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. Read more...
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...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Kennedy’s third Twelve Kingdoms novel (after The Tears of the Rose) is a competent romance set in a fantasy world, but there’s very little to satisfy fantasy fans. Ursula, eldest of the three daughters of High King Uorsin, has spent her life training as a warrior. When she returns home from a failed military mission, the anger of her tyrannical father is nearly overshadowed by the strange crowding of the capital city and the presence of foreign soldiers. Ursula soon learns that her father is out of control, and with the help of friends—and an alliance with mercenary captain Harlan—she escapes and attempts to join up with her sisters. Romance blossoms between the uptight princess and the handsome mercenary, and Kennedy ratchets up the explicit lovemaking over the course of the journey. Ursula’s characterization is inconsistent, and anachronistic terms like “fan club” are sprinkled throughout the stilted faux-medieval dialogue, but series fans will find this installment satisfactory. Agent: Connor Goldsmith, Fuse Literary. (June)