Daughter of the Flames (Ruan #1)

Daughter of the Flames (Ruan #1)
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12+
Release Date
March 03, 2008
ISBN
0763637491
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In a world of clashing cultures, a girl fights for freedom — and finds a surpring romantic ally — after learning a startling truth about her identity.

Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fi fteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

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Reader reviewed by Renesmee

Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott has the perfect balance of ups and downs, suspense and joy.  it also has emotional depth and cunning plots, as well as a curse, a hidden identity, and an oppressing king.  Anyone would love it, because there's an element in it that would suit anyone.  Everyone I know who's read it loves it, and the ending leaves you right where it should-- it's satisfying but doesn't tell you everything.  My favorite character was Sorin, a humorous, lighthearted and wise young lord.  Every turn seems to be the climax, then something else happens to the main character, Zira.  I would and have recommended it to anyone and everyone!

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Reader reviewed by Renesmee

Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott has the perfect balance of ups and downs, suspense and joy.  it also has emotional depth and cunning plots, as well as a curse, a hidden identity, and an oppressing king.  Anyone would love it, because there's an element in it that would suit anyone.  Everyone I know who's read it loves it, and the ending leaves you right where it should-- it's satisfying but doesn't tell you everything.  My favorite character was Sorin, a humorous, lighthearted and wise young lord.  Every turn seems to be the climax, then something else happens to the main character, Zira.  I would and have recommended it to anyone and everyone!

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The Best yook you've ever just Randomly Picked up in the Library
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Reader reviewed by ruby

     This book has fully-developed characters, a suspenseful and engrossing plot, and although I'm still sad that it came to an end, all books have to, and this one was very satisfying.  I always thought, "oh, well, there can't be much more action after this!", but there always was, and it was never too much. 
     The main character in this story, Zira, must come to terms with the fact that everything she loves is gone (which happens later in the story than the jacket summary implies), and that she is no ordinary orphan with a scarred, once-pretty face, but really the heir to the throne of Ruan.  King Abheron of Sedra killed her whole family in the Great Fire, and continued raids and a tyrannical rule.  Ruan is being occupied by the Sedorne, ruled by the unbalanced, cursed king and his fierce army. 
     Zira meets Sorin Mesago, who is a young lord who is very tolerant of the Rua he rules, although he is Sedorne, and technically has no right to.  One thing he does have a right to is the Sedorne throne, which was takenfrom his grandfather.  They must come together to overthrow King Abheron and create peace in and between the two kingdoms.
     The summary on the jacket is also misleadingin this--Sorin never seemed like an enemy to me, although he was Sedorne.  He's a genuinely nice guy who is very likable (all right, loveable), very down-to-earth, but humourous, not serious.
     I randomly picked it up in the library when i needed a book, and I fell in love with it.  It has some really great dialogue (especially on pages 142-154), and anyone would enjoy it.  The cover art is cool (U.S. edition), except the girl's face, which is a turn-off and a bad representation of Zira.  While the title might seeemed odd out of context, it has everything to do with the story.  So when you're stuck on a book project, pick up Zoe Marriott's Daughter of the Flames and i know you'll like it!

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A Good Choice
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Reader reviewed by Mairi

Zira never knew her mother, for the woman died shortly after she brought Zira to the House of God where she has spent the last fifteen years of her life training to become a namoa, a warrior priestess who might defend the Ruan people from the Sedorne. At first glance, there is nothing special about her but her fighting, which her teacher Deo says is the best he has ever seen. Yet Surya, who leads the House of God, believes she is a person of great value.

I selected this book from my library's online catalogue without even a clear view of the cover to go by. That's probably a good thing, as the cover of this book is just weird: there's a highly stylized image of fire (??) with an angry looking person of undeterminable gender stuck in the middle. This, along with the summary, has little to do with the book, which is more a standard medieval fantasy with an Asian twist than the print equivalent of a wuxia film.

Like I said, though, it does have a few definite twists, which makes it a good choice for younger teens who are becoming a bit bogged down by run- of- the- mill fantasy fare.
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Marriott is great!
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Reader reviewed by Sara

Title: Daughter of the Flames
Author: Zoe Marriott
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Love, Religion, Orphans, Fantasy
Pages: 342
Plot:
From inside jacket flap: "What if your deadliest enemy was the only one who could save you.

