Daughter of the Sky

Daughter of the Sky Alternate cover edition for ISBN ISBN The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don t accede to their outrageous demands The clock is ticking down to the

  • Title: Daughter of the Sky
  • Author: Michelle Diener
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover edition for ISBN 10 0987417622 ISBN 13 9780987417626The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don t accede to their outrageous demands The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour With no idea why the British are marching three massive columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk ButAlternate cover edition for ISBN 10 0987417622 ISBN 13 9780987417626The Victorian Empire has declared war on the Zulus if they don t accede to their outrageous demands The clock is ticking down to the appointed hour With no idea why the British are marching three massive columns of men and guns towards them, one Zulu general is prepared to take an impossible risk But the life he s gambling with isn t his own The sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Zululand coast, 15 year old Elizabeth Jones is taken in by the Zulus, the people of the sky Six years later, her white skin becomes useful to the Zulu army as they try to work out why the Victorian Empire has pointed their war machine at the Zulu nation Elizabeth is suddenly Zululand s most important spy While infiltrating the British camp, Elizabeth s disguise as a young soldier is uncovered almost immediately by Captain Jack Burdell However, he believes the tale she spins of searching for a missing brother and shields her from discovery, allowing her to bunk in his tent and giving her a job as his batman Burdell is war weary and disillusioned no longer willing to follow regulations at all costs But as Elizabeth and Jack explore their growing attraction to each other, the two armies move towards their inevitable clash Elizabeth is torn between the guilt of betrayal and her fierce loyalty to her Zulu family, and when Zulu and British meet on the battlefield, both she and Jack find their hearts and their lives caught in the crossfire.

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Michelle Diener’s Daughter of the Sky was new territory for me. I knew virtually nothing about the Anglo-Zulu War prior to reading the book, but I was intrigued by the prospect and couldn’t help taking interest in the novel. Looking back, however, I have to admit to feeling the novel’s characters and themes outshone the history on which it was based.I don’t mean to discount Diener’s illustration of the British invasion of Zululand or [...]

    2. 4.5/5What a fascinating setting to use for a romance.Elizabeth Jones is travelling back to England following the death of her parents in China when she is shipwrecked off the coast of South Africa. She is rescued by Lindani, a Zulu, and she is adopted by his family, spending years living as a Zulu who is now known as Inyoni. With the coming of the British invaders, her English language skills will come in useful if she could spy for the Zulu, which Elizabeth is eager to do. Her loyalty now is to [...]

    3. Diener writes a good story, and I am decidedly an affirmed fan of her sense of proportion regarding percentage of story devoted to romance/relationship/sex. I like for there to be some present, on all counts, but for me less is more. I usually think the proportion is "just right" when I finish a Diener book, and Daughter of the Sky was no exception.I also appreciated the insight into an apparently well known historical battle that I had never even heard of. She made it more than interesting, and [...]

    4. This book was like a leap into another age and different culture for me. There are so many things I loved… the Zulus. Wow. I love their pride, their loyalty, their respect for each other. Elizabeth is known as Inyoni, the bird… the daughter of sky, she rises out of lightning and a sinking ship to embrace her Zulu family. The way she becomes the sister of the Lindani who rescues her… he brings the beauty and depth of the Zulu people alive.Jack Burdell is a great contrast. He sees Elizabeth [...]

    5. 3.5 stars. I absolutely love reading historical fiction about places and times that I'm not familiar with. Sure, it's nice to read about old favorites like Tudor England or WWII Europe but it's also nice to go off the beaten path and explore some place or some time new. "Daughter of the Sky" takes place during the height of Victorian England's conquering and collecting of lands in Africa. This was very much a new time and place for me.Although this is a story about the war between the Zulus and [...]

    6. I can't say that I have ever read anything in this era in this place. All new to me, but new is good.It's about a young girl who grows up to a young woman among the Zulus. Elizabeth has no love for the British (and it's totally understandable) and she gets a new home and family threw a horrible accident. But for her it's all the better. A new way of life, and a new look at life. She was strong, she felt real, because even if she is strong she is also afraid.All good things must come to an end an [...]

