Book Review

The Tiger’s Daughter

ttdTheir Bright Ascendancy #1

K. Arsenault Rivera

MacMillan-Tor/Forge, Scheduled release date Oct 3, 2017

ebook, 512 pages

Genre(s) Fantasy, Romance F/F

Source Author’s Rep (NetGalley)

Other books in this series: Unknown


The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the end…two goddesses arm themselves…K Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter is an adventure for the ages.

About the Author:

Puerto Rico born and New York raised, K is a lifelong fan of all things nerdy. She drew on her love of tabletop gaming for her debut novel, THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER. An out and proud lesbian, she lives in Brooklyn with her partner and roommate.

My Disclaimer:

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author’s representatives, NetGalley and MacMillan-Tor/Forge. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰✰✰

I wanted to really wallow in this book, but I had a deadline for it so I had to push myself and keep going. It is so awesome and I know I’ll have to go back and read it again just to have that wallow that I wanted the first read through.

The book is written in a letter form from one woman to another. It covers the story of their growing up from the age of three when their mothers introduced them until they were grown women. Their mothers were best friends through their lives and ensured that their daughters would be as well.

The young women were more than friends. They were the closest of confidants. They became lovers and the only one each other trusted in their embattled lives.

The whole book is closely based on Asian cultures. Mostly Japanese and Mongol, I think. The name changes are slight and the cultural identifiers are strong, but Ms. Rivera has made this a matriarchal society and allowed women to be strong and speak out. She has also allowed same gender relationships, which is what we have with our two main characters, O-Shizuka and Barsalayaa Shefali.

With over 500 pages to do it in, the characters are well developed and their interactions are outstanding. The storytelling is amazing and you feel as if you are right there sometimes. It is written mostly from the point of view of Shefali, who is totally in awe of the fact that Shizuka loves her and of Shizuka herself in some ways. She is a goddess after all. And Shefali is so humble in so many ways, so down to earth and practical. Their journey brings them full circle and back together finally at the close of the letter. It is a wonderful story and one worth at least one reading, if not more. I plan a second reading very soon. I hope you plan to read this at least once as soon as it’s released in October. I highly recommend it.

This is a debut novel and shows amazing talent. I definitely want to read whatever Ms. Rivera writes next. I loved this first book and it was a nice long read with lots of details to keep me busy and interested. I’d say she has a long, successful career ahead of her as long as she has lots of stories stored up in her head. The release date for this first book is October 3, 2017.

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