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A Journey of the Heart Book II] shows the same strong storytelling ability of the first book. The language is still almost musical and wraps its sweet spell around you. Storylines that were just starting to grow in the first book are also very well developed here. Intrigue and conflict are fleshed out and take some surprising twists. All that I had hoped for, reading the f A Journey of the Heart Book II] shows the same strong storytelling ability of the first book. The language is still almost musical and wraps its sweet spell around you. Storylines that were just starting to grow in the first book are also very well developed here. Intrigue and conflict are fleshed out and take some surprising twists. All that I had hoped for, reading the first book, begins to bloom. "--from a review by Kate Genet on the website, Kissed By Venus "Catherine Wilson creates a magical sense of place, and of belonging to that place. Within that, she also tells how it feels to not belong. Ms. Wilson 's is a tale of bone wisdom. It whispers of what we remember when we sleep at night and dream. It calls us to remember that women had, and still have, a wise and powerful place in the world."--from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within "In this book we see Tamras world open from the House of Merin and its immediate environs into the lands beyond its borders. She meets other peoples, whose ways are different from those she knows. Similarly Tamras inner life expands as well: the feelings within her blossom into the romantic love that will be the linchpin her life will hinge on "--from a review by Charles Ferguson on the Goodreads website In Book II of the trilogy, Tamras 's apprenticeship as a warrior isn t turning out quite the way she expected. Her unconventional choices lead to her crossing swords, almost literally, with Vintel, the war leader of Merin 's house. She finds herself embroiled in a power struggle she is doomed to lose, but the loss sends her on a journey that will change her destiny and decide the fate of her people.


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A Journey of the Heart Book II] shows the same strong storytelling ability of the first book. The language is still almost musical and wraps its sweet spell around you. Storylines that were just starting to grow in the first book are also very well developed here. Intrigue and conflict are fleshed out and take some surprising twists. All that I had hoped for, reading the f A Journey of the Heart Book II] shows the same strong storytelling ability of the first book. The language is still almost musical and wraps its sweet spell around you. Storylines that were just starting to grow in the first book are also very well developed here. Intrigue and conflict are fleshed out and take some surprising twists. All that I had hoped for, reading the first book, begins to bloom. "--from a review by Kate Genet on the website, Kissed By Venus "Catherine Wilson creates a magical sense of place, and of belonging to that place. Within that, she also tells how it feels to not belong. Ms. Wilson 's is a tale of bone wisdom. It whispers of what we remember when we sleep at night and dream. It calls us to remember that women had, and still have, a wise and powerful place in the world."--from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within "In this book we see Tamras world open from the House of Merin and its immediate environs into the lands beyond its borders. She meets other peoples, whose ways are different from those she knows. Similarly Tamras inner life expands as well: the feelings within her blossom into the romantic love that will be the linchpin her life will hinge on "--from a review by Charles Ferguson on the Goodreads website In Book II of the trilogy, Tamras 's apprenticeship as a warrior isn t turning out quite the way she expected. Her unconventional choices lead to her crossing swords, almost literally, with Vintel, the war leader of Merin 's house. She finds herself embroiled in a power struggle she is doomed to lose, but the loss sends her on a journey that will change her destiny and decide the fate of her people.

30 review for A Journey of the Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    Sometimes it's hard, for me, to write a review about a book I loved so much. It's difficult to put into words what a really good book makes you feel. Not only is this a beautifully written f/f-fantasy book, its a beautifully written book period. It's the kind of book that makes you think of the characters and the story, many days after you have finished reading. I can not wait to read the final book, and would not hesitate to recommended this series to all. Sometimes it's hard, for me, to write a review about a book I loved so much. It's difficult to put into words what a really good book makes you feel. Not only is this a beautifully written f/f-fantasy book, its a beautifully written book period. It's the kind of book that makes you think of the characters and the story, many days after you have finished reading. I can not wait to read the final book, and would not hesitate to recommended this series to all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Second volume in trilogy and again my affection for the book continues to baffle me. Despite strong aspects of fantasy and a sort of peculiar mix of zen and hippie language, none of which I'm a fan of, there is something strangely compelling about Wilson's world of female warriors and despite the peculiarity of language there is a beauty to it. This volume offers up more character backstories and development and although there are various things going on including war, power struggles and inner Second volume in trilogy and again my affection for the book continues to baffle me. Despite strong aspects of fantasy and a sort of peculiar mix of zen and hippie language, none of which I'm a fan of, there is something strangely compelling about Wilson's world of female warriors and despite the peculiarity of language there is a beauty to it. This volume offers up more character backstories and development and although there are various things going on including war, power struggles and inner circle intrigues, there is an overpowering romance theme here. So it's all love, oat cakes, eye gazing, soul gazing, profound conversations and some more love. And yet all very engaging and entertaining somehow.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Burnes

