Series: The Twelve Kingdoms

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted May 26, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 26th 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 438
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by: Ginny
Also in this series: The Mark of the Tala
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Book Description:

Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.

Ursula's loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior's spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other--that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior.

She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead...

My Thoughts:

I began reading Jeffe Kennedy’s work a little over two years ago… and it’s been a really wonderful journey to take with her through her contemporary, erotic novellas into this full-fledged fantasy romance series.

When I began this series with “The Mark of the Tala” back in June of 2015, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, she’d written some fantastical shorter novels before, but this seemed different somehow. I wasn’t wrong.

Jeffe Kennedy has joined the ranks of other amazing fantasy writers in creating her own world with its own rules and creatures; it gives you a full escape from reality and you’re swiftly whisked away into the Twelve Kingdoms and the drama and magic that unfolds.

In this third, and final book of the series, you finally get to see things from Ursula’s perspective. Ursula reminds me a little of Brienne of Tarth, from “Game of Thrones”, though the cover art would suggest a slightly more feminine-looking woman. But I digress —

Ursula is the eldest child, the big sister and the heir to the High Throne, much to her father’s dismay. Her father is a man’s-man, close-minded and small. And the depths of his deception surprised even me. But Ursula has been raised to be the son her father never had — a warrior with a code of honor. She’s always been good at handling her father, and taking the barbs he throws her way with the grace that would make any lady proud — she’s a beautiful contradiction.  She’s always attempted to make her father proud until the end of book two when she finally fully defies him and goes her own way to help her sisters.

Enter in Harlan, who is taken with her immediately — a mercenary hired by her father as extra protection for himself, due to his own personal paranoia. Their love story is a beautiful one, and definitely one of the better ones I’ve read in a while. I like the symbiotic relationship they have and how he’ll allow her to be herself, but also demands that she let him see behind the mask that she shows the world. He breaks her down in the best of ways and together they triumph.

This series has left me with a serious book hangover. Do not read this as a standalone novel — buy all three and enjoy the marvelous world that Jeffe Kennedy has created for us all… afterwards, put your own review up and show some love. I am incredibly happy that I was given the chance to review this, and to come full circle after reviewing the first book. You can be damn sure that I’ll be buying the hard copies of books 2 & 3.

Review: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted June 17, 2014 by Ginny in Fantasy, Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy
The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington Publishing on May 27th, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 353
Source: Author, Tour Host

Also in this series: The Talon of the Hawk
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Book Links: Goodreads
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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. . .

Favorite Quote:
“That’s why it’s perilous to ignore a librarian.”

Ginny’s Review:
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.