    7. Daughter of the Sky is about a young girl who survives a shipwreck after being rescued by the Zulu tribe. She lives with them for 6 years and and when the British arrive with an ultimatum for the chief to disband his army and surrender to British authority of which the chief refuses and war ensues,she volunteers to be a spy for her tribe. So Elizabeth dresses like a boy to infiltrate the British camp so she can find out anything she can to help her adopted family. Her good intentions are found o [...]

    8. I was a bit apprehensive when I got this book: with a white heroine proudly emblazoned on the cover and a premise set during the 19th century Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa, I was afraid it would be White Man's Burden meets The Power of One. (And I say this as someone who loves The Power of One, but let's be real, it's problematic.)  Instead, this is a lovely historical romance with a bold heroine living in two worlds, belonging to neither, and a fascinating armchair escape to an era and locale [...]

    9. Daughter of the Sky was such a fascinating book. I am not one that is typically interested in stories about wars so I was a little intimated reading Daughter of the Sky. Michelle writes such intelligent books and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow along with it. But, I love Michelle’s writing so I dived in head first as soon as it came out. And you know what? I was quickly engaged in the story and found it hard to put it down. I was completely lost to the outside world while reading [...]

    10. Daughter of the Sky was my first read by historical fiction author Michelle Diener and I'm very pleased to say that it was a wonderful introduction to her writing style and I'm really glad I signed up for the tour for this book.I've often felt that historical fiction set in Africa is an underused theme so that coupled with the fact that I've long been wanting to give this author a try is was prompted me to want to read Daughter of the Sky, plus my obsession with Africa may have a wee part in tha [...]

    11. I must admit that my interest in reading this book was piqued due to my complete ignorance as to its subject matter. As I've mentioned ad nauseum I do like to learn as I read. You could put my knowledge of the history of any of the countries in Africa on the head of a pin.Daughter of the Sky starts off with a page turning shipwreck where the heroine, Elizabeth is the only survivor. She is saved and taken in by the Zulus - the people of the sky. She was being returned to England after her parents [...]

    12. Daughter of the Sky is a love story that takes place in the middle of a war that should never have happened. I've been a fan of the author since her first book. All her books are excellent, but this one is superb. I believed in this story right from the beginning when Lindani, who becomes Elizabeth's Zulu brother, sees her ship go down in the storm and swims into the raging ocean to save her. So when she offers to be a spy against the British, I believed she would do this. Especially since the B [...]

    13. Wonderful historical 4 stars 1/2I read "Daughter of the Sky" by Michelle Diener. I don't usually read war stories but because I loved her other book "The Emperor's conspiracy" so much, I decided to give it a try. It's the story of Elizabeth and Jack. Ms. Diener did her research very well;she is very descriptive writer, so much, I could see the surroundings of her story. Lots of emotions! If you love war historical romance , then this book is for you.I recommend this beautiful book!

    14. A wonderful blend of fact and fiction by Michelle Diener. Elizabeth was shipwrecked and adopted by the Zulus. Now, years later, the British Imperialists are making unreasonable demands of the Zulus and Elizabeth becomes a spy to help her adopted tribe. An amazing attention to detail makes this an intriguing book!

    15. Excellent historical fiction set in South Africa during the Zulu Wars. Reminds me of Wilbur Smith at his best (particularly The Burning Shore).

    16. First of all, I got this book months and months ago, back in March I think, and once again I'm pretty much hitting myself on the head for not reading it sooner. Someone needs to remind me to not ever let a Michelle Diener book wait this long. With that said, we can get on to talking about the bookWhen Elizabeth Jones gets rescued from a shipwreck and taken in by the Zulus, she thought to have left her life in England behind her, being content with her life as a Zulu. Six years later, however the [...]