    I love this tale. This isn't a series, it's a long book broken up into thirds so you don't get much backstory to keep up and they don't stand alone. I love how this story sucks me in and holds me. I don't want it to end. Love in all its forms: friendship, mother/child, soul mate. Yeah, it's about warriors and there's a lot of treachery and intrigue, some fighting. It's not your swashbuckling sword story, and I like that. I like entering this world and settling by the fire to be told a beautiful I love this tale. This isn't a series, it's a long book broken up into thirds so you don't get much backstory to keep up and they don't stand alone. I love how this story sucks me in and holds me. I don't want it to end. Love in all its forms: friendship, mother/child, soul mate. Yeah, it's about warriors and there's a lot of treachery and intrigue, some fighting. It's not your swashbuckling sword story, and I like that. I like entering this world and settling by the fire to be told a beautiful tale. This also has possibly the best love scene I've ever read. At least best in a very long while.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Nguyen

    I stayed up very late to finish it. Wow, the last 20% part had made up handsomely for the loose plot in the middle. Only at the end that I got what I want-- The only thing that I came for, cared for in the whole series and have waited since the beginning: the real romance of T & M. I have to say that the lovemaking scenes were very well-written, deep and unusually good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    aimee

    Rarely does a sequel hold up to the original. This one surpasses it’s predecessor.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy (Sun)

    Honestly, this is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Definitely the best WLW love story I have ever read, and the fact that it is set within a fantasy world of women warriors only makes it that much better. Seriously, why haven't you read it already? Go! Right now! Also, some quotes: "She had held out to me the hope that, by letting something go, I might be able to take hold of something better." "My heart knew how much others cared for me, but my body needed to be told, in a language Honestly, this is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Definitely the best WLW love story I have ever read, and the fact that it is set within a fantasy world of women warriors only makes it that much better. Seriously, why haven't you read it already? Go! Right now! Also, some quotes: "She had held out to me the hope that, by letting something go, I might be able to take hold of something better." "My heart knew how much others cared for me, but my body needed to be told, in a language it could understand, that someone loved all of me, enough to create this need in me and satisfy it." "I wanted to take into my own heart all the pain, the loneliness, the hearthache she had known; not to take it from her, but to bear it with her." "Hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us." "Again and again I asked for permission. May I? Here? And here? Is this too much? Too little? Can you hear me? This is my heart."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheyanne

