DAUGHTER OF THE SKY by Michelle Diener
( Published 1 March 2013, 340 pages)
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About Daughter of the Sky:
The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don’t accede to their outrageous demands. The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour. With no idea why the British are marching three massive columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk. But the life he’s gambling with isn’t his own . . .
The sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Zululand coast, 15 year-old Elizabeth Jones is taken in by the Zulus, the people of the sky. Six years later, her white skin becomes useful to the Zulu army as they try to work out why the Victorian Empire has pointed their war-machine at the Zulu nation. Elizabeth is suddenly Zululand’s most important spy.
While infiltrating the British camp, Elizabeth’s disguise as a young soldier is uncovered almost immediately by Captain Jack Burdell. However, he believes the tale she spins of searching for a missing brother and shields her from discovery, allowing her to bunk in his tent and giving her a job as his batman. Burdell is war-weary and disillusioned – no longer willing to follow regulations at all costs.
But as Elizabeth and Jack explore their growing attraction to each other, the two armies move towards their inevitable clash. Elizabeth is torn between the guilt of betrayal and her fierce loyalty to her Zulu family, and when Zulu and British meet on the battlefield, both she and Jack find their hearts and their lives caught in the crossfire.
What Reviewers Are Saying:
“… a fascinating book … I highly recommend Daughter of the Sky.” So Many Reads
“In short… this book is fast-paced and full of tension. The characters are multi-dimensional and amazing.” Colorimetry
“If you like strong historical fiction with romantic themes and an unusual setting, this could be the book for you. I truly enjoyed it!” The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
“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.” Broken Teepee
” . . . it was just the read I needed. Easily losing myself in the story, it had a romance I was rooting for and a larger historical arc that was tense and fascinating.” Unabridged Chick
Some Full Reviews:
So Many Reads
The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
The Reading Reviewer
Turning the Pages
A Bookish Affair
The Caffeinated Reviewer