Friday, July 8, 2011

"Daughter of the King" by Malcolm Cowen Book Review

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 4/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5

It’s been six years since Mary Shunem suddenly found herself in a new world. Six years since the Governor’s son, Moy-ni Tan, tried to kill her. Six years since she killed Moy-ni instead and defeated Moy Tan’s army.
Now Moy Tan wants revenge.
It’s just a matter of time before Moy Tan forces the old king to name him as his successor and what better way to celebrate his impending coronation than by finally getting even with the woman who blocked his previous bid to reconquer the valley and reunite the Empire?
Daughter of the King is a nice follow-up to Lady of Foxdale. As I’ve already mentioned, we get to see the aftermath of the events in Lady and Mary comes face-to-face with novels’ main villain. We also get to see a couple of the more interesting supporting characters, like Erwin (one of Moy Tan’s generals) and Lissia (a valley woman who saw her husband and children brutally killed and exacted  vengeance against her enemies in an equally ruthless manner), taking more of a prominent role, as well as the introduction of a couple of new ones. Of course Joni and a developing Mary-nin also continue to play key roles.
The one downfall with this book is that while there is certainly action occurring from the beginning, we don’t get to the really interesting stuff until near the end. Then it’s epic. So the end is definitely worth waiting for, but you may find yourself wanting a faster pace in the beginning.
I give Daughter of the King a recommendation of Excellent and will look forward to any other adventures Mr. Cowen may choose to grace us with.
Daughter of the King is available as an e-book from The E-Book Shop.
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