Daughter of Nomads (Book 1: The Tales of Jahani) by Rosanne Hawke
Published by University of Queensland Press
Prolific Australian author Rosanne Hawke brings young adult readers a new adventure/fantasy series to get excited about in Daughter of Nomads, the first book in The Tales of Jahani series.
Bringing to bear a vast knowledge of 17th Century Mughal Empire folklore, and an obvious passion for South Asian culture, Hawke produces a highly engaging and impressive read, and a young heroine who is sure to attract a legion of fans.
Daughter of Nomads tells of the unravelling of fourteen-year-old Jahani’s sheltered village life after the suspicious death of her best friend Sameela. This cruel turn of events sets the unusual red-headed and blue-eyed girl on a dangerous course, as she is forced to flee towards the safety of the mountains with her foster mother Hafeezah and her staunch protector Azhar. She finds herself running from the malevolent forces of warlord Dagar Khan and his network of allies, intent on capturing this mysteriously valuable girl.
Though only just in her ‘fourteenth moon’, Jahani finds herself entangled in a perilous web, discovering the many uncomfortable truths about her origins, and her emerging powers, which make her even more of a target for her enemies. Set against the territorial disputes of tyrants and war loads in the Mughal Empire, Jahani struggles to come to terms with the important role she plays, and her emerging feelings of attraction to Azhar, who has more than enough secrets of his own.
And just as the reader is well and truly invested in what becomes of Jahani and the truth about her past, the author masterfully leaves the novel on a cliff-hanger, promising answers to the readers’ questions in The Leopard Princess: Book 2 of The Tales of Jahani. Slightly frustrating but effective; this book’s positioning as the first in a burgeoning series is expertly crafted.
Highly cinematic in quality, and reminiscent of the tales of the Arabian Nights, Daughter of Nomads introduces a heroine of real substance for young adult readers, and an unfolding story which is sure to keep fans of the series on the edge of their seats, and coming back for more.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Rosanne Hawke
Title: Daughter of Nomads (Book 1: The Tales of Jahani)
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Published: August 2016