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Daughter of Vengeance Paperback – September 25, 2013
"The genre of espionage, betrayal, and murder makes the theme very intriguing and gives the story an aura of mystery which will encourage readers to finish the book in one go. There are a lot of twists and turns and the sub-plots of the story have been woven well with the main plot. The development of each character and the evolving of the story is also something that must be mentioned. The narration is descriptive, giving clarity to the scenes. The element of fantasy in the settings gives it a surreal ambiance."
About the Author
Temrick's been writing short stories and novelettes since his father gave him "Treasure Island" for his 6th birthday. While his stories were always for personal enjoyment and those of his friends and relatives, his wife convinced him that he should share his gifts with others. www.davidtemrick.com
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The world building as such is almost non existent, there are some information's dumped that suggest this is some medieval/mystical/steam-punk/whatever I feel like randomly dropping/ environment.
The story and people behavior is highly inconclusive:
The former (minor) antagonist becomes trusted friend, and the whole explanation for that is that "he left those bad guys."
The highly trained assassin, behaves like clumsy idiot, and completes mission purely on luck.
The group she belongs to is supposed to be some sort of "special forces" for king, unless of course some sailor feels he needs become a captain faster and hires them to eliminate his boss.
I think the most outrageous thing is that a minor typical "episodic" character from the book beginning suddenly gets brought back to play the ultimate nemesis part, and suddenly becomes super-human.
The keep which supposedly should be full of assassin masters and apprentices is apparently easily subdued (We have no good description of HOW, apparently even the author was unable to find a plausible scenario, so we only see the aftermath). The whole organization is taken over be our new nemesis, simply by act of killing the previous leader.
It would be really to make a map of events and work on the how and why, so the story goes smoothly from one to another, not just dumping randomly stuff with one liner (or even without one) as a supposed "why" or how.
The whole "afterlife" parts that drop in from time to time seem to have no purpose, except maybe to break immersion.
Once you get to the "main" part of the book, it is non-stop action. I would really love to read this book again, after someone, anyone, spends time fixing the mistakes and smoothes out the timeline.
Michelle, the heroine of this novel is a strong, capable woman who has had some tragic life experiences. The first one being left an orphan. As Michelle matures, her magical powers set her apart from others, as does her beauty. She is then taken hostage by Earl, an evil man. When all hope is just about lost, Michelle is rescued by Samantha and taught to fight. This then leads to more training from others to rein in her powers and ultimately prepare her for the conflicts that will occur later in the book.
Michelle, from the beginning is a very likable lead character, as is Samantha and Fred. I found myself cheering them on and hoping for a happy ending for all of them. I was not disappointed. The author did a great job with the plot, character development and details of Michelle's journey through life.
Although there was some violence and sexual content, it was not too graphic for a young adult audience (16+). I would recommend this to those who like a good fantasy story with a robust female protagonist.
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