Maybe you’re “not into fantasy”, or “not into chicklit”, or the thought of a female assassin is laughable. Check out what people are saying about Daughter of Vengeance and decide for yourself.
“Daughter of Vengeance” is an action-packed fantasy with a strong female heroine who has more than her share of tragedy, yet rises above it to maintain her goodness and sense of justice.
Michelle has a violent entrance into the world—a jealous confrontation between her father and the man who wants her mother leaves her an orphan. As she grows, she demonstrates magical powers and has a great beauty that set her apart—and they make her a target. When she’s imprisoned as a concubine for a lecherous Earl, she’s about to give up hope when an assassin (Samantha) takes her under her wing and begins to teach her how to fight; she also meets others who begin teaching her to control and use her magic. Michelle is soon plunged into a world of great danger as an enemy from her past and rogue assassins from the Brotherhood threaten her safety, that of the people she loves, and the kingdom itself.
“Daughter of Vengeance” is a gritty fantasy, and Michelle is a capable, resilient main character—from the beginning, you pull for her to find happiness (which makes the romance that develops toward the end of the novel very satisfying). Her refusal to feel pity for herself and to keep moving forward makes you empathize with her, rather than feel sorry for her, and that makes her a character you can invest in as a reader. The other main characters are equally well done—Fred and Samantha feel like friends by the end of the novel, while Wesley is a chilling villain in his unpredictable path toward seizing power.
I also enjoyed the world the author built—one filled with magic yet grounded in the pragmatic reality of the everyday, where people struggle to survive and plenty of evil roams. (Some of my favorite scenes, though, were the ones set in the afterlife with Michelle’s father—they were poignant and filled the book with a sense of fate and destiny concerning Michelle’s journey.) The book is well-written and well-paced; plenty of action, whether Michelle is being attacked or trying to take out a target, keeps the plot moving along. I also liked how Michelle’s trade—assassin—made me think about good and evil in the book’s world and how politics informs that dichotomy.
I would recommend “Daughters of Vengeance” to readers who like fantasy featuring a female hero and plenty of action, though the level of violence and some sexual content may make it inappropriate for younger readers.
Hey, if you like Game of Thrones…then you’re a fantasy fan after all. This book has teeth. Give it a shot, it’s only $2.99 on Kindle after all.