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General Winston's Daughter

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,364 ratings  ·  169 reviews
When eighteen-year-old heiress Averie Winston travels to faraway Chiarrin, she looks forward to the reunion with her father and her handsome fianc‚, Morgan. What she finds is entirely different from what she expected. She realizes that Morgan is not the man she thought he was; and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to another. Handsome Lieutenant Ket Du'kai is like no on ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Speak (first published October 18th 2007)
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Cheryl
Wow. What starts out as a gracefully written story of a young woman having spunky adventures ends up being a powerful allegory of colonial imperialism. I was enamored from the start to give it four stars, but as I read the last 1/4 I realized that it unquestionably deserves 5. I recommend it to teen girls, teen boys, fans of YA, fans of Shinn, readers of historical fiction, and anyone who wants to learn about our world by exploring a slightly different one.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Averie, daughter of Aeberelle's military leader, goes by ship with her chaperone, Lady Selkirk, to dry, dusty Chiarrin, the latest conquest of Aeberelle's empire, to be with her father and her fiancé, Colonel Morgan Stode. She's a happy, enthusiastic, curious eighteen-year-old, and her travelling companion, the Xantish lieutenant Ket Du'kai, intrigues her with his stories of his homeland, Xan'tai, long since invaded by Aeberelle and absorbed into its empire. At the same time, he unsettles her by ...more
Libby
Sharon Shinn amazes me. Her worldbuilding is always intriguing; her imagery and her plot hooks are often well-worn to the point of being a little hokey, but the things she does with them are just incredible. General Winston's Daughter really surprised me. All the way through, it feels like just another spunky-heroine-comes-of-age book -- the kind of book I really enjoy, but not a standout in that class -- and then, right near the end, the plot twists in a way that actually changed how I think ab ...more
Grace
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Althea Ann
My least favorite book that I’ve read from Shinn so far. I’ve read quite a few of her books, both ‘adult’ and YA, and while she sometimes comes dangerously close to stepping off that romance cliff, and plunging into sentimentality, usually she hovers [happily] on the brink. However, here the romance was at the annoying level (even if the love triangle functioned more as a symbol of rejecting one culture and embracing the Oppressed, than an actual romance), and I also felt something I haven’t fel ...more
Rebecca
I generally like Sharon Shinn books, but I can't recommend this one.

I found the central character, Averie, very annoying. Her adventures in the borderlands reminded me of the beginning of Robin McKinley's far superior, The Blue Sword. Averie comes to a colonial outpost to visit her father and her fiance. There are tensions between the newcomers and the native folk, whom she learns about in much the way a British colonial might learn about Indians a hundred years ago.

Her disenchantment with her
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Eva Mitnick
This is fantasy that is almost historical fiction. No magic to speak of, but it's not our own world - rather, a very Earth-like place with different countries and cultures. There are strong parallels to England's invasion and colonization of so-called "primitive" countries, with events that may even remind young readers more of the U.S.'s invasion of Iraq than England's conquering of India and other countries. The main focus is a young woman, engaged to be married, whose irrepresible energy, joy ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
For the first, oh, 3/4 of this book I was enjoying this book and tearing through it, and being a little sad when I had to put it down to go to dinner. Then ... I'm not quite sure what happened. I mean, what happened is great for the country that got invaded. But as a critique of colonialism and imperialism (the clear authorial intent) it kind of failed. Probably because, at the end, the plan of the young white heiress is to (view spoiler) ...more
MissM
I normally love Sharon Shinn's work but this one was a sad exception for me. I appreciate the political statement she makes about invading a country and it's national heritage versus being a conquered people but I really disliked the naivety of the main character and the ultimate betrayal which felt forced and fake.

