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A Hero's Tale

(When Women Were Warriors #3)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,474 ratings  ·  139 reviews

In Book II, Tamras moved from her home into the lands beyond its border. In Book three, the stage widens further: she deals with the struggles of whole peoples. Caught up in intrigues that would once have been far above her, the heroine risks everything unless she can not only learn to swim in treacherous waters, but to master them. The heroine 's inner journey continues t

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Published October 1st 2008 by Shield Maiden Press
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Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
There are some stories that I never want to end and when they eventually do, as everything must, they haunt me for days afterward. By "haunt" I mean that I can't completely shake myself out of the world created by the author through her characters. Catherine Wilson's When Women Were Warriors is just such a story. In the case of this story, I don't want to shake off the magic woven by Ms. Wilson.

I don't know if I can call this a "review" exactly -- it is more a public appreciation for a fantasti
Amy (Sun)
Honestly I think this was my favorite of all three. It was so well written, and such a rollercoaster, I cried so many times but it was so well done and so beautiful in the end. Tamras is the most wonderful character I have read in a long, long time. She is everything; brave and intelligent and strong and incredible. But I think what I love most about her is what her actual greatest strength is: her heart, and her ability to love. It's what makes her who she is, and it's so refreshing to read a b ...more
A great trilogy

First off, you have to read all the books from the beginning. Right now the first one is free on Amazon but be warned you will want to buy the other two...almost immediately.
Book one is slow to start but about midway through it picks up and become engrossed in the telling story of Tamra. Book two and three are pretty much the same but the journey becomes more and more each time
This trilogy is not about war or power...It really is about growth and love. Yes there is war and death
Wonderful book! I read this trilogy in one sitting because each book starts where the last finishes, so this review is for the three books. The first thing that I want to say is how wonderful the author writes. She creates a world where warriors live, a world where relationships are the most important things, all kinds of relationships: friendships, mother-daughter relationships, mentoring ... and of course "love". This book is about Tamra's journal which starts with her as a little girl and fin ...more
I'm actually worried I might never find another book series that has everything I love, and more, as beautifully written and developed as this one did.

Everything I said in my review of the first book is true for the rest of the trilogy as well. The focus on all the women with their complex stories and the relationships between all of them is what I appreciated the most. The worldbuilding was also fantastic and amazed me with every little detail, from funeral traditions to the different ways in w
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The only thing I could find wrong with A Hero's Tale, book #3 in the When Women Were Warriors series was that it ended. This series is by far the best series I have ever read and know that it will be a classic. Catherine M. Wilson is an amazing storyteller and the story that she gives us in this series is exceptional. Each book carried with it multiple messages for the reader to take into her own life and A Hero's Tale does no less. In this book, Tamras takes that final step into womanhood and w ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For me this was the most emotional book of all three of them. Wilson can make you feel exactly what the protagonist is feeling - seriously. When Tamras felt betrayed I almost had to put the book down as I felt my own love had betrayed me. She has a clever way of wording things you know to be true, but when you read them she gives more meaning to it (fe: When Tamras understands love and lost for the first time really: " Love and Maara were one and the same. Love had become as mortal as she was.") ...more
Lia A
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful trilogy.

We've come so far from the beginning, now the story has to come to an end, it's sadden me to no end. It's the best trilogy I've ever read *no bias tho I swear*.

It has a very good writing, wonderful storyline, unforgettable characters, and everything in between.

The story begins on book 1, when Tamras brought to Merin's house to begin her Warrior's Path. The story started so slowly in book 1, this book more like an introduction for us and the pace only picks up when it wa
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, sff

This series is so good and full of everything I love: complex women and their relationships with each other; political intrigue; linguistics; oral tradition; a protagonist who, despite everything, still fights for peace; and much, much more. Also, the lesbians save the day like, all the time, so. That's cool.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thus concludes the trilogy, some of the most unlikely reading for me, yet thoroughly enjoyable. Now that the romantic situation is sorted out, this book in particular permanently establishes the main character as a heroine via some seriously convoluted (so much so it has to be explained twice) warring and battling. As far as trilogies go, this one follows a perfect arc to an perfectly suitable ending. There is something very endearing and engaging about Wilson's Neolithic warriors and if fantasy ...more
Lady Avalon
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Trilogy and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. IMH opinion, the author did a great job portraying the pre-Christian Europe where women had an important role in the society.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq
Sometimes a book is perfect because you happen to read it for the first time just at the right time.

I expected a pseudo fantasy setting of some sort, but the trilogy's sharp sensitivity took me by surprise. More than anything, this particular book is about grief and healing. Wilson's tasteful charm and deftness don't detract from hitting the darker themes of trauma and loss on the head. Her writing is piercing without being grotesque, poetic without being cloying. At a time when it's trendy for
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I just randomly stumbled upon this series while looking for something to read and I had never even heard of it before. It's one of the best series I've ever read and I'm worried that I'll never read something as perfect and well-written and touching as this series. I literally didn't want it to end. This series is just SO good I can barely put it into words.

