"A terrific combination of history, romance and mystery"
In 1819 London, a Spaniard abducts Colin, the son of
aristocratic Melanie and Charles Fraser. The obvious
motives are either ransom as Charles is a well to do
grandson of a duke or political reasons because he is a
parliamentary reformist. However, they learn that the lead
kidnapper wants neither. Instead he believes that Charles
and Melanie from their recent activities on the Peninsular
against Napoleon know the location of the Carevalo Ring, an
item supposedly containing power to protect its bearer
while its symbolism will gain supporters.
The Frasers' search for their son leads them to actress
Helen Trevennen. However, she seems to be one step ahead
of her pursuers. As they give chase, Charles is stunned to
learn that Melanie was a French spy even while he the same
exact job for the English. As he struggles to accept her
revelation, he knows he must concentrate on the task to
rescue Colin, an innocent pawn in this cold game.
Though the twists and turns seem somewhat obvious, the
charm of THE DAUGHTER OF THE GAME is the clever way Tracy
Grant enables the reader to see the same event through
varying perspectives. Relativity depends on one's
background and current position. The characters are a
delightful group especially the Frasers recoiling from one
shock after another yet like the bunny keep on ticking
because the goal is the life of their son. The support
cast adds depth to the chase, but mostly provides a
different viewpoint and a feel for the immediate post
Napoleonic decade. Ms. Grant takes the historical fiction
fans to enjoyable levels with this wonderful entry.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 25, 2002