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The Twelve Kingdoms: The Tears of the Rose Paperback – November 25, 2014
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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was the recipient of a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Visit Jeffe at jeffekennedy.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Fantasy/paranormal romance
Once again I’ve jumped in to a trilogy without reading part one, but I read the amazon sample and a few reviews, so had a good idea of how the story was working. Whereas last book seemed to focus on Andi and the Tala, this one is centred around Amelia (Ami).
Ami seemed a bit..shallow to be honest. Its not really her fault, she’s been brought up with wealth and privilege, and to believe that her beauty is something to be admired, and add on that she’s Glorianna’s Avatar and its not hard to understand why she’s so vacuous at times. The eldest sister Ursula has always been mother to the two younger sisters and a warrior, always strategizing with their father and looking to protect her people. She’s very conscious of duty, and Andi was always the odd middle child, didn’t have Ursula's intelligence for military matters nor Ami’s beauty, and was left to go her own way. Now she’s on the opposite side to her sisters, married to their enemy and Queen of the Tala. Ami was deeply in love with the handsome Hugh, looking to have a long future with him and their children, being a bountiful avatar and Queen and now its all gone wrong. Hugh is dead, killed in a battle with the Tala, and her father and father in law seek to control her and the child she carries, and she’s grief stricken and finding it hard to decide anything. Even in that at times its as of she’s playing a role it seems to me. then events begin to challenge her, not least the assistant to Kir, Glorianna's priest. The White Monk pushes at Ami with some harsh words, and she takes a look at her life, not through her eyes of the past but through the eyes upon her, and sees that she’s at the centre of a power struggle. It seems Kir too has a taste for controlling her. Ami is really growing up now, no longer a pampered child and not happy at what she sees of herself, and with the help of some trusted people slowly seeks to change. Its a dangerous path she treads though, not knowing quite who she can trust and learning as she goes the kind of strategies Ursula excels at. The journey isn’t just mental but physical too, trying to see if she can enter Anwynn, the place where Andi and the Tala reside that's full of magic, and along the way she finds a new and forbidden love. I really enjoyed seeing how she changed from the vapid and shallow child she was – even though married she was still a teen and acted like it, to a sensuous and clever lady. I’m keen to see where the journey goes next. Once again Jeffe has come up with a story that takes a magical slant to it, and I was fascinated by that part – as with Jeffe’s Covenant of Thorns series the magic used here is clever, believable and not some miracle power brought in just at the crucial time. I need that, need to have some kind of grounding reference for it so that I can feel its real, and this book ( and Thorns!) does that.
Stars: Four and a half, a great read but not quite as addicting as Covenant of Thorns.
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The first half of the book especially is almost unreadable because of the extreme obnoxiousness of the heroine. She is totally self-involved, lazy, careless with other people's lives, constantly whining and vowing vengeance for imagined slights, and unbelievably stupid. By the end of the book we are supposed to believe all of this has changed, but this is so unbelievable that it only means the story is fundamentally inconsistent. And it is, on multiple levels. Literally one day after melodramatically mourning over her recently killed husband's death site and whining over never being touched by a man again, she initiates violent, wild monkey sex all night long with a man she doesn't actually know but has generally disliked to that point. (Quote from after this sex scene - and remember, one day earlier she was inconsolable and only knew about The Missionary Position: "I strode naked down to the lake, savoring the feel of my bruised body as I moved. You look as if a wild animal has been at you. That’s how it felt, too. I loved it. The new me.")
The monkey sex partner, AKA "The White Monk," turns out to become - sort of - the hero, though it is far from clear why they tolerate each other except for that lust plus the fact that they spend almost all their time far away from each other. Her speech patterns change too, though this may have been carelessness on the author's part. Suddenly this pampered royal beauty is spouting about being "pissed off" and using other American slang like "guys and gals." We're supposed to believe she has suddenly become caring, brave and wise. But as we all know, ignorance can be cured but stupid is forever.
This book was just awful, and I cannot recommend it. I did enjoy the first book in this series and don't know about the third, concluding book.