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The Traitor's Daughter

(The Veiled Isles Trilogy #1)

3.06  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.

On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to
Paperback, 415 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Spectra
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Happy Halloween! I figure since it's Halloween I ought to review a novel with some kind of horror element. Well let's see, The Traitor's Daughter, "is a dark, rich feast, rife with plagues, kidnappings, political intrigues, bloody crimes, bloodier revenges, arcane upheavals, and the threat of zombies.” Zombies! Perfectly Halloween or so the writer of that blurb would have me think.  Unfortunately, my quest to review something horror was a complete failure.  While there is something akin to zombi ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this some time ago as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book, and I'm very very sorry that it's taken me this long to finish it … I lost it, is the plain simple truth. If you saw my house you'd understand. It's a cross somewhere a small local library and an episode of "Hoarders". Happily, it appeared on NetGalley, and my request was approved, and vi-ola: two reviews with one stone. Or something.

It took some time for this book to click. One aspect of that was the cover: it looks almost typical
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
The Traitor's Daughter was a struggle to get through. The prologue was very confusing. I almost gave up reading this book, but it started to pick up half way through.

When I read a book, I need someone I can relate to. Someone that I cheer on. However, it was very hard to find a likable character. Jianna sounds like a spoiled brat. (Although I did not like her, I didn't think that she should have been subject to kidnapping and cruelty). Aureste does not blink an eye at the cruelty that goes on b
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.75 out of 5 stars

What to do, what to do? First of all, I have to admit I've had this ARC for months - I won it in the First Reads program in 2011 - and just haven't gotten around to reading it. My bad GoodReads, you were right - this is a book for me, even if I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I'm torn about a lot of this fantasy novel - so much so that I couldn't even decide what range of rating I want to assign The Traitor's Daughter for a w
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Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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I really like the cover for this book, and I have to admit it did attract me, and made me want to find out more about the actual content of the book. The book blurb wasn't the most intriguing blurb I have ever read before but it had enough of pull for me to want to try it out.

Regardless of what I was expecting, this book was not at all my kind of book. To begin it started off kind of bizarrely. It started off with what I assu
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I was really anticipating this as the summary made it sound incredibly original and enticing. The prologue was a really rough start and I wanted to abandon it from the very start. Immediately delving into this strange and complex world with some serious lack of explanation was not the way to go. I found myself going back and re-reading large portions an
holly quigley
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, fantasy
To be fair, my 2-star rating is completely a matter of personal taste. I received this book from NetGalley, and had requested it based on the fact that it was classified as a romance. This is NOT a romance novel. Maybe there are romantic elements, and maybe a romance happens within the walls of the overall story, but I'm pretty sure this is really a traditional fantasy structure. Which is not my thing, and that definitely colored my impression of it.

Coming from more familiar ground as a reader
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Based on the back cover blurb, I was expecting political intrigue, adventure, and a little romance. What I got was an unfocused, draggy mess that wandered between hints of backstory, bland portents of magical doom, and the heroine being brutalized and repeatedly threatened with sexual violence.

There was no real hook at all, and the characters were all pretty bland. I stopped reading at the midway point, when the love interest showed up and immediately did something unforgivable.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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When I started The Traitor’s Daughter, I immediately knew that I was in for something a little bit different. The book begins with an inventor, Grix Orlazzu, that is confronted by his own creation, an automaton that decides to take on his creater’s identity. However, his creator has discovered a disruption in the Source, a mysterious underground power from which magic originates. He leaves his home, and his automaton, dete
Kayla Beck
The Traitor’s Daughter by Paula Brandon is an adult fantasy that is also the author’s debut. It is filled with moral exercises, magic, impending doom, and a damsel in distress who is not one to wait around to be rescued. The book centers around the Belandor family (two branches) mainly, with some scenes focusing on their sworn enemy the Corvestri family, and Grix Orlazzu.

This book is completely different than anything that I’ve read before. The rules of the world are not immediately introduced a
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While I will have the FBC review very soon and I will c/p here, I want only to remark that this has been so far the best (more or less) traditional fantasy debut of the year for me - lots of misfires with other noted such - and I was surprised that it is not really a romantic fantasy novel as I expected, but a pretty traditional one with the expected tropes, though it has some sfnal elements too.

Full FBC Rv:

INTRODUCTION: The blurb below raised my interest quite a lot in The Traitor's Daughter w
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, dnf
First of all, I think I may have been mislead by the cover of this book, which got us off to a bad start. I have been fairly thoroughly conditioned to believe that any YA book with a picture of a Big Dress on the front cover will be fairly light, pleasant reading. THIS WAS NOT SO. I WAS DECEIVED.

I would have been able to forgive the marketing team (after all, I enjoy other kinds of books as well) except for the wholly gratuitous violence that punctuates the novel and the exceedingly unpleasant,
Laurie D'ghent
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and the story, but the occasional violence was too graphic for my taste (I can never stomach torture). There was one brief, but severe, scene of innuendo and anatomy talk. I would read more of the series, but I hate being blindsided by the violence.
Colleen Turner
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed the book for

In a land known as the Veiled Isles, the eternal energy called the Source is beginning to reverse. With the last reversal mankind was able to inhabit the Veiled Isles and banish the previous Inhabitants, a race of sentient, bodiless creatures that operated as one Overmind to control all manner of living things in their path, to the area known as the Wraithlands.

