Review & Giveaway: DAUGHTER OF THE SKY by Michelle Diener

Update – Congratulations to bn100, the winner of Michelle’s giveaway! Thanks to all who participated!

Who is ready for another giveaway? Michelle Diener is giving away a digital copy of her new book Daughter of the Sky to one reader, so don’t leave without a commenting below! If you haven’t read any of Michelle’s books yet, give this one a try.

Official Summary:

The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don’t accede to their outrageous demands. The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour. With no idea why the British are marching three massive columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk. But the life he’s gambling with isn’t his own…

The sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Zululand coast, 15 year-old Elizabeth Jones is taken in by the Zulus, the people of the sky. Six years later, her white skin becomes useful to the Zulu army as they try to work out why the Victorian Empire has pointed their war-machine at the Zulu nation. Elizabeth is suddenly Zululand’s most important spy.

While infiltrating the British camp, Elizabeth’s disguise as a young soldier is uncovered almost immediately by Captain Jack Burdell. However, he believes the tale she spins of searching for a missing brother and shields her from discovery, allowing her to bunk in his tent and giving her a job as his batman. Burdell is war-weary and disillusioned – no longer willing to follow regulations at all costs.

But as Elizabeth and Jack explore their growing attraction to each other, the two armies move towards their inevitable clash. Elizabeth is torn between the guilt of betrayal and her fierce loyalty to her Zulu family, and when Zulu and British meet on the battlefield, both she and Jack find their hearts and their lives caught in the crossfire.

So Many Reads Review:

Daughter of the Sky was such a fascinating book. I am not one that is typically interested in stories about wars so I was a little intimated reading Daughter of the Sky. Michelle writes such intelligent books and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow along with it. But, I love Michelle’s writing so I dived in head first as soon as it came out. And you know what? I was quickly engaged in the story and found it hard to put it down. I was completely lost to the outside world while reading this and was transported back to late 1800’s Zululand. Michelle writes her stories with such passion for the time period and the people and events in them. While reading I actually researched Zululand a little bit. I love it when a story sticks with me that much!

Jack, the hero of the story is a Captain in the British Army. He does his duty but wonders if he believes in what he is doing anymore. He finds he would rather not be fighting and is a little lost in his world right now. He feels it is his responsibility to follow in his father’s footsteps to be in the army, though.  Elizabeth is an adopted Zulu. She has lived with the Zulu’s for the past six years and believes she is more a Zulu than she is English. Her white skin and red hair cause her to stand out among the dark skinned Zulu’s which makes her the prefect spy for Zululand. She believes this task is her duty to the people who saved her from the shipwreck and are her family now. She wants to do what she can to protect them, so she agrees to play a young private in the army.

Jack and Elizabeth are so fun to watch, especially since he knows she is a female while everyone else thinks she is a boy and because he is attracted to her. I am impressed at all the physical labor Elizabeth does without complaint. Both Jack and Elizabeth have their own personal issues to overcome while a bigger war is going on around them. They are both honorable people which makes you like them from the beginning.

Michelle does a wonderful job with the romance between Jack and Elizabeth in this book. It was very appropriate for the characters and the story and thought things ended perfectly. Elizabeth has such a close connection with her Zulu family and it was great to see her interact with her “brother” Lindani, the one that saved her from the shipwreck. You get to see the deep love and respect they have for each other. It is so sweet.

If you are looking for a book that is different than a lot of others out there with such a good story, I highly recommend Daughter of the Sky. It has so many great qualities in it that I look for in a book such as romance, espionage, family ties, pride in one’s country, history, and love. Go pick up your copy today!


To be entered in the giveaway for a digital copy of Daughter of the Sky, please reply below and tell us if you have ever pretended to be someone you are not in order to spy on someone and was it successful? Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm central time on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and then announced on website.

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