by Tracy Grant

February 2003
ISBN: 0-06-103206-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Harper Books
Mass Market Paperback

Daughter of the Game takes place in London in the year 1819. It is set against the Napoleonic wars, and politics play an important part of the story.

One night in November, Colin Fraser, six years old, is kidnapped from his home in Berkeley Square. His father is Charles Fraser, a Scot, a former intelligence agent, and the grandson of a duke. His mother, Mélanie, is a beautiful war refugee from Spain. The tragedy happens while they are at a society party, for they are part of the upper class. When they come home and discover their child missing, their whole life seems to collapse around them. Especially when they find out what the ransom is: the Carevalo Ring, a legendary ring, surrounded by an aura of power. Whoever wears the ring can lead his army to victory, and the English, French and Spanish all seek it. But only Charles knows where it is – or at least he thinks he does. There follows a mad search through murky London, tracking down the secret ring.

Charles and Mélanie love each other, but each has terrible secrets that the other will discover throughout the book. Mélanie’s secrets threaten to destroy her marriage and she tries everything to avoid telling them. But her son’s life hangs in the balance, and she must choose between her husband and her son.

Told in flashbacks, Daughter of the Game is rich in twists and unexpected turns. Even the secondary characters are remarkable, and the story draws the reader in right away with the kidnapping of a young child and the bizarre ransom. Mélanie and Charles are engaging, and their story is fascinating. I highly recommend Daughter of the Game to any history buff. Romance readers will love the story between Charles and Mélanie, and mystery lovers will try to unravel the story of the Carevalo ring. In short, there is something for everyone here, and the writing is superb. What more can a reader ask for?

Reviewed in March 2003 by Jennifer.

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