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The Hierophant's Daughter

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Loved it! 😍

Great world building and fast-paced action at the same time - both done brilliantly!

It's been a long time since I got so invested in a science fiction book, and this one is featuring great world building and a fast-paced action at the same time. In a way it reminds me of Frank Herbet's Dune and not only because of the way both books blend religious cults and politics in a futuristic environment, but due to the similar excitement and curiosity I felt while reading it.


The best way I can describe The Hierophant's Daughter is a futuristic steampunk story about a daughter going against her father alongside some really interesting characters, including a former geisha and a dog named Basil. Even though it's a big book, there is no time to rest while reading it - the moment you stop to catch your breath something completely unexpected happens. This book knows how to keep the reader on their toes!


And in spite of this adrenaline inducing pace, you also get a good feeling of the world. Everything is so well thought-out and planned when it comes to the world building - this was my favourite part of the book. You get a sense of how the world works, the political and socioeconomic climate, the religious cults, the wars that shaped the history of this world, and it all comes naturally. Not for one moment did I stop reading and say "nah, this is not possible" or "this does not make sense". That's how well developed it is.


Yet at the same time, while being immersed into this world and going along on this fast-paced run for your life, there are still a lot of things to be curious about and intrigued by: who is this mystical God that seems to be running part of the world, and how did we get here? I am not sure if I mentioned this, but there are vampires - well, some kind of vampires, and humanity might be in danger.


In conclusion, if you are looking for a complex science fiction book (with a pinch of vampire-like creatures), then this is a great book for you. But beware, some of the scenes are quite graphic and there are some lengthy paragraphs that may take a while to get through. But in the end, this book is a lot of fun!

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I'm Andreea, book lover raised in a library by my librarian aunt (and baby-sitter). Books are my favourite gifts to receive and I love to read pretty much everything from non-fiction to new adult, but my all time favourites are fantasy and science fiction.

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About the author

M.F. Sullivan is the author of DELILAH, MY WOMAN and THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE in addition to THE DISGRACED MARTYR TRILOGY. Though she lives in Southern Oregon, she grew up in Ohio and has spent time living in Virginia and Arizona. view profile

Published on May 19, 2019

Published by Painted Blind Publishing

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Science Fiction

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