Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Daughter of Vengeance is a coming of age story about a girl named Michelle who was orphaned at birth and raised by her grandparents. However because she has magic she is abducted by a mage who makes her a concubine. However she is rescued by an assassin named Samantha and spends years training to serve the king of the land. However as the story progresses dark forces from the past arise and Michelle will have to learn about her family's history in order to save the kingdom's future.
David Temrick takes the elements of high fantasy and steampunk, and merges them into one in this story. Yes there are dark moments but there are also light moments too so it kind of works like a roller coaster ride with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The book is well written with no grammatical errors. A fun plot, well written politics, and fun characters all help to make this a wonderful story.
The main character is taken to be a concubine, but it works to show the evil nature of the kidnapper. It doesn't go into detail. Due to the presence of assassins there is plenty of violence throughout the story, and blood is mentioned a lot. Characters do swear. There is a scene where the main character fights topless (though she doesn't realize this until after the battle and she covers up quickly). Two people kiss and sex is implied (I skipped over that area), but doesn't go into detail. The villains constantly tie her up and it is mentioned that they removed her clothes. Again, this is only done to show that they're evil, it doesn't go into detail, and the character does clothe herself as soon as possible.
Our ancestors care about our well being and watch over us. They are happy when we are happy and sad when we are sad. To prepare ourselves for the future we must learn from the past. People are supposed to come together as husband and wife. Fighting is only justified when we are fighting to protect our freedom and our families. Those who do evil will answer for their crimes, whether in this life or the next.