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Third Daughter

(The Royals of Dharia #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  352 reviews
Sneaking out of the palace wasn’t one of Aniri’s best ideas. But she’s the Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia—zero responsibilities and zero royal duties. She’s just the backup daughter, in case her older sisters’ arranged marriages—to take the crown or broker an alliance—don’t quite work out. But once Aniri reaches her 18th birthday, she’ll be truly free… and then she ...more
Published December 13th 2013 (first published December 12th 2013)
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Gail Carriger
In brief? A good premise of Bollywood meets steampunk with a great title, that drags and suffered for lack of developmental editing.

Classified as a sweet romance by which moniker the romance genre seems to imply clean: no nookie and no nudity. I wouldn't necessarily call this book a romance novel, however. There is a great deal of technology, spy work, politics, and other drama which make the main plot not about the two characters getting together. Although you could make a case to the
I've been trying to sort out how I feel about Third Daughter the past few days. On one hand, I did enjoy the second part of the story and I enjoyed seeing a non-European steampunk fantasy world. The characters were well drawn (if romanticized in the cases of the love interests) and I'm not sorry I read it.

On the other hand... well. Dharia, the alternate reality version of India, seemed very much to me like a white person's idea of what India is like.

First we have a Princess in the Tower trope
Feather Stone
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review *****

First and foremost, I seldom rate novels with five stars. Third Daughter is well deserving of a five star rating. Let me tell you why.

Characters: Seldom do I read a romance novel wherein the characters are well developed and believable. Third Daughter is a refreshing romance novel because the characters, all of them, are clearly defined, having strengths and weakness - yes, even a sin or two, or making human mistakes. I loved them. They were well suited to the plot and setting. Susan
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Mindjack, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and Throne of Glass and YA in general
Recommended to Kiersten by: myself
See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books

It's kind of an understatement to say that I liked Third Daughter - I absolutely lovedit. It's no secret that I am a fan of Susan Kaye Quinn's work and this book is no exception. Susan Kaye Quinn always does a beautiful job of balancing description with smooth character development, world building, and plot development. Once again, Susan Kaye Quinn delivers on a beautifully written and original story that brings you to a new world and makes you
2 stars

An immature, stupid, and brash MC who literally has zero common sense whatsoever + an unbelievable romance = a very dissatisfied Reader.

Also, one of my biggest pet peeves was that everything about the world was constantly described rather than named. Let me this book was influenced by Indian culture, it would have been nice to have some of the terminology of the culture brought over. "Hand tattoos" = henna. "Dresses with wraps of fabric" = saris. "Jewelry worn on forehead" =
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Solid 4.5 star book. I completely wish we had the half star option available for use, but I digress.

The only bits I didn't like were that the Indian heritage stuff wasn't NAMED, such as saris, henna, etc. That would have made the world THAT much more authentic and would have closed the gap from 4.5 to 5 stars. Also, Jakan was kind of a jerk. He's supposed to be older than the princess and he speaks without diplomatic care. I guess that's his personality, but I would think that being in a royal
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2018
I really enjoyed this one. The characters were well developed and the world was well built and it managed to be both very exciting and dramatic and the, like, quintessential adventure story while also surprising me with every twist. Surprising might be a little strong, but I genuinely did not see almost any of it coming, even what was obvious in retrospect. I don't want to talk about the climactic confrontation because I think this book is spoilable, even if I don't think it would lose a lot ...more
Sudha Kuruganti
I picked up this book from BookBub because the description really excited me - Indian steampunk! I remember wondering if the author, who is not Indian, would be able to really 'get' the country and our culture—mostly because the vast diversity in India makes it difficult for even Indians to fully 'get' the many different cultures. In that respect, this book was, unfortunately, a let down.

I enjoyed the story, although there were many moments when Aniri and her stupidity annoyed me—and almost
Hum this is a hard book to review. There was much to like and there were things I wanted to change. I like to write reviews where I loved or hated the book. So the pros were that this was a fun paced action packed book, that had great descriptions and a good feel. The steampunk world was new for me and fun to read about. This was all from one persons point of view and was done well. It was a good length. The cons; This biggest problem with this book was that there was no connection with the ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Third Daughter is a first-rate fantasy. Especially if you like your fantasy mixed with a little steampunk and a lot of political machinations. It’s also the coming-of-age story about a fascinating heroine who goes from spoiled princess to smart operator through a trial by literal fire.

This fantasy is set in a land based on Indian-influenced customs and legends. Not Native American, but the Indian subcontinent. According to the author, Third Daughter is
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hella Fun!

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Member Giveaways program.)

As the Third Daughter of Dharia, Aniri enjoys a luxury which was denied her older sisters: on her 18th birthday, she's free to marry for love instead of country. First in the line of succession, Aniri's oldest sister Nahali has been groomed from birth to become Queen; fittingly, she arranged to marry a Dharian nobleman (whom she just so happened to love).
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Still tweeting the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks while reading Third Daughter and loving every cinematic word of this non-Eurocentric rollicking steampunk tale. I am doing happy dances and chomping at the bit for the next book in the series.

I've been a long-time fan of the science-fiction/fantasy subgenre known as steampunk, and while it's been awesome to see it re-emerge in popularity, it's driven me to distraction that too many authors and readers appear stuck on stupid when it comes to
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steampunk goes to Bollywood. I love this descriptor even more because it's actually true. So much of this story felt reminiscent of the film Jodhaa Akbar, about a Hindi princess forced to enter a peace-brokering marriage with a Muslim emperor, that I instantly felt the presence of Bollywood inspiration. Throw in rumors about a flying machine, some military intrigue, family secrets, and personal metamorphosis, and I'm one happy camper.

