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- Print Length: 578 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517307643
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00THXTH32
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Each of the three books ends in something of a cliffhanger.
Johanna and her father are rich merchants owning river boats drawn by "sea cows" in this alternate European history-based fantasy where magic is frowned upon by a Church of the Triune only loosely based on Christianity.. The series starts with Johanna attending the King's ball and being introduced to the Prince, who is deemed a half-wit by most nobles, but to whom a reader my attribute signs of autism.
When the city is invaded, Johanna, the prince, and Loesie must flee upriver into the lands of the Baron and the Duke in the midst of a forest filled with ghosts and bandits.
There are mysteries and adventures, but the best part of this series is the way Johanna learns to manage the prince and appreciate his strengths. The second book seemed to me a lot of gallivanting around in the forest, but in the third book when they finally reach the mysterious monastery where the prince was hidden away before, some of the temporarily abandoned thread plots (such as the mysterious magician who cursed Loesie) begin to be woven together again.
Entertaining, if somewhat slow in the middle, has developed characters, politics, and intrigue.
The adventure of hiding the prince, who is so shy and has not been taught how to behave in public, starts as they pull him from the river as the two magic girls and a house maid try to make their escape.
The book is so well written that the story and characters just pull you right in. Even after three books in one, I still wanted more. The character development is incredible. What you thought you know is not the truth. Watch these four young people become more than just adults but the people the land needs them to be so they can get their city back. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Highly recommended for all to enjoy. Now on to book four!
Johanna is a strong, intelligent, feisty young woman who takes to adversity extremely well under the bizarre circumstances in which she finds herself. Particularly as this is a world that expects women to be gormless wallflowers.
An intriguing magic system, complex and strongly developed characters, plenty of action and intrigue and a quite heart-warming story as Johanna takes a group of lame ducks under her wing and helps them to survive the unfolding series of horrendous events.
I'm well and truly enmeshed in this series, whose characters I care about and will definitely be reading the remaining books to see where their travails take them.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys an extremely well written fantasy. This series should definitely be on your must-read list!