‘I am no man’…

A great quote from Lady Eowyn – who is rather a dab hand with a sword:

This week we are once again Tough Travelling with our able guide Nathan of the Fantasy Review Barn.  This week we will be taking a look at:


Fantasyland is full of threats.  A lady and her sword can keep those threats at bay.

So, my choices this week:

Alix from the Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey – not only is she from the Noble House of Black, but she fights in the war and using her bloodforged sword manages to rescue a person of great prestige.

Ceda from the Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu.  Ceda is a fantastic character and a dab hand with a blade.  She fights in gladiator style games and is a favourite of the people.  Truly – read this book, it’s very, very good.

Adele from the Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffiths.  Adele is a princess with special abilities.  In her fight against vampires she will eventually be gifted in the ways of geomancy however, she is also has her own sword which is imbibed with some form of magical abilities that make it more effective on vampires.

The Duchess Tain Hu from The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) by Seth Dickinson.  Tain Hu is not the main character but she certainly deserves a mention here.  She is a fierce warrior and there is one particular scene in particular where she bests another character in a duel using blades and she is so cool in that scene!  She gets a mention just for that scene alone although she does so much more in the book.

Wydrn or the Copper Cat from Jen William’s Copper Promise.  This is a fantastic book and I love this character.  She’s a beer swigging, foul mouthed, sassy, kick ass woman who fights using two swords.

And that is all for me this week folks. (Oh, except for the Bride and her Hattori Hanzo blade):

20 Responses to “‘I am no man’…”

  1. proxyfish

    That cover for The Copper Promise is lovely. I think I’ve only heard of most of these from your blog! Nice list 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      The Copper Promise is really good – looking at your usual reads I would say you’d like it. The cover is lovely.
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        I’ll have to add it to my list! (Ahhhhh! My list!)

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah, I know what you mean.

  2. jessicabookworm

    Cool choices 🙂 I would love to read about all of these!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – they’re all books I’ve enjoyed. I think you’d like the Bloodforged books.
      Lynn 😀

  3. mervih

    Eowyn! high fives! I really should have thought of Adele. She’s also a great swordswoman.

    • lynnsbooks

      She definitely deserved a mention this week – after all what would have become of Middle Earth without her intervention.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I was pretty certain that Eowyn would be on your list 🙂 and indeed there she is, at the very top of it, but I like very much your last image as well: unexpected but perfect for this week’s theme 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – Eowyn did spring to mind first and then the others are all fairly recent reads so came quickly to me.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yay yay for Ceda and Alix. They were the two I thought of immediately because of their special swords that had something very personal and meaningful about them. I completely forgot about Adele’s sword 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Alix was the first to come to mind and having a bloodforged blade is really kind of special.
      Adele and her blue glowing sword were fresh in my memory. In fact most of these were recent reads.
      Lynn 😀

  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I have feeling Alix may go down as one the most bad@ss females characters 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      She’s proving very popular at the moment that’s for sure.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Nathan

    Bloodbound has a sword right on the cover! A double win!

  8. thecurioussffreader

    I love this theme 😀 Almost all of the books that you mentionned are on my TBR or my wishlist. I really love badass female characters and the book that I am reading right now kind of frustate me a lot because in all the characters represented, only one is a woman, and she is pretty weak … (it’s The Dinosaur Lords by the way).

    • lynnsbooks

      Ah yes, The Dinosaur Lords – I only read an excerpt of that and did mean to continue. I’ll have to look out for your review of that one.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Rindis

    First thought is Alias from Azure Bonds. Then Paksenarrion (of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter et al.) and Seri (of Liar’s Oath; just finished it). Alanna of course. Starhawk (Ladies of Mandragyn, et al.).

    Del of the Tiger and Del series. Highly recommended, and manages to largely revolve around swords.

    Going over to anime/light novels for a moment, there’s Azuna.

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