Book Review: Firekeeper’s Daughter

03.16.2021 | Henry, Holt & Co.
Rating: 5/5 stars


As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. As Daunis gets to know Jamie more, she realizes that certain details don’t add up and she senses he’s hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER has been one of my most anticipated 2021 releases since it first landed on my radar and it did not disappoint one bit! This book is a mix of crime fiction, young adult, and contemporary fiction blended together to create a compelling whirlwind of a story.

The reader instantly connects with our main character, Daunis Fontaine, who is a realistic portrayal of an eighteen-year-old. She has put her life on hold to take care of her family and that love pours from the pages. It’s easy to look inside Daunis and see the many struggles that she has experienced in the past and in the present day. Her great love for her family and culture completely swept me away to a world I am unfamiliar with and transplanted me into a compelling narrative.

Not only is the main character incredible, but the journey she takes and the way the plot unfolds are nothing short of mesmerizing. This is one of those books that you immediately get hooked reading and can’t put down because every chapter feels a bit like a cliffhanger. Aiding with all of the magic of this story is the phenomenal narration of the audiobook. I can’t speak high enough praises for the way Isabella Star LaBlanc truly captures Daunis and makes this book come to life. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, I highly suggest going this route or doing a hybrid read/listen.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to LibroFM for my gifted ALC!

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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