Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones (Published by HarperCollins, January 27, 2009)
In early medieval Wales, fifteen-year-old Princess Branwen’s world is turned upside down when her older brother is killed by Saxon invaders. Because she is her parents’ only surviving child, they decide to send her away to live somewhere they hope will be safer. Branwen’s new home is luxurious, but in this place a woman’s role is to marry, not to fight. But even bigger changes are in store for Branwen, when the ancient goddess Rhiannon tells Branwen of her destiny as a warrior and savior of her people, but leaves her to make the choice herself if she will follow the prophecy.
Branwen is now left with a difficult choice for her future. Does she do as her parents wish, and marry and live a quiet life and hope for peace? Or does she choose the more difficult path, and train as a warrior and face an uncertain future for the sake of her people? And if it is indeed her destiny to fight for her people, is her choice only an illusion?
Warrior Princess is the first book in a series about Branwen's adventures, and it was pretty obvious from reading it that it was going to be the first book in a series. It introduces the story, characters, and world, and quite well, I will add - the setting really comes alive. But once Branwen makes her decision about what her future will be, the outcome of her choice is left for future books in the series. If you like historical fantasy, I definitely recommend this book to you, but be prepared to be eagerly waiting for the rest of the books to be published.