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Explicitly feminist, extremely readable and entertaining. (RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on Beauty and the Werewolf)

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About the Author

MERCEDES LACKEY is a multiple New York Times bestselling author for her Valdemar novels. JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on six novels, including the USA Today bestseller, To Light a Candle and the New York Times bestsellers When Darkness Falls and The Phoenix Transformed. Lackey lives in Claremore, OK. Mallory lives in Baltimore, MD.

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Product Details

  • Series: One Dozen Daughters (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765335654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335654
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on August 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so excited to start THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. THE FIRE ROSE by Mercedes Lackey is one of my “comfort books,” a book I can read over and over, one that I love. So I was hoping to find another favorite in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. Unfortunately, this book won’t be joining my favorites list.

The book got off to a rocky start. I was almost ready to put it down after the first couple of chapters because I got tired of trying to remember all the oddly named countries. There’s Waulosiene, Lochrin, Albion, Cisleithanian, Ifrane, etc. None of them are actually important, but I didn’t know that at first, and I was trying to figure out what real countries the fictional ones were modeled on. There’s a real lack of worldbuilding in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS, which is a pity.

Moving on … after Clarice finds transport to the New World, the book slows down. I had no idea where the book was heading, and I again wanted to put it down. The one good thing about this part is that the authors build a strong friendship between Clarice and Dominick, although Dominick doesn’t know that Clarice is actually a female. He thinks she’s Clarence Swann.

The main villain, Shamal, shows up way too late in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. The conflict/problems she creates are resolved way too easily. I was rather disappointed in how that whole thread wrapped up. “Disappointed” describes my feelings as a whole for the book. It wasn’t the fun, swashbuckling adventure the summary promised me.

The writing was almost bad fanfic quality. There was an abundance of adverbs. Clarice and Dominick were always saying something “carefully” or “lightly” or “charmingly.” And so on. When there’s a lot of that, I can’t help but notice and it pulls me out of the story.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia Larsen on August 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The first time I had a look at the cover of Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory’s The House of the Four Winds, I thought it wasn’t my sort of book. I mean, I read seafaring and swashbuckling tales with relish in my younger years, but it’s not my usual cup of tea these days. Then the kind folks at Tor sent over a note about its release, and I always try to give my email an honest read before answering it, so I did more than skim the description. Lo and behold, this was a fantasy (I should have known – Lackey and all!), with a cross-dressing princess of a heroine, and the blurb promised ROMANCE. Well, who was I to say no to that?! It sounded like good fun.

Clarice is the oldest of an enormous brood of daughters (and one son) born to the ruler of a tiny principality in the mountains. Her parents can’t afford dowries for their daughters without beggaring their kingdom, so each daughter is expected to go off and seek her fortune. Clarice is determined to ply her trade as a swordsmaster, but she must earn a reputation first, and that requires travel. Disguising herself as “Clarence Swann,” she takes passage on a merchant vessel bound for the New World, and quickly becomes fast friends with the ship’s navigator, Dominick. When sinister events and adventures threaten her life, Clarice/Clarence must use all of her resources (and rely on her heart) to come through the storm.

The first thing you should know about The House of the Four Winds is that my first judgment after a 5-second perusal of the cover art did not fail me. It’s 90% about life on a boat filled with men, plus some violence. The other 10% of the book is split between Clarice’s (somewhat boring) backstory and a magical mystery at the very end of the book.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. VanZwoll on August 5, 2014
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Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduce us to a new universe and storyline, that of the "One Dozen Daughters" series. The rulers of tiny country of Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes, so it is decided that they will go out to make their own fortunes after their 18th Birthday. As each daughter has been encouraged to learn a trade growing up and also to be self-sufficient if needed, this is not as much of a burden as it would be to a standard princess.

The House of the Four Winds begins the adventures of the Swansgaard Princesses. Clarice, the oldest daughter, has studied the Sword, and wishes to open a school to teach others. But in order for anyone to trust themselves or their children to her as a Swordsmistress, she must first go out and find adventure and experience. Using a special corset to bind her figure down and dressing as a man, she sets sail for adventure. Her voyage is soon filled with mutiny, pirates, and treasure... who can ask for a better adventure?!

Not the "Elemental Masters" Series or the "Five Hundred Kingdoms" Series, this new series is the love child of the two series, gaining the best of both elements. With magic viewed as a science and the characters as princesses who have all learned different trades, we know that we'll see adventure, laughter, mystery and sometimes horror, and love, platonic or romantic. "One Dozen Daughters" is a fresh new look at what a princess without a dowry would have to do to make her own way in the world, and with the encouragement of her family.
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