The Thief’s Daughter by Jeff Wheeler

by Jeff Wheeler
Source: NetGalley
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two-half-stars

After taking a dislike to the first book in the series, I thought I would give the second Kingsfountain book a chance to redeem itself. I was disappointed to find that my problems with the first novel, which mostly involved boring characters, and borrowing far too heavily from real world history for its own good, were continued in The Thief’s Daughter.

Rather than carrying on directly from the events of the first novel, we skip some 9 years ahead in the timeline to a time when life is much more complicated for our erstwhile heroes. The nation is on the verge of war, and only Owen can save the day. (yay!) To survive he must avoid the machinations of backstabbers and poisoners who want to kill him, his unrequited love, his new BFF, and all of the important exposition-mouth pieces to uncover the truth behind the plot against the king.

I really found the plot rather confusing, and the characters seemed to jump around with a great deal of frivolity. There are machinations upon machinations, and in the end there were a lot of things going on, and I just didn’t care. Owen seems to have been grown from a naive, interesting character, into a chess-obsessed (sorry, Wizr-obsessed), hopeless romantic who seems hopelessly devoted to a king who just doesn’t give a bleep about him

I thought that the plot borrowed too heavily from real history, and the ‘fantasy-ised’ i.e. misspelled names just got annoying after a while. There were fantasy elements woven into the plot, but I just couldn’t get past it. It felt like laziness on the part of the author.

I won’t be going back to the well for a look at the third book. I gave the series two bites at the cherry, and it just left a sour taste in my mouth.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
one-half-stars
Characters
two-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
one-half-stars
Cover
two-stars
Overall: two-stars

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