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The Warrior's Daughter
By author: Holly Bennett
Selling Points: "Loss, legend, druids, healing"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: 1000
Pages: 240
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I never did leap the coals of the Beltane fire and complete my journey to womanhood. Dawn found me standing on the strand beside my mother. We watched as my father, waist-deep in the ocean, raged and wept and thrashed his sword wildly against the tireless waves. It was a sight to make the sternest heart break and the pain and pity of it a thing I still cannot bear to recall.

Luaine is daughter to the greatest of Irish warriors, the legendary Cuchulainn. Although known throughout Ireland as the most fearsome of killers, to Luaine he is a loving playful father who amuses her with his exciting tales and marvelous feats. When the unthinkable happens—Cuchulainn returns from war injured nearly to the death—it is the first intimation of the hero's downfall, and Luaine's first painful step toward an adult life unlike anything she has imagined. As she faces loss, betrayal, suffering and fear, Luaine must find a strength that comes neither from the sword nor from her proud parentage, but from her own courageous spirit.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"Blends myth, history and adventure with intrigue, betrayal, despair and redemption. Luaine is a strong heroine that will appeal to readers of myth, Celtic and medieval lore."
Library Media Connection - September 1, 2007
"This fantasy book has enough adventure to appeal to a wide variety of readers and thus is worthy of inclusion in school libraries."
CM Magazine - June 8, 2007
"Well-told tale of romance, heartache, war and growing up from an author to watch...Rooted in ancient Irish stories... [it] maintains a wonderful, gentle sense of fantasy. Recommended." - May 1, 2007
"Holly Bennett's best book yet...full of interesting, three-dimensional characters."
Deakin Newsletter - May 1, 2007
"Told with insight compassion and skill...Bennett becomes, book by book, an ever more accomplished writer of fantasy."
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"I was impressed by both the care with which Bennett pays tribute to the compelling mythology of Ireland and also by the zest of the writing...Readers of any age might find this story intriguing."


White Pine nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2007
OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2008
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008
Stellar Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009

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