A bit too simplistic for me and just not enough real depth. A pass.
asp_
This story is about a girl named Averie who is the daughter of a general of Aeberelle. Her father is leading the conquest/occupation of Chiarrin, a foreign country that is well placed to be the launch point of other conquests. Averie comes to Chiarrin to be with her father and her fiance (another military man) and while she's there she comes to love the culture, question her country's purpose there, and find herself with a very different outlook on life than her husband-to-be, all the while beco ...more
Mandy Miller
I have recently discovered Sharon Shinn and have been reading through all of her books, but I did not love this one as much as some others. I thought the themes in this book were good but not fully developed and the main character is a naive, spoiled child who who flits through the book never thinking of consequences. I did enjoy some of it, as and as always Shinn's world-building was lovely, but I feel like she created the possibility for a grand, sweeping tale and then got about 80% of the boo ...more
Cheryl
This book takes a different twist from most young adult novels. It doesn't have romance as it's centerpiece, though it's certainly present, and it's not exactly a coming of age novel, though that is there as well. It's primarily a political statement of imperialism and the effects on both sides, the conquered and the conquerors.
I had no issues with the content or the books ideas. It was well thought out and creative. You could almost truly believe that there were real countries and cultures tha
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Seventeen year old Averie Winston is the daughter and heiress of General Winston of the Aeberelle army. She embarks on a journey to the far off, exotic land of Chiarrin to join her fiancé and her father who are currently involved in a campaign to take over the country. Averie finds herself completely taken in by the culture and customs of Chiarrin, eagerly embracing them. Although the country of Chiarrin appears to have accepted the presence of the Aeberelle army, rebels have begun to launch sma ...more
Shoshana
(3.5) This was pretty good. It's a little younger than I expected, but Averie's voice is fairly strong and her story (and the stories of those around her) compelling.

I mean, it's a pretty thinly disguised treatise on imperialism - but then, I'm anti-imperialist, so I buy it. Averie's home country is essentially Great Britain expanding its empire, Weskolia is France, and the countries they're mentioned as colonizing are African and Asian. It's not subtle.

But it's also not as simple (and potential
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Meghan
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Debbie
"General Winston's Daughter" is a young adult fantasy. It's a look at how imperialism affects the conquered with Averie being a member of a British-like society that has taken over several "more primitive" societies for economic gain. Averie has an increasingly sympathetic view of the conquered peoples.

I enjoyed the world-building as Averie learned about the new culture. I liked Averie even though she was head-strong because she tended to be willful about neutral or good things, like wanting to
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Bani M
It's been a long time since I've done a simple pros and cons list. Think I'll do that here.

But some important things to mention beforehand- this is a third person-perspective book. YA with a pinch of romance. If you go into it wanting a sprawling romance you'll be disappointed. This book was poorly marketed and its biggest qualities are not well-clarified in the blurbs and promotion.

I enjoyed this book a lot but there is more that could have been. The ending however impressed me enough that I a
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Summer
Aug 21, 2009 Summer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book is something that I wish I had left on the shelf. Allured by the cover and the author I picked this book up. I soon found it to be annoying, tedious, and unorigional.

This is the story of Averie Winston, the brash and undistructible daughter of General Winston. When she goes to visit her father, in the foreign land of Chiarrin were her father and her her fiance are stationed to help "protect" Chairrin locals from they're own rebels. As Averie flirts, goofs around, and becomes iindiffere
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Caitie
This book was written a few years after The Dream-Maker's magic, and it felt like Shinn had had a chance to refine her writing a little. The story was pretty complex and interesting, although the end broke my heart and I don't know if I'll get over it.

I really like the worlds Shinn creates. They are fictional, of course, but in this book it didn't seem like the countries were very thinly-veiled versions of real countries, like in some books I've read (*cough* Princess of the Midnight Ball *cough
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Sara
Nov 10, 2008 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Randomly picked this up at the library because the cover was cute and it sounded halfway decent - a girl travels to a faraway (fictional) territory, newly under her empire's control, to be with her father and her fiance, then falls in love with someone else and starts thinking about life in general as well.

