- File Size: 1150 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Books (May 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GYLVPLW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Twelve Kingdoms
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Rayfe is the rule of the Tala. Rayfe has been waiting a long time for one of the three sisters to find their way to his land. Unknown to the sisters, their dead mother was Tala, and the prophecy speaks that one of her children would bear the mark of the Tala. Seeing Andi, Rayfe rushes his courtship with disasterous results. Andi flies back to the castle, scared and confused, only to find out that her meeting with Prince Rayfe has horrible implications, both politically and personally.
I really enjoyed this book, but felt it started to drag from the time Andi returned from her meeting with Rayfe until she moved to her sister's castle. The time in between those two events was full of foreshadowing, clues and hints, but nothing was really resolved, and all Andi did was go from person to person, awake and dreaming, to become more and more confused. After a while, you wished she would just quit and MAKE A DECISION! I definitely enjoyed the book more as we moved into the land of the Tala. The Tala lands held interesting characters, and some great storylines.
Caution - this is the first book of a trilogy. While it doesn't end in a cliffhanger for Andi, a lot of things are left unresolved as we move into the books for her two sisters, Ursula and Amelia. I was interested in the book enough to go to Amazon to buy the second book, when I realized the second and third book are 9.99 a piece for your Kindle. Really? In other words, this first book's price was just a hook. I'm sorry, but it wasn't a good enough book for me to spend another 20.00 to find out the ending. Edit - I see that the author has now raised the price of this book from 2.99 to 9.99. Really, it's not a good enough book to pay that type of cash for a Kindle edition from a slightly unknown author.
The King of Tala, Rayfe is tried of waiting for his queen to arrive, so he goes looking for her. He of course messes up the introduction and Andi runs away from him. His kingdom needs her and so he gives chase. Once it is clear that this could lead to war Andi will do anything to prevent it.
Andi is a sweet child who has clearly been neglected. It is almost as if her father fears her in some way. This isn’t really cleared up but it has to do with her being more like her mom than her sisters. I like how logical she is. I liked how she is willing to put the needs of her people and the people of Annfwn above her own. Her willingness to take on her father if need be is admirable. She has no clue the prophecy or political alliance that was made in regards to her but she is willing to honor it. She is willing to try to help the Tala.
Rayfe is a sweet king, a kind king. Maybe a little too sweet and kind, I kept wondering when he was going to die from betrayal. He is suppose to be tough, rough, and rowdy. I just didn’t buy it. He was too gentle with her. I still adored him. I loved his willingness to fight for his people, and for his wife.
The political disarray their union causes will of course be at the forefront of the rest of the series. Overall, a cute romantic read with overtones of both paranormal and fantasy. I am interested in knowing what happens to Ursula, Andi’s older sister and Dafne, the librarian. I could careless what happens to Ami, her youngest sister though.
The book is filled with war, sieges and some romance. The author does leave some dangling threads as this is the first in a series, but also the romance which is good seemed rushed at times. I would have liked a few quieter moments between Andi and Rayfe. For them to connect on a richer emotional level.
In all yes this book was well worth the money and I am off to read the younger sisters book.
Top international reviews
Heart warming, intriguing and totally gripping, I recommend this story to all.
So far I like this sister the best
It also put me off as it shows the following two books in the series with what appear to be `Mills & Boon` type books which are not my cup of tea, so in a bit of a quandary as to whether to bother with the next book especially as it is expensive.