Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Review: Clan Daughter
Clan Daughter is the second book in the Queen of the Orcs trilogy by Morgan Howell and a Ballantine Books Fantasy.
Enslaved by King Kregant's army, Dar survived by befriending the fierce orcs who were also forced to serve. Now she has escaped - only to find that the price of freedom may be her destiny.
Calling on her untried leadership abilities, Dar guides the surviving orc soldiers to the safety of their homeland - but the clan leaders refuse to accept her unless she can release their queen from Kregant's fortress. Shaken by her growing gift for dark prophecy and a fate she feels unprepared to accept, Dar must infiltrate the very heart of the despot's empire. There she will discover unexpected treachery and an ancient power that threatens the future of all.
Clan Daughter is the continuing story of Dar, an enslaved young woman forced to serve in the orc regiment of the Kings army.
Having befriended the orcs - Dar has come to the conclusion that the King is taking advantage of his agreement with the orc Queen and using the orcs to fight his battles so he can take over the country.
Dar convinces several orcs to leave the army and travel back to their homeland - where Dar hopes to convince the Queen to reconsider allowing the orcs to help the King.
Once in the home of the orcs things don't go quite as Dar planned and the home she once hoped to make with the orcs comes with a high price. Dar must save the Queen.
The Queen, having grown sick, is being nursed at the King's own court - by the King's mage, Othar. A dark wizard. And Othar has plans of his own - plans that do not include the orc Queen being reunited with her subjects.
So now, after making the perilous journey from the King to the orcs homeland - Dar has to go back to the King - and save the orc Queen.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and I give Clan Daughter 4 out of 5 stars. I am now reading the final book in this trilogy - Royal Destiny.