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This book is fabulous. It’s a unique tale about the third daughter of a royal family in an Indian style steampunkish world. As the youngest, she has not the same expectations on her as her sisters, and so tends to be somewhat wild and unthinking. During the course of the story, however, she grows up. It’s a wonderful coming of age story, and I loved watching her mature throughout the series. She learns that when forced to, she has a strength and intelligence that she never thought she has. Perhaps it’s the same for most of us in that we don’t know our limits until we are tested, and this is why such stories are so satisfying.
The author has a rare skill; she writes books so well that you can’t really find fault with them, unless you’re a real idiot. If you look at the books Amazon page, you’ll see that clearly some are – unless Amazon has had the sense to remove the reviews. I don’t usually rant in public, but I make an exception this time, because I’m appalled that some people can give a 1 or 2 star rating to a book that is clearly so well crafted that Ms Quinn’s abilities as an author cannot be questioned. It seems that they are either bullies or simply more interested in themselves than in a good book. They certainly don’t care about whether sharing that a book that was ‘not for me’ is helpful to others or not, because it isn’t. If the beginning wasn’t to your liking, why lower the star rating of a book because you didn’t read the description and the sample before you bought it, and then you thought to tell the world about it. I want to read reviews from people who chose their books intelligently, and then read it.
Anyway, back to the book: THIRD DAUGHTER is the first book in the Royals of Dharia trilogy. It was so good that I ended up reading the whole series, and I loved every part of it.
Sneaking out of the palace wasn’t one of Aniri’s best ideas. But she’s the Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia—zero responsibilities and zero royal duties. She’s just the backup daughter, in case her older sisters’ arranged marriages—to take the crown or broker an alliance—don’t quite work out. But once Aniri reaches her 18th birthday, she’ll be truly free… and then she can marry the charming fencing instructor she meets for fevered kisses in the forest.
But then the impossible happens—a marriage proposal. From a barbarian prince in the north, no less. And if Aniri refuses, the threat of their new flying weapon might bring war.
So she agrees to the young prince’s proposal, but only as a subterfuge to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love. But once she arrives in the sweeping mountains of the north, she discovers the prince has his own secrets… and saving her country may end up breaking her heart.
This Bollywood-style royal romance takes you to an alternate East Indian world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue.