The Thief's Daughter
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childho...more
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Stunning, just beautiful
This series owned my life and very nearly broke my heart. The plot, characters, atmosphere; all painstakingly created for the reader who has little time for the fluff and silliness that’s prevalent in the YA fantasy genre. You’re in for a treat should you decide to read this.
It wasn't that the first book was bad, in any sense of the word, it just contained too many inconsistencies of character for me to see past and fully immerse myself in the intricacies of the story. Here, however, the plot has progressed nine years and, with it, so have the characters. The older perspective made for a far more enjoyable reading experience.
This book though follows Owen's adventures when he is 17. As a side note, I genuinely find Kiskaddon as musical and I smile every time I hear it.
I listened to the book while I spent most of the day in the car and I was absolutely entertained. Owen, Evie, Etayne are just characters I like, clever, hard working, hiding secrets. The villains - that are not real ...more
This book was much more to my liking than the first one in the series. This might be due to the fact that the protagonist was a kid in the first installment, while some time has passed by the beginning of this one and now Duke Owen is a young man, loyal to his King, who seems to tether on the brink of anger and insanity... Owen is Fountain-blessed, which in this world means having a magic, gift of the Fountains in the heart of the world. His seems to be a deeper sight into the nature of ...more
Naturally I couldn't put this down.
"Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battl ...more
While the first book was amazing exactly because the main character was a little child but the story wasn't a middle grade or kids book, we now have the traditional teenaged hero and ... it just didn't grip me nearly as much as the first book. Not to mention the whole Eve stuf ...more
A stringently G-rated GoT series for the young-at-heart. A little bit of battle, a tiny death or two, some poisoning, unrequited love; it's all in there.
This book picks up ten years after book one. Owen and Evie are young adults and representatives of the court. There is a new poisoner too. But what's this news about a usurper???
Summer Fantasy Fest read #20 ...more
The Thief's Daughter picks up 10 years after the events of The Queen's Poisoner. Owen is a "man" (if you can call a 17 year old a man) leading battle charges and acti ...more
The Thief's Daughter is a book about love and passion, friendship and loyalty. Most of all, though, it's a book about integrity. I don't want to give away anything because I don't want to ruin anyone's personal experience of the story. I will just leave you with this quote from near the end of the book:
"If your master demands loyalty, give him integrity. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty."
In our contemporary world, ...more
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Owen and Elysabeth have spent the past nine years together in the north and they have long assumed that they would one day be married. But when King Severn’s throne is being threatened, his plan for saving it involves quite a bit of sacrifice—on Owen and Elysabeth’s parts. Elysabeth is now promised to the enemy (or at least one of them) and she’s bound by duty and her love of her kingdom to follow through. E ...more
The Thief’s Daughter picked up nine years after The Queen's Poisoner ended. The writing and the complex plot reflected those changes, which made this book even better than the first one.
The change in Owen’s POV was a welcome one. As much as I liked him as an eight-year-old, there was a lot more to work with when he as a teenager. It left room for more secrets and lies and schemes, and we got just that.
And there were soooo many secrets this time around! So many ...more
So, it starts 9 years after the events of the queen's poisoner, when Evie and Owen are 17. The kingdom is facing troubles, there is a big plot cooking in order to overthrow king Severn. Two neighbor kingdoms and a pretender to the throne are looming in the horizon, as well as war. In order to prevent this, the king sends Owen and Evie on a mission that will test their loyalty. In this book they will have to choose between duty and love ...more
The first half of book lacked for me quite a bit. While Owen is still an incredible character, I found the journey to be bothersome and uninteresting. The further along we get, though, the more my interest piqued.
Evie is still the same old strong character, and I enjoyed her stubborn actions and strong will that had her at the forefront of most happenings.
The titular character of this book was not really up my alley. I did not e ...more
It's a solid old-style ya fantasy and I enjoy it. There is nothing extraordinary, nothing that makes me awed, amazed, etc. The writing style is simple. The characters are interesting. It reads super quick. I will continue with the series as there is this bigger political intrigue and I'm curious about it. ...more
A definitive improvement to the first one in terms of character development and worldbuilding.our characters have grown and ready to face the world.the romance was done very well and the forced separation of Owen and Evie was heartbreaking. the only problem I had was the direction that story followed, and how Own followed The king despite everything that he did.
The secrets. I can't talk about the rest of the book without mentioning all the secrets and disguises and lies. I am a big fan of secrets (extra tension!), but this was beyond almost all other novels I've read. People not only kept secrets from allies, but they k ...more
A pretender to Severn ...more
This is the one about Owen and Evie, grown now to 17, solidifying their feelings for each other while King Severn tests their loyalty. King Iago is another suitor for Evie's affections, while Etain - the king's new Poisoner - grows close to Owen. A usurper claims ...more
But as soon as Owen's story began to unfold, I was instantly hooked. The Thief's Daughter carries the undertones of Arthurian legend and gallantry. I highly enjoyed Jeff Wheeler's narrative style - it is straightforward and direct, b ...more
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