Tribe of Daughters

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In this village, women are not the weaker sex. Nearly a century after a plague ravaged civilization, a secluded matriarchal society thrives in the mountains. In this village, there are no brothers, fathers, or sons. In this village, men exist only to serve the women. Boys have no mothers. In this village, men do as they are told, and defiance is severely punished.

This is the only life Wilderness has ever known, but when Jameson is brought in from the outside to be her husband, everything she thought she knew about strength and love is tested. As they struggle to find their place in the village, they suddenly find themselves face-to-face with outsiders who threaten to destroy everything they love, and it doesn’t take long to realize that they will have to work together, men and women alike, if they want to survive.  

3 reviews for Tribe of Daughters

  1. Leah Brock

    This review is also posted to Audible.

    This novel by Kate L Mary delves into an isolated matriarchal society 70 years after a virus has killed most of the population of America. A small group of women have fled into the wilderness to escape abuse. The women then resort to kidnapping men for the purpose of producing offspring, of which only the females are valued. The story follows Jameson, a captured man, and Wilderness, a female of the village, who has chosen Jameson as her husband. Along the way, topics of equality, abuse and power are woven into a love story.

    I requested a review copy of this audiobook and am giving a voluntary review. I’m pleased to say that I liked the book very much. Kate L Mary has written a wonderful story while tackling the subject of gender inequality. Narrator, Nikki Zakocs, has given a superb performance, bringing each character to life. The book held my attention throughout. Highly recommended.

  2. RJ

    An absolutely fantastic novel; one that will make you think and your head spin! The more I get of this author, the more I love her work. In its simplicity, this is a novel of gender role reversal. There is nothing simple about this story though. It is a story of fear, guilt, and overreaction, but it is also a story of love, understanding, and family. Many parts of the story put a lump in my throat and made me consider the rights and wrongs of this world. As I’ve said before, Kate L. Mary’s writing goes straight to the heart. She is a wonderful, talented author who I hope will keep writing for a long time. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  3. Tina G.

    Tribe of Daughters by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Nikki Zakocs is a powerful story not for the faint of heart. Highly recommend if you are new to Kate’s books or looking for a darker dystopian story.

    What’s it about? Jameson is on a business trip when he is abducted by a group of women. They are unlike any women he has met before- they live in the forest, have no contact with outsiders, hunt their own food, build their own shelters, the men’s only purpose is to serve the women and provide variations into their offspring (the background is given not too far in as to why things are the way they are). If the men fail to do as asked or fail to follow the rules, they are beaten or killed depending on the crime. As Jameson acclimates to a new way of life, he is picked by the tribal leaders daughter Wilderness, to be hers. They grow fond of each other resulting in challenges to long held traditions and when the group is threatened, the men and women must come together or face death. Yes, there is a lot more but keeping spoilers to a minimum.

    Some parts were difficult to listen to, while some were heartwarming, and some heartbreaking. There are lessons to be learned if you chose to take that route, otherwise just sit back and appreciate the story as it is well-written and absorbing. The story changes viewpoints between Jameson and Wilderness and you will have no problem knowing whose turn it is. I finished this story five days ago and I’m still thinking about it and trying to figure out how to review it in a way that will give it justice. With that being said, I highly recommend and you should definitely give this book a listen. This would also be a good choice for a book club as many discussions can be had.

    The narrator, Nikki Zakocs, was good overall. It took me a couple chapters to adjust to Jameson’s voice, but when I did, it was fine in the long run (could just be me and my preference). 4 ½ stars for narration.

    “She is everything I am destined to be but so much stronger than I am in every way and I have no idea how I will ever be able to walk in her footsteps without falling.”~ Wilderness thinking about her mother.

    A couple of the thoughts I had while listening: power corrupts regardless of gender, if women did the things men do (relax folks, I’m not saying all men or all women), and how our actions and choices set events in motion and how they shape our society.

    Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is not a story for the faint of heart. It contains violence, death, drugging of males for sex, sex trafficking, hunting animals for food, whippings, a dog fight, kidnapping, rape, casting aside children due to gender, and similar elements.

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