Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.
Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…
Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?
The second book in the Twelve Kingdoms series, The Tears of the Rose, is from the point of view of the youngest sister, Princess Amelia. As the most beautiful of the daughters, she was always the favorite of the high king and seemingly blessed with the perfect life.
For the daughter who seemed to have everything, her life is certainly failing apart. It starts with the earth shattering news about the loss of her husband. With one of her sisters out of reach, and her one true love perished, Amelia’s having a hard time fitting into her new role. Being a pretty face no longer seems to be enough.
In this page turning novel we get to follow Amelia’s fight to become a better person while she picks up the pieces of her life. With a little help from the White Monk, and some other unexpected allies, Amelia will transform right before our eyes. She even learns to love again in a nicely written romance that I really enjoyed.
Reviews by Regan