    I'm sorry, I just have something in my eye, like a contact or an eyelash or a twig... or a branch.... I really, really enjoyed the first one, because of the sense of warmth and growth that infused it throughout, even as it was low on plot. This one, however, swept me away even more. The scope continues to remain limited; we're not talking about great clashes between two empires or anything, but with the way this book is written, we don't need to be. Even if the scope is small, the stakes still fe I'm sorry, I just have something in my eye, like a contact or an eyelash or a twig... or a branch.... I really, really enjoyed the first one, because of the sense of warmth and growth that infused it throughout, even as it was low on plot. This one, however, swept me away even more. The scope continues to remain limited; we're not talking about great clashes between two empires or anything, but with the way this book is written, we don't need to be. Even if the scope is small, the stakes still feel high, and this builds off of the intrigue hinted at in the first book in such careful, solid way. But man, the characters in this series really knock it out of the park for me. I love Tamras' narration; she has such emotional strength, a combination of true empathy and inner steel that make her such a wonderful leading lady. I also love Maara, and I love this book for bringing us closer to her. Even after dealing with some of her demons in the first book, we have a lot to learn about Maara, and this book brings some of it out. She's the kind of character I just love to see pushed into a vulnerable place, because it feels so worth it when she gets there. (And she's also just. so wise and badass). Even Vintel, our antagonist, is incredibly well written: although she can resort to being petty and even bullying, the book shows that she too is a complicated character, with her own flaws, strengths, and motivations. Once again, relationships drive this series so beautifully, particularly because all of the most prominent ones are between women: mothers and daughters, sisters, comrades, friends, lovers... This book has all of them. As far as reading goes, it kinda feels like my own personal heaven in that sense. I can't wait to read the next one, but I'm also going to be So Sad to finish it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    It feels a little weird to review each book when it's not so much a trilogy rather than a long story split into three volumes, but regardless, as this one might as well be my favorite of the three, it also feels wrong to leave it blank. This volume is pure excellence from the very first page. It is, as could be expected from the 2nd volume out of 3, a time of many transitions in the story. Quite a lot happens in this one as opposed to an uneventful first volume. Tamras has grown a lot and started It feels a little weird to review each book when it's not so much a trilogy rather than a long story split into three volumes, but regardless, as this one might as well be my favorite of the three, it also feels wrong to leave it blank. This volume is pure excellence from the very first page. It is, as could be expected from the 2nd volume out of 3, a time of many transitions in the story. Quite a lot happens in this one as opposed to an uneventful first volume. Tamras has grown a lot and started her training with weapons to become a warrior, and Maara as her teacher has got to be probably my favorite thing in the series. She is so so wise and always ten steps ahead and also so patient and careful, always has her mind open to advice and to adjust her ways and find what would be best for Tamras, it's just incredible. Everything about Tamras's training is the major reason why I love this volume so much. We also get to see much more of important characters such as Sparrow and Vintel, but especially of Lady Merin, who also has her own love story to tell, and you will never guess who her sweetheart is. I'll just say it's such a delightful, bittersweet story I appreciated all the much more on this second read. Her relationship with Tamras is also endlessly complex and interesting and takes the spotlight for the bulk of this book. It also sets Tamras just in the beginning of a much longer path than that of a warrior, one she's too young to even acknowledge, but that others already see her in, as she learns so much from the wisdom of all the women around her, and shows them that she has quite a lot of wisdom herself too. "Tell him that though you are young and small of body, your spirit is large and powerful. (...)" "But my spirit isn't large and powerful," I said. "You think not?" As I mentioned about transitions, this volume starts off quite light-hearted with a focus on Tamras's training, but takes a gradual turn towards much darker stories, which feels fitting as I remember book III is *heart wrenching*. This turn is not only due to politics and disputes around the house, but also because we finally hear more about Maara's past, which everyone knew had not been an easy one (but boy had no one ever said it would be this hard). It's still a very hopeful kind of darkness, though, the first sign of which being Maara willing to open up about all this in the first place, all thanks to the love she continuously receives from Tamras and Namet, healing her wounds. Thus there is that, but all will be well; do not forget this is still mainly a story about love, love which is very much everywhere, in Merin's land and beyond. "All I can tell you is this. Some hearts break from grief and some from joy. Some even break from love. But hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us. Your task will be to let your heart grow large enough not to break." (For slightly more ellaborate thoughts on the series, my review of volume I).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mellie

