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Daughter of Witches (Lyra #2)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,004 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Six years ago the Temple of Chaldon burned her parents as witches. Now three forbidden guests bribe her abusive bond-holder innkeeper to stay during the Midwinter Festival in Drinn. She attracts the unwanted attention of head priest Gadrath, and so do kindly healer Mist, and mated mercenaries Jaren and Arelnath. Orphan urchin friend Shandy can guide them to secret tunnels, ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published June 15th 1987 by Ace (first published March 1983)
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I bought the ebook of this on sale for $2 the other day, since I like Patricia C. Wrede's other works. I'd already read The Harp of Imach Thyssel and not been terribly impressed, but I'd liked the world it was set in.

The introduction to the ebook edition was worth the purchase price alone, for not only an introduction to the world of Lyra, but also a mini course in revising one's writing.

The protagonist in this one is...well, a little dull at times, and certainly obstinate and repetitive, but I
Feb 26, 2012 Gina rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Sometime between the ages of 12 and 16 I read a book that had something to do with a teenage girl in an icy world who was able to channel an internal fire--maybe something to do with underground fires--I can't remember. She and a male companion are banished or lost or something and at some point I think she uses this power to save him. I've been trying to find this book for ages. I think it was probably written during the early 90s.

Anyway, in my quest to find this book, I posted a stumper on lo
I enjoyed this book and will probably eventually read some of Wrede's other books that take place in this world. I particularly liked the variety of strong female characters, but I wanted more depth. The characters had a lot of potential that just wasn't quite realized for me. I wanted to know more about Mist, the healer, and less about Renira, the main character because Renira's obstinate refusal to accept her magical abilities became very repetitive and annoying. She did eventually accept them ...more
Fun read with lots of action and engaging characters - this is a great sort of summer, fantasy read. Not quite as much depth of emotion or character as I normally like. But I decided that sometimes an easy, fun read is just the ticket. And Patricia Wrede does that exceptionally. Especially in the fantasy genre where I feel like there aren't a lot of well written, lighter books. Or if there are I haven't found them. And maybe light isn't quite the right description for this book which definitely ...more
I almost want to give this book 2.5 stars. I didn't dislike it, but only barely. This is clearly Patricia Wrede's second book. A bad combo of two-dimensional and formulaic/repetitive/trite. The magic rules in this world are totally random and poorly fleshed out. The characters blunder from one bad situation to the next, until stuff that was previously impossible is suddenly possible because, hey, how will the plot move forward if you don't make arbitrary rules you will later negate anyway?

I loved so many of Wrede's books growing up...and I always wanted to read the rest of this series. This book was fine, but you can tell that she hasn't quite figured out how to make characters feel alive, or how to write realistically enough to get the reader involved. This book was a quick read, but I would recommend The Raven Ring or any of her Dragon books over it.
The second book of Lyra series, the first series from Patricia Wrede as far as I know.
Although in series, the story in this book is not a sequel to the first one, and actually had little to do with it, except being in the same world (not even the same Kingdom). To compare the writing with the first book, the story is more engaging for me and flown better. Still haven't found the Wrede writings I've enjoyed in her later books, but nonetheless entertaining.

This is the first time I read Wrede wrote
Fate's Lady
I was shocked at how long and formulaic this book was. The characters spend a good chunk of the book thusly: On the run, someone is injured. Everyone else is forced to expend their strength to help the injured character get back on their feet. They go back on the run. Someone is injured. Etc. Meanwhile, the main character is radically stubborn about some pretty strange points, like refusing to acknowledge that she might have magic abilities even though her parents were burned for performing magi ...more
This is actually the first fantasy book i ever read. Oh what it started.
I would never recommend the Lyra books to someone as an introduction to Wrede's work - the Enchanted Forest books or the Kate and Cecy books give a much clearer sense of her style and humor. The Lyra books aren't bad at all, but they do tend to ... plod, and the characters don't have anywhere near the depth and clarity Wrede's later works do. If one is looking for an easy, light fantasy, though, these are just the ticket. Daughter of Witches does have some darker moments, but one is never in dou ...more
I read this years and years ago--in fact, I think it may have been the 1st real "adult" fantasy novel I ever read (excluding The Hobbit). It seemed so salacious and daring when I read it then, although I couldn't tell you why, exactly. (maybe the "oooh, I got this from the adult section" pre-adolescent mode?) Especially after this re-read.

It is rather dry. Decent story, reasonable setting. Technically a good story, but no heart in it. The magic is of the sparkly type, without a lot of background
An Odd1
In recurring nightmares, Renira watches Chaldon Temple priests burn her parents as witches six years ago. Bonded to abusive innkeeper Lykken, she catches the unwanted attention of Temple chief Gadrath, along with forbidden Midwinter Festival guests - kindly unveiled mage Mist, Cilhar mated mercenaries Jaren and short-haired Arelnath. When her orphan urchin friend Shandy guides their escape from the rising Shadow, the biggest block to her power is her own fears. When both moons have risen, the en ...more
Renira is a bondswoman in the oppressive city of Drinn. The best way to survive is to live quiet and unnoticed, but when she catches the eye of the high priest and gets tangled up with some strange foreigners, she needs a new way to survive. And fast.

