The final confrontation is here: the fourth book in the stunning fantasy series.
In a world of secret sorceries and forbidden desires, the mystic Cammon must put aside his personal feelings for Princess Amalie and help her find a suitor, until he discovers that he needs to protect her from her own powers.
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I truly enjoy a simple good fantasy read. It is like the smell of baking bread. No need to get complex. So as I enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday, and recover from school, work, wearing myself out and a bout of shingles, I have enjoyed this tale of Senneth, who also takes on too much, wears herself out to make her world a better place, cares too much, but just perhaps makes enough difference to make the effort and the healing worthwhile.
"Reader and Ralynx" brings the focus of the Twelve Houses series back to it's roots: political manuevering, religious fanatacism, magic, romance, and the battle to preserve the kingdom. The original six main characters are in abundance, as well as the key supporters who have appeared throughout the series. In short, this book is a good finale to the series, but not a good choice to read independently.
Each book in this series has focused on one character of the original six more than the others. This book lets us see into Cammon; finally, Cammon develops into more than just the 'tag along little brother.' His growth in this book is fun and engaging. Cammon is the obvious choice as the focus character because his magical powers links him to his friends in a powerful, vivid, and emotional way. This allows the reader to feel more involved with all the characters despite the emphasis on Cammon's viewpoint.
The beginning of the book is a little slow for the reader...
This is the concluding novel in Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses / Gillengaria series. I've rather enjoyed the series until this point, and have to admit that I am sorry to see it ended.
I used to rant about my dislike of serializations, so this may come across as a bit hypocritical. It's not that I have a problem with multiple books in the same world, or even with the same characters. What I have a problem with are works that cannot stand on their own, and Ms. Shinn has been quite good at avoiding this trap. There have been overarching developments in the previous books, and now they finally come to life and start to shake things in a dramatic fashion. Yet the impending war and plotting of nobles was always merely a backdrop for books that concentrated on an individual or two of the group of friends that are at the center of this series, and the undercurrents weren't really that important on their own; consequently each work really does tell of an adventure with a proper...
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