Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Book Preview: Warrior Women: Book Three of the Bowdancer Saga by Janie Franz
I had the opportunity to read Warrior Women: Book Three of the Bowdancer Saga by Janie Franz while I was on vacation. I haven't read the first two books in this series, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Warrior Women is a story of self-discovery, friendship, and courage during trying times.
Jan-nell, who is nearing the end of her pregnancy, leaves her village with her young daughter, Mira-nell. Tired of her husband's extra-marital trysts and armed with the knowledge that Mira-nell was miserable, Jan-nell heads up the mountain searching for the legendary warrior women. Perhaps she and her daughter can find a place among them. Jan-nell's gift as a healer might be helpful to the warrior women, and Mira-nell has spent her life learning from her mother, the bowdancer.
When Jan-nell goes into labor during the journey, she receives help from one of the mysterious warrior women, who halts her labor with herbs and brings her back to the village. Here, Jan-nell and Mira-nell are allowed to stay until the birth of the baby. The warrior women have no use for lazy boy babes, and if Jan-nell gives birth to a son she will have a tough decision to make: say goodbye to her newborn so she can stay with her companions, or leave the warrior women behind to start over again.
Warrior Women is a well-written, beautiful story of friendship and love. Finding acceptance with the warrior women allows Mira-nell to grow and further develop her abilities, while also giving her mother a chance to show the warrior women new ways. These are well drawn characters the reader will care for, and despite the fact that I did not read the first two books in the series, I never felt lost. Warrior Women is the perfect stand-alone novel, as Franz sprinkled in enough backstory to help them see Jan-nell's development.
Breathless Press will release this novel on November 5th with a Heat Level Rating of 1(F/F). The story includes a tastefully written female and female love scene.
Warrior Women is one woman's journey toward acceptance and love. You shouldn't miss this one!
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