Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott is one heck of a stellar fantasy novel, y’all. Everything about it is expertly done – from the setting to the characters to the plot. You better believe after this I’ll be rabidly hunting down Zoe Marriott’s other books like a dog with a bone.
The food, people and descriptions transport you – everything is so rich and vibrant that it all comes alive like you’re experiencing it for yourself. And that, my friends, is writing at its very best. When Zira walks through a marketplace, I can close my eyes and see, smell and hear everything she does. Zoe Marriott also did a fantastic job at making me feel like I was getting to know Zira – her thought processes and feelings quickly became understandable and it was so easy to care about her!
Zira grew up in an ancient temple in the mountains, and when it comes under attack she quickly realizes it is up to her to get her people to safety – when she turns to an enemy that owes her a favor, a lot of the folks following her turn against her. The web of political intrigue is fascinating y’all, and not hard to follow at all. The decisions that Zira has to make only made me love her character more. She is determined to do what is right, no matter what it means for her personally. She is pretty freakin’ bad-ass.
The relationship that develops between Zira and one of her allies (I’m keeping him nameless to prevent spoilers) isn’t exactly the most romantic tale you’ll ever be told, but it fits the story – and the characters – so well that it ends up immensely satisfying despite the way it began. At the end of the day, all you really want is to be able to picture your characters happy together. I absolutely loved the way the two interacted, I would kill for a sequel (even though there are no loose ends to tie up).
Basically, if you’re a fantasy fan then you have got to read this book. The plot, characters and writing all make it a very memorable one. I loved the setting and world-building and I couldn’t get enough of the characters. So…what are you waiting for? Go! Read!
(Also, lest she think I forgot her, it was Ashley at Basically Amazing Books that convinced me to read this. She is pretty much always right about this sort of thing you know…)