Owen and Elizabeth's sense of loyalty to the King is put to the test and Owen works to save the kingdom by using his gifts as one who is Fountain Blessed. But like the game of Wizr (think chess) of which Owen is a master, he feels a step behind, recognizing there are pieces in play he does not see. But most troublesome to Owen, besides feeling like a pawn in the game himself, is his lack of knowledge about who is really moving the pieces.
The ending has some twists, there are some sad moments, but you come away with hope for Owen and the future as we await book 3.
Once again, I find myself comparing this Jeff Wheeler's Kingfountain series to that of the Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner, and Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel books. They have hints of magic in a historical fantasy where the fate of kingdoms sit in the balance.
Lastly, I enjoyed the clean aspect to The Thief's Daughter. It was devoid of the graphic violence, sex and language that so easily turn me away from many other fantasy books. But it doesn't compromise in the storytelling that I enjoy. I would give it a PG rating since people die, there are some intense situations, threats made, thematic undertones, etc...
Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.A pretender to Severn’s throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter—and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen’s conflicted heart follow the king’s path or will he risk everything for love?