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The Thief's Daughter

(Kingfountain #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  13,227 ratings  ·  617 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by 47North
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Dannii Elle
This is the second book in the Kingfountain fantasy trilogy and, in my humble opinion, a vast improvement to the first installment.

It wasn't that the first book was bad, in any sense of the word, it just contained too many inconsistencies of character for me to see past and fully immerse myself in the intricacies of the story. Here, however, the plot has progressed nine years and, with it, so have the characters. The older perspective made for a far more enjoyable reading experience.

Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am genuinely in awe; I liked the first book of the series but I was somehow puzzled by the fact that the main character was 8 years old.
This book though follows Owen's adventures when he is 17. As a side note, I genuinely find Kiskaddon as musical and I smile every time I hear it.
I listened to the book while I spent most of the day in the car and I was absolutely entertained. Owen, Evie, Etayne are just characters I like, clever, hard working, hiding secrets. The villains - that are not real
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning, just beautiful

This series owned my life and very nearly broke my heart. The plot, characters, atmosphere; all painstakingly created for the intelligent reader who has little time for the fluff and silliness that’s prevalent in the YA fantasy genre. You’re in for a treat should you decide to read this.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
3.5 stars

A stringently G-rated GoT series for the young-at-heart. A little bit of battle, a tiny death or two, some poisoning, unrequited love; it's all in there.
This book picks up ten years after book one. Owen and Evie are young adults and representatives of the court. There is a new poisoner too. But what's this news about a usurper???

Summer Fantasy Fest read #20
How do I best explain my disappointment? This book isn't bad by any means. The writing style is fun and entertaining the plot isn't bad either, the intrigue and politics are fun as well ... It just wasn't very unique to me.
While the first book was amazing exactly because the main character was a little child but the story wasn't a middle grade or kids book, we now have the traditional teenaged hero and ... it just didn't grip me nearly as much as the first book. Not to mention the whole Eve stuf
April White
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each book deserves its own review, but I'm too busy moving on to book three to write one. Suffice to say if you got this far you're going to keep going.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kings-and-queens
first off, I want to say that I adore the names of the characters that this author has chosen. This is the second book of the king fountain trilogy and I liked it better than the first. This story is full of magic, battles, love and loyalty. A perfect setting for a story. The author paints a clear picture in my mind and I'm very in touch with the tale. I listened to the audio book and enjoyed the narrator's performance and voice technique. I look forward to the next book
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ending almost moved me to tears. I don't know what it is about these books. It just sneaks up on you and smacks you over the head with the feels. You read through not realizing how much you care until the last chapter, maybe even the last paragraph, and then you all of a sudden want to sob your eyes out and you don't know why.

The Thief's Daughter picks up 10 years after the events of The Queen's Poisoner. Owen is a "man" (if you can call a 17 year old a man) leading battle charges and acti
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I just finished listening to this book on my latest long car ride and I LOVED it. I just can't get enough of this series or Owen! The first book was when Owen was just eight years old. In this book, Owen is 17 and has grown up so much. There is magic and adventure, friendships and enemies. It's fantastic. Clean and great for the whole family, I think. I can't wait to get started on the next book. Which I might read instead of listen to because I can't wait that long. :) Kindle Unlimited has both ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$1.99 on kindle or on kindle unlimited 8-30-2016
Jonathan Donihue
Once again, Mr Wheeler has both delighted me and deeply moved me.

The Thief's Daughter is a book about love and passion, friendship and loyalty. Most of all, though, it's a book about integrity. I don't want to give away anything because I don't want to ruin anyone's personal experience of the story. I will just leave you with this quote from near the end of the book:

"If your master demands loyalty, give him integrity. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty."

In our contemporary world,
Nicole Hewitt
4.5/5 Stars

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Owen and Elysabeth have spent the past nine years together in the north and they have long assumed that they would one day be married. But when King Severn’s throne is being threatened, his plan for saving it involves quite a bit of sacrifice—on Owen and Elysabeth’s parts. Elysabeth is now promised to the enemy (or at least one of them) and she’s bound by duty and her love of her kingdom to follow through. E
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
4 stars!


Say nothing.

The Thief’s Daughter picked up nine years after The Queen's Poisoner ended. The writing and the complex plot reflected those changes, which made this book even better than the first one.

The change in Owen’s POV was a welcome one. As much as I liked him as an eight-year-old, there was a lot more to work with when he as a teenager. It left room for more secrets and lies and schemes, and we got just that.

And there were soooo many secrets this time around! So many reveals an
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot wait to read the next book, the ending has me very excited.

