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Daughter of Witches (The Lyra Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia C. Wrede
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Book Description

In the oppressive city of Drinn, a trio of magical strangers offers a servant girl the chance of a new life
Drinn is not a safe place to be a witch. Ranira knows that better than most, for when she was just a child, the temple guards burned her parents at the stake for practicing magic. Now an indentured servant for a brutal innkeeper, she lives every day with the shame of her parents’ alleged crime.
There is no worse time to visit Drinn than during the Midwinter Festival, when the city gates are sealed so that no outsider can witness the temple’s secret rituals. And at Ranira’s inn, three guests have overstayed their welcome. Attempting to protect Ranira from her master’s cruelty, the three reveal their magical powers and attract the attention of the temple guards. Now, to save her new friends from certain death, Ranira must unleash the power that cost her parents their lives.

Editorial Reviews


“No doubt the charm, humor, and intelligence of Wrede’s writing will continue to enthrall.” —Publishers Weekly
“High-style fantasy and adventure.” —The New York Times
“Wrede’s characters are understated but complex . . . and the world-building is generously spiced with political and magical mysteries, perils, and conflicts.” —The Horn Book

Book Description

Beloved fantasy author Patricia C. Wrede introduces readers to a thrilling world lurking with evil shadows. A classic high-fantasy tale, Daughter of Witches will delight young adult readers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3299 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BPL2XM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Origional Take on Magic I've ever read June 10, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In most fantasy novels one reads, magic is an accepted form of making things happen. But not in this novel. Here, to do magic is to be a witch. To be a witch is to burn at the stake. Wrede's story follows a young girl, whose parents were burned as witches and herself sold to pay for their debts. And then she meets strangers who come to the inn where she works, strangers who are more than they seem, and who force her to confront what she really is. I have never read a book on magic in which magic was illegal before this. Patricia C Wrede's rendition of this storyline is breathtaking, forcing me to read the entire novel in one sitting or die of anticipation. The characters are likeable and rounded out, with orgins recognisable from previous Lyra novels. I highly recomend this and all other Patricia C Wrede novels for all ages of readers. (note: book can be found in the compiliation Shadows over Lyra as well)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars clichéd, yes--but still a great read January 5, 2006
Yes, there have come to be plenty of fantasy books about repressive societies, or downright evil societies--places where an uncommon gift is as good as a death sentence. Ranira, the main character, suffers slavery, persecution, bigotery, a highly repressive fanatic government that forces everyone to worship a truly evil being, and a variety of other harsh problems. The supporting characters (her friend the street urchin; a lecherous, power-hungry high priest; and a group of travellers from far more liberal countries who may be able to rescue Ranira--etc.) are not terribly unique. The plot isn't terribly original. In a literary sense, there's nothing terribly new about the way the book is written. It's not one of the best Lyra books.

But gee, it's still really entertaining. And for all that, it's really well done. Wrede's prose, as always (especially in her later books), is clear and compelling. You'll feel like you've read about similar characters before--but you'll still care about these. They may not be unique, but they're still interesting--same for the book in general. If you're looking for some really superb, classic fantasy, try _The Raven Ring_ (the last Lyra book, though they're not tied directly together and are told out of order, so it's OK to skip around). But if you just want a good, well-written fantasy book to read, or you're already a Wrede fan, you'll probably like this one, too.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Fantasy I've Ever Read!! July 28, 1999
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The book is set in a city where something just isn't right. There is something that reeks of bad magic calling to good witch named Mist. This brings her and her two friends upon a young girl whose parents have been burned as witches. Mist helps the young woman come to terms with her fear of magic and accept that she is really a daughter of witches, and a witch herself. <|:o)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Enough March 27, 2009
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Wrede's story is very readable and unique enough to be entertaining. The setting is believable and the characters are likable. Although they fit the typical stereotypes of fantasy novel characters, the book somehow avoids feeling as stereotyped as others. The writing somehow allows the characters to feel natural, almost as if Wrede developed the story around them, rather than inserting them into a story she developed.

I recommend this book as a quick, light read. It will not change your life, but makes excellent bed-time reading. Due to its lack of sex scenes and strong female characters, this book would make an excellent gift for any young, precocious female reader.

Cursing: none
Gore: A few people are killed during fights, but none of the killing is described in detail.
Sex: None
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Story Line April 13, 2013
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I am anxious for the next chapter of this story. Great fun to escape into this "world". I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 13, 2013
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Read just a bit then bought the entire set and started from the beginning. Excellent descriptions and a thought provoking story line, woul definitely recommend this entire series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of witches February 3, 2013
By kathy
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Enjoyed the book immensely. Good read for any age who likes fantasy. Would like to continue the adventure with these charters. Excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One! February 22, 2015
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Actually I'd give this 4 1/2 stars, but it was very close to 5. I first read Wrede in my youth with "Dealing With Dragons" and loved it, but I didn't think about finding her books on Kindle till I saw this one. I felt the story was very good and recommend it to others who like sword & sorcery or fantasy stories.

Now I need to find some more Wrede for my Kindle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Nothing special but did finish it and it was moderately entertaining. Would not read more of the series since only average
Published 14 months ago by Guillermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me into it
It really enjoyed this book! I am looking into other books by this author as I enjoy her writing style.
Published on April 25, 2013 by sueg
3.0 out of 5 stars Witches and wanderings
This story of a young witch discovering her destiny didn't quite fully explore here witchcraft side. Charters could have fleshed out more and created a possible two book set.
Published on April 12, 2013 by GARY D SIMONS
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted More
It reminds me of the David Eddings series of novels. Nice fantasy read, I wanted the adventure to go on.
Published on April 9, 2013 by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars A new experience
What a new and fun experience discovering this author and her Lyra novel. I look forward to reading more by Paticia Weeds.
Published on March 27, 2013 by Phillip D. McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good paranormal novel
Female lead character could have been a little stronger but she came through eventually. Excellent flow and story.Quite a bit of action.
Published on March 9, 2013 by Happy Amazon Shopper
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Published on March 8, 2013 by BARBARA HOFFMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant Witch
Ranira is a very reluctant witch that denies that she has any magical abilities at all. That's not surprising seeing that the local temple guards burned both of her parents for... Read more
Published on March 7, 2013 by J. S. Bird
4.0 out of 5 stars book review
not completely finnished with the book yet, but what i have finnished is wonderful.. i would reccommend this book as a great saga
Published on March 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Nice book to snuggle up with on a winter's eve and read the night away. Ms Wrede spins an enjoyable story.
Published on March 5, 2013 by Jan326
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PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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