It's been a long time since I read a classic sword and sorcery book and no matter what the front cover of this books says, this wasn't it. She was in two sword fights and one was sparring with her son to show him that though he's the best in the tribe, he's not as good as he thinks he is. Although in reading it I found out that this is the third book in a series and the first two sound like the sword and sorcery books I enjoy reading. However, they're out of print and I know the endings! It was an okay book and I'd say a good follow up if you've read the first two books in the series. I liked the heroine and if I happen to run across the first two books I'll pick them up.