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August 1, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Second Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Series: The Dharian Affairs 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk

Assassins, skyships, and royal intrigue...

With plans for a second skyship exposed, Third Daughter Aniri fears her sister, Seledri, will be caught in a war between the three Queendoms. Seledri is the Second Daughter of Dharia, which means she had no choice in her arranged marriage to the First Son of Samir—a country with whom they may soon be at war. As Aniri fights to free her sister from a husband and a country she does not love, she questions her own rushed betrothal to Prince Malik, the noble barbarian who controls the skyship—and whether a love pledged in the heat of adventure can survive the looming threat of war.

Second Daughter is the second book in The Dharian Affairs trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, assassins, royal romance and intrigue.




I got nothing but crazy love for Susan Kaye Quinn's The Dharian Affairs. Bollywood Steampunk y'all! How ingenious is that?! The world here is well imagined, the characters delightful, the romance totally realistic, and the conflict just took on an epic turn.

Let me start with the romance. So in Third Daughter, Aniri got betrothed to Prince Ash of Jungali. It wasn't a love match initially, but things developed between these two in the end. So you'd think it'll be a smooth road to a royal wedding, Bollywood style. Not! See, Aniri felt things moved too fast, too soon, and doubted if the feelings between her and Ash are real or the result being put in a hair raising situation.

And how I loved this part! It's very anti-insta-love and a very realistic rationalization from someone who's a step or two away from getting into a life-long commitment.

Now on to the action! Things escalated on all fronts in SECOND DAUGHTER. Spoiler alert: Aniri's father, who they thought is long dead, is very much alive and the history behind his disappearance is heartbreaking for a daughter to hear. The kingdom of Samir didn't keep us in suspense for much longer and commenced its war against Dharia and it's allies. It got intense really fast, one minute Aniri was sneaking her sister, Seledri, out of Samir, the next they're being attacked by airships, anarchy ensued, and Ash went missing! 

I love SECOND DAUGHTER, and no way did it suffer from second book syndrome. The progression of the series arc is great; the characters are logical and are not prone to irrational decisions brought on by strong emotional responses to people and events; the action-adventure parts are remarkable; and I am loving the conflict within Aniri's family. As for the Steampunk part, it's solid and unique, but not in a way where it drags the story nor does it overwhelm the readers with gadget nerd talk and the like. The Dharian Affairs just tinkers with that part and wows us with the visuals. This series is worth the read.



 







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26 comments:

  1. I love these second books that are fabulous! Yay for another great read from this author and I love the steampunk element mixed in with the Bollywood! What fun!

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  2. Holy amazeballs, wait, what?! A Bollywood Steampunk?!?! I haven't read anything like that at all; that actually sounds really bloody amazing. The basic premise alone feels unique and refreshing already (plus the fact that it's a mighty sequel to the first book, too). I'd have to give this one a try :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Yup, you better get your hands on the first one. Last time I checked it was still free

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  3. Hold on, hold on, hold onnnn. DO MY EYES DECEIVE ME OR IS THIS REALLY A BOLLYWOOD STEAMPUNK?!!! Ohmygod, I feel like this just broke the fourth wall because how cool is that?! lmao! Wonderful review, Braine!

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. It is! And if it indeed broke the fourth wall then YIPEE!

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  4. I do want to read this one too :)

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  5. I've never read any Bollywood type stories, let alone steampunk! I enjoy Bollywood movies, so maybe I should try reading some. And the second book delivers? I'd definitely be keeping my eyes on this series so that I don't forget.

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    1. I love Bollywood movies, it's so entertaining with all the singing and dancing not to mention the saris!

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  6. Yup, points for originality. I mean, Bollywood steampunk? Lol, who would've thought, right? But it sounds mighty good :)

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    1. It is mighty good! I wonder if they're going to start dancing in the end...

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  7. Bollywood Steampunk> Now that is new and original. I have never read that before, definitely going to have to check it out.

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    1. This is very clean, Heidi, the first one was even tagged "YA" so it might fit your bill

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  8. I saw this series and was curious. Gonna have to try it out

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    1. I think the first book is still free?

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  9. Well that definitely sounds like a fun book and different too.

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    1. How many bollywood steampunk books have you seen/read? Exactly!

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  10. Oh wow, an indian steampunk series - this sounds incredibly unique! love the sound of the Braine, thanks for putting it on my radar.

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  11. Lol. Why do I find these combo funny? It sounds like the author owned it, so good on her. :)

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    1. Maybe coz you're thinking of crazy dancing choreo while aboard airships?

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  12. On first glance this didn't look like steampunk at all and then I noticed it listed as the genre and took a closer look. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I made the same mistake too. I'm glad I took a closer look

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  13. This is new to me. I don't think I've heard of the first book. I like the sounds of Bollywood and Steampunk together. Nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. The second book syndrome. It's the worse. I'm glad you didn't find that Second Daughter didn't face that problem. Bollywood and Steampunk together sounds amazing. I love the diversity and uniqueness of this series.

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