Monday, December 2, 2019

Book Review: The Dowager's Daughter by Isabella Berdyna Zysk

The Dowager's Daughter is a historical fantasy set in a medieval-like kingdom. Kimberly is the only child of the dowager countess of Arnaby's second marriage. In a quest to find the widow and orphan of one of her mother's Arnaby grandsons believed killed in battle, Kimberly is rescued from a kidnap attempt by Roderic, the captain of a marshal's troop. Their meeting seems providential as Roderic assists the Arnaby family in ways Kimberly could never have expected.



A tale of royal tragedy and deception follow the earls of Arnaby Abby in the Kingdom of Wanda. When the first-born grandchild of Lord Klemens and Lady Leona wants to marry a commoner her son Lord Kresmir disowns him banishing from Arnaby Abby. This foolish act incurs a strike after strike of tragedies on the Arnaby family. It is a curse? Or is it something more humanly sinister? Kimberly one of the remaining seeks out to find the truth. When on her travels some marauders try to rob and capture her carriage, she is saved by Captain Marshal Roderic. Roderic assists in Kimberly’s quest for truth, but also perhaps with her heart as well.

 The Dowager’s Daughter is an attention-grabbing read! Zysk writing captures the medieval era and all its customs eloquently it is like an enjoyable history lesson. I also enjoyed how she weaved a bit of woman’s empowerment in there. Our heroine Kimberly is no damsel in distress often going against what society says of how women should be. If you love historical fantasy, strong female characters you will fall in love with The Dowager’s Daughter. 


Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in southern California and central Virginia worked and lived in several states and foreign countries, and now resides in Florida where she enjoys retirement.

Her interests include the writings of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, horses, trees, sustainable farming, and art.

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