    This book is everything I could want. Wow. I am beyond in love with Wilson's style, the gentle way she unravels these characters and this world. Perfection. This book is everything I could want. Wow. I am beyond in love with Wilson's style, the gentle way she unravels these characters and this world. Perfection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I loved this book and stayed up into the late hours reading it. Wilson does such a good job conveying emotion- both subtle and obvious. The depth of emotion in this text is probably the only reason it took me so long to read. I didn't want to miss a single description or word and carefully read every word and line so as to miss nothing. As the second book of a trilogy this book did what many 2nd of 3rd books do and leaves much unknown: forcing the reader to speculate and wonder and, of course, bu I loved this book and stayed up into the late hours reading it. Wilson does such a good job conveying emotion- both subtle and obvious. The depth of emotion in this text is probably the only reason it took me so long to read. I didn't want to miss a single description or word and carefully read every word and line so as to miss nothing. As the second book of a trilogy this book did what many 2nd of 3rd books do and leaves much unknown: forcing the reader to speculate and wonder and, of course, buy the third book. I tend to hate 2nd of 3rds (in books and movies). A Journey of the Heart however isn't just a means to an end though, like many 2nd of 3rds. While the story cannot stand alone apart from the 1st or assumedly the 3rd it was a full story with details and descriptions and more revelations (and of course many more unanswered questions). This is such a great heroine story and there are sadly still so few in this world. I wish the romantic parts (specifically the erotic romance parts) weren't present so I could hand this to my eleven year old niece or any young girl or older woman. We need heroes and role models like Tamras and Marra in the world. I view them as great role models and amazing feminine literary characters- the likes of whom I can currently think of no equal (Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games doesn't even reach their level). I deeply hope nothing in the 3rd book changes my opinion of them as honest, true, and loyal. A Journey of the Heart has the hallmarks of a great warrior tale and mythology. It captures the imagination and draws the reader in so he/she feels like they're a part of the story. Catherine M. Wilson's words are poetic and deep. Her descriptions are beautiful. The book is like a song. I have never been this in love with a writer's work. I wish she had more than just the three books. I'm holding off on the third (despite the curiosity that is killing me) because I want to savor the books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    P. Lupin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to be honest, halfway through this book I started to lose all hope that Maara and Tamras were going to fall in love, and BOY, was I not pleased when I got to the 80%. I looove the plot of this book. While in the first book Tamras was young and was fighting her way through her new life, in this book she is a woman with clearer desires and purpose. It's so satisfying reading how she learns to master the bow, how she saved Maara's life, it's like watching a person you love become who you knew I have to be honest, halfway through this book I started to lose all hope that Maara and Tamras were going to fall in love, and BOY, was I not pleased when I got to the 80%. I looove the plot of this book. While in the first book Tamras was young and was fighting her way through her new life, in this book she is a woman with clearer desires and purpose. It's so satisfying reading how she learns to master the bow, how she saved Maara's life, it's like watching a person you love become who you knew they were going to be all along. I can't express enough how much I love Maara and Tamras as a couple. I would have loved for Tamras to realize sooner, because it was kinda tiring reading her make out with Sparrow, but the moment she knows, it's just so beautiful. The way they open to the other person and finally embrasse their mutual feelings... I loved it. I can't way to read the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    sage

    WOMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    An

    The plot thickens. Intrigue galore. Still loving the beautifully lyrical descriptions of how relationships between characters deepen. On the edge of my seat to find out what happens next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Kept me up late again damn you I have to work tomorrow Catherine. You are stealing my sleep. Robbing me of my wits in daylight. You are blinding me with the thrills and depths of your tide of words so that i cannot rise to breath until i read the last ebb written

  15. 5 out of 5

    Flo

    The sequel to The Warrior's Path starts off exactly at the point that TWP ends; the transition is smooth as marble and the two books have melted into one. After digging around a bit on the internet I found some information as to the historical and geographical setting, which really consolidated the plot for me, and in the sequel I found it easier to make a sense of things with a place and a time in mind. That said, the sequel has more of a plot line than the first book did, the various tidbits o The sequel to The Warrior's Path starts off exactly at the point that TWP ends; the transition is smooth as marble and the two books have melted into one. After digging around a bit on the internet I found some information as to the historical and geographical setting, which really consolidated the plot for me, and in the sequel I found it easier to make a sense of things with a place and a time in mind. That said, the sequel has more of a plot line than the first book did, the various tidbits of character backgrounds and relations are explained, and I loved it. When I picked up the sequel, it was to have the characters explained. Now I'm picking up part III with the anticipation of someone left at a cliffhanger. Great characters, beautifully written. I need more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Celine

    I wasn't disappointed when I read the second part of this lovely story.I particularly liked the memories told about Merin and Tamnet. One sentence stuck out to me as if it were the perfect measurement for love. "My mother is to Merin what Emaret was to you." Ofcourse I liked the growing relationship between the two female protagonist from love to in love but I suppose that's just the inner romantic in me. Besides that I really liked the plot twists and I have a feeling I will love the third part I wasn't disappointed when I read the second part of this lovely story.I particularly liked the memories told about Merin and Tamnet. One sentence stuck out to me as if it were the perfect measurement for love. "My mother is to Merin what Emaret was to you." Ofcourse I liked the growing relationship between the two female protagonist from love to in love but I suppose that's just the inner romantic in me. Besides that I really liked the plot twists and I have a feeling I will love the third part even more. Spoiler: I long for the part when they get their revenge! :p

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hardee

    I was not overly impressed with the first book but thought I would give the second book a try. Basically a waste of my time. Also, I am not prejudiced or judgmental, I have and will always have many friends of all shapes, sizes and various sexual orientations. But this book is page after page of women "loving" each other and not well-written at that. I won't bother to read the third volume. I was not overly impressed with the first book but thought I would give the second book a try. Basically a waste of my time. Also, I am not prejudiced or judgmental, I have and will always have many friends of all shapes, sizes and various sexual orientations. But this book is page after page of women "loving" each other and not well-written at that. I won't bother to read the third volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina

