Tor, March 2004, 24.95, 400 pp.
When it was suspected that Lord Challo Hassan was part of the conspiracy to overthrow the king, he and his four-year-old daughter Angarred were banished from court for fourteen years. Lord Hagar plotted to find a way to get back in the graces of King Tezue, but before he could accomplish this, he was assassinated in the forest while on a hunt. When someone tries to kill Angarred in her home, she travels to the capital city of Pergodi to seek the king's justice.
When she arrives at court, she learns that the king is under the spell of the magician Alkarren, the heir Prince Norue is plotting with the Takeke and Princess Roddarren is mad. The giants are on the move to conquer Pergodi while the princess escapes the city and tries to gather up an army to overthrow the heir. Angarred realizes that someone is controlling all these events and she, along with the magician Matthewar as an ally try to find the pieces of a magical artifact said to contain the power of many sorcerers to learn who the puppet master is and stop him.
DAUGHTER OF EXILE is a very complex entertaining romantic fantasy with so many twists and turns that it is impossible to predict what will happen next. The heroine changes over the course of this novel from a naive innocent to a brilliant strategist and warrior; she always seeks peace for her homeland without sacrificing her morals at court. This is Isabel's Glass's debut novel and it ranks with the works of Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner