Second Daughter (The Royals of Dharia) Paperback – August 12, 2019
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Sue's website: SusanKayeQuinn.com
About the Author
Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from gritty Future-Noir to philosophical HopePunk, with side trips into royal steampunk romance and middle grade fantasy. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies.
She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.
Visit her website: SusanKayeQuinn.com
- Publisher : Independently published (August 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 440 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1089283687
- ISBN-13 : 978-1089283683
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,681,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The strong female protagonist, Aniri, places her duty to family and country above everything else, including her marriage to the Jungali prince. Donning her “adventure” clothing, she leaves to save the second daughter and possibly prevent a war. As a result, she learns about her values and her place in the realms.
This is an exciting series and I quickly purchased the next book. If the author continues to improve the writing with each story, then I am going to have an enjoyable read.
Second Daughter ends on a major cliffhanger, but even if it didn't I am fully invested in this series. Looking forward to a satisfying conclusion in First Daughter .
The action in this book is tempered by the back and forth thoughts and feelings Aniri has for her marriage. If you have ever felt the butterflies and reservations of an engagement, you are sure to sympathize with Aniri. Or is she just being childish? It’s interesting to watch her try to push her personal troubles aside to help her sister, when those troubles follow her around everywhere she goes. She cannot escape her own fate, her own feelings, or the feelings of her soon-to-be-husband.
I really liked how the plot unfolded in Samir with Seledri’s husband, Aniri’s father, and the ever intrusive ex-courtesan. His re-introduction into this story made me roll my eyes, but he added so much more tension than Aniri could ever create just by herself.
Aniri and Ash (Prince Malik) are of course adventuring again, we wouldn't want it any other way. Aniri is learning to not only trust her heart but her love (I've been married for 24 years, trust me it is not an easy lesson to learn but it is one worth learning).
I was quite happy to delve more into Karan, and a few other characters (I don't want to give anything away). My favorite scene? Festival of Lights, I want to wear these clothes and attend this in person (cuz what was in my head was so breathtaking, thanks Ms. Quinn).
My dear friends and fellow readers, I have told you once to go forth and read First Daughter. I shall now tell you twice, and tell you to follow it immediately with Second Daughter. I promise a good ride.
I loved Third Daughter. While I wouldn't say that I liked Second Daughter better, I do think it added a lot of depth to the main characters. I felt like I got to know them better, and it was a treat to meet Seledri as well. That lady has nerves of steel, I'd say. As for Aniri and Ash, it was hard not to want to knock their heads together at times. It's tough to say which of them is more insecure, not to mention stubborn. It's impossible not to love them. This is a measure of Ms. Quinn's serious skill with character development. I enjoy all of the characters in this series.
As with the first book, I was delighted with the vivid imagery drawn by the descriptive details. The clothes, the dancing scene, the sky ships, the palaces, the shops and streets - all are fascinating, and so easy to picture from the words on the page. More serious skill there.
I love everything about this series, even if I am wondering if Aniri and Ash are EVER going to get married. This series is a great deal of fun to read. I'm very happy to wait for the last book. I just wish it wasn't going to be last book in this intriguing world.
Top reviews from other countries
The Royals of Dharia (3 Book Series) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Given the titles of the subsequent books, I was pleasantly surprised to see they are both still written from the perspective of Amiri, the Third Daughter. In the first book, you fall in love with this independent young woman, so I am glad to see how the story develops through her eyes.
At the start of the second book we discover that Seledri, the Second Daughter of Dharia, has been poisoned, so Amiri postpones her wedding to go care for her sister. This is complicated by the fact that Seledri, is is also married to the man in line for the Samir throne, but all is not at peace there, and it looks as if all is heading towards war.
The third book looks at Nahali, the First Daughter of Dharia, who has to take over from her mother who is injured, to be acting Queen of Dharia in this time of war. In the role that she was born for can she work with her younger sister Amiri to achieve peace, or is she more concerned with her reputation and rule?
I read these books in a few days, I really enjoyed them.
I hadn't realised that they were written in "Bollywood style" until I read the reviews after writing my own a few days ago. Having chosen the book based on title and author's name (Q in my list, if you're following), I had no idea. Yet, in my mind's eye, I did place the story in the kind of Indoasian landscape, whether it's 'realistic' or not, totally bypassed me as I'm used to reading fantasy.
Similarly I hadn't come across Steampunk as a specific literary genre - I just think of it as a fantasy / SciFi crossover - but that really fits, and I will be looking out for more books along these lines.
There are twists and turns in these books, romance, politics, and advancing technology. If only there were dragons, it would be my perfect book!