Daughter of Vengeance

Fiction - Fantasy - General
316 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2013
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Author Biography

I've been writing for most of my life, though until a few years ago it was primarily for my own enjoyment. I decided to take the plunge and wrote my first two books in a year. I had the first one edited by a colleague and then tried to find an agent or publisher. Striking out, but undeterred, I published the novel myself. After selling 2,000 copies, I published the second one knowing that no one would want to publish a sequel. Despite having no flair for marketing, the first two novels sold surprisingly well while I was working on my third.

My first two novels were distinctly fantasy. By that I mean that there were dragons, princes, swords and sorcery. While I enjoy those kinds of books, they’re hardly unique in the genre. With “Daughter of Vengeance” I wrote a book predominantly from a female point of view about a young woman coming of age while apprenticed to a master assassin. While technically a steampunk fantasy, the genre is used to supplement the narrative rather than drive it.

My strengths lie in compelling stories with a satisfying mix of action, dialogue and plot building. I don’t believe in waxing philosophical to fill pages or fluff my word count, there will be not be entire paragraphs dedicated to the painfully long-winded description of a button. I have extensive martial arts and marksmanship experience and I use those to create believable and easy to follow action.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Daughter of Vengeance by David Temrick is a spy story where Michelle finds herself in a world of betrayal, murder, and espionage against her wishes. She is led into it and trapped there. She is then trained to become a spy and she commences her life as such. The trials awaiting her are hard and strenuous. Her masters are plotting to destroy the peace of the Kingdom of Rouen without her knowledge.

The genre of espionage, betrayal, and murder makes the theme very intriguing and gives the story an aura of mystery which will encourage readers to finish the book in one go. There are a lot of twists and turns and the sub-plots of the story have been woven well with the main plot. The development of each character and the evolving of the story is also something that must be mentioned. The narration is descriptive, giving clarity to the scenes. The element of fantasy in the settings gives it a surreal ambiance.

Fantasy elements have been used and enjoyed from the time classics were written because they always enchant and captivate readers. Will Michelle be trapped in the world of espionage or will she be able to escape? Will she be able to guide the people in the right direction and save them from being destroyed?