    After reading the first in this trilogy, I was very excited to continue down the path. Unfortunately the author took what was a great story and turned it into a very predictable love story. Ugh. Thanks but no thanks. I am so invested i the STORY though, I really hope the author gets things back on track for the last book of the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I just couldn't stop reading this entire series was amazing. Odds are if you're looking into the second book you've read the first and if you haven't read the first book pick up the entire series today. It's a great world and a great story and it is beautifully written. I just couldn't stop reading this entire series was amazing. Odds are if you're looking into the second book you've read the first and if you haven't read the first book pick up the entire series today. It's a great world and a great story and it is beautifully written.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    The 2nd book in this series, and I loved every page! I'm already starting the 3rd book and I fully encourage anyone who loves a good fantasy series to give this one a try, but of course start with the 1st book. Got more of a background on Maara in this book, love her character! The 2nd book in this series, and I loved every page! I'm already starting the 3rd book and I fully encourage anyone who loves a good fantasy series to give this one a try, but of course start with the 1st book. Got more of a background on Maara in this book, love her character!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Artemis

    I am yet again struck by the beautiful prose as the story continued on in book II. Now I must read book III so that I may know that they will all, the characters I've grown to love so much, have a happy ending. If they don't... I don't know what I will do. I am yet again struck by the beautiful prose as the story continued on in book II. Now I must read book III so that I may know that they will all, the characters I've grown to love so much, have a happy ending. If they don't... I don't know what I will do.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    This series is totally engrossing...love it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    4.5 stars. fantastic and original storytelling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    lauraღ

    I'm too emotional to write a proper review but this series continues to be perfect and everything I want out of life and fiction. I'm too emotional to write a proper review but this series continues to be perfect and everything I want out of life and fiction.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elle Hyden

    Just like the first book in this series I loved this one just as much. On to the third one now and looking forward to the next part of Maara and Tamra's journey. Just like the first book in this series I loved this one just as much. On to the third one now and looking forward to the next part of Maara and Tamra's journey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roland Clarke

    When Tamras continued her journey ‘when women were warriors’, I slipped back easily into her world again as the characters and settings were familiar from Book 1. As was the writing, which continued to weave its spell over me. The rhythm that Catherine Wilson chooses continued to remind me of an oral storyteller. Once again, the beautiful poetic phrases kept me reading and held my attention throughout. As events at Merin’s House and on the northern frontier unfold, Tamras faces crucial decisions a When Tamras continued her journey ‘when women were warriors’, I slipped back easily into her world again as the characters and settings were familiar from Book 1. As was the writing, which continued to weave its spell over me. The rhythm that Catherine Wilson chooses continued to remind me of an oral storyteller. Once again, the beautiful poetic phrases kept me reading and held my attention throughout. As events at Merin’s House and on the northern frontier unfold, Tamras faces crucial decisions and discovers her real friends – and the conflict with Merin’s war leader Vintel intensifies as does her relationship with Maara, the warrior that she is apprenticed to. Love is the central theme to this book and the trilogy. Not just romantic love but the emotion that is special and deep, that ties people together and gives them life but also hurts. Love is explored in a multitude of ways – mother/child, siblings, woman/woman, warrior/apprentice, wife/husband, first loves. The writer helps the reader feel the intricacies of the emotions involved, never rushing the scenes where characters interact with dialogue, glances or caresses. Although women are central to the tale and women hold the main warrior role, this is not a simplistic role reversal. Some reviewers, mainly fellow men sadly, have missed the fact that there are warriors at Merin’s House who are men. In modern society, women wanting to fight was frowned on until recently, to the extent that some disguised themselves as men. In contrast, this world-building portrays a more balanced society where such strict divisions are not present. The reader experiences the battle emotions and reactions as Tamras has her first encounter with the raiding northern tribes. In most cases, the reactions are rooted in respect between fellow warriors and apprentices, and even between rivals. However, this world is realistic with characters that have been slaves and that issue is gradually explored as the revelations paint a complex world and the war that created much of the backstory emerges into view. The reader discovers more about Merin and her fellow elders as well as her importance to Tamras. Caring for others has many angles – and complications – as Tamras learns…with love playing its complex role. Once again, there are lessons at every growth point regardless of age and previous experiences. How does one wield that delicate position called ‘Power’ and what is the nature of that ability? The novel is filled with crucial questions for Tamras and the reader – challenges. The characterisation continues to be rich and the central characters grow as events unfold. Some learn, and others just react, although motives are cleverly revealed – but not too soon. Tamras’s path got clearer but rockier as the mid-point of the trilogy was reached. From there onwards, lines are drawn as the inner and outer conflicts simmer. There will be a climactic clash but as in other great epics, that is being set up with physical and psychological skirmishes that test characters. There is more great wisdom here, and there are ancient tales woven into the whole – fireside storytelling within a saga. Tamras, especially, told stories that she had learnt while growing up – tales that are told in the style of oral ‘tales of yore’. These add to the magic of the novel, and to the sense of an older world more in touch with its roots. All the events and revelations set up Book 3 neatly, so A Hero’s Tale has moved top of my ‘Must Reads’ list. Although I’m reading the trilogy on Kindle, I have just ordered the paperbacks to place on my bookshelf alongside my prized copies of The Lord of the Rings. Story – five stars Setting/World-building – five stars Diversity – five stars Characters – five stars Structure – five stars Readability – five stars Editing – five stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    crabtree

