I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Traitor's Daughter by Paula Brandon
Series: The Veiled Isles Trilogy #1
Published by Spectra on October 4th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.
On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful Faerlonnish overlord, has only one concern: the journey to meet her prospective husband. But revolution is stirring as her own conquered people rise up against their oppressors, and Jianna is kidnapped and held captive at a rebel stronghold, insurance against what are perceived as her father’s crimes.
The resistance movement opens Jianna’s eyes―and her heart. Despite her belief in her father’s innocence, she is fascinated by the bold and charming nomadic physician and rebel sympathizer, Falaste Rione—who offers Jianna her only sanctuary in a cold and calculating web of intrigue. As plague and chaos grip the land, Jianna is pushed to the limits of her courage and resourcefulness, while virulent enemies discover that alliance is their only hope to save the human race.
I was really anticipating this as the summary made it sound incredibly original and enticing. The prologue was a really rough start and I wanted to abandon it from the very start. Immediately delving into this strange and complex world with some serious lack of explanation was not the way to go. I found myself going back and re-reading large portions and still being unable to understand what was going on.
As if the prologue wasn’t enough to turn me off from reading this, it immediately goes into this political power struggle between two families and only succeeded in confusing me further. I have a hard time wanting to continue a book that is a huge info dump in the very beginning of the book and continues to introduce more characters and more information without slowing it down to explain it all. I felt an overall lack of interest for this book as a whole and for the characters as well. The writing fell flat for me and I felt that if the story didn’t have such a rough start and/or possibly explained things better I would have enjoyed it more than I did.
Considering that I read half the book and had to force myself to scan-read through the rest of the book to determine whether it was truly worth continuing or not (it really wasn’t). I will unfortunately not be continuing with this series.