"Daughter of War is an unsettling but compelling novel that will appeal to mature young adult readers."
Quill & Quire
"This is an exciting story. . . There is a lot of thrilling action in a certainly exotic setting. Readers of Armenian descent will find this especially relevant to their own cultural understanding, but any readers who like historical fiction filled with danger, tragedy, and survival will like this novel."
"This is a powerful, often harrowing novel that will appeal to those who appreciate books about people surviving in spite of grave injustices."
School Library Journal
"(The story) is upfront about the unspeakable brutality, the betrayals and the casual murders even as it offers the constant surprise of soldiers, diplomats, nurses, missionaries, and children acting as rescuers. Add this to the Holocaust curriculum."
"Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's novel, Daughter of War, is hard-hitting and troublesome and, as she would wish, highly educational. . . a powerful and moving read.
"From the first page I was hooked. . . Daughter of War is a good read, as well as a compelling look at an event too little known in the Western World."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Daughter of War is a deftly written historical fiction novel, sure to enthrall readers with a story set amid events that truly happened. A top pick for community library literary collections."
Midwest Book Review
"A powerful sequel to her 2003 novel, Nobody's Child."
Winnipeg Free Press
"Marta's and Kevork's compelling stories drive the reader through the novel. They are strong, evolving protagonists and you care about them. There are times, however, when their story is swallowed by the history lessons that Skrypuch wants to put in the spotlight. It's a tribute to her writing that even in those lessons you do not want to put the book down. The stories of Marta and Kevork overcome the history - and in the scheme of things, perhaps that's exactly as it should be."
The Waterloo Record
"A powerful novel based on first-hand accounts of actual historical events and will appeal to teens and adults. It leaves readers with a powerful question: "But was anywhere safe when you were Armenian?"
Curled Up With a Good (Kid's) Book
Daughter of War is a book about an overlooked subject that I wouldn't exactly think to read about, but I am glad I did. The novel is fascinating and well written. The character dynamic was realistic. I found the story relevant, but the only problem is that I don't think many teens will jump to read this book and that is a shame because it would be a benefit to read. I commend Skrypuch for this great novel. I would personally recommend this book to any teen looking for a good read. Reviewer: Mair Luscombe, Teen Reviewer
Two betrothed teenagers living in Turkey, Marta and Kevork, become separated and live wildly different lives, not knowing if the other has survived the genocide of the Ottoman Empire. Marta is taken into a Turkish home, where she is raped and then turned out of the house after she becomes pregnant. Kevork is adopted into an Arab clan in Syria. Marta knows that there is a danger that Kevork might not accept a Muslim child, and there is always the peril of war. Kevork is drawn into working as a courier and puts his own life at risk. The historical note at the novel's beginning provides some background into the chaotic times of the early twentieth century Ottoman Empire, identifying it as a dire time that makes for an engrossing historical background in a compelling story of survival, espionage, and love. This novel is carefully structured, giving a view of a piece of history that is not well known or appreciated. The characters are involving and well-rounded, providing readers a chance to find out about the history without being overwhelmed by it. The audience will be rooting for Marta to find her sister and Kevork. The Armenian massacre is a subject that has appeared in Skrypuch's work before, and Kevork was also seen in Skrypuch's novel Nobody's Child (Dundurn, 2004). This book will appeal to historical fiction fans as well as readers who enjoy a longer, more romantic story. Reviewer: Betsy Fraser
Set in Turkey in 1916, this novel plunges the reader into the little known episode of genocide in Turkey during the first World War. Told from the dueling perspectives of Marta and Kevork (two Armenian teenagers, forced into hiding, yet who are engaged to each other and desperate to find one another) this gripping novel tells the story of suffering and the atrocities of war from two very different perspectives. While Kevork is in Syria, attempting to make his way back to Marta, Marta is in Turkey, pregnant and afraid. The quest both of these characters are on attests to the difficult times of war, the pain of genocide, and the true commitment and loyalty they have for each other. While this book is not intended for younger readers, mature readers (10th grade and up) will appreciate the reality of this novel. The novel forces readers to think about the war from a new perspective, can be easily connected to ideas about history, and may be used to discuss context in current political events. Reviewer: Katy Moore
Unfortunately, there are many daughters of war, even today, but this daughter is an Armenian in Turkey during WW I. This was the period of the Armenian genocide as populations were ethnically cleansedwe still see that todayand literally millions died. This is an exciting story, telling of two young lovers (engaged to be married) who are separated, each to endure terrible suffering. Marta is taken as a concubine by a Turk, escapes with the help of his wife back to an orphanage for Armenian children run by kindly Germans, gives birth, and struggles to survive until the war is over. Kevork, her fiance, disguises himself as an Arab to hide his true identity as an Armenian. He is recruited by the resistance and risks everything to help other Armenians survive. There is a lot of thrilling action in a certainly exotic setting. Readers of Armenian descent will find this especially relevant to their own cultural understanding, but any readers who like historical fiction filled with danger, tragedy, and survival will like this novel. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
Gr 9 Up
Betrothed teens Kevork and Marta have been apart since being removed from their orphanage in Marash, Turkey, during the Armenian Genocide of 1915 when they were marched into the Syrian Desert without food or water. Separated by distance and the necessity of hiding, neither of them knows if the other is still alive. Kevork, rescued by nomads and now disguised as an Arab, is determined to return to the orphanage but faces many obstacles, including the opportunity to help smuggle funds and resources to the Armenians in concentration camps. Marta, meanwhile, had been taken in by a Muslim family in Aintab and forced to be a concubine. Now pregnant, she returns to the orphanage and helps protect its residents, still hoping to be reunited with Kevork. Because the story is told in alternating perspectives, readers know that both teens have survived, which removes some dramatic tension but allows the author to explore the development of the characters. Such is the universality of their feelings that a deep understanding of the historical context is not necessary, but would be helpful. Fortunately, a fairly detailed historical note and map provide context for readers who have likely heard very little about the second-largest genocide in history. This is a powerful, often harrowing novel that will appeal to those who appreciate books about people surviving in spite of grave injustices.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
Following Nobody's Child (2003) and Aram's Choice (2006), Skrypuch continues the story of the Armenian genocide, this time focusing on the lives of Marta Hovsepian and Kevork Adomian. It's 1916, and World War I is raging. Two Armenian massacres have occurred, and the two protagonists have survived, for now-Marta by living in a Turkish home as a Muslim woman, Kevork by adoption into an Arab clan in Syria. They are betrothed but separated, neither knowing if the other has survived, always wondering if they will ever be reunited. The carefully structured narrative, with several alternating third-person points-of-view and much revealed through flashbacks, is distancing, but it does yield a sense of the epic; readers will feel that they have been on Kevork's journey with him, across the deserts and through the concentration camps in his quest to find Marta. The smells of the bazaars and graphic images from death marches and concentration camps root the story in the particulars of time and place. A good match with Adam Bagdasarian's Forgotten Fire (2002). (map, historical note) (Fiction. 14 & up)