"All the women of my family had gone to war... Now my turn had come... So, it is the custom that a free woman leave her mother's house to bind herself and those of her blood to a neighboring clan, either by the sword or by the cradle."
So begins the story of young Tamras, as she embarks on her journey to become a warrior's apprentice. This epic story is not about battles and armor, but rather about relationships, coming of age and wisdom, and deep insights into the human experience.
©2008 Catherine M. Wilson (P)2013 Dog Ear Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 11-07-14

great writing in epic tradition

The novel is about strong characters who are growing and finding themselves and their ties with each other. It is primarily a 'celtic' fantasy novel, the relationships are primary female and a slow burning romance underpins the story. In this first book most of the story is the development of that relationship and the characters involved. Set in a celtic style land, woman are trained as warriors and have apprentices who assist them and learn from them. Here the main characters are a Tamras a young woman with a strong sense of what is right and determination, she saves the life warrior (Maar), creating a bond which develops. She shows her courage to stand up for what is right, and starts to break through Maar's reclusive personality to gain her trust, Maar is a refuge from another destroyed tribe, she was taken into the clan, but feels as she has no home, and still morns over the security she lost without knowing it. The story is amazingly well created, and the strength of the characters and how they develop is a joy to read/listen to, as well as being captivating. I have to say for me it took a two chapters for I connected well with what was going on. It is the genre of story I hope to write at some point. This novel as many great ratings and I agree with it. For the audio book, the narrator Janis Ian, is good, it could be my ear, or her, but she seems to get a lot better as the book progresses. I cant wait until the second book is released on audio. I strong recommend this book, for those who like slow burning female/female romances, very strong characters and a focus on them, stories share wisdom, and likely to be one you wont easily put down.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lucy on 07-02-16


I've read all 3 books and absolutely loved them, thought I'd give the audiobook a try and I wasn't disappointed! Its just so easy to fall in love with the characters and the story When are the other 2 out?! Fingers crossed it will be soon!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lostime4me on 06-02-15

Unique and highly entertaining

I don't think that I have listened to a more unique book in ages. I couldn't stop listening and it was not only entertaining but made me think. There is a poetic or lyrical feeling to the writing that makes me think of my favorite classics. Those books that you see made into movies over and over but are never captured as well as the book and the only ones that come close to capturing it are BBC or PBS. Classics that keep you entertained but have depth. There was such a beauty to the storytelling which the narrator, Janis Ian, had a lot to do with, I suspect. The writing was there but she did it justice. .

The historical aspect of a matriarchal society with the oral traditions of storytelling that have meaning kept me entranced. I think that the fast pace of society today has lost something because we don't have much of that anymore. Each story told was a lesson learned but was also kept me riveted to the book.

All I can say is Congratulations Catherine M. Wilson. I hope that others realize what a wonderful book you have written & the choice of Janis Ian as the narrator couldn't have been better. She complimented your wonderful stories within the story you told. This book is so multi-layered and a perfect example of the complexities of any society not just stone age society.

What saddens me is that I didn't know this book existed. It is definitely a book everyone should read or listen to & I'm surprised it has't made the best seller's list.[or did I miss it?]

I think I have found a favorite author & narrator. This is a book to listen to again and again.
I can't wait to hear the other books in this series & hopefully with the same narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By StatAppleAnnie on 30-04-16

Janis Ian's Narration is Sheer Excellence !

The story is very good, but is exceeded by the narration , which includes humming & singing by Janis Ian. When I found out the sequel is not narrated by her, I decided just to read it for myself..if only the author could convince Ian to do the rest !

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