I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I liked the various characters, especially Dar & the Orcs. I will read the rest of the series ~ I need to found out how it ends. If you like fantasy stories that are well written then try this one.
Excellent Read! Couldn't put the book down it was so good. The story is very original and was written well. My boyfriend even read it and liked it too! Fall in love with fantasy again, read this book :) I'm keeping it around for a second read through. And bought the others books in the series.
The novel is about Dar, who is branded as a salve and forced to serve the regiment of orcs that fight for her king. Dar was used to a rough life, she grow up in the cold and poor mountain regions with a family that was happy to send her away. However Dar is able to open up to the orcs and communicates with them while the other humans are just disgusted and afraid of the orcs. It becomes apparent that perhaps Dar was destined to befriend the orcs. The title does suggest she will be Queen of the Orcs.
2/2/ 2010 Follow Up: Read the second book in the series "Clan Daughter." Not disappointing at all. :)
It is a very good trilogy. Interesting read and fun story.
What do you do when your family betrays you and sells you to be a slave to Orcs? Dar decides that she is going to survive. To do that, she must understand the Orcs and keep her eyes open, ready to escape.
Destiny has set her feet upon the path of salvation... if she can only survive!
The first in a series of three books following the story of a backcountry girl enslaved to serve a king's army on the march. This is a well-plotted fantasy saga, but ultimately the unconvincing characters make this book and its sequel (I couldn't make it through the third one) unsatisfying reads. I really wanted to like this trilogy because it's such a great concept - orcs not as monstrous creatures but as powerful mercenaries from an old civilization. Supporting a corrupt human king only because he holds their queen hostage. Lots of opportunity to show the monsters acting with humanity while the men act as a savages. The storyline is somewhat compelling, but there's something off about the heroine. In fact, all the female characters. They think/act the way a man (at least, a man of a certain age) might think they would. The male characters are more or less stock heroes and villains.
A good start to what appears to be an interesting trilogy. Dar is taken by the King's men and forced to help support the army. She doesn't get along with the men and seeks some protection from the Orcs - which earns her resentment from the humans. This is just the first book in the series and while it makes sense in itself, it is merely the first third of a larger tale.
Cover looks different than what I'm posting, but it's the same title, isbn, author, etc.