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The Warrior's Daughter

by (author) Holly Bennett

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
General, General (see also headings under Social Themes), Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12


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.

About the author

Holly Bennett is the author of multiple young adult novels, all published by Orca Books. Her writing draws from fantasy and mythology but is always grounded in the characters and relationships in the stories. Holly worked for many years as an editor with Today's Parent magazine and is now the editor of Education Canada, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Born in Montreal, Holly now lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with her family. When she tears herself away from the computer, she enjoys singing in choirs, yoga, being in nature, musical get-togethers with friends and family, hanging out with her three grown sons, and of course reading. For more information, visit

Holly Bennett's profile page


  • Short-listed, Stellar Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
  • Short-listed, White Pine nominee

Excerpt: The Warrior's Daughter (by (author) Holly Bennett)

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Holly Bennett's best book yet...full of interesting, three-dimensional characters."

"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."

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

"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."

CM Magazine

"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."

Resource Links

"This fantasy book has enough adventure to appeal to a wide variety of readers and thus is worthy of inclusion in school libraries."

Library Media Connection

"Told with insight compassion and skill...Bennett becomes, book by book, an ever more accomplished writer of fantasy."

Deakin Newsletter

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