Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Title: Daughter of Blood
Author: Helen Lowe
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 768
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

A Gemmell Award-Winning Series
Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night—but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . .
Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family's ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride's honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out—for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth . . .
It felt like forever since I read Heir of Night. I have been waiting for the next book and it never showed. I read Heir of Night in Dutch and loved it. But somehow I never came across the second book in the series in Dutch and I missed a piece of the puzzle. And reading Daughter of Blood only made me want to read The Gathering of the Lost even more.

I loved being back into the world of Haarth, back with the Derai. The worldbuilding is great it isn't difficult to picture the world before you while reading the book and it is easy to feel connected to the characters.

Ok I missed a part since I did not read the second installment and with epic fantasy I happen to find it difficult to understand all that was going on. But other then that the story was good, just like the first installment. The same storyline is in place here and eventhough I missed some background I still understood what was going on. The action in this book just forces you to keep flipping the pages because you want to know if Malian and Kalan will be ok.

Now comes the question. How long will I have to wait for the last installment in the series? Luckily I still have to read the second book and well the first in English while I'm at it, but I cannot wait to read what Malian and Kalan will encounter next.

That and I so want to read more epic fantasy thanks to reading Daughter of Blood. I miss reading this genre.

My rating: 4/5

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Meet the Author

Helen Lowe is an award-winning novelist, poet, interviewer, and blogger, whose first novel, Thornspell (Knopf), was published to critical praise in 2008. Her second, The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night Series, Book One) won the Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012. The sequel, The Gathering of The Lost, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award in 2013. Helen has a second-dan black belt in the martial art aikido and represented her university at fencing. 

She posts regularly on her ". . . on Anything, Really" blog, occasionally on SF Signal, and is also on Twitter: @helenlowe.


Tour Schedule

Monday, January 18 - Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
Tuesday, January 19 - Guest blogging at What is That Book About
Wednesday, January 20 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, January 21 - Book featured at The Review From Here
Friday, January 22 - Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, January 25 - Book reviewed at Vic's Media Room
Tuesday, January 26 - Book reviewed at Bookishly Me
Wednesday, January 27 - Guest blogging at Curling Up With A Good Book
Thursday, January 28 - Book reviewed at Cover2Cover
Friday, January 29 - Guest blogging at Lori's Reading Corner

 Monday, February 1 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure 
  Tuesday, February 2 - Book featured at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic 
  Wednesday, February 3 - Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom 
  Thursday, February 4 - Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures 
  Friday, February 5 - Book featured at Harmonious Publicity 

  Monday, February 8 - Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight 
  Tuesday, February 9 - Book featured at Voodoo Princess 
  Wednesday, February 10 - Book featured at Bent Over Bookwords 
  Thursday, February 11 - Book featured at Book Cover Junkie 
  Friday, February 12 - Guest blogging at From Paperback to Leatherbound

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