Warning: rambling commentary ahead. I’ve loved Fantasy ever since reading Lord of the rings in 6th grade. Eventually I ran out of fantasy by Christian authors and moved on to more secular works. While some of them are fantastic, pun intended, they’ve never resonated with me the way more allegorical stories do. A fantastic example of this is The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks which I liked. (It’s been called a Tolkien knock-off, but I’ve never seen a problem with that.) The Sword is a mirror that shows its bearer a reflection of their true selves. How the sword-bearer handles this knowledge illuminates the nature of characters and drives the plot forward, but it never goes any further than that. In Daughter of Light, Busse takes a similar device to the next level adding the depth and redemptive meaning that is often missing in more secular works. Stories like Daughter of Light are the reason I love the fantasy genre so much.
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Review 2 for Daughter of Light
Strong heroine & a great story
Date:April 15, 2013
Rowen Mar has lost everything. Her family, her friends, her home. A mark appears on her hand and with it the power to see the darkness in the peoples she touches. They see it too, thus she is sent into exile with only one hope: a job as a varor to a young lady, thanks to the military service of her adoptive father.
I love the characters and could just feel what they were feeling, experiencing. I love that Rowen is strong character who know how to handle a sword, but it doesn't diminish her feminine side either. And having the story told from the perspective of a varor was interesting and refreshing. I also love Lore's loyalty and honor, and his respectfulness. I'm curious how Caleb and Nierne's stories will continue in the next book.
The story begins slow, and not in a bad way, but weaves in hints and questions that keeps you wanting to know more. There are multiple story threads that at first you don't know how they are going to tie together, but then you start piecing the puzzle together. It's a bigger story than just Rowen discovering who she is and the love interest, which, I am hoping for a good payoff in the next book. The introduction to the other point of views were a little jarring at first, because I couldn't tell how they were related to each other, but once they were introduced, it flowed well and kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.