Book Review: The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy Review

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Book Description

Queen Of The Unknown
The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.

Andi doesn’t mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she’d thought was no more than legend–until he claims her as its queen.

In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn’t know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.

For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . .

Review

Princess Andromeda is the middle child of the high king and she’s everything you would expect a middle child to be. With an over achieving older sister and a beautiful sought after younger sister, Andromeda found it easy to hide in plain sight, until the day when she could hide no more.

When Andromeda meets King Rayfe, from her mother’s homeland, she is forced into the spotlight. I really enjoyed that, since she is a likeable character who you hope finds a little happiness for herself. King Rayfe, although painted as an evil king, is attractive and kind to Andromeda throughout the story. You just want to like him.

Through most of the story Andromeda is conflicted. Should she fight to stay in the only home she knows or should she honor a long forgotten agreement and leave with Rayfe? I can understand her worries, but let’s face it, who has ever been able to resist a bad boy.

This was a fun story with a nice touch of romance. If I had any complaints, it would be that it seemed to drag slightly towards the middle of the book. However, once the story progressed a little farther, it picked back up and I liked where it ended.

4 stars

Reviews by Regan

 

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