I honestly picked this up because it was only a dollar at the used bookstore. I love Wrede's books, but I'd never heard of this one before. I have to say this is an excellent example of a writer getting better and better over time, because while mos
Nina Fonteneau-Fuentes
I found myself liking Ranira and other times I wanted to slap her and give her a stern dressing down. I loved the mercenary characters and honestly wish I could read about the characters at a later point in their lives. I found a strong like for Jaren and the one Templeguard....I can't say more or I would have to put a spoiler alert but it stands to show badguys can be goodguys if not for present circumstances and greed is the monster in us all.
Mailee Pyper
This book is set in a really harsh country, which is hard to read about sometimes. It was good and I liked it. The story was quite gripping and really pulled you along, but I felt like the characters were a little two dimensional. This was her second book written, so I can make some allowances, but as stated above the characters seemed like they needed some more depth.
I came across this in Patricia Wrede's list of books, and remembered that I read it in high school. I remember it being so-so. It just didn't seem super-original to me, though that may reflect the time it was written- in the 1980's when feminist flavored fantasy was newer, and fantasy in general was evolving from pulpy sword & sorcery type books (a la Conan the Barbarian)

What I mean by the feminist flavor is the theme of witches being depicted as good, and being persecuted by the Eeevil Pat
Much better than Wrede's first book. The characters are still not quite as distinct & fun as the ones in her later books, but a much more readable book on the whole. I love seeing how my favorite authors grow over the course of their careers.
Another early Wrede book in the Lyra set. Solid worldbuilding. This story is mostly told from the point of view of a bondslave who does not want to accept the truth about herself or her country. It is a different pov than is normal in fantasy.
The plot and situation were appealing enough to get me through this rather woodenly written tale of a dysfunctional society,witchcraft, loyalty and freedom.
The subtheme of the reluctant gifted added interest but was inusfficiently developed.
ms bookjunkie
2.5 stars

Better than her first book but still not as compelling or magical as her later trilogies (Frontier Magic and Cecelia and Kate), but I liked it fine. (Damned by faint praise some more?)
Beth S.
Skip these unless you're a Wrede completist. They are not good. I almost bailed at 80% when I realized each character was repeating the same beats over and over.
Kate E
Definitely better than the first book. I am glad she decided to write this in a third-person perspective, but only from one person's point of view.
It is the high holy holiday in the capital city of Drinn. That means that all foreigners must leave before the gates are shut for seven days. Renira is a bondswoman and when her greedy owner agrees to let three foreigners stay until the last possible minute her life is changed forever.

Why I started it: Powered through this book because I was unwilling to face the disaster area I call my bedroom.

Why I finished it: Renira is thrust from her place of familiarity into a strange new world of magic an
I did not like the main character. I thought she was... annoying. I couldn't understand her stubborn refusal of her powers. The pages slogged by with minor scuffles between the main characters and the bad guys, followed by a cycle of the injured being tended to and everyone else bickering or disliking each other. I remember a part where one character mentioned they had left the city two days ago, and I was like... what?? I thought a thousand years had passed for how slow it was and I had to push ...more
I wasn't particularly interested in it
In Stephen King's book "On Writing", he talks about that one point in every writer's career, where he/she comes across a published book/story and is seized by a realization - an epiphany, if you like. That epiphany is, "I can write better than this!"

For me, that came with reading this book.

While not a terrible book, the characters were a little flat and cliche, the plot was predictable, and the writing was mediocre, at best. I still firmly believe that with enough time and effort, I could write
Kit Dunsmore
Not my favorite Wrede book.
Emily Ann
I started with #2 based on Carolina's recommendation. I think it was a good one. The only thing that I didn't enjoy about this book is that I was reading it in the Kindle version that has all the Lyra books and therefore I couldn't really tell how far along I was, which detracted from my usual sense of when the climax should be. Also, I generally like when different books in a series follow different characters, but I do wish I knew more about what happened to these dudes after the end of the bo ...more
I had no idea that this was part of a series, so maybe if I hadn't read it out of order then I may have been more satisfied with this book. I liked the book but it felt a bit rushed, particularly the very end Another 75-100 more pages would have given the author room to expand and develop the characters and ideas more. All in all, though, the author did very well with what little space she had to work in. My only big quibble was that I was left wanting more.
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lyra (5 books)
  • Shadow Magic (Lyra, #1)
  • The Harp of Imach Thyssel (Lyra, #3)
  • Caught in Crystal (Lyra #4)
  • The Raven Ring (Lyra, #5)
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2) Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3) Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4) Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)

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