Daughter of Witches (Lyra Series)

Daughter of Witches (Lyra Series)

by Patricia C. Wrede


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In the oppressive city of Drinn, a trio of magical strangers offers a servant girl the chance of a new life
Drinn is not a safe place to be a witch. Ranira knows that better than most, for when she was just a child, the temple guards burned her parents at the stake for practicing magic. Now an indentured servant for a brutal innkeeper, she lives every day with the shame of her parents’ alleged crime.
There is no worse time to visit Drinn than during the Midwinter Festival, when the city gates are sealed so that no outsider can witness the temple’s secret rituals. And at Ranira’s inn, three guests have overstayed their welcome. Attempting to protect Ranira from her master’s cruelty, the three reveal their magical powers and attract the attention of the temple guards. Now, to save her new friends from certain death, Ranira must unleash the power that cost her parents their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453258286
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Series: Lyra Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

For over twenty years, Patricia C. Wrede (b. 1953) has expanded the boundaries of young-adult fantasy writing. Her first novel, Shadow Magic (1982), introduced Lyra, a magical world in which she set four more novels. Her other series include the Enchanted Forest Chronicles; the Cecelia and Kate novels, co-written with Caroline Stevermer; the Mairelon books, which take place in Regency England; and the Old-West Frontier Magic series. Wrede lives and works in Minnesota.

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“No doubt the charm, humor, and intelligence of Wrede’s writing will continue to enthrall.” —Publishers Weekly “High-style fantasy and adventure.” —The New York Times “Wrede’s characters are understated but complex . . . and the world-building is generously spiced with political and magical mysteries, perils, and conflicts.” —The Horn Book

“Wrede’s delightful voice is all her own.” —School Library Journal


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Daughter of Witches 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BruceCoulson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a bad fantasy/YA; but not Wrede's best work. Ranira is a bond-servant with a troubled past, who becomes involved in spying and intrigues in the city of Drinn much against her will. Her troubles and tribulations force Ranira to finally accept a hidden truth about herself. A fairly standard coming of age story; readable, but not memorable.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad, not wonderful. I don't like Ranira or Shandy nearly as much as the protagonists of Shadow Magic or The Seven Towers. Jaden's nice, Mist is interesting but not very appealing, and Arelnath is way too prickly. And everyone else in the book is some kind of nasty. Good story - yet another coming-of-age - but largely unpleasant or uninteresting characters, so it's not as good. Still good, but not as good - not a favorite. Ranira's mental block on magic, even with good solid reasons behind it, is just a trifle too convenient. And while I like the Cilhar, neither of these draw me in. As I said above - not bad, not wonderful.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting but not her best.Ranira is a bond-servant, saw her parents burn in the town square on suspicion of sorcery. In this town Women are veiled.Mist is a sorceress drawn to the city because there is magic that has gone wrong. Accompanied by Jaren and Arelnath - both fighters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love adventure and magic this is the book for you. I have read this book over and over and still enjoy every bit of it. I love Patricia C. Wrede and her work is amazing. I just wish she wrote more books like this. I have read all of her books and there should be more. This is one of the greatest stories of magic and adventure that I have ever read. If you can get a copy of this book, I suggest you buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book by chance I took it cuz it had mystery, adventure, witchcraft, and a women as the main characters. Of course, the fact that one of the womens names was close to mine didn't hurt. Once I started to read it, I couldn't but it down. After reading it I wanted more. Every page was thrilling. That book turned me on to her other works (Enchanted Forest Series) and I've been a fan ever since.