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Warrior Princess

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Warrior Princess

Branwen ap Griffith has lived her entire 15 years as a princess in the village of Cyffin Tir, where her parents, Prince Griffith and Lady Alis, rule together from the great hall of Garth Milain. This was a peaceful place until about a year ago, when the Saxon enemy began raiding again. At first, the raids were small and quick, causing a bit of damage and stealing some cows. But then they attacked Branwen’s brother and murdered him. War has returned to Garth Milain.

As the Prince and Lady begin preparing for war, they decide that Branwen, the only remaining heir, should move to a safer region. A neighboring prince and his entourage agree to escort her to their castle and then on to the place where she will meet her fiancé for the arranged marriage. Branwen does not want to get married or leave her home in its time of need. However, she dutifully follows her parents’ wishes and prepares for the trip.

The plans are for Branwen to remain at the neighboring village until a safe route opens up for her to continue on to her fiancé. Branwen wonders how her stay will be; she knows that the neighboring village is much richer and more luxurious than how she’s used to living, though Branwen is perfectly happy in her stained breeches, out roaming the forests. However, she has no way of preparing for just how different her visit will be.

Then something happens to help take her mind off the situation. Branwen finds herself face to face with one of the ancient Shinning Ones. Surprised that they actually do exist, she struggles to accept what the Shinning One tells her --- that she, Branwen, is destined to be a warrior and keep her people safe from the Saxons. Branwen is torn; she doesn’t feel she has what it takes to be a warrior, but on the other hand, people are depending on her. Will Branwen find the courage, the strength and the heart required to become a warrior princess?

In WARRIOR PRINCESS, Frewin Jones --- who readers may know from his Faerie Path books --- writes with an elegant and graceful style. His colorfully descriptive words paint a vivid picture for the reader: “Branwen’s mind filled with strange images, the notes like raindrops, like splashes of vibrant color, like the flicker of a stag’s eye in the forest, like the flash of a trout in a pebbled stream. The rhythm of blood. The rush of breath. The beat of the heart. The ache of loss. The weight of mountains. The rumor of the sea.” Branwen has many interlocking layers that will lure readers in, inviting them to share in the story. Jones also has a gift for creating non-stop, lifelike action sequences; his battle scenes are almost too real.

And a bonus for his fans: Jones is writing a sequel to continue Branwen’s adventures, titled DESTINY’S PATH, which is scheduled to be released in October.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 27, 2009

Warrior Princess
by Frewin Jones

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2009
  • Genres: Historical Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060871431
  • ISBN-13: 9780060871437