I have once again been lazy and am now sitting down to schedule a few posts for the upcoming week. I have had a lot of interesting reads towards the end of the last month and the next week or so does not lack in the randomness of the variety. I hope I have peaked your interest to keep an eye out for them
I am not sure what I was expecting going in, having already seen a few great reviews on the blogosphere. The cover had me initially convinced that there would be a fantasy version hidden somewhere. That was not the case. The Firekeeper’s daughter is about Daunis Fontaine, born with feet in two different worlds, even if they are technically geographically adjacent.
She knows in her heart which part that calls to her and that comes with its own burdens. She is living her everyday life, although a little burdened by grief when more things go wrong. It starts off on a seemingly ordinary day, and then in a span of a few hours, her entire world is turned upside down. This also gives her new insight into her own community while she struggles between her fierce loyalty and the mounting suspicion that there is a lot wrong in her town.
It is a fast-paced, emotionally packed narrative. It also has an almost complete introductory guide to the local culture, which was fascinating. There is always so much more to learn when you find some of the older belief systems explained to you. The pure love that Daunis has for her faith in the world and her rootedness in all of it is apparent, and it almost carries the entire story on its shoulders. Not to mention the stark realities of the games played with their families by the government and how a lot of their culture is slowly fading due to systemic efforts by the people in higher places.
Finally, I must mention that despite her natural tendency to behave with maturity, there were some things that she was so blind to or did not understand even if she noticed it that it felt like realistic teenager behaviour. Some of the more recent books sometimes tend to make the lead protagonists older than their ages all the time, but here I did not have that feeling (for the most part).
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.