    "The grass on the surrounding hillsides waved and billowed in the wind like an immense cloak shaken by an unseen hand." How do you start writing a review for a book that altered your way of thinking without diminishing the impact it got on you? A question for the ages, apparently. Second installment of the When Women Were Warriors series, A Journey of the Heart feels like a long walk among the vastness of the world, and I don't think you can find a way to enjoy it without first losing yourself in "The grass on the surrounding hillsides waved and billowed in the wind like an immense cloak shaken by an unseen hand." How do you start writing a review for a book that altered your way of thinking without diminishing the impact it got on you? A question for the ages, apparently. Second installment of the When Women Were Warriors series, A Journey of the Heart feels like a long walk among the vastness of the world, and I don't think you can find a way to enjoy it without first losing yourself in it. This book is a tribute to the stories our elders used to tell us when we were small and have made our own. It is a tribute to love, in all its different ways. It is, especially, a tribute to the love women have for each other. Motherly love, love between sisters, the love you have for a friend or even for nature. And the love you keep safe for this one and only person. Never in a book have I felt so surrounded by the love of all women. "To me your love has been a blessing. Your love is all I want, and I would say the same if I were to die of it tonight." You might find yourself attracted to this book knowing you will find lesbian protagonists. I think it's safe to assume you will be drawn to this story by so many other things. But like all books that leave a lasting impression, it's best to go into it without knowing too much about them. But know this ; though it includes all those elements, this book is not about epic battles, or stories of fearlessness, or even tales of deaths. It dwelves into the aftermath of those events, on how drawing your arrow toward the neck of your opponent will shape you forever, how to love and to lose love will leave you with joy and grief, how it is always important to see the two faces of a coin. That is why I think Tamras is a wonderful protagonist. Innocent and impossibly kind at first, she embodies the reader and through her, we make the same mistakes and learn from them. Her journey makes her grow, but never forget herself. It is an absolute joy to read her as she thinks and interact with other characters, whether it's Maara, Merin, Sparrow or even Vintel. Through her eyes, you learn to care about each of these characters, and you learn to understand why they might act like they do. The world is never only black and white, and Tamras understands it. That is also why I think Maara is also a wonderful character, because she is the one who makes Tamras understand this notion. She teaches her how to be more patient, to understand things by herself. Maara teaches Tamras to hunt, to set traps, to build her strength little by little to finally draw the bow, and by doing so she teaches her patience. Those two characters respond to each other beautifully. "She too cried out, a cry of pleasure mixed with pain, as if something within her had broken, so that her heart could find me." In summary, read this book!! It is unlike anything you've read, I promise. It is kind, hopeful, reflective, vibrant and vivid. It's also sometimes sad and bittersweet, but it's a small price to pay for such a great story. Please read this series and then talk about it because it deserves so many more exposure.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M

