Monday, 26 November 2012

Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 362
Publisher: Walker Books
Released: 3rd of March 2008

What if your deadliest enemy were the only one who could save you?
Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

What I Have to Say 

I love Zoë Marriott's style of writing so much. She's one of those writers who just writes such beautiful prose. The sort that you have to stop and reread because it was just so beautifully written. 

This novel was a really interesting look into identity, it really captures the confusion that must be felt when you suddenly find out that you're a completely different person. 

The presence of the Goddess was another really interesting thing that was played on. The amount that Zahira's life is just being controlled by fate was really cool. It was really interesting to see a novel where the main character isn't in control and it's less her actions as her reactions to what is happening. It really felt like divine intervention, like all Zahira could do was go along with it and trust to fate. 

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