Please read for: complex women and their relationships with each other, magical/lyrical writing, adventure, amazing charact
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this series. Complex, thoughtful, sweet, adventurous, lyrical; full of emotion and history, love and spirit.

When Women Were Warriors is a trilogy, but it reads as one book split into three volumes, (down to the chapters, which start at 1 in book one and continue sequentially through book three.) Yes, there are plot arcs in each volume, but the story of Tamras and Maara continues over the course of the entire series.

There was little chance that I would not love this series. Here ar
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelly by: Kindle
Undoubtedly my favorite Trilogy I have ever read. The most perfect set of books. A hidden gem that I recommend to anyone.
Set in the British isle in the Bronze Age, narrator Tamras goes on an amazing and beautiful journey, that literally will make you never wish it'd end.
I love how this book is written, structured and how the characters subdue your heart.
Literally you will not put this book down.

The Warrior's Path (When Women Were Warriors, #1) by Catherine M. Wilson
The Warrior's Path (When Women Were Warriors, #1) by Catherine M. Wilson
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this final part of the trilogy but I also found it wanting a little. I know it's an epic hero story but things just fell into place a little too well at the end. I loved the part in the forest but it did seem like too many characters in the rest of the story went quietly into the night too easily (maybe there are sequels planned). And Tamras' wisdom felt a little forced towards the end too. Maara has lived a tough enough life that her wisdom feels real. Tamras seemed to have leadership ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The pace of this trilogy reminds me of lord of the rings....
First book is a slow introduction of many things to come
Second book, everything becomes angsty
Third book, it's time for heroics.

And the heroin here is mostly clueless, she keeps blundering and it's only because the results of her mistakes are amazing that we can call it heroic at all.

The love finally blossom between the main characters and with it, Tamras shed the last remain of childhood.

The end is sweet, maybe overcooked and too
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know how I can give a review that would do justice to what I think of these books. All the stories fit together nicely, the character development is amazing, nothing a character did felt out of character and yet I was still able to be taken completely by surprise by some of the events that happen. Whilst I think that these would do very well just as one book together, the different parts separate the different stages in Tamaras' growth very well, and show a clear progression from th ...more
I wish I could rate it higher than 5 stars because omg everything about that trilogy, and especially this last book, was absolutely wonderful.

It's really the first book I've read about lesbian relationships where the fact that they're two women falling in love is just accepted as normal and you never have to deal with the "omg they're gaaay!" it's really nice to be able to escape from the need for "realism" in books about queer relationships for a bit.
honestly, i love this series so much? i can't even describe it. its like catherine m. wilson saw into my heart and understood what I needed before i even knew i needed it. Please, someone let Wilson write more books. I need more books by her.
(longer review over @ galhalla
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading all the three books, I have to said that this was a great light and fun reading. If you dislike Game of Thrones sense of dread but like the feeling of the world with a touch of fantasy focus on women, this trilogy is for you.
Roland Clarke
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

It has been a few weeks since I made the final stages of the heroic journey of Tamras but so much of this world ‘when women were warriors’ lives on. I am tempted to slip back into her vibrant world again as the characters and settings feel so rich, and the writing still weaves its spell over me.

This is the epic climax and the story grows in intensity as the events become more complex. Tamras faces new challenges that are a true test of everything that she has learned. The younger and less-experi
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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T.J. Dallas
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesfic, favorites
Wow! I think this trilogy has been my favourite story, ever. It's hard to describe how amazing it is to someone who hasn't read it. It's not something you can describe; it's something you feel. Although, I swear this part absolutely broke me... (view spoiler) ...more
P. Lupin
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished this book and I want to cry inconsolably because I don't want to say goodbye.

I never thought this trilogy was going to mean so much to me, but it did.

This book was perfect in my opinion.

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Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A strong conclusion to a truly magical trilogy. My heart has been changed by these characters and I won’t forget them.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
the rare trilogy where i liked the third one best! often fantasy series peter out midway thru and i only finish out of completionism. but i really liked how much Tamras grew, and how her voice matured without changing into a totally different character.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sapphic, lgbtqia
✨ 2.5 / 5 ✨

My review for The Warrior’s Path (Book 1)
My review for A Journey of the Heart (Book 2)

“And I would put the whole world to death before I let death come for you.”

*sighs* I love this series but this was disappointing.

I think the main problem is that I love the setting of Merin’s House and this book doesn’t take place there unlike the others. We set out to discover more of the world but I don’t think I cared. The Forest lent itself to a lot of sweet moments for the characters but i
Charles Ferguson
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Please read my earlier two reviews for details of Books I and II of this trilogy.

In the final book of the trilogy Wilson completes the hero-journey of Tamras.

In book II, Tamras moved from her home into the lands beyond it's border. In book three, the stage widens further: she deals with the struggles of whole peoples.

Caught up in intrigues that would once have been far above her, the heroine risks everything unless she can not only to learn to swim in treacherous waters, but to master them.

Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perfect ending to Tamras' & Maara's journey. If you like historical fiction, romance & folklore, you must read this trilogy! I couldn't put them down even though I really didn't think I would like the first book initially. I have no idea why folks would read vampire love stories when there are books like this to read!! ...more
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