Daughter of Darkness by Raye Wagner is a beautiful little companion story set up in the same world as the Sphinx series and shows us how Dahlia, the daughter of Eris, the Greek goddess of strife and discord, became the Dahlia we love.
This story explores her traumatic childhood when she was abandoned by her parents and grew up in orphanages and foster homes. The author gives us subtle hints of abusive treatment by the girl’s adoptive parents, schoolmates, and other acquaintances showing us her self-demeaning and introvert nature and make us understand the reason.
Raye Wagner, as I have mentioned in earlier reviews, is splendid at showing us emotions without getting into too many technical details. This helps us feel more for the characters and makes them very relatable.
When Xan rescues Dahlia, and they hit it up as ‘cousins, ‘ and a beautiful, protective, friendship grows between them, we, the readers, are over the moon. It’s like ‘our girl’ is finally happy and respected by someone instead of being pushed around by some douche. Excuse my language, but I hate bullies and Raye has given us a vivid picture in her own pretty way, how bullies can spring out in your life any day, in the form of absolutely anybody.
Daughter of Darkness shows us the emotional journey of Dahlia and how she finds love. No more spoilers.
A little thing niggling my mind. The book talks about Dahlia’s complexion (‘fair even for an Indian’), looks, etc in details and people keep referring her as ‘exotic.’ Dahlia seems to have inherited her mother’s striking features. Maybe, the Indian looking girl from the cover isn’t suitable after all. Eris is no Indian Goddess and Dahlia, who has her mother’s features, shouldn’t look as ‘exotic’ and different as others point her out to be. The girl on the cover doesn’t look Greek to me either as she resembles Frida Pinto, an Indian actress. If her Grecian features are reasons for the comments, all other demigods should be called exotic as they all are children of Greek Gods.
I wish the book were a little longer because Dahlia is one of my favorite characters from this series, but can’t help it. Daughter of Darkness is a companion story, not a full-length novel, but my favorite from the collection of companion stories set in this universe of the Sphinx.
You can read about Raye Wagner here.