General Winston's Daughter

General Winston's Daughter

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by Sharon Shinn
     
 

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When eighteen-year-old heiress Averie Winston travels to faraway Chiarrin, she looks forward to the reunion with her father and her handsome fianc‚, Morgan. What she finds is entirely different from what she expected. She realizes that Morgan is not the man she thought he was; and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to another. Handsome Lieutenant Ket Du'kai

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When eighteen-year-old heiress Averie Winston travels to faraway Chiarrin, she looks forward to the reunion with her father and her handsome fianc‚, Morgan. What she finds is entirely different from what she expected. She realizes that Morgan is not the man she thought he was; and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to another. Handsome Lieutenant Ket Du'kai is like no one Averie has ever met, and she enjoys every moment she spends with him, every delicious flirtation. Averie knows she's still engaged to another man, but she can't help but think about Lieutenant Du'kai, and she wonders if he feels the same.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
Averie Winston sails to remote Chiarrin to visit her father and her fiancT, Colonel Morgan Stode. On board, she meets Ket Du'Kai, an Aebrian officer, assigned to protect her. Through Ket, she begins to see her country, Aebrelle, as an aggressive imperialist nation, conquering small countries for its own gain. Arriving in Chesza, Averie falls under the enchantment of Chiarrizzi culture, the markets, the bright costumes, and the festivals. But the Chiarrizzi refuse to surrender; rebel forces attack Aebrian troops and target Aebrian gatherings. After a bombing, Averie rescues Jaleesa, a wounded Chiarizzi woman. Jalessa reluctantly agrees to become Averie's maid, teaching her Chiarizzi customs and religion. Finding that she and Morgan have little in common, Averie is increasingly drawn to Ket. One night, Jalessa sets fire to the Winston house as rebels blow up the aqueducts and fire the city. Escaping to the harbored ships, Averie discovers that her father and many others have been killed. Averie's carefree life of parties and shopping contrasts sharply with her father's and Morgan's battle against the Chiarizzi rebels. Skillfully and creatively conceived, the Chiarizzi gods motivate their people to fight to the death. Jalessa's betrayal, although devastating to Averie, is not unexpected, considering the tense political climate and profound religious beliefs. Just like Corie in Shinn's Summers at Castle Auburn (Ace, 2001/VOYA August 2001), glimpsing her society through another's eyes transforms Averie. After a broken engagement and her father's death, she pursues a relationship with Ket as a mature, compassionate woman.
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Gr 7 Up
A wealthy heiress, 18-year-old Averie Winston is betrothed to Colonel Morgan Stode, whom she has loved since she first laid eyes on him at the age of eight. When the opportunity arises for her to leave Aeberelle to join her father and Colonel Stode in Chiarrin, she jumps at the chance to see the world and leave her dull life behind. Her eyes begin to open on the voyage over with her friendship to Lieutenant Du'Kai. Many of their conversations revolve around other cultures, customs, and the imperialistic tendencies of the Aeberelle government; his own country of Xan'tai has been taken over by it. While visiting a Chiarrin marketplace, rebels attack and injure a native woman whom Averie has befriended. Averie offers Jalessa a job in her home and it is she who truly exposes her to a different way of life and point of view. The young woman comes to realize that her opinions on politics, her father, the military, and even her feelings for Morgan have changed. Even though the story takes place in a fictionalized setting, Shinn does an excellent job creating a parallel to the British Empire in its height of 19th-century imperialism. The characters are well developed and believable, and readers will certainly identify with Averie's determination and zest for life. Interestingly, the story opens with a journey in one direction and culminates with a different one entirely. Readers should enjoy this novel as it has something to offer to almost everyone-politics, romance, danger, friendship, and betrayal.
—Donna RosenblumCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
For 17 years, Averie has lived the sheltered life of a rich general's daughter in her native land of Aeberelle, never questioning the source of her wealth or the ramifications of her father's invasions. However, when Averie leaves Aeberelle to join her father and fiancee in Chiarrin, a foreign land under the occupation of her father's military, Averie cannot continue ignoring these questions and finds herself struggling with the ethics of invading another nation. Averie's confusion is magnified as she quickly becomes enchanted by Chiarrin's vibrant culture and befriends a dark and handsome soldier, who, although he serves her father, is truly a citizen of a land controlled by Aeberelle. Although presented as fictional settings, the lands are easily likened to familiar nations and the time period has the flavor of the late 18th century. However, because this text is not firmly tethered to reality, Averie's well-drawn headstrong is realistic. Thought-provoking with a sinuous thread of romance and danger that keeps it light and entertaining. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142413463
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/16/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
875,057
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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