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Daughters of the Storm

Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign.

In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic who lives on the wild northern borders.

No one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter, Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable, but her sisters - the loyal and mystical Ash, beautiful but unhappily married Rose, pious Willow and uncertain Ivy - all have their own secrets to keep from her - the kind of secrets that if revealed could bring disaster down upon not only them but the entire kingdom.

Waiting in the wings is stepbrother Wylm, whose dealings with Bluebell's greatest enemy, Hakon the Raven King, would end Bluebell's dreams of revenge on his mother and propel his own desperate grasp for power.

Daughters of the Storm is a richly drawn historical fantasy full of passion, magic and fire, an intimate epic that traces the lives of five complex women as they pursue a quest upon which the fate of a kingdom - as well as their own destinies - rests.

©2014 Kim Wilkins (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Wilkins is one of Australia's most assured and interesting storytellers." ( Aurealis)

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Highly recommend

I received Queens of the Sea via Netgalley and, instead of jumping in with that third book in the series, I decided to go back and start with Daughters of the Storm, the first.

I can’t remember reading anything in the fantasy realm since I was very very young, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to but, I must say, I really enjoyed this book.

This is the story of five sisters, daughters of the king, and I thought Wilkins did a pretty good job at giving them all equal time throughout. I do think, however, that Bluebell and Ash are the standouts and therefore, they naturally became the leads/heroines.

When their father, the king, becomes ill, the sisters band together to find a way to cure him, including searching for his [unknown and unspoken of previously] magician sister.

Bluebell is the eldest and, as such, the next in line to rule. She’s a real warrior, bloodthirsty and feared throughout the lands. Rarely does she show any softness and only those very close to her know she has a heart at all.

Ash, like her aunt, is also a magician. During the book she comes to the gradual realisation that her powers are much stronger than anyone, including herself, ever believed. Her storyline was definitely my favourite.

The other three sisters, Rose and Ivy and Willow, are all unlikeable at times but then, at other times, I really cheered them on. My feelings wavering like this made them seem more human and again, I thought Wilkins struck a nice balance.

Rose’s issues surround her forbidden love affair; Ivy’s her vanity, greed and jealousy; and Willow's her religious fanaticism.

Wilkins writes action really well. I had no problem imagining what was happening from her descriptive passages. She has plenty of opportunities to include these scenes too, given the adventure feel of the book as the sisters journey to the northern extremes of their kingdom and beyond.

I also enjoyed the strong theme of political intrigue spiced with just the right balance of feminism throughout the book. The main issue with Willow’s religion, for example, is that it doesn’t recognise women as rulers and relegates them to the traditional weaker sex. The fact that most of the males in line for the throne suddenly find this religion appealing is a little suspicious, to say the least.

Another thing I thought Wilkins did well was give this book a resolution whilst still hooking the reader with enough of a cliffhanger to make them want to read on.

I listened to the audio version and the narration by Lucy Price-Lewis was excellent. Although there were five female leads, it was always easy to discern whose dialogue was being read.

If I had one whinge about the book it would be the occasional needless swearing. I have a complete potty mouth but it seemed a little out of place in this universe and therefore, jarring. It’s only a minor gripe though.

As I said, I’m no fantasy expert but I would highly recommend this book and look forward to the second in the series.

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  • 11-09-2019

A bit of a struggle

I couldn't finish this. I loved Wilkins' book Giants of the Frost and the Autumn Castle was also pretty good.
I found the characters in this a bit cringeworthy and unlikeable. The writing and premise didn't really grab me either.
I'd suggest the other books I mentioned if you want to try Wilkins' work.

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Wonderful story, gripping last chapters

I loved this book and narrator. Great performance bringing the characters to life. You really feel part of their world. The story really drew me in and the twists and turns in it blew me away. I am looking forward to the second book and soon the third book to be released. I hope they both come out on audio soon!

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a good book

I enjoyed this book & would like to read the sequel "Sisters of the fire"

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Awesome story

I really enjoyed this story and can't wait for the next and the next and the next.

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  • kathy Marquard
  • 13-05-2018

just ok

I thought the plot was a bit thin. there was some conflict but while it seemed drawn out in some places, the end seemed rushed and incomplete. the performance was pretty good and the story was okay.

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