Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson

The Tyrant's Daughter CoverLaila’s brother Bastien is the King of Nowhere. Her mother acts like nothing has changed, even though they now live in a tiny apartment in not-quite-Washington, D.C., instead of the palace where they grew up. And Laila? Laila is the Invisible Queen–just trying to make sense of the strange new world that she now lives in.

Now, instead of cereal and peanut butter being a carefully hoarded treat, brought back by their mother from trips abroad, there are dozens and hundreds of varieties, available for everyone. Instead of private tutors, Laila and Bastien attend public school. Instead of their dead father being the King, he is an executed dictator, dead at their uncle’s hands–a man who did terrible things.

Awash in a strange new world world of revealing clothing and access to information, where it seems that everything she knows is wrong , Laila is just trying to make sense of it all. And when her mother maneuvers to reclaim Bastien’s birthright, Laila must decide where she stands.

The Tyrant’s Daughter is a fascinating story, especially for teens who follow international news or are familiar with the events of the Arab Spring. This book will appeal to readers who like their fiction realistic and politically relevant, or who enjoy exploring moral and ethical questions.

Recommended for grades 7 and up – some language, kissing, and sexual references, depictions of violence, and women’s rights issues

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at

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