- Year: 2014
- Page Number: 584
- File Type: Epub
- File Size: 1.09 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
BEYOND THE REALM OF DREAMS IS A WORLD SHE NEVER IMAGINED.
Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure . . . and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life.
But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave possessed of his own strange abilities to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch?
Characterization is so vivid in this tale, the reader truly feels for each person. They spring to life before you with unforgettable clarity. Sairu is one of the most endearing heroines I have encountered in quite some time. Fierce, kind, loyal beyond reason at times, and determined, she truly stole my heart. Jovann, a Chhayan prince taken captive, is another amazing character. His steadfastness, pain vulnerability, love and humor shine forth. I also loved becoming better acquainted with Sunan, a character featured in earlier books. It was truly wonderful to discover a portion of his backstory. His character is so complex that one aches for him. And, perhaps the most enigmatic character of all is Lady Hariawan, the Dream Walker. A character of unfathomable mystery, Hariawan is both unempathetic and oddly strong. I could not fully grasp her motivations for many of her actions, which perhaps is why she is so unforgettable. At times, I felt true sorrow for her and at other times she infuriated me. To be fair, I will say I do not loathe her, but I do not love her, either. This, of course, is the mark of a superb storyteller, for Mrs. Stengl draws these characters in such a way the reader can identify with each individual.
Golden Daughter will transport you to a world of pain and hope, a world where a malevolent Dragon seeks to destroy and a Song Giver rules with ultimate power. Enter a world where hidden temples built from voices reside and where the Moon’s Garden blooms with blossoms of opals. Travel through a beautiful palace and a Valley of Suffering. Most importantly, meet amazing people who, although different in some ways from ourselves, are not so different after all. Meet people who hurt and seek vengeance, and meet people who love despite their baser instincts. This novel reminded me of Romans 8:28 through the end of the chapter. Through God’s help, we are more than conquerors. All things work together for good to them that love God.
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