Series: The Twelve Kingdoms
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington Publishing on May 27th, 2014
Source: Author, Tour Host
Also in this series: The Talon of the Hawk
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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. . .
“That’s why it’s perilous to ignore a librarian.”
First off, I would like to start with an apology to Jeffe Kennedy for not having this review up sooner. I got stuck on another book (a very LONG one) and didn’t finish this one in time for my scheduled spot on the tour. So Ms. Kennedy, I apologize.
On to the rest:
I love Jeffe Kennedy’s books. Her writing style, her characters, and this world that she’s created — all amazing. I’ve been reading her for a while now, first discovering her when I began to write for this page. All of her worlds are unique and enthralling, and this one is no different. The Twelve Kingdoms is (are) a place I’d like to see; I want it to be real. I felt as if I could see the colors and smell the smells of this world, and this is what Jeffe Kennedy brings to the plate.
The book begins a little slow, and takes time to build the story up — which is a rare quality these days when most authors just jump right to the sex (not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just a nice change of pace). You learn to love the characters, but also see their flaws. Andi is a fascinating character that you travel along with in a story of incredibly tough choices that I, honestly, sometimes didn’t know what she was going to do. She begins off seemingly invisible, which is the entire point. Not really significant or special in any way… by the end of the book, I was cheering for her and her nobility; her ability to do what she knows in her heart is best, regardless of how much it may hurt her and some of those around her.
I honestly cannot wait for the next book because I want to see how it plays out for her sisters — I won’t say what, but there is a HUGE game changer in this book that will leave you desperately wishing for more to read right away.
Take a look and get the book. It’s really, really good! Seriously.