The first half of book lacked for me quite a bit. While Owen is still an incredible character, I found the journey to be bothersome and uninteresting. The further along we get, though, the more my interest piqued.
Evie is still the same old strong character, and I enjoyed her stubborn actions and strong will that had her at the forefront of most happenings.
The titular character of this book was not really up my alley. I did not e
Ashley Marsh
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I quite enjoyed this. The world expanded greatly, and this was far more emotional than the first book. All of the characters grew and developed in fantastic ways. Evie and Owen absolutely broke my heart. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with the series.
Denae Christine
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reader thoughts: There are so many things I could say about this book. This book left me feeling empty (or maybe that's because I had cookie dough instead of lunch while I listened today). That's how you know it was a good book, I guess.

The secrets. I can't talk about the rest of the book without mentioning all the secrets and disguises and lies. I am a big fan of secrets (extra tension!), but this was beyond almost all other novels I've read. People not only kept secrets from allies, but they k
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great storyline, loved the way that the characters were believable. Loved the way that they were portrayed as they got older and the problems that they had to endure as they aged.
Sandy Blackwell
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. I was so engrossed I simply consumed it in a couple days. It is fast paced and gets you thinking. Not to mention magic, characters you will love and full of emotion. I highly recommend this series.
Dee/ bookworm
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! Jeff Wheeler is a wonderful storyteller.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was ok. Not great. I don't know if I will continue with the series, I think I might move along.
Lars Kongsrud
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the first. It is stil not a great book, but it makes me want to know what happens in the next book.
Tiera McMillian
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the title, I was expecting it to be from a different viewpoint and I was relieved when it was still my Owen though we do meet a thief’s daughter. This was a thrilling addition to the series, starts off with a bang and then we are once again drowning in the political intrigue and intricacies. This is definitely my favorite series of this author so far.

This story was heart wrenching for freaking everyone. Owen and Evie..../bawlslikeababy. Owen is an amazing character his loyalty and compassio
I think I liked the first book better, The Queen's Poisoner. Your reaction to each book depends on what you like more: children learning to navigate the royal court (TQP); or romance, political intrigues and battlefield strategy (TTD).

This is the one about Owen and Evie, grown now to 17, solidifying their feelings for each other while King Severn tests their loyalty. King Iago is another suitor for Evie's affections, while Etain - the king's new Poisoner - grows close to Owen. A usurper claims
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first discovered this title in an audiobook format, I was only mildly interested in the story. I hadn't even read the first book, and I was merely looking for something that would offer enough action and intrigue to keep me awake for a long 6-hour drive home.

But as soon as Owen's story began to unfold, I was instantly hooked. The Thief's Daughter carries the undertones of Arthurian legend and gallantry. I highly enjoyed Jeff Wheeler's narrative style - it is straightforward and direct, b
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebook
druga część trylogii jest zdecydowanie lepsza niż pierwsza. bohaterowie są znacznie starsi, na czym zyskała fabuła i warstwa językowa. sama historia jest dużo bardziej dynamiczna, więc mnie wciągnęła i z przyjemnością przewracałam kolejne strony. niestety bohaterowie wciąż są dość jednowymiarowi, a postaciom pobocznym nie poświęcono zbyt wiele uwagi. miejscami przez historię wciąż przebija infantylność, ale na szczęście nie ogranicza się ona do rozterek sercowych Owena i Evie. mam nadzieję, że t ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thief's Daughter is the second installment of the Kingfountain series. I recommend this book for lovers of fantasy with a twisted sense of history and a touch of magic.
This book continues the adventures of a much older Owen Kiskaden, Elizabeth Victoria Mortimer and some of the characters we met in book one. This book also contains new characters, enemies and challenges.
I recommend this book as something light and different to read if you find yourself in a book rut or just want to try some
In this 2nd book of the series, we catch up with Owen as a young man. He is the King's right hand. He has learned to use the fountain magic, and while his gift is not what king believed in book 1, it is powerful. In the course of doing the King's bidding, he meets the King's new poisoner and forms a friendship with her. The realm is faced with the threat of a returning heir (or imposter). The two must figure out the truth and protect the king's interests. Owen faces hard decisions between loyalt ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
No spoilers.
Second book in the series.
Our heroes are now 17 years old, and are now adults, who have to deal with real feelings, responsibilities to their king, and the treacheries of other kingdoms.
the backstory and magic system advances as well, in this surprisingly enjoyable series.
looking forward to the nest entry.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Cantoni
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
See my review of the first book
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