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The Thief's Daughter

(Kingfountain #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  19,651 ratings  ·  857 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by 47North
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May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

big fan!!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dannii Elle
This is the second book in the Kingfountain fantasy trilogy and, in my humble opinion, a vast improvement to the first installment.

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.

Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am genuinely in awe; I liked the first book of the series but I was somehow puzzled by the fact that the main character was 8 years old.
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
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4 ***

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
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's coming to my awareness that my favorite books are riddled with about two thousand layers of intrigue and betrayal, machinations, trickles of magic, spies, and a few heartbreaking twists.

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
Nov 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly, The Thief's Daughter completely drew me into the Kingfountain series . I was hesitant after the first instalment and I remained sceptical throughout the first half of the book. I even thought about giving it up; the too predictable romance (still a children’s book – no kissing, but events take place 7 years later so our protagonists are now young adults), the unquestionable loyalty (and the perverse testing of it), the perfect young lord… But then somehow, the outcome changed; I’ ...more
How do I best explain my disappointment? This book isn't bad by any means. The writing style is fun and entertaining the plot isn't bad either, the intrigue and politics are fun as well ... It just wasn't very unique to me.
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
BAM the enigma
3.5 stars

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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book deserves its own review, but I'm too busy moving on to book three to write one. Suffice to say if you got this far you're going to keep going. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This ending almost moved me to tears. I don't know what it is about these books. It just sneaks up on you and smacks you over the head with the feels. You read through not realizing how much you care until the last chapter, maybe even the last paragraph, and then you all of a sudden want to sob your eyes out and you don't know why.

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
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kings-and-queens
first off, I want to say that I adore the names of the characters that this author has chosen. This is the second book of the king fountain trilogy and I liked it better than the first. This story is full of magic, battles, love and loyalty. A perfect setting for a story. The author paints a clear picture in my mind and I'm very in touch with the tale. I listened to the audio book and enjoyed the narrator's performance and voice technique. I look forward to the next book ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I just finished listening to this book on my latest long car ride and I LOVED it. I just can't get enough of this series or Owen! The first book was when Owen was just eight years old. In this book, Owen is 17 and has grown up so much. There is magic and adventure, friendships and enemies. It's fantastic. Clean and great for the whole family, I think. I can't wait to get started on the next book. Which I might read instead of listen to because I can't wait that long. :) Kindle Unlimited has both ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$1.99 on kindle or on kindle unlimited 8-30-2016
Jonathan Donihue
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Mr Wheeler has both delighted me and deeply moved me.

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,
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, clean, fantasy
Truly folks, how often do you see me give five stars to two books in a series, in a row?! That is just how perfectly written these books are, though. In this second installment, the author had my emotions so wrenched up that the tears were leaking and the nails were chewed. The plot is so deftly written that the reader can’t, at any point, guess with accuracy what the next twist will bring. Just when one thinks they know what the outcome will be, it turns completely upside down! It's true story- ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this second book was better than the first. It does introduce many new "mysteries" for the story line. ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
4.5/5 Stars

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
4 stars!


Say nothing.

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
Yasmin Halliwell Fraser Bower
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was even better than the first one! OMG, the feels!

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
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I cannot wait to read the next book, the ending has me very excited.

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
Ashley Marsh
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I quite enjoyed this. The world expanded greatly, and this was far more emotional than the first book. All of the characters grew and developed in fantastic ways. Evie and Owen absolutely broke my heart. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with the series. ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2020

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.
StormBlessed Fox
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-stars, 2020
4 star out of 5
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.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed a lot the first book! Owen and Evie were adorable and the story was intriguing but THIS! This book was better than I imagined it to be!! I cried and suffer but the political intrigue was enjoyable and the way the author included the Wizr game strategies to then reveal the magic involved in all this is brilliant! Can’t wait to keep reading about it!
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The question is where has this series been hiding all this time?! It's excellent! Review to come. ...more
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: There are so many things I could say about this book. This book left me feeling empty (or maybe that's because I had cookie dough instead of lunch while I listened today). That's how you know it was a good book, I guess.

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
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 childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.

A pretender to Severn
The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo
I think I liked the first book better, The Queen's Poisoner. Your reaction to each book depends on what you like more: children learning to navigate the royal court (TQP); or romance, political intrigues and battlefield strategy (TTD).

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
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first discovered this title in an audiobook format, I was only mildly interested in the story. I hadn't even read the first book, and I was merely looking for something that would offer enough action and intrigue to keep me awake for a long 6-hour drive home.

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
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains.

Jeff's blog and suggested reading order can be found on his website:

Other books in the series

Kingfountain (6 books)
  • The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1)
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  • The Silent Shield (Kingfountain #5)
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