Princess Aniri
Jenni Sauer
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to even begin?

This book by far exceeded my expectations! The characters were amazing, the plot far more in depth and intriguing than I expected, and the romance was perfectly sweet and believable.

The Indian culture was woven into the Steampunk world naturally and stunningly. It all fit so perfectly and I was so pleased to see Steampunk explored in a different way.

Aniri is a great main character- relatable, flawed, and earnest. She is the kind of person you identify with and want to root
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I was so excited to be able to read Third Daughter, the first book in a new series by Susan Quinn. I LOVED her Mindjack series. LOVED. So, I had high hopes for this new book!

The east Indian flavor world sprinkled with steampunk creates such pretty pictures in my head. Bollypunk, indeed! I wasn't sure I was going to love it at first but I did. I totally fell in love.

Aniri is a passionate girl. Her emotions lead her decisions most of the time. In the beginning, what she wants most is to marry for
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
She was the worst kind of fool.
That is a quote and all I have to say about this book
Emily Richardson
If you like steampunk adventure in a diverse setting, you’ll probably love this one!

It says romance, however it is mostly secondary to the rest of the story and does not go very deep.

The steampunk part was fun, with air ships and cable cars and long distance communication. The princess is very adventurous but a little spoiled in the beginning. It is pretty cool that she knows how to sword fight.

The setting seems to be an odd mixture of India and western culture. The ink on the princess’ hands
This is a coming of age story of Aniri, the third daughter of Dharia. A few weeks away from her 18th birthday and looking forward to fulfilling the dream of running away with her secret lover, she suddenly must step up and accept an arranged marriage with the prince of one of the other regions.

Quinn blends Eastern (think Bollywood) romance with steampunk and adds spy elements to this series first novel. The mashup of elements, especially the Eastern focus, does make for an intriguing story and
Joana Veríssimo
Another precious gem I found free on Google Play through BookBub, and it will probably be on my TOP 10 favorite books of the year; and I'm really considering on getting the rest of the trilogy
So first of all, the universe is AMAZING!!! It's inspired by East Indian culture/world (and I don't know how faithful it is, but I liked it), but it's also steampunk, something I had gotten even more interested in since I had to do a bit of reasearch about it for a paper last semester, and then it's so
Sacha Valero
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steam-punk
Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
3.5 – Stars

Straight away, the first half of the book sort of just slogs on. There's enough to keep your interest with the characters and the visuals, but almost no steampunk in the steampunk. The main character is essentially a spoiled child, the youngest of three royal daughters who isn't required to do much other than show up for court dressed in fantastically elaborate fashion. To be fair, she doesn't really go for the over-the-top royal duties and would
A coming of age story.

Youngest princess in a steampunk world is given the royal duty of marrying the prince / king-to-be of the barbarian north kingdom to bring peace. She would prefer a commoner. He doesn't feel any romantic attraction to her, either. Both have secrets.

The blurb uses the word 'Bollywood" which seems appropriate to the tempo of the action. Whether such movies feature women who are able to handle a sword and "step up to the plate" when needed, I don't know. Our heroine here is
Goth Gone Grey
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi-fantasy
A rich new world with interesting characters

While familiar with the steampunk genre, this is the first book I've read in that style. It's a merged world of Bollywood silks and jewelry, leather corsets and overly showy weapons and technology. And yet? It works, the idea is well enough described to be a believable, intruiging setting.

Aniri is the third daughter of the title, headstrong and seeking adventure as her departed father did. She has a love of climbing and fighting with traditional bladed
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good steampunk mystery/romance! Read it!

The alternate world is a quirky take on Eastern Indian Steampunk, and the characters are well rounded and engaging-- especially in juxtaposition to the steam powered and clockwork devices. I can overlook the small errors in the text because the story is excellent ! This goes on my must read list!
Kristi Davis
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. It surprised and delighted me.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, but Aniri can be quite the nuisance to follow throughout the story. The book does end on a cliffhanger. But overall, this book was amazing to read because the writing, or the great deal of description in the creation of the world, was really good.
Apr 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Free on Amazon 4th April 19

I'm on the fence. It was interesting and creative but I didn't really connect with any of the characters. .
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot twist!

Wowww... that was not what I expected! I thought I was getting an East Indian romance about a princess having to decide between duty and freedom. What I got was an Indo-chinese steam-punk spy adventure with death rays and six legged mammoths. Hang on!
Jack Tyler
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steampunks, romantics, and action/adventure fans
Recommended to Jack by: Kindle
I've just finished a book so incredible that I don't know where to start, so I'll just put the wedge in somewhere and start prying. I recently purchased one of those Kindle bundles where you get a dozen or so books for 99c. This one was Gears & Goggles: A Steampunk Collection. Right up my alley, so to speak.

The Third Daughter was the first book in the collection, and one I never would have reached for had it been alone on its sales page; I'm sure there's a lesson there somewhere. Its
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-that-i-own
I bought this book as soon as it was released and I don't understand why it took me so long before starting it. As soon as I started this book I was hooked by the amazing world and story Susan has created and this author is definitely one of my favourite authors now. I just love how she creates these amazing worlds and it made me feel like I was there beside Aniri experiencing everything.

Third Daughter is a fast paced book with beautifull descriptions of the locations and events. It is written
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French,

Other books in the series

The Royals of Dharia (3 books)
  • Second Daughter (Royals of Dharia, #2)
  • First Daughter (Royals of Dharia, #3)
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