Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos. Read more...
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Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.
Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer--she's a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne's ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.
Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect
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: 9781496704245
- ISBN-10: 149670424X
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: May 2016
- Page Count: 432
Series: Uncharted Realms #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Kennedy spins a new fantasy romance series off the Twelve Kingdoms books (The Talon of the Hawk, etc.) as diffident librarian Dafne Mailloux of the Twelve Kingdoms is sent on a diplomatic mission to King Nakoa KauPo of the wealthy and independent Nahanau islands. Almost immediately after her arrival, Nakoa sweeps Dafne into a clearly magical ritual with unknown implications—except Dafne is reasonably certain they might now be married. Dafne's companions leave her behind with Nakoa in an attempt to salvage their original mission while she tries to resist his appealingly roguish attempts to seduce her mind as well as her body. After facing off with Nakoa's scornful rival, Tane, Dafne must use all of her skills to resolve a conflict that could endanger both her romance with Nakoa and the fate of the islands. New readers will quickly engage with the charming heroine, whose confidence in her research abilities proves satisfyingly well earned. (June)