Daughter of the Flames (Ruan #1) by Zoe Marriott, Book Review

Goodreads Blurb

What if your deadliest enemy were the only one who could save you?

Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

My Review

Rating: 4*

Another great read by Zoe Marriott. DotF follows the story of 15 year old Zira. Although she is young, she’s fearless, which is just as well, because the antagonist in this story is warped as well as evil.

Ms Marriott has been very clever with this book because, not only do you get to know the heroine in DotF, you also get to know her opponent and his motivations and, strangely, you feel some sympathy for him. It really makes you question what makes a person evil? And can evil people do good things? I like when a book has the power to make you ask questions of morality without actually posing those questions or preaching at you. 

Once again, we get to experience Ms Marriott’s great characterization. You have a very clear picture in your head of each individual that plays a part in the story and you feel that you get to know them as the story progresses. I very much enjoyed the interaction between Zira and Sorin.

The writing is clean, the pacing is good throughout and the plot is easy to follow, flowing seamlessly from one scene to the next. She builds a very believable world and creates engaging characters that you become emotionally invested in.

This is Book 1 in the Ruan series but they are stand alone books. Perhaps if I would have read this one before I read Frostfire I would have given it 5* but Ms Marriott has had time to hone her skills. That does not take anything away from this book, though. It is well worth a read.


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