Continuing on with the 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge – hosted by Sarah over at The Hiding Spot, this one comes to us from across the big shiny briny.
You know that feeling when you finish a good story and you are… CONTENT?
The bad guy gets it. The heroine wins. All is well in the kingdom. MOSTLY…
That’s how I felt at the end of Daughter of the Flames.
I cheered on the feisty heroine, Zira/Zahira, throughout the book and was on the edge of my seat for the final battle.
Zoë Marriott is another new discovery for me. She hails from the UK. I’ve been getting to know her on a forum I hang out on. She is funny and wise and generous and she tells a helluva tale too! She builds beautifully full fantastic worlds and peoples them with strong women and hey… they aren’t all perfect, blonde haired, blue eyed beauties – INCLUDING the royalty.
I dig that Zira is a mixed race princess carrying a scar on her face that doesn’t cripple her with shame. She is a brave. She is noble. And she can kick some serious a**.
I also dig that Marriott tosses in some complications for the reader. The villain is a cruel tyrant, but we find out at least a BIT about WHY he is so cruel. Which makes the ending… well… You’ll have to read it to find out.
It’s a fun read — and I’m looking forward mucho-mucho to getting my hands on FrostFire – a companion novel to Daughter of the Flames, set in the lovely world of Ruan.
The thing that I’m mulling over from this one for my own work is… the pacing. The deft way that Marriott weaves the story. Action and then reflection… lather rinse repeat… but don’t forget to shake it up now and again to keep everyone on their toes.
Nicely nicely done!
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