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I must admit that my interest in reading this book was piqued due to my complete ignorance as to its subject matter. As I’ve mentioned ad nauseum I do like to learn as I read. You could put my knowledge of the history of any of the countries in Africa on the head of a pin.
Daughter of the Sky starts off with a page turning shipwreck where the heroine, Elizabeth is the only survivor. She is saved and taken in by the Zulus – the people of the sky. She was being returned to England after her parents had been killed in a riot in China. Killed by English soldiers so Elizabeth has no love for her home country. She learns to lover her Zulu family and when her life is threatened by English colonialism she agrees to become a spy to help her new people.
She disguises herself as a soldier and infiltrates the British army camp. While there she comes to like the men with whom she works and one officer discovers her deception. She becomes conflicted as she doesn’t want anyone to get hurt – the men she has come to know or the Zulu family she loves. But war is inevitable and there are internal issues on both sides.
I read this in one sitting, staying up late into the night to finish. It was a fascinating story woven by a writer who knows her history and knows how to bring that history to life. The characters were well developed and they were not simply good or bad. There was depth to them – with the exception of Elizabeth’s adoptive brother’s uncle. He was a bit one note but he was necessary for plot development. I loved the romance, I learned some history and I now want to know more. If you ask me there is not much more you can ask from a book.
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Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of Daughter of the Sky from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.