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Daughter of Light
     

Daughter of Light

4.6 14
by Morgan L. Busse
 

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What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?
 
As the Shadonae rise in the west and war threatens the north, a young woman discovers she is not human . . .

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White

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What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?
 
As the Shadonae rise in the west and war threatens the north, a young woman discovers she is not human . . .

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . .

But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.

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"With a subtle nod or two to Tolkien, Busse's skill at world building will please fans of general market fantasy while those who enjoy inspirational content will appreciate the artful way the author employs Christian themes within the story...A rousing romantic adventure that engages the imagination and the heart, Daughter of Light will delight and refresh epic fantasy fans..."
—Serena Chase, USA Today's Happy Ever After

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935929499
Publisher:
Gilead Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Morgan L. Busse writes speculative fiction for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the new steampunk series The Soul Chronicles from Enclave Publishing. Morgan lives on the West Coast with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at morganlbusse.com.

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Daughter of Light 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved this triology. The characters are well developed. The plot is written with skill. The adventure engaged all the emotions. Shout out to Busse, thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was sooo thrilled to fine another christian author with a deep ability and wonderful imagination! Loved the whole series!
Yellow30Sci-Fi More than 1 year ago
An abandoned baby, that is who Rowen Mar was. It did not matter to her, she loves Jedrek and Ann Mar as if they are her real parents. Her father is a skilled swordsman and he teaches his young daughter his skills. “It’s good for a girl to know how to defend herself.” Then the sickness came and Rowen’s mother dies. Later on, she becomes sick as well. The recovery is a slow process and then Jedrek is called to war. Rowen misses him sorely, but she has friends in her village that she can count on. Her world comes crashing down when she learns her father has been killed in the war. His body is shipped home for burial. This is so hard for Rowen. In all these tragedies her friends rally to help and comfort her. Until the mark appears. Yes, a strange mark appears on her hand and it isn’t until a young man with designs of his own making grabs her by the hand to force himself on her. It is at that moment all his evil thoughts, deeds and intentions are flashed through his mind and Rowen’s. Rowen is sickened to near death by what she sees. The young man is also and quickly brings allegations against Jedrek Mar’s young daughter. Rowen is branded a witch and is banished from her village. If she returns she will be put do death. Placing a glove over her mark she seeks out sanctuary in the White City. She will always wear her glove, because she does not want a repeat of the terrible incident that banished her. Little does Rowen know that she is special and the mark is evidence of how special she is. Soon she will face the challenge of her life. That challenge will also bring salvation to the people of the land. The power of deliverance lies in Rowen’s hand, literally. Ms. Busse’s Daughter of Light novel is truly a fantastic tale of awakening, hope and courage as a young girl discovers who she really is. This is a tale all fantasy lovers will devour and it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming action adventure. The reader will not be disappointed in this truly marvelous piece of fiction. — Steven Macon, editor
TrinityJo More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful read! It started off steady, a comfortable pace. But the build up! That was a great ride! The characters were well done (I wouldn't mind knowing more of Aren at some point though). There is a hint of romance but is not a main focus point. The religious aspect was beautifully done! I didn't find it overly preachy, actually found it quite moving. There was a time or two that I had tears in my eyes. This will be one I'll enjoy reading again and again (and the series!) I'd definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy and Christian fiction.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! I can see why this book got nominated for a Christy Award last year! It is so very powerful and left me breathless with the allegorical messages that many times I had to reread (they were just that powerful)! I knew when I started reading “Daughter of Light” that I was in for adventure, but I didn’t realize how much of an adventure I was going to be getting! My heart went out Rowen and the pain she struggled with throughout her journey. At times it was very grievous and even when she does understand the meaning of the mark it was still far from glamorous. Never was there a dull moment and halfway through I felt the full spiritual impact of many things mentioned in the book previously! There were many times I had to wipe tears from my eyes because of what Rowen was starting to understand! The world-building was great and described excellently! It wasn’t overdone nor had too little details! I really enjoyed the majority of the side characters and am looking forward to hearing more of their story in book two! “Daughter of Light” is definitely a novel I am more than grateful to have read because liked I said in the beginning, its powerful! Morgan has such a unique and God-given voice throughout this story that will not only engage and entertain, but leave you really reflecting on God’s light as well as His power! She truly shows that even in darkness there is always God’s light! *(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Warning: rambling commentary ahead. I’ve loved Fantasy ever since reading Lord of the rings in 6th grade. Eventually I ran out of fantasy by Christian authors and moved on to more secular works. While some of them are fantastic, pun intended, they’ve never resonated with me the way more allegorical stories do. A fantastic example of this is The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks which I liked. (It’s been called a Tolkien knock-off, but I’ve never seen a problem with that.) The Sword is a mirror that shows its bearer a reflection of their true selves. How the sword-bearer handles this knowledge illuminates the nature of characters and drives the plot forward, but it never goes any further than that. In Daughter of Light, Busse takes a similar device to the next level adding the depth and redemptive meaning that is often missing in more secular works. Stories like Daughter of Light are the reason I love the fantasy genre so much.
