Set in the Kingdom of Outremer, TOWER OF THE KING'S DAUGHTER draws upon rich veins of history, religion and politics, bringing a powerful and imaginative new voice to fantasy fiction.
Forty years on from the establishment of the Outremer, trouble is stirring.
The religious, determined to root out heresies within the kingdom, have made a base in their stronghold of Roq de Rancon, protected by the Knight Ransomers. And in this remote and secretive place, a tale of love, duty and betrayal will unfold: for Marron, a young man newly sworn to the Ransomers; for Julianne, daughter of the King's Shadow, en route to her wedding in Elessi; and for Elisande, her young and mysterious companion.
All have a part to play in the coming upheaval, for their lives are intricately involved with the fate of the kingdom ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages, map
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/10/1998
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781857236927
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Review by surreality
Plot: For a book this size, there isn't much of a plot, but it's not something that's really missed. What plots exist are fairly straightforward and without too many twists and surprises, serving as a background and foundation to hold the individual scenes. What's tricky is the ending, which dumps a few unforeseen things on you and makes you scramble to accept a few 180 degree turns. It's quite unsatisfying and feels like the last 50 pages belong to a different story altogether. Characters: Nicely done. Some are likable, some are interesting, some are annoying like nails on a blackboard. Character development is what drives the story along, and it's handled well in almost all cases. A notable problem is the romantic/sexual entanglement between two characters, which comes with far too little build-up and simply isn't convincing at all. It feels like it caters to a stereotype and nothing more. Style: The prose is elegant, to a point (especially in the early chapters) where it gets annoying because it trades beauty for readability. Scenes are composed well; dialogue feels good and realistic. Violence is handled in a very casual way, which is a lot more fitting than if it had been dramatized. Plus: Good alternate universe approach of the Crusader States. Interesting characters. Minus: The plot is a weak point because it doesn't exist. Developments in the last section of the book do not fit the overall story at all and are jarringly un-explained and handled in a very unemotional way.Summary: A good read for the genre, but not a must-read by any means.
Review by wyvernfriend
This starts off quite slowly but it builds into a very interesting story of a group of people in a world something like ours where magic is a reality and is set in something that resembles the Middle East during a period not unlike the crusades.Marron is a young man who is trying to come to terms with the terrible things he has done in the name of his religion and trying to find a way to make a role for himself in the brotherhood, the Society of Ransom. As a lowly soldier he has done things he would rather forget.Julianne is the daughter of the King's Shadow, in the Roq de Rancon, en route to her marriage. Along the way she was joined by Elessi, a woman who has some secrets. Joined by others they have to face up to legend and strangeness and try to come out the other side alive.There were times when it felt like a quest novel where the author was trying to get the various people in a role-playing group together but in the end it turned very interesting and the characters became quite likeable. I look forward to the sequels.
Review by Melisende
"The Kingdom of Outremer was born of blood and pain and passion; forty years on, enemies still threaten its borders and heresy still threatens its peace."The First Book of Outremer is loosely based upon the first years of European settlement in the Holy Land after the First Crusade. It mixes a combination of magic and fantasy with the right amount of near history.