Castner, K.D. Daughters of Ruin 314 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13
Cadis, Suki, and Iren are all future Queens. But Rhea is different, her father
Declan is the King of the country that won a big war. The other princesses are
held hostage at his court until they come of age to ensure their future loyalty
when they are placed on the thrones of their rebellious kingdoms. They are all
trained to be deadly fighters, which has often pitted them against each other,
making them sister enemies. Each girl has their own strengths and weakness, but
one thing they have in common is their love of the handsome stableboy Endrit. When a
rebellion from an unknown origin occurs, the girls just try to survive, but
their loyalty to each other and their home kingdoms are tested.
was an odd read, as I hated the beginning, loved the middle, and totally
despised the ending. Overall its just cheesy and full of sexual innuendos and
lust for this stableboy. Blech. There are a plethora of extended fighting
scenes, obsession about the stableboy, and hatred for each other, the king,
well everything. It creates the scene for a very negative read. I liked the escapes
that happened during the rebellion and found the characters interesting during
this sequence. But the end made me wish I hadn’t spent time with any of the characters
and wished I hadn’t read the book, they are each totally despicable.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.