When I opened the book, I was amazed by the long list of books the author has penned. Then I started reading and discovered how she'd found enough time to do so - there wasn't much to the boo
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Corinne
I want to give it 3.5 stars :)

When we meet Averie, she's on a voyage to a new land, where her father and fiance are currently stationed in the military and where they are in the process of trying to occupy said country. As the daughter of a general, Averie has always had assumptions about the purpose and consequences of her father's work, but finding herself among a people in the process of being conquered has made her begin to question what it means to become a colony.

As she becomes familiar wi
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Cynthia
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Ashley
Swoon is a dark and twisted tale about a girl with powers that she can’t quite control. These powers get her, and the rest of the town, into quite a bit of trouble when she gives life to a ghost who was determined to get revenge on those who wronged him centuries ago. In the chaos and insanity that ensues, Dice finds herself dangerously drawn to her all-too handsome accidental creation.

This was one of those books that will only have two extremes of reactions: total love, or utter hate. With a bo
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Lexie
What threw me about General Winston’s Daughter was that I had no idea it was a young adult until after I picked it up. That might sound unusual, but when I need a new book to read, and have no certain book in mind, I’ll simply look for an author I like and pick up whichever book of theirs I haven’t read yet. As this wasn’t shelved in the YA section I figured it was of a similar vein as her Twelve Houses series. In that respect, at least, I wasn’t disappointed. Much like her Twelve Houses books, ...more
Nanci
Jan 18, 2008 Nanci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and romance lovers
SLJ says: "Gr 7 Up— A wealthy heiress, 18-year-old Averie Winston is betrothed to Colonel Morgan Stode, whom she has loved since she first laid eyes on him at the age of eight. When the opportunity arises for her to leave Aeberelle to join her father and Colonel Stode in Chiarrin, she jumps at the chance to see the world and leave her dull life behind. Her eyes begin to open on the voyage over with her friendship to Lieutenant Du'Kai. Many of their conversations revolve around other cultures, cu ...more
Samantha
I'm definitely a fan of Sharon Shinn, but for some reason it's taken me forever to get around to this book. Well...actually if I'm honest I have to admit had a terrible case of cover snob with this book (Angie has a great discussion about this phenomena in this post at her blog, Angieville).

I really didn't understand the cover, especially with a title like General Winston's Daugher, I thought it was about the Civil War (forget actually reading the synopsis, pshaw! ;-P). Once again I can kick mys
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Kathy
Eighteen-year-old Averie Winston travels to Chiarrian (a distant country) to visit her father, who is a commanding General, and her fiancée Morgan. Her father has invaded the country and is working to overthrow local government and rebel forces. As she learns more about the situation and herself she realizes that Morgan is not the man that she thought he was; and slowly falls in love with Lt. Ket Du’Kai, who himself comes from a conquered society. Averie delves into the culture, wanting to learn ...more
Barbara
As Averie Winston sails from her native Aeberelle to the colony of Chiarrin, a lieutenant in her father’s army and loyal colonial, Ket Dukai, causes her to begin to question Aeberelle’s place in the world as an imperialist nation. Once they land in Chiarrin, Averie is enchanted by the land, the people and the customs and wants to explore and learn all she can about the people and place. She befriends a young native woman, Jalessa, and brings her home to work for her after she is injured in a reb ...more
Erin
Jan 08, 2010 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sharon Shinn fans; teen girls; pacifists?
I'm not quite sure how to categorize this book. It's YA because the eponymous character, Averie, General Winston's daughter, is 18 years old. It's fantasy in that Shinn set her story in a made-up world, although no one has magical abilities or rides dragons or has any other trait typical to the genre. Other than that...it has elements of romance, although that's not the focus. It's almost a commentary on war--the complexities of aggression, suppression, and rebellion--but not entirely.

What it i
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Amanda
Great book. Much better than the last two books by this author that I read.

An aristicratic young lady goes to stay with her father and fiance in the capitol city of a conquered land. Her father is the commander of the occupying force. She makes friends with other young women and men of her class while trying to learn about the customs and ways of the natives. She also meets a young army officer, Ket Du'Kai, who is a citizen of another of country conquered and occupied by her homeland. Through he
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