Synopsis from Borders.com:
In a world of clashing cultures, a girl fights for freedom — and finds a surpring romantic ally — after learning a startling truth about her identity. Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fi fteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.
This was one of the best books I've read in awhile. It was so action-packed - seriously, there was never a boring moment. I don't think there was ever a time where I was like "man, I wish she'd just get on with it!" It was fast-paced, funny, and there was even a few "aww" moments. A few unexpected plot twists also helped liven things up. Marriott's wonderful writing makes you really feel Zira/Zahira's emotions. The setting made me think of the landscape depicted in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. Another aspect that I can't say because it would ruin it also reminded me of that series. I haven't read Marriott's other novel, The Swan Kingdom, but after reading Daughter of the Flames, I think it would be worth my time. I definitely recommend Daughter of the Flames if you're looking for a quick-paced, action-packed novel. According to Borders.com, this novel comes out tomorrow so be on the lookout for it!
4 out of 5 stars