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The War Master's Daughter Paperback – December 10, 2011
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About the Author
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She has had both her fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of outlets, including Preface, The Eloquent Atheist, The Baltimore Writer's Project, Why Vandalism? and APMP's Executive Summary. Her short stories "What It Means to Be Alone" and "Fixed" are available to read online through their respective publications.
Elly has been making things up since she was old enough to hold a crayon and turn Big Bird purple. Her passion for fiction extended into middle school, where she learned to forge signatures on bad progress reports, and through high school, when she finally began her first novel--incidentally, a very early iteration of The War Master's Daughter. Her first job out of college was at a small Baltimore publishing house, where she edited 11 novels that would go on to publication. This experience has given her an edge on navigating the rapidly changing publishing world, and she shares her experience and knowledge on her blog, Stuff Your Eyes With Wonder.
Top Customer Reviews
To suggest that Elly Zupko's The War Master's Daughter is merely a historical fiction novel would be to ignore a great number of its evident strengths. Simultaneously, pigeonholing the novel into any specific genre would be to discredit its willingness to step outside its comfort zones. The greater part of The War Master's Daughter is confused about what genre it may actually be, but that doesn't draw away from the novel's overall quality. Zupko's book is a fantastic independent offering the intense strengths of which outweigh the few moments where its footing occasionally wavers.
After the death of a loved one, Lady Aurora of Cavalcata - the daughter of a popular military strategist - commits herself to an unlikely adventure that incubates doubts about her faith, her love of country, and her very purpose in the world. The novel is less about the history, however, than it is the philosophy and the romance. The philosophies of Descarte, Locke, and Socrates all make small cameos as Aurora discovers that the world around her is stranger, more violent, and more unforgiving than she could have ever imagined.
Zupko's book is a philosophical fairy-tale - a political Rapunzel story - in which the fantastic is replaced by questions of the self and the world.
One of the most breathtaking aspects of Zupko's book at first glance is its precision editing. We would think that this shouldn't even be mentioned - a book should naturally be free of spelling mistakes, grammatical issues, formatting problems, and so-forth - and the author reminds us that these are qualities we should expect even from independent releases. The novel is masterfully formatted in its physical form and is almost entirely devoid of errors.Read more ›
As far as plot lines go, Zupko isn't necessarily stretching out her wings--the star-crossed and long-time enemy trope is one visited often. What makes Zupko's work so unique (and so very entertaining) is how well she underplays this element in order to convey more important and less explored themes. For the conscious reader, this novel lays out a compelling and delightful journey through an imaginative and rich world.
It has been less than a week and I have finished your masterpiece. I want to run to Secernere and burn Cashel's body. I want to wrap my arms around Storey and tell him he's The Man. And sweet crazy little Dymphna/Catherine... really? So friggin adorable. Aurora is someone I'd like to get drunk with... and maybe go shoe shopping? You are an absolutely amazing writer and I am in awe of you.
Everyone I know needs to read this book. You will see me purchasing several more to give as gifts. This book is really captivating. Understand that I do NOT read. The books I have read can be counted on two hands. Ask my husband... he couldn't talk to me after the kids went to bed, cuz my nose was stuck in this book. And the last few chapters I was biting my nails and huddled on the couch.
You have to come up and visit us. I have so many questions for you! Like PLEASE write another one. Where do they go? What happens to the Fairgosians and Mitochians? Do they become the Fairtochians? Surely not!
Thank you! And I will be visiting [...] often to see when the movie is in production!
Zupko weaves details into the prose by jumping back and forth in time in order to provide essential background knowledge to progress the story. She includes information to pique the reader's interest and unveils plot twists with masterful timing. While reading, I felt anger, sympathy, frustration, fear, excitement, and most importantly, I felt an overwhelming desire to follow the lives of these characters.
I hope there will be a second novel detailing the future of the countries. I would certainly be sure to read it!
Give it a try--- you'll love the main characters and loathe the villain, you'll race to the end as I did and you'll hope that Zupko writes something else for you to devour soon!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've read in a long while. Intelligent, vivid writing that quickly sucks you into the story. Unforgettable, complex characters that you love and hate. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by saldce
First of all, this is a great first novel.
What Ms. Zupko has done with The War Master's Daughter is create a living, breathing world. Read more
When I ordered and began to read The War Master's Daughter I did not know what to expect! However I always knew my niece is an exceptional young woman full of promise. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by peggy byers abby
From sentence one, Miss Zupko captured my attention and her characters won over my heart. I found myself drawn into her beautiful storytelling and vivid landscapes- transported... Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Hawk239128
This is an impressive first novel from Elly Zupko. Within the first 20 pages, I was hooked. The character development is fantastic and left me wishing for more. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Brandy Queen
I found this book extremely enjoyable. Once you start reading it is very easy to get into and very hard to put down. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by dchapman90