As one of my most anticipated publications for March 2018, you can imagine my excitement when on March 6th, I was finally able to say I had Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins in my book collection.
As I had been eagerly anticipating its release to say I was worried about it not living up to expectations would be an understatement.
So, what did I think of Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins
Publisher: Del Rey Books (March 6, 2018, first published November 1, 2014)
Print Length: 437 pages
Audiobook Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
Narrator: Lucy Price-Lewis
FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN.
They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift–or a curse.
But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.
First things first, when I first started reading Daughters of the Storm, I fell head over heals for Wilkins writing style. So much so, in fact, that I hopped onto Goodreads to see when the next book, Sisters of the Fire, was slated for release. It was upon looking this up that I found out that Daughters of the Storm is not a brand new release by Wilkins and instead it has been published in Australia since 2014! I guess the reason I’m saying all of this is so that if you fall in love with Daughters of the Storm, you can order its sequel from Harlequin Books out of Australia. But, I digress.
Daughters of the Storm tells the fantastical story of five very different sisters as they try to come up with a way to save their ailing father, while also trying to make sure their stepbrother does not overstep his place in the succession.
As I said previously, I fell in love with the way Wilkins wrote this story. Her writing was both complex and direct. If she wanted you to dislike a character, it was apparent. If she wanted you to struggle to understand the religion, it was apparent. It was refreshing to read a novel not trying to guess the authors intent, and if you like a plot driven story with both magic and religious competing against one another, this is the story for you. The only thing that may deter some readers is that there is a pretty heavy emphasis on swear words, but considering I swear like a trucker most days, it didn’t bother me.
As with the writing, Wilkins characters and their development are a joy to read about. Daughters of the Storm is told, mostly, from six perspectives: Bluebell – the oldest, Ash – the magically adept, Rose – the mother, Willow – the religious, Ivy – the attention seeker, and Wylm – the usurping stepbrother. Each are written with distinct personalities making no two PoV’s the same. Out of the five sisters, however, I did enjoy reading from Rose’s perspective the most. Her story was so interesting in that she was in a politically arranged marriage but in love with another. This love triangle of sorts was even more intriguing given that Rose’s daughter was fathered by the lover and not by a king. In all, each of the characters inhabited a morally grey area, neither good or bad, but isn’t that why we enjoy characters so much, am I right?
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins . Have any historical fiction fantasy recommendations? Leave them below and help my TBR grow.