Light’s Bane (Daughters of the People #2)

Light's Bane


Daniella Nehring is a fierce warrior with a turbulent past. Born in the earliest days of World War II to unknown parents, she was raised by Rebecca Upton, one of the People’s most notable leaders. Dani has always had questions about her parents’ identities, information Rebecca refuses to reveal, leaving a gaping hole in Dani's own identity.

Dani travels to New York on Rebecca's orders to search for the mysterious woman who stole a copy of the Prophecy of Light from the People. There, she teams up with Dave Winstead, an FBI agent working undercover with the People's most ancient and deadly enemy. Dave has a soft spot for the young warrior that divides his loyalties between her and the job he took in order to fulfill a promise he made a decade and a half before, a promise he's determined to keep, no matter what the cost.

As Dani and Dave are drawn deeper into the hunt for the missing artifact, Dani's immortality is jeopardized, and with it, her ability to reclaim the Prophecy. When she learns the truth about her heritage, Dani is forced to choose between her heart and her duty, and must confront her past in a struggle that will change her life forever.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of


Daniella is awesome.  She’s a certified sparkplug who is tough as nails and isn’t about to let a guy (even a really awesome one) interfere with duty.  Her overall story and dynamic with Dave is definitely my favorite of the first three books.  Varna is extremely good at ensuring each main character has unique characteristics rather than “generic female lead” with different guys.  Many authors fall into that trend so the readers supposedly relate more to the female lead.  Forget that!  Dani is relatable and also has aspects that have me wanting to be a little more kickass.  Perhaps it’s time to sign up for martial arts?

Awesome characters aside, this is the book I felt I learned the most about the People and the mythology around it.  Just enough was revealed to understand what was going on, but also just enough questions to have me wondering what will happen next.  I’ll be very curious to see what happens when we see the Oracle next!

Warning: Contains repeated sexual content and some violence.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of Enchanted Book Tours as part of “The Enemy Within” book promotion.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy, mystery, adventure and romance fans.

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