    17. 3.5 This was my first adventure involving the Victorian empire and Zululand, South Africa. Daughter of the Sky is a story about war, spies and greed laced with romance and fascinating characters. I found myself swept up in the historical events and the beautiful landscape. Three word review: captivating, adventurous and passionate.Diener takes us to Zululand in the late 1800’s a time when the British Empire was conquering lands to secure their dominance. Here we meet Elizabeth Jones a redheade [...]

    18. Michelle Diener popped on my radar about a year ago when I received a copy of her novel In A Treacherous Court.  I quickly became engrossed in the book and her ability to take me on a wild ride from start to finish.  When I heard she was publishing a book about the war between the British Empire and the Zulus (an African clan that is now KwaZulu-Natal) I was intrigued to say the least.As the only survivor of a deadly shipwreck that took place off the coast of Zululand, Elizabeth Jones is res [...]

    19. This is an incredible story. It's so rich in history--a history I knew nothing of before reading this, people I knew nothing of, a battle I knew nothing of. It touches on so many things and is so much more than just a story.It's about countries waging war for the wrong reasons, about underestimating others merely because they are different. It's about the life of a soldier and doing what one's told whether it's right or not. It's about divided loyalty. It's about how everyone believes they are r [...]

    20. B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars here As a reader always on the hunt for unusual settings and non-wallpaper history, Daughter of the Sky sounded like it could be quite a book. And at times, it was. After all, romance readers don't often get a chance to find their way to South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War. The pacing had some issues and the story didn't quite come to life as much as the very best books tend to do, but it's still overall a unique and often engrossing story.As the book opens, we see a y [...]

    21. Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link!Excerpt:Let me first say that I enjoyed this book immensely. I’m an African Studies buff and I enjoy the opportunity to read some sort of fiction from or about the region. So when I was approached with the opportunity to read this book, I pretty much jumped all over it. This book is self-published and a rare treat for this format in my opinion- it is well-edited and the characters have been thoroughly fleshed out. I also appreciat [...]

    22. In Daughter of the Sky, Michelle Diener wove a tale of intrigue, war, family and love.War has reached the Zulus who Elizabeth has been living with for the last six years after being rescued from a shipwreck. Being British and light skinned, her life could be at risk with her current people. She offers to help in any way she can. As a spy, she cuts off her hair, pulls on a British soldier's uniform and tried to blend in at camp.It didn't take long for her to need help and it comes in the form of [...]

    23. Set during the Zululand war in 1878, with journal flashbacks to the same British arrogance and mistakes made 30 years earlier in India, and each chapter beginning with a quote from the actual period, it's enough to give anyone a sense of what it was really like. The fact that the main characters didn't actually exist is really irrelevant to the beauty of this book, and the understanding it develops as you get an unbiased view of the Zulu behavior and context for their actions. I hope we're all s [...]

    24. This is set during the Zulu wars against Britain. A young British girl was raised by a Zulu clan like the girl in Clan of the Cave Bear, and she doesn't know which way to turn when the Zulu are instructed to come under British rule. She tries to support the people who have raised her, but she makes friends on both sides and sees that war will be fought. There's a lot of action, tension and historical details in this interesting read, and quite an unusual romance.

    25. HEARTFELT HISTORYI remember studying this event during my high school years. I wasn't the most avid history buff, but I was very much into reading of this time. It brings to mind that history repeats itself over & over. Even though this is a work in fiction, it is still part of what we face even today in many places around the world.

    26. I thought this book was a pretty good story. The setting was one I think isn't common in books, but I liked learning about the Zulu's whose history I only know about from movies. The main character was good, I liked her. The writing was a little confusing, point of views switched about a little to often, but I think the story was still there.

    27. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the historical side of this mixed in with the romance. So worth reading and very interesting. Even if you're not interested in African history, this is worth the read as it engages and makes you feel a part of the story.

    28. I really enjoyed this book. It was so refreshing to have a different setting (South Africa during the Zulu war) and the situation was one I never would have imagined. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a good read.

    29. I received this book for free through First Reads. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to review this. More to follow on my rating.

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