angry. I bought the rest of the series before I even finished it because I knew I would need to read them ASAP.
The str
Adriane (Ordinary Reader)
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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 G
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Inked Reader
First thing I've noticed was how well written and how throughly researched this book was.

It was also brutal and with many out-of-the-blue twists that raised the stakes at every turn.

All this combined with intruguing characters and well narrated fighting scenes made me really enjoy this one.

I will be honest, it can be slow at times and overly descriptive however the slow parts are actually important to grow attached to the characters and understanding their circumstances so that when the peace
Darque  Dreamer
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wildcat: Book 1 in The Caledon Saga by JP Harker

“Perhaps so. I prefer his chances of it to those of a dancing kitten.”

Genre: Adult | Fantasy

5 out of 5 stars!

Brilliant world building!

I’ll be upfront and say I have not read many books written in a medieval setting and I now know I need to read more! JP Harker’s exciting read Wildcat has brought this to my attention.

Right from the first page I was sucked into this exciting world filled with powerful characters. Wildcat gives you a little taste of e
Fernanda Lara (MysteryDateWithaBook)
A brilliant fantasy story, about a group of rival tribes and an invading legion who's trying to take over their land.
It took me a while to get into the story because of the writing style and slow pace of the story, but about 100 pages in something unexpected happened that made the story way more interesting (no spoilers! lol).
Right at the beginning, there's a very awkward scene where this 50 year old guy is watching his 17/18 year old daughter have a bath with her friends. He doesn't just watc
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review.

At first I wasn't sure what to make of this book. The beginning definitely feels more historical than fantasy, though those elements develop in the second half of the book. My main issues with this book were that the dialogue felt a little modern and the pacing was a little off for me, but overall, I had a really fun time with this. I actually buddy read this book with Kayla from krakentoagoodbook and it was a great one
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[BEFORE READING]: I have made a more in depth review for this book on my youtube channel. Click on the following link if you want:
This book review is long overdue but I'm glad I was able to this at last! So first of all, WILDCAT is a MASSIVE BOOK. It took me weeks to finish it and wow I should say that it is a roller coaster ride. I mean, it is high fantasy after all, what did I expect?
Anyway, in a more techinal side, the book is fantastic. The auth
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's so much happening in this book! If you love Welsh tradition and war and political themes as well as Magic then really you have to read this book. It's not at all what I would usually read but the thought and planning that's clearly gone into the world building and character development is truly great. Harker has developed a world and a system based on so much research into Welsh and Celtic tradition that it feels both Fantastical and Historical. To be honest, I did find myself confused a ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Thomas Dawson
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was as absolutely stunning on the inside as it was on the outside. The author did an excellent job bringing in the struggles of a barbaric society coming against a thriving society. Following Rhia through her life and the hardships made her feel like a very real person.

There are few books that will make me feel an almost overwhelming sense of emotion, and this just became one of them...(I blame being a husband and father).

The pacing was a tad slow for first half of the book, but with
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