DaggerStar - Epic of Palins, Bk. 1 Author:Elizabeth Vaughan She is a mercenary trained in the ways of war and the blade -- nothing more. — A woman known only as Red Gloves has come to the land of Palins in search of work. What she finds, however, is the torched fields and razed farms of a land defiled. — If you see her without the gloves, run... — This is all Josiah knows about the mysterious woman -- until... more » he catches a glimpse of the dagger-star birthmark, a sign that she is destined to free his people from a ruthless usurper's reign of terror.
But she is more dangerous when following her heart...
Red doesn't believe in gods. Nevertheless, she finds herself drawn into the rebellion -- not by the prophecy or the chance to win the throne, but by the pain of untold loss in Josiah's eyes ....« less
Susannah C. reviewed Dagger-Star (Epic of Palins, Bk. 1) on
Helpful Score: 9
This book has gotten such bad press that I almost did not order it. The front cover and back blurb where so bad when I got it that I almost did not read it... Red Gloves and goat herders, please. Well, thank goodness I did, this is such a great book that I gave it 5 stars and just had to write a review. This book is not set in the primitive Lord of the Plains world. The Warprize trilogy was so great that you are inevitably disappointed not to return. Dagger-Star is set in a nieghboring world that has mages, magic and seriously strong women. Vaughn manages to pull off a strong alpha heroine who is still vulnerable and a vulnerable hero who is still strong. It is a great story with wonderful secondary characters and lots of room for future installments. I can't wait for Evie's book which I think comes out in 4-2009. My only negative comment would be that the red gloves, as in the apparel item, by story is a bit contrived, but it works in the end and does not over shadow the rest of the story. Seriously well done.
This is the first book I have read from this author...Dagger-star Elizabeth Vaughan
Loved this one. Romance, spirituality, paranormal, magic. I found some interesting religious tones also....but in a very thought provoking way....opthers might not even notice, but it just made the story more joyful to me.
Grabbed my attention from page one and wouldn't let me go.
Highly recommend it. Can't wait for the next one in next year, I hope.
I loved this book!
I definetly thought this was an excellently crafted book dealing with a reversal of the traditional male/ female roles. I enjoyed the character development during the story and even liked the secondary characters. Great read!
I really liked this book! It's interesting with gender switching, cultural differences and intrigue! The switching of genders was smartly pulled off without making the female character overly testosteroned and not feminizing the male character.
I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys magic, mages and strong female characters. I hope there are more books coming in this series. Very interesting secondary characters and I'm sure there is a story behind those magic goats. The Red Glove thing seemed a little contrived, why not black, etc.? My only problem with the story was why so many had the mark of the Chosen? I read all the Warprize books and have put this author on my list to watch for.