The Traitor's Daughter

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Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.

On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful...
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Overview

Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.

On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful Faerlonnish overlord, has only one concern: the journey to meet her prospective husband.  But revolution is stirring as her own conquered people rise up against their oppressors, and Jianna is kidnapped and held captive at a rebel stronghold, insurance against what are perceived as her father’s crimes.

The resistance movement opens Jianna’s eyes―and her heart. Despite her belief in her father’s innocence, she is fascinated by the bold and charming nomadic physician and rebel sympathizer, Falaste Rione—who offers Jianna her only sanctuary in a cold and calculating web of intrigue. As plague and chaos grip the land, Jianna is pushed to the limits of her courage and resourcefulness, while virulent enemies discover that alliance is their only hope to save the human race.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brandon's debut, the first in a projected trilogy, is an impressively imaginative epic disguised as an unassuming romantic fantasy. Set in the Veiled Isles, a politically unstable realm steeped in a mythical and potentially cataclysmic magic, the story begins with a nobleman's sheltered daughter setting off to meet her betrothed in a distant city. When Jianna Belandor is abducted by highwaymen and taken to a rebel stronghold, suddenly she's in a very different story. Once imprisoned, Jianna realizes that her kidnapper is none other than her own estranged aunt, who wants control over the family fortune. While the revolutionary and romantic threads are engaging, it is Brandon's multilayered narrative that makes this novel such an immersive reading experience. Rich world-building, relentless pacing, and some tantalizing subplots (involving a reclusive inventor, his automaton doppelgänger, and amphibian "quasi-men") suggest that Brandon is an author to watch. (Oct.)
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“Rich world-building, relentless pacing . . . an impressively imaginative epic . . . While the revolutionary and romantic threads are engaging, it is [Paula] Brandon’s multilayered narrative that makes this novel such an immersive reading experience.”—Publishers Weekly

“Compellingly complex motivations and character dynamics mark Paula Brandon’s welcome debut.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of Naamah’s Kiss

“A flawless all-round performance . . . Here’s a story to enwrap, enchant, and sweep you away.”—Richard Harland, author of Worldshaker
 
“Paula Brandon’s The Traitor’s Daughter is a dark, rich feast, rife with plagues, kidnappings, political intrigues, bloody crimes, bloodier revenges, arcane upheavals, and the threat of zombies.”—Delia Sherman, author of Changeling

Library Journal
A life of luxury and duty awaits Jianna Belandor as she makes her way to the estate of her betrothed, but then she is kidnapped by her father's estranged sister, who intends for Jianna to marry her brutish son. Jianna's resourcefulness in taking control of her own fate leads her to a strange alliance as she views her father—and her privileged life—with new eyes. Brandon's first novel, set in a world of rival families and distinct social classes, introduces a strong-willed heroine who learns that the world is not what she had perceived. VERDICT This trilogy opener, with its lush backgrounds and detailed society, should appeal to fans of Jacqueline Carey and Melanie Rawn.
Kirkus Reviews

In a debut fantasy, the first of a series, a young woman begins discovering her hidden strengths in a rebellion-torn land that will soon face a much greater threat.

The city of Vitrisi despises Magnifico Aureste Belandor, a collaborator with the conquering Taerleezi. The only one who loves him unreservedly is his daughter Jianna, a clever, spirited young woman who's been carefully kept from discovering her father's true nature. Some hint of the truth slowly dawns when she's kidnapped en route to her wedding by distant relatives whom her father robbed of their rightful place. Faced with a new marriage with her thuggish cousin, Jianna's only hope is Falaste Rione, a brilliant doctor loyal to her harsh, vengeance-obsessed prospective mother-in-law, but who develops sympathy for the bride-to-be when she's forced to serve as his assistant and turns out to be surprisingly competent at it. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to everyone but the most skilled arcanists, the entire world is endangered by the imminent reversal of the Source, responsible for maintaining the world's magical and physical laws; this detail plays only a minor role in the book, but will clearly take center stage in later installments. Brandon's world-building is acceptably solid and character development is fairly rounded, particularly that of Dr. Rione and Magnifico Vinz Corvestri, a resistance supporter desperate for the love of his dutiful wife. However, other character behaviors seem questionable. Given the Marquis Belandor's blunt refusal to accept any fact that doesn't accord with his desires, how could he be capable of the subtlety required to reach his present position? Why does the supposedly intelligent Jianna never wonder why none of her noble peers want to associate with her?

A decently accomplished maiden effort; worth hanging in there to see what develops.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553583809
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

    The world created in this book is very interesting, and the writer still left a lot of mystery for the next book. I would like to find out more about this Overmind and what it' s powers and limits are. I also liked the mix of magic and technology...a hint of steampunk.

    I aslo liked the characters. I especially liked that not all of them were likable and good. They made mistakes, made really bad decisions' and were naive or selfish. Too many times fantasy book try to make everyone upstanding. I like the books with greys. Will continue this series for sure.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    A coming of age fantasy

    On the Veiled Isles, the eighteen year old daughter of affluent Faerlonnis Overlord the Magnifico Aureste Belandor, Jianna travels to the home of her fiancé Magnifico Tribarri. However, she never completes her journey; highwaymen capture the spoiled Jianna and take her to a rebel stronghold.

    Jianna quickly realizes she is prisoner to her Aunt Magnifico Onarto. Estranged from her brother the family patriarch, Onarto plans to use her niece to help her take control of the Berlandor fortune and to keep Aureste under her thumb. Though the teen hears horrible tales accusing her father of atrocities, she rejects them as she believes he is a kind person. Meanwhile only rebel sympathizer Falaste Rione the physician is nice to her. As she begins to see her privileged lifestyle though the eyes of the lower classes, Jianna reconsiders what she knows about life on the increasingly treacherous Veiled Isles.

    The key to the complex coming of age fantasy is the intricate society that is becoming unglued with one of the cornerstones (magic) beginning to fail. Jianna emulates the changes that are occurring to the veiled isles as open rebellion has begun. With a strong cast including the fully developed Brandon world, sub-genre readers will enjoy visiting the Veiled Isles.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Unexpected and New

    I recently won the ARC of The Traitor's Daughter. The book is about a magical world with several races that aren't terribly set. The story follows four different people for the most part. It is somewhat like a Greek tragedy, where almost all things could be solved if only the characters had more information or arrived sooner. The characters are more believable than most, in that they all have faults. No one in this story is perfect, and that's what makes it great for me. I can easily tell that this tale will encompass all three books in the trilogy, as many questions were left unanswered. I am eagerly awaiting the next book, "The Ruined City."

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