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Product Details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553583808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553583809
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rich world-building, relentless pacing . . . an impressively imaginative epic . . . While the revolutionary and romantic threads are engaging, it is [Paula] Brandon’s multilayered narrative that makes this novel such an immersive reading experience.”—Publishers Weekly

“Compellingly complex motivations and character dynamics mark Paula Brandon’s welcome debut.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of Naamah’s Kiss

“A flawless all-round performance . . . Here’s a story to enwrap, enchant, and sweep you away.”—Richard Harland, author of Worldshaker
 
“Paula Brandon’s The Traitor’s Daughter is a dark, rich feast, rife with plagues, kidnappings, political intrigues, bloody crimes, bloodier revenges, arcane upheavals, and the threat of zombies.”—Delia Sherman, author of Changeling

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This book was no where near that, I actually hated this book and didn't finish it.
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It really had a lot of setup to get through but I feel that it was at a detriment to the characters.
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This is not a book for the urban fantasy fan, nor a book for anyone looking for romance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Book a Day VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
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I can hardly figure out how to write a review for this book. Shame on Amazon for categorizing it in the romance genre. If you're judging a book by it's cover, it is not a historical romance with magical abilities and the intriguing synopsis essentially covers the first chapter and the last chapter in what will clearly be at least a three book saga that falls into a confused fantasy genre. It was over 400 pages and essentially everything in between has to attempt to lay the foundation of magical houses, amphibian races, major betrayals, deceit, murder, and political power plays that aren't as interesting as you'd think they'd be. I'll do my best to explain it, but if you choose to proceed, the prologue definitely throws you for a loop right off, with a prophecy and a robot, meanwhile people are traveling on horseback and weilding swords.

Jianna Belandor is a strong willed 18 year old girl who is leaving her home to meet her betrothed. Completely smitten and trusting of her father, she doesn't realize she has to leave their city because her father is despised by everyone. All she sees is a wonderful, adoring and honorable man, but we as the reader know better. Half way through her 3 day journey, she's kidnapped and all her bodyguards, aunt and maid are slaughtered before her eyes. She chooses to fight and she is beaten unconscience. When she wakes, she learns that she's to be married to the murdering thug who killed her family, kidnapped her and beat her senseless as an act of revenge since her father allegedly killed his father and ruined their family's lives. Buying time by agreeing to the ruse, Jianna manages to escape only to be found by Falaste Rione, a doctor and loyal ally with her kidnappers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on November 9, 2011
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Happy Halloween! I figure since it's Halloween I ought to review a novel with some kind of horror element. Well let's see, The Traitor's Daughter, "is a dark, rich feast, rife with plagues, kidnappings, political intrigues, bloody crimes, bloodier revenges, arcane upheavals, and the threat of zombies." Zombies! Perfectly Halloween or so the writer of that blurb would have me think. Unfortunately, my quest to review something horror was a complete failure. While there is something akin to zombies in the novel, albeit not in a traditional sense, they manage to only garner 10-20 pages of 'screen' time. As much of a red herring as 'zombies' are, it's nothing compared to the outward appearance of Paula Brandon's debut novel which reflects almost nothing of what she actually wrote.

See, Traitor's Daughter just doesn't look like the kind of novel I would enjoy. I try not to read reviews before I pick-up a novel, it's hard to articulate my thoughts clogged up by other people's, but I wasn't going to read Brandon's novel blind. To allay my fears I sneaked a peak at the Goodreads reviews to get a feel before giving it a shot. Quite a few of the reviews were lukewarm or negative in large part based on the incorrect assumption that Brandon's novel was historical fantasy romance - which was music to my ears. Looking at the cover and the overt Jacqueline Carey blurb, I think those expectations were reasonable. So much so that Amazon filed it under Romance.

At first glance, Traitor's Daughter looks like Gone with the Wind at best and Fabio on the Plantation (pretty sure I made that one up) at worse. The long flowing dress, the articulated 'D', and soft blend of a house emerging from a cloud with star pinpricks all over, screams: this is a book for CHICKS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rothwell VINE VOICE on September 4, 2011
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After reading the synopsis of this novel I eagerly anticipated it's arrival. However the first few chapters caught me off guard a little, as they were a curious blend of futuristic fantasy and a more 'old-fashioned' style of fantasy, complete with Lords and Ladies ("Magnificos/Magnificas"), the fashion sense of older times, horses and carriages used as transportation, and other such things. The presence of what is basically a robot in the initial chapter is what created my impression of a futuristic novel, and I'll admit I was happy when the robot faded out of the story early on in the novel (it did return much later, but never became a major part of the novel).
The introduction of the 'Sishmindri'--basically a slave race of two-legged lizard-like creatures--was something I also found a little strange. Their presence really didn't add an awful lot to the novel, and so I was inclined to wonder how their being anphibian creatures had any purpose other than because the author wanted to include a slave-race in her novel. However this is of course the first novel in a trilogy and so the purpose of the Sishmindri may yet be revealed in one of the future novels.
Of course, it's not that I didn't realize that this novel was fantasy when I ordered it, it's just that it wasn't quite the type of fantasy novel that I expected. The theme of magic in this novel intrigued me, and I suppose I was under the impression that it was to be the type of magic inherent within novels such as Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series, which is distinctively different to the type of magic in this novel. The use of the 'arcane energy' as it is termed reminded me of something out of a role-playing video game, which made it sort of flat and empty, and not something beautifully woven by it's castor.
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