Daughter of No Worlds Book Review
Disclaimer, this book is definitely not YA. I liked the cover, so I picked it up without reading any of the warnings. If you are someone who can’t do much gore or trauma, then I would say definitely skip.
Tropes: Epic World Building, Apprentice x Mentor trope, Slow-burn, Dual POV, Magic
Genre: Epic Romantic Fantasy
In “Daughter of No Worlds” by Carissa Broadbent, readers are introduced to Tisaanah, a former slave who has fought her way to freedom using her wit and a touch of magic. However, her quest for emancipation leads her on a dangerous path, seeking to save her best friend left behind. To achieve her goal, Tisaanah must join the Orders, a powerful organization of magic wielders, and complete an apprenticeship under the reclusive and handsome fire wielder, Maxantarius Farlione. The Orders’ intentions remain cryptic, and Tisaanah must prove herself amidst the threat of impending war. As she learns more about Maxantarius’ troubled past, her growing feelings for him become a complication that could lead to either her salvation or downfall.
“Daughter of No Worlds” is a gripping and intense fantasy novel that delves into heavy and brutal themes. Carissa Broadbent fearlessly explores the realms of trauma, sacrifice, and vengeance, creating a world that feels incredibly real. While the comparisons to other popular fantasy works like “Throne of Glass” may be floating around, this novel stands on its own, weaving an intricate web of dark magic and passionate romance.
One of the book’s greatest strengths lies in its world-building. The author paints a vivid and expansive world that captivates readers from the very beginning. The magic system is unique and mind-blowing, adding depth to the narrative and immersing readers in a fantastical realm.
The slow-burn romance between Tisaanah and Maxantarius is beautifully crafted and full of depth. Their relationship evolves from hostility to a grudging friendship and eventually blossoms into something genuine and heartfelt. The author avoids clichéd declarations of love, making their interactions more believable and enjoyable to read. Both characters are realistically flawed, making them relatable and endearing to the audience. Tisaanah proves herself as a strong and independent protagonist, far from a damsel in distress, while Maxantarius reveals himself to be a complex character, not a typical knight in shining armor. Their interactions are filled with depth and chemistry, making them one of the book’s standout couples.
The book’s supporting characters, such as Raihn and Oraya, also contribute to the story’s richness. The relationships in the novel are excellently developed, portraying authentic connections that readers will cherish.
However, some readers might find the level of gore and trauma depicted in the novel overwhelming. It is essential to be aware of the dark and mature content before diving into this book.
My only complaint is that I felt like Max and Tassanah’s backstory was overkill. They had trauma stacked on top of trauma that I felt like not properly addressed. Part of me wonders if the author piled on the trauma because they wanted the audience to feel more connected and ‘pity’ the characters.
“Daughter of No Worlds” is a mesmerizing tale of magic, redemption, and love, filled with brutal realism and fantastic world-building. Carissa Broadbent has created a dark and engrossing fantasy that stands on its own merits, and readers will be left eagerly anticipating the next installment. Just be warned, this is not a book for the faint of heart, but for those who can handle the intensity, it’s an unforgettable journey into a world of powerful emotions and enthralling storytelling.
Side Note: I specifically enjoyed how cryptic everyone’s intentions were as the plot moved forward. I like books that keep me guessing.