Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner

Daughters of Ruin

Meet rumor with quiet, treason with cunning, and vicious with vicious.Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses. And they are enemies.A brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever...

Details Daughters of Ruin

TitleDaughters of Ruin
Release DateApr 5th, 2016
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, High Fantasy

Reviews Daughters of Ruin

  • Vicki Lee
    Let's pretend you have a 12-year old nephew. You visit your nephew occasionally, see him during the holidays, play with him during the Fourth of July barbecue, buy him something off of his wishlist made by his parents for Christmas.Okay, so when he was growing up, he was a decent snot-nosed, endearing whiner. You used to tease him, play tricks on him, and laugh when he grew flustered. He liked to show you his collection of shovels and dump trucks...
  • Justine
    3.5 starsShe knew now they would never truly be sisters, the way her father wanted. They would never reign together and usher in a generation of peace among the four empires. His great dream of a Pax Regina--Peace of the Queens--would be a disappointment he would have to endure. And she would be to blame for it. Rhea's father, King Declan, instituted the Pax Regina at the end of a great War. He forced the surrounding nations to give their daughte...
  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    I really loved this book and probably would have given it 5 stars but there were a couple things that bugged the crap out of me hence the 4 star rating.Let's start by saying I freaking hate this cover! Hate it with a passion! If it weren't for the awesome synopsis I probably wouldn't have read this book. The story is about 4 girls and has 4 POV's I really think they should have all had representation on the cover.Ok now what I loved! I loved 3 of...
  • Beth
    After winning a brutal war, Kin Declan takes three “queen heirs” of the rival kingdoms as adoptive daughters to keep the piece. He raised them with his own daughter making him a father of 4 queens in training. Training for war, training for battle and training to rule under King Declan’s hand.Murmurs of unrest, rumors of a rebellion and political machinations all set in motion a plan that will rock all the kingdoms to their core.The story i...
  • Cori Reed
    1.5 starsI liked...the cover. I (hated (the amount (of (bloody (parenthesis (please (dear (lord (stop)))))))))And that's my review.
  • Kara-karina
    2.5/5I really did not like the format of this book, perhaps it didn't work for me particularly but it would for you? Hear me out.The idea for the plot is great. Four future queens training together in order to bond into Pax Regina, so when they go back to rule their kingdoms they will feel about each other as sisters and won't start another war. The reality is something different.We get a glimpse of training in their early years, and then suddenl...
  • Anna (Enchanted by YA)
    ***I received the ARC ebook from the publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***A rich tale of betrayal and courtly relationships between four Queens from warring countries, brought together to be raised as sisters, in order to secure peace under King Declan’s thumb. Told from four points of view all the girls had such unique voices (granted Suki’s drove me up the wall! There were too many brack...
  • Take Me Away To A Great Read
    Daughters of Ruin by K.D. CastnerMargaret K. McElderry BooksRelease Date: April 5, 2016Rating: 2 StarsI would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Daughters of Ruin for an honest review.Daughters of Ruin was one of most anticipated reads of 2016 and the synopsis when I read it made me so excited for this book. I have to be honest the book for me did not live up to my expectations. The prologue is over 20 pages and ...
  • Amy
    Well...that was unexpected. Daughters of Ruin puzzles me. I just finished it and probably should wait to write a review until I have processed it more, but I don't think I have the care factor at work. I'll never get around to writing a review if I don't do it now. As time passes, though, I think I will remember only that I enjoyed this book. It was different. Dark. Unique. But not...quite...enough. PlotIn an attempt to bring peace to four warrin...
  • Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
    DNF at p. 132. Ugh.Why is it that some books with pretty covers end up having terrible stories? Such a strange world we live in...I didn’t like a lot of things about this book. The story seemed halfway decent, but ended up being about 50% ballroom parties, 40% fighting in arenas, and 10% over-the-top battle and destruction. Also, the characters were terrible. 3/4 of them were basically different variants of Katniss Everdeen (Troubled Princess K...
  • ReadWriteLove28
    From the moment that I read the synopsis of DAUGHTERS OF RUIN, I knew that I absolutely HAD to read it! It sounded like everything I wanted in a book- Princesses? Enemy kingdoms? Sign me up please! I was lucky enough to snag a copy at ALAMW16, and I was freaking out because I was oh so looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations...at all.POVsBy now I’m sure that most of you know that I’m iffy about multiple PO...
  • Liza
    Got about 200 pages in before I decided that DNFing was for the best.What is with books with pretty covers having crap stories?This is a short novel for crying out loud and the amount of eye-rolling was off the charts.The book had an interesting premise. Four princesses raised together, three being "hostages". It could have worked so well but it fell so flat. Also didn't help that two out of the four POVs were grating characters and a third suffe...
