The Tyrant’s Daughter
THERE: In an unnamed Middle Eastern country, fifteen-year-old Laila has always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows him as King—just as his father was, and just as her little brother Bastien will be one day. Then everything changes: Laila’s father is killed in a coup.
HERE: As war surges, Laila flees to a life of exile in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Overnight she becomes a nobody. Even as she adjusts to a new school and new friends, she is haunted by the past. Was her father really a dictator like the American newspapers say? What was the cost of her family’s privilege?
Far from feeling guilty, her mother is determined to regain their position of power. So she’s engineering a power play—conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to gain a foothold to the throne. Laila can’t bear to stand still as yet another international crisis takes shape around her. But how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I accepted this book because the summary sounded interesting. It was something outside when I normally read but what the heck right. I found myself not wanting to put it down. The story is told by Laila a 15 year old Muslim girl who was the daughter of a former dictator (keep in mind that this word offends her). They have been moved to America to escape her uncle’s rule and possible death. Laila struggles with our costumes and is soon caught up in her mother’s political maneuvering.
As Laila comes to realize what her father was and stood for her mother plays of game to try and get her son back into his “rightful position”. Bastian is a seven year old boy who is adjusting well to America, but has been brought up to believe that everyone should do as he says because he is the future king.
This book is well written. The chapters are short, but to the point and you get a real feel for what it was like for Laila. This is a YA book book I would recommend it for anyone.