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Third Daughter (The Royals of Dharia, Book One) by [Quinn, Susan Kaye]
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"Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!" - Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall

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  • File Size: 3752 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
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  • Language: English
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First and foremost, I seldom rate novels with five stars. Third Daughter is well deserving of a five star rating. Let me tell you why.

Characters: Seldom do I read a romance novel wherein the characters are well developed and believable. Third Daughter is a refreshing romance novel because the characters, all of them, are clearly defined, having strengths and weakness - yes, even a sin or two, or making human mistakes. I loved them. They were well suited to the plot and setting. Susan described their personality, facial expressions, body language, demeanor and their clothing. What I particularly enjoyed was Susan can describe the character's behavior in very clear, descriptive, and yet concise language.

Though there were several characters in this story, I always had a clear picture of each one (visually, personality, role). The main female character, Aniri, begun as a fairly self absorbed young princess. As the story progresssed she developed into a strong and courageous woman who I grew to respect and admire - and feared for her life.

Plot: How often do you begin to read the first few chapters and already know how the story is going to end. I made a preduction while reading Third Daughter - and, huh, I was totally wrong, and so excited to be wrong. There is no lull in Susan's writing. If a story slows too much, I'll skip paragraphs, even chapters. You can't do that with Susan's books. While reading Third Daughter, every paragraph was essential to understand the conflict and the twists and surprises along the conflict trail. Susan is a master at keeping the flow smooth, and tension elevated.

Setting: How fun to be taken into a setting that is totally foreign.
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The three-star rating doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this book, because I did. But to me it was rather like some over processed food--the first few bites were delicious but then you start to notice an aftertaste.

It's a rollicking steam-punk fantasy set on an alternate world that resembles exotic India. The heroine was a very beautiful and extremely spunky princess and the hero was downright superhuman in his patience and kindness, plus being a handsome prince to boot. What's not to like? The two of them are forced into an engagement for the sake of their countries, although she thinks she is in love with someone else. Exotic travels and heart-stopping adventures ensue, bringing their countries to the brink of war, before --you guessed it -- love triumphs.

I actually like romance because a happy ending is practically guaranteed, and I suppose the same should be expected of fantasy romance. So why the aftertaste? At a certain point I just stopped believing the story. Our princess was too invincible. You could knock her down with altitude sickness or knock her out with gas, and she jumped right back up, ready to fight some more. And our handsome prince needs some therapy for co-dependence. When he wasn't trying to live his dead brother's dream, he was taking ridiculous risks to give the princess whatever she wanted.

Finally, the author did too much of a good job convincing me she was in love with her lover, because I couldn't really believe she could recover from that betrayal and be in love again so quickly. These things bothered me, but if you're willing to suspend concern about reality, you'll enjoy this clever story.
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I was fortunate enough to be one of ten people to win an autographed e-ARC from the author! I was so hoping to win because, as you can see from the blurb above, this is a steampunk fantasy novel and I truly enjoy steampunk novels!

Susan Kaye Quinn writes characters that leap off the page. I don't know how this happens; I only know that it completely enthralls me when an author is able to relay every nuance of a character so that I can see him/her clearly in my head, how they would have a facial tic of disapproval, a smirk, a smug grin. From the beginning chapters, I was already liking Aniri, wondering about Janak, puzzled about the Queen, and had this inexplicable funky distaste for Devesh. Perhaps it was the description of him as a courtesan that alerted me? I didn't think "court lover"; I leapt to "don't you dare trust this guy; he's a silky, court-trained, liar!"

Aniri has 2 weeks to go before her 18th birthday when she, as the Third Daughter, can marry for love if she so chooses. Imagine her surprise and despair when her mother proposes to her that she marry a barbarian prince to ensure peace between their lands. But there is, of course, more to it. When you're royalty, things are never a simple matter of heart.

Prince Ashoka Malik quickly captured my interest and heart. The more he spoke, the more restrained passion he exuded; the more he engaged Aniri, the more enraptured she became. This was a lovely tale of a girl growing up, maturing, and becoming a woman who thinks, as opposed to being so easily influenced with romantic ideas of love and "roughing it" to be with the one she wants.
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