Daughter of Exile Hardcover – Mar 1 2004
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From Publishers Weekly
Romance fans looking for an entrée into fantasy could do worse than to start with Glass's accessible debut, which includes nearly every convention of the genre, from giants, shape-changers and zombie-like creatures to civil war, dungeons and some mild torture. In the kingdom of Kerededin, spunky young Lady Angarred Hashan lives with her widowed father, Lord Challo Hashan, at their backwoods estate, Hashan Hall. Having been exiled from King Tezue's court 14 years earlier, Lord Hashan is too obsessed with plotting his revenge to pay much attention to the upbringing of his headstrong daughter. When a hired assassin kills Lord Hashan with a single arrow shot while he's hunting in the forest, Angarred has her own terrible wrong to right. First, she travels to the capital city of Pergodi to seek an audience with the king to beg for justice. Later, she journeys hither and yon with Mathewar, a magician she meets in Pergodi, to discover who's behind the evil besetting the court. Characters tend to deal with each other in a straightforward manner that never raises any questions about their motives. After many romantic turns and much metaphoric fluttering of eyelashes, Angarred has to make some hard choices among her various suitors. Those who like their fantasy with deeper layers of meaning should go elsewhere.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The heroine of Glass' first novel, Lady Angarred Hashan, has been raised in exile, far from the court her father once graced. Frustrated and bitter, her father never told her why he had been exiled, although he squandered the remnant of the family fortune on futile schemes to return. Far from suffering nobly, the family has descended from dominance to dysfunction and from there to broke. When her father is assassinated, Lady Angarrad is determined to go to court and demand justice, even at the risk of her life. There are touches of originality in both plot and characters, particularly Angarrad and her family, who are unconventional and unromantic to a notable degree, and the world they inhabit is extremely well constructed for a first novelist's effort. Glass' language, however, is perhaps sufficiently awkward to constitute a barrier to less dedicated fantasy readers. Frieda Murray
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top Customer Reviews
Angarred, a fiery red-head, is a lady of the realm, but she has grown-up far from court. Her father was banished from court by the King many years ago. Her mother died around the same time, leaving Angarred to the care of her bitter, power obsessed father.
One fateful day, Lord Hashan is killed while hunting with hangers-on, leaving Angarred with a decrepit, poor inheritance. Angarred travels to Pergodi, the capital of the realm, to seek out the King to gain vengeance for her father.
All is not well in Pergodi. Angarred fights an uphill battle to gain access to the King and to unravel the mystery of her father's death. Court intrigue is alien to Angarred and she finds few friends to help her.
All this takes a backseat when Angarred learns of the stone - the King's magician wants it along with other kingdoms and races want it for the power it can wield. The stone has many secrets that Angarred and her magician friend, Mathewar must unravel.
Daughter of Exile slowly evolves as the story progresses. Angarred is a feisty, young woman who faces many adversaries. She is an interesting character - not your normal heroine in a fantasy. There is nothing 'soft' about Angarred. Mathewar is another interesting puzzle to unravel. He is a sattery addict and therefore, not your typical leading man/love interest. Angarred and Mathewar are somehow fated to find the stone and bring peace to the realm.
In a series of adventures, Angarred luckily runs into a palace servant who knows the secret passages that give Angarred access to the secrets, travels through the forest and learns about woman's magic (denied by the male wizards), and learns of the magic stone that limits all magic and prevents another outbreak of the wizard wars that once nearly destroyed the planet. She also finds herself attracted to the sexy wizard/addict and increasingly fond of the nobleman who helps her.
Author Isabel Glass starts strong with her description of Angarred's exile, the doomed inevitability of her father's destruction, and the introduction of the tortured addict/mage. But the story weakens from there as coincidence is piled on coincidence as Angarred survives the most unlikely dangers and conveniently discovers all of the kingdom's secrets. Glass's writing is occasionally very strong but she sometimes oversimplifies her construction, letting the reader feel that he/she is being taken through a young adult title rather than a serious work of fantasy.
Still, with the strong beginning and a wealth of adventure, it's easy to understand why TOR purchased this first-time author. As her talent matures, I look forward to reading more from Glass in the future.
What allows this book to suceed is that Glass keeps the book straightforward, in both plot, tone and page count. Rather than wax poetic on the strange magic-wielding/shape-shifting women of the forest for four chapters, they are introduced, help our main protagonists and come back to give a twist to the story towards the end. Interactions among characters are similarly blunt. There isn't of romantic prose on offer, but there also isn't a lot of overheated melodrama either.
Those looking for something new to sate their jaded fantasy palate should probably look elsewhere, although I found it a reasonably enjoyable and quick read. At least you won't feel cheated of hours of you life at the end. Newer readers getting into the genre and teens will likely find this an engaging read. Overall Glass shows she can put a story together. If she can narrow her focus and develop an original concept or a twist on something old, she could definately go places.
When she arrives at court, she learns that the king is under the spell of the magician Alkarren, the heir Prince Norue is plotting with the Takeke and Princess Roddarren is mad. The giants are on the move to conquer Pergodi while the princess escapes the city and tries to gather up an army to overthrow the heir. Angarred realizes that someone is controlling all these events and she, along with the magician Matthewar as an ally try to find the pieces of a magical artifact said to contain the power of many sorcerers to learn who the puppet master is and stop him.
DAUGHTER OF EXILE is a very complex entertaining romantic fantasy with so many twists and turns that it is impossible to predict what will happen next. The heroine changes over the course of this novel from a naive innocent to a brilliant strategist and warrior; she always seeks peace for her homeland without sacrificing her morals at court. This is Isabel's Glass's debut novel and it ranks with the works of Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey.
Most recent customer reviews
What first attracted me to this book was the cover (it was very well done and the art is similar to the covers of some of my other favourite books) and the story line sounded... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2006 by fairy girl
I enjoyed this story---yes! It was the authors first and you could totally tell, but it was well written. Everyone has got to start out somewhere and she did a marvelous job. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by A. Y. Smittle
I bought this book coz the front picture was from Kuniko Y. Craft and there is a comment from my fav author, Patricia Mc.Killip. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Spy Groove
I initially picked up Daughter of Exile because of the beautiful cover art by Kinuko Craft, and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Gina Mitchell
It's been awhile since a book has enthralled me on every single page, but this one kept me longing to return to it whenever it wasn't in my hands. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Jeri Smith-Ready
I almost gave up on this book a couple of times; but if you can stay with it, it does get a little better on into the story. Read morePublished on March 10 2004