Thursday, February 23, 2012

Traitor's Daughter by Lily Dewaruile

 About the book:

Blaentywi, Summer, AD927, in the reign of Hywel Dda
Always despised and humiliated by her relatives, Heledd Ieuan expects worse now that she has come of age. Since her father’s betrayal of his brother, she has been a prisoner of war, held hostage to ensure the good behavior of the survivors among his friends. She has recurring visions of the slaughter of her family, but except the menacing dream of a warrior, no memories remain of her life before her endless labor as a bond servant. Heledd’s skill in the diary has kept her from a life in the warriors’ barracks. Bruises, blisters and aching muscles are small prices to pay to avoid the nightmare of life as a warrior’s whore.

 My Review:

This book is very different from most novels I have read. The story is not your typical happily ever after romance. Heledd faces challenges, many which are difficult to read about. She is called horrible names and her uncle and cousins treat her horribly. Despite this Heledd shows that she has strong character and is very strong-willed. She can bite her tongue when others would not and she endures her trials well. Garmon is a good character as well, very honorable and kind. I liked the two of them and the fireworks that seemed to ensue when they were together. The book was interesting and I wanted to find out what would happen to Heledd and Garmon. Would they ever realize their true feelings for each other and verbalize them? You will have to read the book to find out!

 The author uses some foreign words throughout this book. A few of the words are explained but the rest are not. A big help would have been a word guide explaining the definitions of each of the foreign words.  Also, I felt that I would have understood the novel better if there had been a foreword explaining the time period and customs in which the story takes place.   There was a time in the book that the characters moved locations and I re-read it and realized there was nothing to alert the reader that they moved.  Overall, it is a nice book with a good story line, it just takes a while to get there. (I also feel it important to note that there are some descriptive sex scenes in this book but the characters are married).

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I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Source:  Publisher

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