In an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess, defending the faith of the Ruan people. Then terror strikes at everything Zira loves, and the only home she knows is destroyed byt the occupying forces of tyrannical King Abheron. To survive, she must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people's fate - and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy."

I've been waiting for a new Zoe Marriott book ever since I read her first novel, The Swan Kingdom about a year or so ago. Marriott is one of the authors that I've come to count on when I need a good young adult fantasy book to read. She may not be very well known, but she knows what she's doing when it comes to writing a satisfying book!

I really liked the main character, Zira. She was a strong character, and even after she fell in love she was still independent and fierce - there is nothing worse than a heroine who falls to pieces after she has found a big, strong man who sweeps her off her feet! I am a romance junkie, but I still appreciate it when author's allow their female leads to have a brain!

I think that the cover of this book is really eye catching, but a bit of disappointment because the girl isn't a very good representation of a Zira. She is missing a scar of her face that is important to the story line...


Ratings (Out of 10):
Plot: 10
Characters: 10
Writing Style: 10
Romance: 10
Original: 10
Total: 50/50 (A)
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Coming of Age Princess in an Engrossing, Rich Fantasy
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Reader reviewed by Steph Su



The kingdom of
Ruan has been taken over by neighboring Sedra, and Rua and Sedorne folks live
uneasily side-by-side. Fifteen-year-old orphan Zira lives in the namoas
religious temple and trains to become a warrior. An ugly burn scar on her face
is the only relic she has of her childhood, where the rest of her family was
destroyed by fire.



Suddenly Zira
learns that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather Zahira Elfenesh, the
sole surviving member of the Ruan royal family. Her uncle, the Sedorne king
Abheron, is determined to get Zahira under his control. The only way she can
perhaps overthrow her powerful uncle and save her people is to unite with Sorin
Mesgao, a sympathetic Sedorne lord who rules Ruan land. Will she be able to get
along with this man who is supposedly her enemy in order to lead the way to a
better future?



Reading
DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES is like watching a high-action, Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon-like movie. In other words, its fantastic and utterly enthralling. Zoe
Marriott has a wonderful way of vividly describing details, so that I could see
every aspect of what was going on at any time in my mind.



The characters
also were interesting and memorable. Zira/Zahira is an awesome female
protagonist, kicking butt both literallyin suspenseful fight scenes
reminiscent of Asian martial arts moviesand metaphoricallyholding her own
verbally in mental warfare. Zahira is a young girl who is mercilessly thrust
into a position of high power and responsibility, and both her doubts and
determination are highly believable.



King Abheron is
a perfectly twisted antagonist with a surprisingly touching background, who
occasionally does things that are so bizarre, so complex, and so inexplicable
that I can definitely, without being able to explain it, see why he would want
to do such things. Sorin is less well developed but still likable. I would have
liked to see more of his loyalty and love for Zahira throughout the book, but I
am still happy with what I got from him.



Upon finishing
the book I let out a frustrated cry, so disappointed I was that the book had to
end. Zoe Marriott is truly skilled at writing engrossing fantasies, and I
definitely want to read more books by her in the future.








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Great book!
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Reader reviewed by Chantele

Fifteen-year-old
Zira has been raised in the House of God, following the brutal death of
her family she doesn't remember. With her face badly burned from a
terrible accident from her childhood, Zira trains to be a warrior,
sworn to protect the great temple. When her humble village and temple
are attacked, Zira is told she is something much more than just a
normal girl. Her destiny forces her to undertake desperate measures to
free her people from a tyrant king, and lead her people to safety, all
the while trusting a man who should be her enemy.
This book was very
engaging, and had a very strong main character. Girl's with swords are
freaking awesome!;) I really liked how Zira progressed throughout the
story, and came to accept who she was, and what she stood for. Vivid
descriptions from the author, and believeable characters. A wonderful
story, with a fast pace which made it hard to put down. Can't wait for
more from this author!


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