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Book 78-79

Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1)Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars




I won this in a goodreads giveaway which in no way influenced my review. I won this half a year ago now and it took me this long to slog through it. I was excited to read it, a fantasy centered on five women, I was so there. And....I didn't care about a single one of them. Heck I was with the villain, their stepbrother, Wilm, until about halfway in and he did something despicable.

The king has fallen ill and his daughters have been called back to his bedside. There's his heir, Bluebell who revels in battle, Rose who is married to the neighboring king (she says it was a political match and she's in love with his nephew, the father of her daughter, Bluebell says she loved that king until he got him and then wanted whatever came next, a typical example of the contempt the sisters seem to have for each other), Ash who is in some sort of magical training and whose power is off the charts (she was about the only interesting one of the bunch),, Willow who is a religious zealot (of a misogynistic religion) and Ivy who only wants sex partners.


Bluebell immediately believes her father isn't ill but bewitched by her stepmother in order to put her son, Wilm on the throne. Turns out he is bespelled so the sisters take him away - after imprisoning his wife - and set about to save their father. ANd if they just got along and tried that it would have been interesting but this has seven points of view (all the sisters, the stepmom and Wilm) so it takes forever to get through anything.

And it's not helped by the fact the women are petty (including Mom), self centered and willful. Two of them (Mom and Willow) are busy trying to introduce the misogynistic religion to keep Bluebell from the throne (Mom) or to save their souls (Willow). In fact, I spent a good chunk of the book hoping Willow had religious delusions because she IS talking to the spirits that serve this God and I'm thinking if this woman-hating religion is the one true religion I'm going to be furious.


So the drama isn't coming from trying to save their father. It's coming from the sisters in-fighting and that left me bored and disappointed. Six women and not one to root for? Ash is at least almost good at least. Bluebell and her choices are baffling. At one point she claims she doesn't make mistakes, she thinks things through (or so she tells her sisters) but here's an example of how she plans. They take her father to someone they think can help. Rose brings her young daughter. They're camping out in this cabin and suddenly Bluebell decides the kid can't stay and makes Rose's lover (who she hates) take his daughter back home leaving her with no other warrior but herself. there was no threat to the kid mind you. Um...okay.


This is book one in a series. I don't see me reading more.



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Really more of a 3.5 read but it's Norton so I rounded up. I've had this one on my self for years and typical of a Science Fiction Book Club selection, I had no idea that this was one of a series (they love hiding that, or at least they did when I bought this). In fact this is the last in the series but they seem to be stand alones based on the five senses. It was the last thing Andre Norton ever wrote and she only wrote the beginning and her friend Jean Rabe wrote the rest.

It was a relief to read something set in the days before everything had to be a dystopia. Wisteria is a young woman who had been trained by a former Moonson (noble warriors) to fight and hunt. She also has the ability to taste the world, letting her know people's emotions, if evil is about etc. I thought that was very different and interesting. Her father serves the emperor as a 'taster' as he has the same magic.

She comes home from a hunting trip to find her entire village slaughtered except for a young girl Alysen who is more than she seems and Nanoo (a magical race of beings) Gafna is missing. Wisteria, Eri as she's called, swears a blood oath to destroy Lord Purvis for slaughtering the villagers and also for murdering her father and the emperor at the behest of the empress. All Eri knows is Purvis is hunting for her and she has to stop him.


First she has to take Alysen to the Nanoo to keep her safe. Honestly the getting Alysen to the Nanoo takes too long. I wonder how much of this was Norton rough draft and how much is Rabe (more the latter I'm sure). I think it was a case of we didn't want to have a fantasy novel too short (though they should reconsider the super long fantasies as being the only acceptable form)A Taste of Magic (Five Senses, #5)A Taste of Magic by Andre Norton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Really more of a 3.5 read but it's Norton so I rounded up. I've had this one on my self for years and typical of a Science Fiction Book Club selection, I had no idea that this was one of a series (they love hiding that, or at least they did when I bought this). In fact this is the last in the series but they seem to be stand alones based on the five senses. It was the last thing Andre Norton ever wrote and she only wrote the beginning and her friend Jean Rabe wrote the rest.

It was a relief to read something set in the days before everything had to be a dystopia. Wisteria is a young woman who had been trained by a former Moonson (noble warriors) to fight and hunt. She also has the ability to taste the world, letting her know people's emotions, if evil is about etc. I thought that was very different and interesting. Her father serves the emperor as a 'taster' as he has the same magic.

She comes home from a hunting trip to find her entire village slaughtered except for a young girl Alysen who is more than she seems and Nanoo (a magical race of beings) Gafna is missing. Wisteria, Eri as she's called, swears a blood oath to destroy Lord Purvis for slaughtering the villagers and also for murdering her father and the emperor at the behest of the empress. All Eri knows is Purvis is hunting for her and she has to stop him.


First she has to take Alysen to the Nanoo to keep her safe. Honestly the getting Alysen to the Nanoo takes too long. I wonder how much of this was Norton rough draft and how much is Rabe (more the latter I'm sure). I think it was a case of we didn't want to have a fantasy novel too short (though they should reconsider the super long fantasies as being the only acceptable form). Getting Alysen there was a slow tangent that took away from the book. The rest was fast paced. truthfully Alysen was unpleasant for the most part.


I did enjoy the book. I might go look for more of the series. It does end on a strange note. It's rather open ended even though it's the fifth of the five senses and Norton had died. Rabe was hired to finish the series so that was weird.





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