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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. Her most recent works the fantasty series Twelve Kingdoms, the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. Readers can visit her website at: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
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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.
The writing is excellent and the world building is interesting, I just stumbled with even caring what happened to Ami. If you had asked me half way through the book I would have rated it as 1 star but by the end the author had brought the story to a more interesting point and developed the characters to be more likable.