Daughter of the Flames

Daughter of the Flames

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Zahira is a young woman of the conquered Rua people, their country occupied by another, very different culture - the Sedorne. Zahira is an orphan and has been raised to despise and distrust the occupying population, as well as to be a devout follower of the native religion. But everything changes for Zahira when her home and foster family are destroyed and she finds out some shocking truths about her heritage and real family. Realizing that it is up to her to do something about the violence and upheaval that are tearing her country apart, she must learn to accept her Sedorne origins and try to bridge the gap between the warring cultures. But when her own people suspect her of treachery for her ideas - especially after she saves the life of a Sedorne nobleman and begins to fall in love - the epic task ahead of her seems insurmountable...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Walker Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406308617
  • 9781406308617
  • 597,130

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"Lyrical, psychological... the stuff of fairy tale, which means in this instance danger and darkness and what we all want - a kiss and a happy ending." The Irish Times on The Swan Kingdom (9780744529272)"show more

About Zoe Marriott

Zoe Marriott is the author of the fantasy novel The Swan Kingdom; Daughter of the Flames is her second published book. She works as a civil servant and in her spare time likes to paint, hike and read. She lives in north-east Lincolnshire and has two cats named Echo and Hero.show more

Review Text

A tantalizing prologue settles into satisfactory adventure, dampened by excessive description. Marriott opens with a gripping middle-of-the-night crisis as burned refugees pour into an abbey-like temple. One refugee hides a child beneath her cloak - the only member of the king's family not killed when invaders set the royal castle ablaze. That child, first-person narrator Zira, grows up in the temple training as a warrior, but readers know her lofty fortune all along: Born as royalty (unbeknownst to her), she's destined to become queen. Zira befriends and marries a sympathetic lord who's Sedorne - the conquering race - as the text focuses heavily but somewhat ambiguously on both personal responsibility and fate. The characters' normative skin color is brown, the heroine interracial, God female; however, traditional power dynamics are less subverted than this setup implies, offering fertile ground for discussion. Unnecessary adverbs (people "scurried...hastily"), cluttered details and sometimes florid prose ("colors so pure that the eye could hardly perceive them") take the edge off this otherwise solid fantasy confirming birthrights and inevitability. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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2,088 ratings
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4 36% (758)
3 27% (571)
2 7% (155)
1 3% (55)
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