A Daughter of No Nation

A Daughter of No Nation

Book - 2015
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Sophie Hansa thinks she's ready to go back to Stormwrack. She's been working out, practicing her knot-tying, learning self-defense. So when Garland Parrish, the captain of the Nightjar, shows up to take her there, the only immediate problem is how guilty she feels about leaving her adoptive parents at home to worry. Of course, as soon as she's back in the alternate, magical world where her birth parents come from, problems start multiplying. The plan is simple: Sophie goes to visit her birth father, Cly, and he agrees to let her birth mother out on bail until their court case is resolved. But nothing in Stormwrack is simple, and soon Sophie; Parrish; her teenage half sister, Verena; and her genius adoptive brother, Bram, are caught up in another web of intrigue.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Tor, Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, ©2015
ISBN: 9780765334503
Branch Call Number: DELLAMO
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 25 cm


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samcmar Jul 06, 2016

Let me preface this review by stating how much I adored Child of the Hidden Sea. I WAS IN LOVE WITH IT! I found it just a unique and refreshing take on both time slip fantasy and pirates. Just the fact alone that pirates are such a dying breed in literature make me depressed considering how much fun and roguish they can be.

And here's the kicker: I was so excited about a sequel for Child of the Hidden Sea because I loved the world, I thought the characters were a ton of fun (BRAM!) and because at the end of the day, I liked how Dellamonica gave the reader a lot to think about. Sophie is wonderful as a heroine who is delectably flawed, but charming nonetheless. Something about A Daughter of No Nation did not grip me right away the way the first book did. I struggled with the majority of this book, and if I'm being honest, I can't really explain why given that everything I liked about the first book was definitely still here and if anything there was more of it.

But I struggled, and realized it wasn't the book: it was me. I was trying to force myself to read this book when I wasn't in the mood, and as a result my enjoyment suffered. This is not a bad sequel by any stretch of the imagination, but rather it didn't hook me the way the first book did. The writing is still quite stellar and vivid, and while I enjoyed it, I felt a bit more lost considering I hadn't reread A Child of the Hidden Sea, and I think I should have.

What I will say, however, is the last hundred pages are what did it for me. I was completely glued the story, turning the pages and demanding the need for more. All of a sudden the book had this grip on me that refused to let go until I had gotten to end. I won't spoil this book, but for those who loved the first one, those last hundred pages will keep you so invested and remind you of why the first book worked so well.

So while this sequel was a bit slow for me and didn't really work for me mood-wise, I still plan on reading book three when it releases. I think sometimes a second book can suffer from a middle book syndrome and sometimes that is okay too. I just admit, I wish there had been more Bram. Any time Bram was around, the book had my fullest attention because darn it, he's just so damn delightful.

Jan 11, 2016

really like the premise of this world building /alternate world scenario promised by the author. It is an interesting look at what earth might be like if there was way more water than there is now. And there is travel by the main characters from current Earth to Stormwreck which is a good spin. I had held out hope that the main character might actually turn into someone I might like in book two but Sophie is still a simpering, thoughtless, arrogant, female that does more harm than good when dealing with people and places in this foreign land. (think Ugly American). Sophie is drawn back to the world to help her birth mother out of jail, spend time with her birth father and her half sibling. She is a scientist at heart and that gives her the license to explore the new world against all requests for her to stop. There is a love interest but she is so arrogant she can't get past hello without saying something stupid. If there is a book three I think I'll skip it.

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