Since then man has created its civilization and many have forgotten the power of the Sourc
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
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The intriguing first installment of the Veiled Isles Trilogy gives readers a taste of its rich world and the cataclysm to come. Jianna is the spoiled daughter of Magnifico Aureste Belandor. While on her way to a new land and a future husband, Jianna is kidnapped by an enemy her father discounted long ago. Jianna must overcome her pampered upbringing and naivety of her father's past deeds in order to escape the fate that awaits her.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't recall where I got the recommendation for this book, but I started reading it while fighting my way through the last book club book as a break and finished it up this past weekend. The setting is small geographically, comprising just one island and two cities that are about three days travel by carriage apart, although later books will likely expand the scope. The main character is Jianna Belandor, the pampered and sheltered 18yo daughter of Aureste Belandor who is widely reviled in his ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
It took me so long to get through this book - 4 days - which is highly unusual for me since I tend to read/finish a book at one go. I requested a copy of The Traitor's Daughter because the cover seemed appealing but I'm sorry to say that the book was ordinary at best. I hate writing negative reviews so I'm apologizing in advance.

From the beginning, The Traitor's Daughter was all over the place. Let me start with the prologue - I felt like I was thrown in the middle of a scene and had no clue
Nikki Wilde
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Talk about a futuristic historical novel. Honestly, I was completely caught off guard when I started reading this one. It started with a gentleman and an automaton that he made from spare parts. To be honest, I wanted to double check that I had the right book. There were a few funny parts with the robot making fun of his maker but it just didn't feel right.

It was a bit difficult to follow at first. I have to say, I was a bit bored. If I wasn't required to review this one, I probably would have s
Ok, where to begin…let me start by saying I originally picked up the second book in this series at my library (before I realized it was a series). Then I put it back and got this book. I realize that the writer has to “set the stage” and introduce the characters and any back-story that is required, but it took me a little while to warm up to this book and get into the story. It is very interesting to imagine a world that can “reverse itself” to the detriment of any species that is currently resi ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reports
Everything you could possibly imagine at your fingertips, until one tragic day when everything you've ever known is taken away. That's what happened to kind, loving and entergetic Jianna Belandor, daughter of a famous traitor. Paula Brandon does it again in her award winning book "The Traitors Daughter." This young adult book is a very exciting read. If there is anything to be learned from this book it is this, you are never safe.

In this exciting novel that takes place in the "Veiled Isles" J
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I won this book courtesy of the goodreads-first reads program! Thanks goodreads!

I feel really bad about the review I am about to write, but I want to be truthful. This book is a rarity in that I just could not read it! I always try to finish any book I start no matter how bad, but I knew it was going to be bad when I had trouble getting through prologue!

I just want to say up front that I think the blurb describing this book (that was on the advertisement as I registered to win it on goodreads) w
A strange, arcane force permeates the land of The Veiled is getting stronger and is about to change direction and obliterate humans and change the landscape indefinitely.

Jianna Belandor, a beautiful, privileged maiden lady of 18, is en route to meet her betrothed, when her carriage is attacked, ransacked, and all except herself are murdered. She has little knowledge of these rebel forces and is taken to Ironheart, a fortress inhabited by none other than her father's sworn enemy, his c
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ok, I didn't actually finished this book. Finished somewhere around page 300 because I just didn't care enough. This was a beautiful book, with some interesting characters...that I never really cared about.

I had two big problems with this book. One is my problems with most adult fantasy. This book takes itself FAR to seriously. I'm totally fine with fundamental rules of the world changing and being kidnapped and senseless death. But you are going to do it all without a single joke or witticism t
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Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jianna is a rich, spoiled eighteen year-old on her way to meet her fiance. Her world has filtered out what is really going on outside, but the troubling truth meets her when she is kidnapped by men standing against her father. What will she do when she discovers that her aunt is holding her hostage? Revolution, magic, kidnapping, plague, chaos, and love all come together in this novel where competing family members vie for control of the land. The magic is failing. Will anyone be able to save th ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover art on this (and, as well, on the two other books of the series) does Paula Brandon's magnificent tale – almost high fantasy in its depth and breadth – a disservice. While the cover screams "Romance!" (or, at the very least, "Paranormal– or Fantasy-Romance"), romance is only a very small part of the Veiled Isles trilogy.

If you're looking for magic by new rules, realistically presented "adventure" (read: journeying to the ends of the world is not anything near fun, but there's plenty of
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get into, and I am still a little confused about things. There were a lot of races/ethnicities that I kept getting mixed up. I think the background could have been better incorporated. Once the action started to pick up, I was really drawn in. The books follows a few main characters not just Jianna like the description implies. Although I think Jianna's plot line was the most engaging and the easiest to follow, background wise. The characteriza ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, fantasy, vine
Going from reading YA books to adult books can go either one of two ways: A) OH MY GOSH WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING or B) do ALL adult books meander like this?! Unfortunately, The Traitor’s Daughter by Paula Brandon was a book that didn’t exactly have me clamoring and proclaiming about how much I had been missing out on. I had been expecting magic, intrigue, romance and plagues, but wound up with a whole lot of wading to get to that point. Unfortunately, The Traitor’s Daughter, while fantastic in c ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The world created in this book is very interesting, and the writer still left a lot of mystery for the next book. I would like to find out more about this "Overmind" and what it' s powers and limits are. I also liked the mix of magic and technology...with just a hint of steampunk.

I enjoyed the characters. I especially liked that not all of them were likable and good. They made mistakes, made really bad decisions and were naive and/or selfish. They were basically human and real. Too many times f
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Paula Brandon lives in New Jersey

A pseudonym of Paula Volsky

Other books in the series

The Veiled Isles Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Ruined City (The Veiled Isles Trilogy, #2)
  • The Wanderers (The Veiled Isles Trilogy, #3)