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Daughter of the Flames (Ruan #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,916 ratings  ·  225 reviews
A sweeping fantasy chronicling a courageous girl's fight for freedom in a world ravaged by war and religious fanaticism.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 2012 by Walker Books (first published March 3rd 2008)
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In Daughter of the Flames, we’re treated to a plucky orphan-turned-(view spoiler), martial arts, traitors, poisoning, intrigue, and the most elaborate wedding gown ever. There’s also enough fluffy romance to keep any girl happy, as long as they’re not squicked out by a sixteen-year-old marrying a man in his mid- to late-twenties. The man in question, Sorin, has “golden blue” eyes the color of peacock feathers, “long silver-blond hair” that occasionally falls around and fram ...more
Daughter of the Flames was quite a treat. It really had a little bit of everything: action, adventure, drama, political mystery, goddesses and the divine, romance—if you can name it, it was probably there. Marriott manages to balance all of these elements and create a fantasy that is not too overwhelming for the reader to understand. But what I really enjoyed about most about this book (aside from the awesome sparring scenes) was the complexity of its characters and their interactions. Though th ...more
This book is perilously close to a full 5 stars. Because I can't decide, I am for now, instead going to give it a glowing review and demand that you just go out and read the book.

The weakest part of this book and one reason it isn't getting an automatic 5 stars is the prologue. I feel that Ms. Marriott tried to tell us too much about her world all at once, by alternately giving the reader way more information about the happenings of this world than we can currently handle and casually tossing o
Its been a while but I remember why I wanted to read this book. Firstly for the main girl; she sounded like a strong heroine that can really hold her ground. Secondly because of my brother. Now he doesn’t read books like this but I remember how he used to always say call himself 'Lord of the Flame' (I think he got it from some movie). So the name Daughter of the Flame caught my eye.

I was really hoping to love this book but I was kind of disappointed. Part of it had to do with the main girl. At f
Sara Grochowski
From inside jacket flap: "What if your deadliest enemy was the only one who could save you.

In an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess, defending the faith of the Ruan people. Then terror strikes at everything Zira loves, and the only home she knows is destroyed byt the occupying forces of tyrannical King Abheron. To survive, she must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people's fate - and accept her growing fe
I've had my eye on Zoë Marriott's second novel, DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES, since I read Chelle's review lo these many months ago. So I was happy to see it pop up on my Cybils reading list. I've read several books lately that have had an Asian/Middle Eastern flavor to them and was surprised and very much pleased to find DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES did as well. This was my first novel by Ms. Marriott and I was both looking forward to giving a new author a shot and in the mood for some more traditional fan ...more
Daughter of the Flames opened beautifully. Readers enter into a vibrant new world where the unfortunate people have been suppressed by a brutal tyrant. The dynamics of this novel were wonderful. Marriott’s style is lightly reminiscent of the classic fairytale of old. The characters each had distinct personalities, especially the heroine, Zira.

The passion that Zira feels for what she believes in shines through Daughter of the Flames. But the truly captivating aspect of her personality is how she
Isa Lavinia
This has been a theme for me lately and I really should learn from it: do not judge a book by its cover. And let me tell you, this book's cover is spectacular, I mean really, it's beautiful. The book itself, however... was boring.

There was nothing particularly wrong with the story. The writing dragged a bit at times, but it wasn't bad. The plot was just the same old fantasy rehash - I notice Marriott thanked Diana Wynne Jones for writing The Tough Guide to Fantasyland but, really, wasn't the who
The basic plot here is a fairly cliche high fantasy lost-prince(ss) vs usurping tyrant set-up, but Marriott does manage to add some original elements to make it her own. Zira and Sorin were fairly solid main characters, and I liked that the author did not break down the two sides in the conflict along strictly national/ethnic boundaries (although I think the country of Sedorne could have used some development). Most importantly, I was glad to see Marriott improving as an author -- the writing an ...more
Daughter of Flames is a stand alone, which seems to be harder and harder to find in YA nowadays. It does have a companion novel which has other characters in it, but it isn't necessary to read that one to enjoy this one. While I liked that about it, it was also a drawback because I felt the story was a little rushed at times. This book could have gotten five stars from me if it had progressed at a slower pace through certain parts. For example, I wanted to experience how Zahira and Sorin got clo ...more

My first experience with Zoë Marriott was her lovely retelling The swan kingdom. From that moment I knew I had to read more from her and the sweet Kristen gave this copy to me. Thanks to her I’m now aware that I really like Marriott’s stories and I’m going to hunt down a copy from the companion novel called Frostfire. You can download the first chapter for free if you like to try it out: Zoë Marriott.

The world-building and concept of this book are pretty b
Anne Hamilton
A satisfying menarche fantasy.

*spoilers follow*

Zira has been disfigured as a child in the fire that killed her parents. She remembers nothing of her childhood as she grows up in a sheltered monastery. There she is protected from the Sedorne conquerors who have despoiled the land of Ruan. Trained as a warrior priestess, her one desire is to be a fighting namoa but she is unsure where her guardian Surya will choose to appoint her when her sixteenth birthday comes.