    "Some hearts break from grief and some from joy. Some even break from love. But hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us. Your task will be to let your heart grow large enough not to break." So many things happened in this book that is hard to write a review good enough for the story. I'm out of words for how beautiful, fascinating and refreshing this book is. What can I say to make everyone read this series? I just want people to experience the kind of happiness "Some hearts break from grief and some from joy. Some even break from love. But hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us. Your task will be to let your heart grow large enough not to break." So many things happened in this book that is hard to write a review good enough for the story. I'm out of words for how beautiful, fascinating and refreshing this book is. What can I say to make everyone read this series? I just want people to experience the kind of happiness I feel reading this. The first half of A Journey of the Heart finally show us some action from the battles and Tamras is realizing how serious and ugly it is to live in the fear of war. I love how the book takes time to explain how hard it is to take someone else's life and that everyone needs to think about what they become after they have death in their hands. Sometimes you have to make hard choices to save yourself and your own people, but it doesn't mean the people on the other side of a fight are not just as worthy of life. Then, came the second half where my heart was shattered into a million pieces and remade over and over again. We finally find out what happened between Tamnet and Merin and I was surprised by how many pages the author gave to this story. I'm so used to F/F relationships being left to the side, hidden in subtext and headcanons. But this series just keeps giving us everything I want to know. In the last 20% of the book the tension grows worse from around Tamras and her enemies and I was so scared about what was going to happen. This is where any other book series would throw us in the middle of angst heavy awful things and A Journey to the Heart decided to go the other way around. I still can't believe I read these last pages with my own two eyes, I feel so blessed. Tamras and Maaras have such an amazing love story and their scenes were so beautiful and deep like no other I've read before. This is really, really well written romance with a nice slow burn that finally turns into a deep and understanding relationship. "My love for her filled my heart. Everything was there all at once -- the sweet warmth of tenderness, the ache of longing, a joy that bubbled up inside me and made me want to laugh, a piercing pain that brought tears into my eyes, and a deep glow that would, with the slightest breath, burst into the flame of desire. Some hearts break from love, Namet said. Mine was about to break." I'm so happy I still have a whole third book to read, but I also don't know how I'll be able to say goodbye to all this amazing cast of female characters who are all so different and special in their own ways.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maëlys

    ✨ 4.25 / 5 ✨ My review for The Warrior’s Path (Book 1) My review for A Hero's Tale (Book 3) “If anything is a gift to you, she is.” This book is definitely my favourite one of the trilogy and it made my queer heart so fucking soft and happy. Tamras and Maara’s relationship in this book made my heart skip and drop all of my uwus. They’ve learnt to trust each other by now and you can see how much they care for one another, it was delightful. If you don’t kill someone for the love of your life, is ✨ 4.25 / 5 ✨ My review for The Warrior’s Path (Book 1) My review for A Hero's Tale (Book 3) “If anything is a gift to you, she is.” This book is definitely my favourite one of the trilogy and it made my queer heart so fucking soft and happy. Tamras and Maara’s relationship in this book made my heart skip and drop all of my uwus. They’ve learnt to trust each other by now and you can see how much they care for one another, it was delightful. If you don’t kill someone for the love of your life, is it really love. We also see other complex relationships playing out and especially in this instalment with a lot of plotting and conspiring happening. We get to learn more about Merin and her intentions, what Vintel is trying to achieve and where Tamras fits in all this. This retained the atmospheric writing of the first book while taking the characters to the next level and raising the stakes of the plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    DR

    It was ingenious to continue the book with the next chapter (63) in the story. Reading how a young woman of small stature navigated life with those who were more physically capable was eye opening. I enjoyed the dialogue, thought process of Tamras as she experienced the angst of moving through her emotions and how she kept learning from Maara. The main and supporting/minor characters were the topping to a setting of how people groups lived, loved, worshipped, and fought in a time long gone. Stor It was ingenious to continue the book with the next chapter (63) in the story. Reading how a young woman of small stature navigated life with those who were more physically capable was eye opening. I enjoyed the dialogue, thought process of Tamras as she experienced the angst of moving through her emotions and how she kept learning from Maara. The main and supporting/minor characters were the topping to a setting of how people groups lived, loved, worshipped, and fought in a time long gone. Stories were how children were taught and how histories were preserved. The respect of those who lived before and were also older was paramount to the success or failure of a community. Miss Wilson's second book in this trilogy is not for the faint of heart. It's not slow or long winded. It's how a story is effectively told/written and I enjoyed the journey. I couldn't put it down and am on to the final book in the story. Well done.

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