Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn: Blog Tour and $25 Giveaway!

Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn Skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue... and, of course, kissing. The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love. Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance that takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.

From the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, The Dharian Affairs is a new series filled with equal doses of action-adventure and romance, meant to appeal to fans of Mindjack.

I was so excited to be able to read Third Daughter, the first book in a new series by Susan Quinn.  I LOVED her Mindjack series.  LOVED.  So, I had high hopes for this new book!

The east Indian flavor world sprinkled with steampunk creates such pretty pictures in my head.  Bollypunk, indeed!  I wasn't sure I was going to love it at first but I did.  I totally fell in love.

Aniri is a passionate girl.  Her emotions lead her decisions most of the time.  In the beginning, what she wants most is to marry for love.  I don't think that desire ever goes away but at some point Aniri focus shifts to her loyalty to her land, people and queen.  It is always her heart leading the way though and I really loved that.  Aniri is strong (but not too strong), brave and loyal.  She does have a smart, quick mind that has just never really had the opportunity to shine.  As the third daughter, not much was expected from her in that way.  It was satisfying to watch her grow and use her mind and realize that she had value.

The world that was created for me was vivid and alive.  I could see things and smell them.  I loved the intrigue and danger.  It was just a fantastic feast for my senses and my heart.  I was so sad when it ended.  I didn't want to put that book down and I didn't want to leave the story.  I am going to be anxiously looking forward to the next book!

Enjoy the following excerpt followed by the giveaway!

Priya gave Aniri a sly glance in the mirror. “If my lady is not interested in the new Samirian diplomat, I know many ladies of the court who will be. I might even try a hand at him myself.”

Aniri smiled. “Priya, you are wicked.” She decided it was indulgent to burden Priya with her worries. She would have to figure this out herself. Priya stabbed in a final pin, making Aniri wince. “I also think you secretly train in the fencing room with those pins.”

“Yes, my lady, I do.” Priya pulled another pin from her waist and flourished it in the air. “Have you seen the fencing instructors? They are quite handsome, and strong, and very… sweaty in their earnest practice.”

Aniri nearly laughed, but her sour mood returned when Priya stepped back, her primping complete. Aniri studied herself in the mirror. The girl who had run into the forest in her night clothes was completely erased, and a princess glowered back at her.

“Perhaps you could go to tea in my place, Priya.”

“Oh no, my lady.” Priya gave her a mocking half-curtsey. “My bravery is nowhere near equal to that task.”

Aniri wasn’t sure hers was either.

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Author Susan Kaye Quinn Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. The Dharian Affairs trilogy is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. It's possible she's easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she's up to by subscribing to her newsletter (hint: new subscribers get a free short story!).

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