Just before that, Surya takes her
I found this book, the English version, in a bookstore here in Malaysia and I was instantly attracted by the cover. It's a beautiful, striking piece of art.

Zira grows up training, hoping to become a novice and a fighting warrior. She lives in Ruan, which was invaded ten years ago by the Sendrone. One day before her 16th birthday, her home, a holy temple, is attacked by the Sendrone king insinuated in Ruan. Upon escaping their attack, Zira discovers something about herself, thanks to the God's fi
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 thin
The cover of this book is a beautiful piece of art, and, if you read through the entire book, actually fits the story perfectly.

Except for the fact that Zahira (the female lead) was supposed to be scarred on the left side of her face, leaving an ugly white mark all the way down the middle of her forehead, and leaving her left eye slightly distorted. The girl on the cover, however, is practically flawless. In simpler terms, she doesn’t look the part at all.

Another thing that was glaringly obviou
Charlie Head
I'm normally a fan of Zoe Marriott, but I have to say I preferred "The Swan Kingdom" over this.

I found it lacked a bit of substance in some areas. The plot had a few interesting twists but in the midst of all that we lost sight of a few plot elements that just got lost and only showed up again at the very very end.

I feel Zahira and Sorin's relationship was a little flat, and we could have learned more about Zahira herself. Abheron was a little disappointing as villains go, but not all bad. You c
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You know that novel that stays with you no matter how many years have passed since reading it? When you remember the images in your mind’s eye even though it has been a huge amount of days, weeks, months since you had last laid your eyes on the text, you know the kind of story that no matter where you are or what you’re doing will have the dialogue, the plot of the character’s you came to love floating in the front of your mind. When they beckon you closer with the movement of their hand; alluri ...more
A light and fast paced book with an interesting plot and characters.

A lost princess without family and freshly recovered memories and destiny, a country oppressed and divided in two, the invading Sedorne and the conquered Rua and a tyrant king with his very own sad story.

That was the first book I've read by the author and she has some great ideas, so I'll definitely keep an eye out for more.
Rebecca Scroggins
Nov 20, 2008 Rebecca Scroggins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Young Adults
Recommended to Rebecca by: Bistro Bookclub
Enter Zahira, a warrior priestess in training at a shrine to their 'God.' She lost her memory when she was 5 and then, at age 15, her shrine is burned down by a relative that she didn't know existed. Now, as she regains her memories she has to lead her people to either their rise, or their downfall. Packed with action, romance, and secrets, 'Daughter of the Flames' is a guarrenteed good read.
Heir to the thrown of a conquered nation is told of her heritage at 16 and considers the help of an enemy to regain her place.

Interesting premise, but total fail in the resolution. I won't give it away, but the ending is an "Oh, c'mon!" Blah. Still the writing is okay, and the heroine interesting enough for when teens have run through all the other strong-girl based adventure books.
Paul Finch
So I gave this authors first novel, The Swan Kingdom, 3 stars, and this one gets 4. In fact, it damn near got 5. At this rate of improvement, I think I've found a real future favourite.

This book has everything you want from a YA fantasy novel; or a fantasy novel, come to that; and with the added benefit of not having been stretched into a trilogy. Amongst others it has a strong, driven heroine, a believable society, some kick-ass fight scenes and, perhaps most importantly, as 3 dimensional a vil
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Megan Morris
This was a good book. I liked Zoe Marriott's version of the Swan Kingdom better, but in general, this book talks about coming of age and the power of friends and family.
Ebster Davis
This book is not a literary masterpiece or anything, but it is awesomely fun and I enjoyed it emensely! A lot of action, un anticipated plot twists, and good ending.
It was way too predictable and I felt like I was reading some book that was just thrown together without any revision or thought.
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
Only complaint about this book is that it was not NEARLY long enough. I wish there had been an epilogue at least. I NEED more!
Absolutely loved this book!!! One of my favorites.
very good!loved it so much i read it in 1 day.
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Favorite Quote:

"But even though I was not looking for him so determinedly, I failed to come across him anywhere."

I quite enjoyed Daughter of Flames. It was very easy to read and I devoured it in a few short hours. I liked the whole book, it had a very nice flow and I was never bored or rushed. I greatly enjoyed specific scenes (the first fight and the wedding especially) and I enjoyed the characters. I mean I totally want a wedding like
Another captivating cover-- and story-- by the talented Zoe Marriott! Prepare to be engulfed by the fire in this one--- Daughter of the Flames is even better than her first novel, with more action and romance, yet still containing the magical quality that grabbed my attention in The Swan Kingdom.

Once again, Marriott's characters are very well developed and a joy to read about. Zahira (or Zira) is even more of a kick-a$$ heroine than Alexandra (from Swan Kingdom). Fiery, passionate, training to
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