  • Lauren
    I actually liked this book and am surprised by its average rating. I'd say I'm at like a 3.8 rating.It's a whole unique world that the author has to build, and it reminds me of a Westeros/ ancient world mixture. Four future queens from each of the four major empires are brought at a young age and trained with the king of the kingdom of Meridan to attempt to keep the peace between them. As the girls age and train together, they each grow powerful ...
  • Kate
    Oh how much fun it is to write a negative review.1. This book was boring. I was about 2/3 of the way through the book before I cared two pins for anyone.2. Sure, the writing styles were distinct among the different perspective, but Suki's style was OBNOXIOUS! I couldn't stand her at all.3. Everyone was childish. (especially Suki)4. No one was three dimensional. 5. The ending sucked.6. I'm almost sorry that I stuck with it as long as I did. I had ...
  • Diversireads
    Title: Daughters of RuinAuthor: K.D. CastnerGenre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, ActionRating: ★☆☆☆☆ || 1.0This is a long one, guys.I came across this book a few months ago and it looked so good and the premise was so promising that I was instantly intrigued by its intrigue. Four heirs to four crowns in four warring kingdoms are brought together to live in the victor’s castle to be raised as sisters, forming a Pax Regina––a peace...
  • Diana
    Picked it up because it was free on Riveted without checking any reviews.Although it was occasionally difficult to understand because the text seemed to flow all over the place, it was entertaining enough for a quick read. Some of the girls were infuriatingly childish and petty in their behaviour, but then I reminded myself that they were supposed to be 15-17 years old (and in one case mentally unstable) and that put it in a better perspective. W...
  • chloe
    2 stars,i'm being completely honest when i say i chose this book only because the magnificent Charlie Bowater illustrated the cover. this book had lots of potential and the plot sounded good enough but a lot of the time i didn't know what was going on and i was reading about stuff i didn't even know about. Lot's of imformation dumps and i only really liked one charactee, Rhea. Suki's chapters annoyed me a lot because of the way she whined about e...
  • Shirin
    hmm, nah.
  • Melissa
    Fast-paced, addicting, and unpredictable.King Declan has managed to keep peace in the kingdom after winning a brutal war by installing the Pax Regina (Queens peace). He takes in the three heir apparents from the warring lands, all daughters, as wards and raises them alongside his own daughter. The four little Queens are raised to believe they will return to their families to rule when they come of age and have spent their lives training for battl...
  • Vivien
    This book was BAD, REALLY BAD. If you want to see how BAD this book is... Blog ReviewSo, I read about 56% of this book on RivetedLit. I was either going to read this, or The Scorpion Rules. I made the worst mistake by reading this first/reading it. I DNF this book with pure joy.What's wrong with this book?For starters, the writing is horrendous and whoever proofread/edited this book should be fired. The writing is monotonous and lacked a lot of i...
  • Alicia
    Four girls, princesses from enemy kingdoms, came together after Rhea’s father vowed to protect them all after his victory. They were raised together, trained together, and fought like sisters together, but now that the kingdom has been attacked the girls will have to decide whether they’re truly enemies. With a fast-paced opening, the rich world-building that Castner unravels in this fantasy novel will have followers who root for the girls. A...
  • Fantasy Literature
    Daughters of Ruin is the debut novel from K.D. Castner and, presumably, the first of four books. This first title focuses on Princess Rhea of the Kingdom of Meridan, shown on the cover in her country’s colors (red and gold) and displaying an ornate set of jewelry which also doubles as her weapon of choice. The cover art is quite striking, and seems to promise a tale full of intrigue and danger, but I couldn’t see past the narrative missteps a...
  • Samantha Reid
    I'll admit, the low star rating really threw me off and almost got me to not pick up the book at all. I mean it's Goodreads, anything less than a 3.5 stars is basically seen as trash.Do I agree with the star rating? Obviously no since I'm giving it 4/5 starsDo I understand the star rating? Yes I do. I totally get why people don't like it and so many people DNFed this book.TL;DR: I wouldn't recommend this to people who are picky about formatting a...
  • Morgan
    DNF.It just wasn't catching my interest and then I opened a page randomly later on in the book and was greeted with parenthetical after parenthetical -- some even nested inside other parentheticals.I abuse them a bit in reviews or in just casual writing (who doesn't? they're like the hashtag...just begging to be overused in a conversational tone.), but I don't want to read a whole book of asides, on top of asides on top of asides. Not for me, but...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    DNFThis book grabbed my attention at first and then went downhill from there. I just started to really have a hard time relating to the characters and the concept was one that I could not grasp. Not my cup of tea.