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Daughter of Witches (The Lyra Novels Book 2) by [Wrede, Patricia C.]
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  • File Size: 3508 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BPL2XM
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By Stefanie Carlson on 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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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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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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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 witchcraft. During the course of this story Ranira accepts the fact of her magical abilities when she is forced to use them to defend herself and some new found friends. A well written book with good dialogue and lots of adventure.
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I enjoyed this book so much! Unlike many of Wrede's books, this one is not for children. Good character development and challenges, set in a slightly creepy fantasy universe that was a pleasure to read!
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Wrede’s Dealing with Dragon series, I was eager to read her other works. It did not disappoint. While missing the humor and tongue-in-cheek sarcasm of Dealing with Dragons, her ability to create worlds remains. A complex world set with rounded characters created a solid story. At times, it felt slightly like one was reading the script for a cheesy 80s fantasy flick, but that is hardly surprising considering the book was published in 1983. And I enjoyed those dreadful 80s movies, so it made no mind to me. This is one of her books set in the world of Lyra, and while they can be read in any order, this one references events that took place, I assuming, in Shadow Magic. This is a fine fantasy store, easily read in an afternoon, with fun characters and an intriguing plot. Worth the time to read!
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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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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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