Daughters of Ruin
Written by: K.D. Castner
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
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Genre: Teen Fantasy
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Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses…and they are enemies.
Not long ago, a brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever-watchful eye. For ten years the girls have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace.
But there is rarely peace among sisters. Sheltered Rhea was raised to rule everyone—including her “sisters”—but she’s cracking under pressure. The charismatic Cadis is desperately trying to redeem her people from their actions during the war. Suki guards deep family secrets that isolate her, and quiet Iren’s meekness is not what it seems.
All plans for peace are shattered when the palace is attacked. As their intended futures lie in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.
Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner
After winning a brutal war, Kin Declan takes three “queen heirs” of the rival kingdoms as adoptive daughters to keep the piece. He raised them with his own daughter making him a father of 4 queens in training. Training for war, training for battle and training to rule under King Declan’s hand.
Murmurs of unrest, rumors of a rebellion and political machinations all set in motion a plan that will rock all the kingdoms to their core.
The story is written from each of the future queen’s perspectives with lots of unexpected twists, turns and outright I didn’t see that coming.
I found the beginning extremely interesting but found my interest tapering off. I do blame part of that to the way Suki’s story is written by I can truly say I wasn’t a big fan Rhea as well, making me have issues with half the characters made it very difficult to invest in the rest of the story.
I would recommend this story to most teen fantasy readers with an interest in romance, action and of course medieval fantasy. Overall, it was easy, entertaining and quite inventive, it just wasn’t fully my cup of tea.
I received this ARC copy Daughters of Ruin from Margaret K. McElderry Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication April 5, 2016.