What a great start to a series! Draconis’ Bane has all the elements of a great fantasy. The hero, Prince Tristan, is young and flawed and will have to go through some major changes before reaching his full potential. The Seven Kingdoms suffer from lack of Dragon magic and they have to figure out a way to bring it back before it is too late. However, there are those who will stop at nothing to sabotage their quest. Will they succeed in time?
Overall a great novel.
This is a great book for fans of fantasy stories and/or readers that love stories set within medieval times. Prepare yourself for magic, dragons, brave warriors, and royal feuds as the saga continues in this sequel to Draconis’ Bane. I personally love the fact that dragons are given credit for personalities, emotions, and a pride in their history instead of just being depicted as brainless, violent creatures of mass destruction.
– Goddess of Literature
Deadly Intentions compliments the first book in the story beautifully !! I thouroughly enjoyed the first book (Draconis Bane) and was all to eager to grab up the second!!
I’m looking forward to more from this author.
I would like to see more detail within the storys… perhaps a prologue before the first one involving dragons and the history behind them.
This is a fabulous story with great potential. I enjoy fantastical stories with knighthood, statehood’s and historical creatures. This book has just that. The author packs a high dose of detail that aims to position the reader in a time long ago.
I enjoy fantastical stories with knighthood, statehood’s and historical creatures. This book has just that. The author packs a high dose of detail that aims to position the reader in a time long ago.
Pick up this book if you enjoy a good fantasy story.
– Joshua Cintron
Michelle was not exactly what I expected. She was abused before she became an assassin, and with her past and her occupation, I expected she’d be a hard, bury-my-emotions character (or a crazy, angry one). But she wasn’t. She was more mildly traumatized than anything. I liked her, but she wasn’t what I thought she would be.
Michelle worked on her own quite a bit, and she traveled between batches of characters. So even though there were a lot of other characters in the book, none of them had really enough page time for me to comment on them.
The story starts out all nice and simple – Michelle is kidnapped and used as a concubine, an assassin takes out her kidnapper and takes her on as an apprentice. Then it goes all sorts of different directions. There’s assassin training, some magical stuff, good assassins and evil assassins, death threats, and even a messed-up romance. And, of course, lots of great action.
One thing I thought was a neat touch was the afterlife perspective. Michelle’s story was interspersed with her dead father’s reactions as he watches her life play out. Some of the dead relatives were great characters, and I thought the whole idea of her dad watching was cool.
First off, I’ll say that I love the fact that “Daughter of Vengeance” has a strong, independent and fierce main female character that kicks butt and takes names. Michelle is the type of female character that resonates with female readers and makes us eager to keep on reading as the action and adventure moves along. Michelle’s quest to prove herself and her capabilities under her trainer, as well as to uproot the far reaching plot set before her is one that sucks in readers and keeps them on the edge of their seat until the thrilling ride is over.David Temrick has a true gift in capturing the spirit of adventure and fierceness that this kind of book genre is known for, bottling that essence into Michelle’s character as well as the plot and writing a truly enjoyable novel. The writing is smart, engaging, vivid, refreshingly unique and fast-paced. Overall, “Daughter of Vengeance” is a fun and lively read that was worth the purchase.
The thing that I feel holds Daughter of Vengeance back from greatness is a certain fundamental lack of editing. As an author, I know that it can be tough to catch everything wrong with a book; however, I feel that certain things in this title will keep it from being as well-received in the highbrow community. These mistakes did NOT trip me up, nor did they detract from the story, yet, as a reviewer, I feel they deserve a mention.
If I say too much more I will ruin the story, so I will say this: If you are a fan of assassins, Dungeons and Dragons, or any sort of action, fantasy series then check out this book.
“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.