The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders--until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . Read more...
The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders--until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .
Jepp has been the heart of the queen's elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince's bed.
But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader--and Jepp's light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral's strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives--and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .
Praise for The Mark of the Tala
-Magnificent...a richly detailed fantasy world.- --RT Book Reviews, 41/2 stars, Top Pick
-Well written and swooningly romantic.- --Library Journal, starred review
- ISBN-13: 9781496704269
- ISBN-10: 1496704266
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: December 2016
- Page Count: 400
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: Uncharted Realms #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In Kennedys second Uncharted Realms fantasy romance (after The Pages of the Mind), warrior Jepp struggles with her new diplomatic assignment to patriarchal Dasnaria while fighting her attraction to powerful Dasnarian general Kral. He insists that their recent one-night stand gives him rights over her; Jepp vehemently disagrees. As they battle through desperate encounters with vicious magical creatures, however, bantering and sexual play gradually bring Jepp and Kral closer emotionally. Kral is confined by an unconsummated royal marriage, and Jepp fears that their cultural conflicts mean they have no future together. After an exceedingly long trip to Dasnaria, the two are separated and Jepps mission takes center stage. Jepp connects with Dasnarian women, both servants and royalty, who help her out, but she needs to be reunited with Kral to succeed against overwhelming odds and new challenges. Kral is a boring avatar of his oppressively sexist culture, and his eventual changes of heart are unconvincing; Jepp is much more interesting and well-developed. Satisfying quantities of action spur the plot forward, creating new conflicts for future volumes. (Jan.)