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I've always loved Zynda, who shapeshifts in Kennedy's earlier 12 Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms series. Here, she takes center stage, as a prickly-pear of a woman who smooths to a peach as self-awareness and love blossom. At first, Zynda is hard to love and as cold as the fish she can become. She's focused on her personal mission for her people, the Tala, to the exclusion of all else. But as events collide with her worldview, Zynda becomes more — a woman who ultimately becomes a magnificent heroine with a brave and loving heart.
Zynda’s counterpoint on her journey is Marskal, leader of the queen's Hawks. He’s a quiet man, one that’s hard to read. But it soon becomes apparent where his heart resides, in the care of Zynda's not-so-careful hands. Quiet and brave, Marskal burns as a man who never shies from the hard decisions. I fell in love with him.
The novel's compelling buildup turns electric with threats not only to Queen Ursula’s kingdom, but to the Tala themselves. Zynda's evolution comes with many surprises and terrible danger, but the outcome proves beyond satisfying. Along with Zynda and Marskal, I delighted in revisiting many of the characters from Kennedy's earlier novels—King Rayfe and Queen Andi, Jepp and Kral, Ami and Ash, and others. Of course, my favorite was the dragon, Kiraka, who’s full of surprises.
By the time I'd turned the last page, all I could think about was more. I wanted more of Kennedy's world and more of Kennedy's people. So it’s time for me to re-read The Mark of the Tala as I wait expectantly for the next book in Kennedy’s outstanding series.
The adventure, the suffering, the romance were all done exceptionally (although for my personal tastes there were more sex scenes than required for this story) but it all works for a glorious conclusion ....... sort of ..... I felt it ended in a place that left the reader with a LOT of hanging threads but I am sure they will be settling most if not all of them in the next book. Did I mention dragons? I meant to mention dragons ................ The fact is this story would be hard pressed to find a "good spot" to end it so the place she choose is as good as any :)
I thoroughly enjoyed it even with my nitpicks so 4 stars and almost 5 but I feel that I need to save that 5 Star review for the next book maybe :)
NOTE: I did go back and reread those last 3 chapters again they were so good and still hated that it ended at all :) (less)
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