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Bestseller Shinn (Quatrain) carries readers away into a vivid new fantasy world where the five elements control everyone's lives. Alone and in shock after the death of her father, Zoe Ardelay is invited to the capital to become the king's fifth wife and create a much needed numerological balance both politically and at court, where the four queens vie to promote their children for the role of heir to the throne. Then Zoe learns she is the new œprime of Lalindar clan, which saves her from the marriage, but thrusts her into a world of dangerous political scheming, secret agendas, and an increasingly risky attraction to royal adviser Darien Serlast. This entertaining and suspenseful story is full of lively characters, and the intriguing new system of magic and politics provides plenty of potential for sequels.
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This coming-of-age story begins with Zoe Ardelay mourning her father and follows her on the road to power as she discovers who she really is and what that might mean to the kingdom. The palace is where she must eventually go, and the court itself could have been taken from any of the scheming and backstabbing courts of Europe in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. There is a complicated love story woven into the main theme, and it also shows Zoe’s growth from a naive young girl into a strong, determined young woman. The world Zoe inhabits is well described, and the idea that the five essential elements rule everyone’s lives is something that has roots in the Western philosophies of the past, though never to the extent that it became a religion. This easy-to-read tale will be enjoyed by readers who like stories with hints of Western European aristocracy and elemental magic, and with a happy ending. --Rebecca Gerber --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I was put off at the very beginning by the five types of people everybody has to be (they can be combinations, too), and the fifty-odd "blessings", especially distressed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne M. Hunter
Good read and interesting world building, but I have come to expect that of all of Sharon Shinn's stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alvin Michalewicz
I have been a fan of this author since her first novel. But sometimes it seems like she just pushes out a book to stay on the publishers radar, and it's just not worth the read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sadly, when I finished this novel, I wondered if I had accidentally picked up a romantic fantasy. As others have already pointed out, the characters are wooden stereotypes, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancy J. Pritchard
She's terrible with dialog, but really good at telling a story. The good thing is, the dialog doesn't get in the way of the story. I've already bought the next book in the series.Published 6 months ago by W. Frame
Loved each turn of phrase, metaphors, the plot, the whole story!
New author for me; so glad I found her.
I have read this book twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I love the vivid world and turning plot, always with the comforting love story background. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leala Shishakly