Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Duke's Handmaid

The Duke’s Handmaid, The Ascendancy Trilogy, Caprice Hokstad, Splashdown Books, fantasy, 2010, 321 pages.
Synopsis: 
Slavery...loyalty. 

Torture...honor. 

Betrayal...selflessness. 

All the young orphan wanted was security in a world that destroyed her family and left her alone and homeless. Can the simple farmgirl find a new family through voluntary enslavement to the duke's household? 

Crafted in a highly precise writing style so smooth it slips right from the page into your imagination, this fantastical storyworld examines timeless social issues that inform global justice today.

My thoughts: I wasn’t sure what I expected when I opened this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I found. Not that that’s a bad thing; I rather enjoyed the book! The story revolves around an Itzi girl who gives herself as a Freewill slave to the duke of her land. Her character is nearly perfect, but still makes mistakes, like any other human being.

The plot line wasn’t very tangible. I couldn’t tell where the story was going until the last chapter, though it was hinted at earlier. There are a lot of grisly descriptions, so squeamish readers should look out.

Apart from the representations of Keedrina and the duke, I didn’t notice any reference to Christian thinking. Maybe there was something and I just didn’t see it, but I was a little disappointed in that regard.


My rating: 3 stars

I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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2 comments:

  1. Hm...Interesting. I'll not read it :) Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Noah, I just wanted to jump in here because I read this book also. It's not meant to be overtly Christian. It's pretty well defined as an allegory, so most things are symbolic.

    Also, this is not a typical action-oriented book. I notice you've reviewed a lot of books by authors such as Bryan Davis and Wayne Thomas Batson. Great writers, but their books are very plot-driven. If that is what you are used to, the plot of The Duke's Handmaid may have seemed intangible. But it's more of a character-driven story.

    You did say you enjoyed the book, so I hope your followers here take note of that. And thanks for taking the time to read and review it. You may find yourself thinking about things from this book later and realize it's got more going for it than you realized right away.

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