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
This fantasy tale is written in the vein of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and other allegorical fantasies. It was very enjoyable but the ending seemed abrupt – obviously a sequel is coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read but needs a bit of editing for spelling and grammar. Beginning of book, Rowen'S friend's name is either Cayla or Calya.
Kitkatmau More than 1 year ago
This is a good read for someone who enjoys a good book that is wholesome and can be read by any member of the family. Has adventure with a touch of a love story. For those who also believe in a higher power who guide our life it give you that also. I really enjoyed this book and the following one that takes you further into the lives of those who you meet in first book. I hope that the story does finish up and there is a third book that completes the lives of those that are introduced in the books. I have really enjoyed the first two books so far and recommend them. I don't like to spoil a person adventure into a book by telling them what is going on so if you enjoy a story of someone discovery of themself and who they are and what they can do this book is one you will enjoy and how faith in who and what they believe can change things then these books may be enjoyable for you to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested through 'till the end!
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
Rowen Mar has lost everything. Her family, her friends, her home. A mark appears on her hand and with it the power to see the darkness in the peoples she touches. They see it too, thus she is sent into exile with only one hope: a job as a varor to a young lady, thanks to the military service of her adoptive father. I love the characters and could just feel what they were feeling, experiencing. I love that Rowen is strong character who know how to handle a sword, but it doesn't diminish her feminine side either. And having the story told from the perspective of a varor was interesting and refreshing. I also love Lore's loyalty and honor, and his respectfulness. I'm curious how Caleb and Nierne's stories will continue in the next book. The story begins slow, and not in a bad way, but weaves in hints and questions that keeps you wanting to know more. There are multiple story threads that at first you don't know how they are going to tie together, but then you start piecing the puzzle together. It's a bigger story than just Rowen discovering who she is and the love interest, which, I am hoping for a good payoff in the next book. The introduction to the other point of views were a little jarring at first, because I couldn't tell how they were related to each other, but once they were introduced, it flowed well and kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. 
JParker1015 More than 1 year ago
I was captivated in the first pages of the prologue and Ms Busse held my attention through to the end. I have found few, if any, books that I could hardly put down. This was one of them. Ms Busse has been able to give her charactors personal traits that we can all relate to and the action through out the book keeps you turning the next page. I am looking forward to the next additon to this series. This is one new author to watch!!
Kat_Heckenbach More than 1 year ago
Daughter of Light is the story of Rowen, a girl who was left on the doorstep of her adoptive home when she was a baby. When she reaches adulthood, right after her adoptive father's death, a strange thing happens. A white mark appears on her palm. With it comes power that frightens Rowen and ends in her banishment. She has nowhere to go, and takes her only option: a position as personal guard to a princess in the White City, where she is forced to use her powers and risk discovery when war is waged on her new home. I will start with the positives: Morgan has strong building blocks. Good plotting, pacing, world-building, and characterization are all there. The story is told from four points of view: Rowen, Captain Lore (Rowen's commanding officer), Nierne the scribe, and Caleb the assassin. They are interspersed at good intervals and lead the story's pacing well. Description is aplenty, giving a solid picture of every place and person. I felt a connection to the main characters, particularly Caleb. It's traditional fantasy, so there is a certain formality to the dialog, but it's not overdone and works quite well. I felt the world-building was the best of the book's elements. The landscape and cities, political relationships, races of people...all very rich and complex. I noticed several hat-tips to Lord of the Rings. And I particularly loved the quirks of the Alarian race, such as the eye color that reflects the changes in the sea. Very cool :). I love that this story is not focused on the budding romance between Rowen and Lore. It is there, and relevant to the well thought-out plot (yay!), but it doesn't overtake the real story! I also loved that there is plenty of dark material in the book, all handled quite well. One particular scene stood out to me in which Rowen sees into the mind of a rapist--she gives the *perfect* amount of information, showing the atrocity without giving gory details. It wasn't sanitized at all, but it wasn't gratuitous either. The faith elements are well-woven into the story, and again are relevant (yay!) rather than contrived. Overt, but not preachy. Well-balanced. But now, the negatives... Morgan obviously has skill, but it is spattered with an accumulation of "weasel" words and "filter" words that I found distracting and distanced me from the pov--something that should have been caught during the line-edit. (On that note, as I've found in all the MLP books I've read, there were quite a few typos.) I also personally would have liked to see longer sentences, which would have given the prose more fluidity and eliminated some redundancy. Redundancy showed up in another form, but I hope Morgan sees the compliment in this statement: she states the obvious, "telling" the reader things when she has just done a perfectly good job of "showing" that very thing. Trust your skills, Morgan! If you show us, you don't need to tell us :). In all honesty, readers who are not writers will likely not notice most, or possibly any, of the things I just pointed out as negatives. But they made my editor hand itch the whole way through. Despite my nitpicking, I foresee reading the next book in the series. And I have no doubt Morgan will quickly build a fan base with this fantasy tale that is likely to capture readers who might otherwise not read the genre.
quilternana More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift. I have read a lot of Stephen Lawhead and enjoyed Daughter of Light equally. Morgan's writing is descriptive and keeps you interested from the very first page. Not a slow or difficult to get into book. Can't wait for the sequel!