Kindle unlimited really brought the goods with this book. I think it might be my new bookish obsession. I adore the master / apprentice trope generally (when done well) and this one played into it so good I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved every moment. With it’s addictive writing, somewhat wholesome romance and most amazing, stubborn protagonists, Daughter of No Worlds exceeded all expectations I had for it and then some. I immediately downloaded the next book.
Star rating: 5 stars
Tisaanah was made a slave when she was a small child, becoming the favourite of a man who abuses her. She dances and creates illusions with her magic for money, and on the day she finally raises enough money to buy her way out, she barely escapes with her life. Her destination is The Orders, a place where she can take on an apprenticeship to join their ranks. One of their members has fed her hope and stories for a number of years and she can’t wait to enact revenge on those who have wronged her and other slaves. When she arrives in Aran, she heads straight to the Order of Midnight in hope that she can join their ranks, but apprenticeships were allocate six months ago and she has nowhere to go. Allocated to Max, a reclusive man who has removed himself from the Orders, Tisaanah must use all her brute force to get him to teach her ready for the evaluation she must pass to progress.
What can I even say about this book? It is ridiculously addictive, I flew through all 500+ pages in no time at all. Tisaanah is captivating – I was enamoured with her desire to brute force her way through everything with sheer determination. It’s a phrase I use to describe my approach to maths problems so it was welcome! This woman has had so many traumatic experiences and she still hopes to do good in the world. Tisaanah is a character you can’t help but root for and be drawn to.
Max, who gets his own point of view in the second half of the book, is also a really fascinating character. He also has a traumatic past that he can see repeating itself when the Orders acknowledge Tisaanah’s strength. Honestly I couldn’t love and want to protect this character more, once he gives Tisaanah the training she deserves the two are an unstoppable combination of characters that honestly gave me so much joy in the mist of all the horrors they experience. The romance is slow burn but it is fantastic, I was hanging on to every slightly romantic moment with everything I had.
I was also really enraptured by the plot, so much happens and the book never falls flat at any moment. From Tisaanah’s training montage to putting her new skills to use, I enjoyed the simplicity of her transformation. There’s also some interesting politics going down in the Orders which I’m looking forward to exploring more in the second book. Honestly, there are a whole cast of side characters that I’m excited to learn where they end up!
Overall, this is an excellent fantasy romance that makes for an enjoyable read even though it touches on some really dark experiences of the characters. I think I’m going to read the second book immediately afterwards because I am that ensnared in this story.
Have you read Daughter of No Worlds? If you like fantasy romance and don’t want something too complicated then I recommend you pick this one up.