I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Twelve Kingdoms: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-11-25
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
Source: the Author
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Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.
Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs--and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive. . .
Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn--or a queen?
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I am going to admit something… This is my least favorite sister of the series but her book is well done. I didn’t dislike her as strongly after this as I did by the end of the last book but she still isn’t the favorite one of the trio. I also found the way this story unfolds to be intriguing and it left me ready for MORE.
We know Ami as the spoiled one… the favorite daughter of the High King who has always gotten what she wanted. She’s managed to find a man who adores her but then has her perfect life ruined by his death. She’s driven to find out who killed her precious true love and when she finds out it was her sister… well then her sister is evil. I got why she was upset but her refusal to even listen to those around her trying to get her to understand what happened just served to enforce the spoiled rotten view of her. Her adoration and devotion to being the spoiled princess devoted only to her Goddess and her now-deceased love takes a bit of a beating as she starts to be intrigued by a monk in white that seems to push her to be more than just a pretty face. As she finally starts to open her eyes to the world around her we finally get to see a woman emerge that may prove to be a formidable foe for the challenges that lie ahead. I enjoyed seeing her finally realize that her actions have true consequences and that she needs to make her own mind up in order to truly see what is waiting for her in her future. She’s stronger than I expected once the worst of the bratty child goes away.
Ash… I enjoyed this scarred man who wasn’t swayed by the bratty princess but pushed her to be something more. He’s such a sweet man under the scars and attitude but mainly his heart shines thru to show a man driven by duty and love. His strength and unique talents serve this tale well plus set up some action we see in the next book. I loved how he didn’t accept her originally and actually wasn’t afraid to show her how badly she has acted over the years. He shows her that life didn’t end when Hugh was killed but that she not only could live again… she could find a love that in most respects is truer than the one she thought was perfect. He wants her not the avatar… not the beautiful princess.. not a woman to be spoiled and worshipped but… a woman with flaws and all that is true to herself and not a puppet on a string. His sacrifices for her were amazing and beautiful.
Overall this is a good story with a few surprises but mainly I found this to be a big redemption for a character I wasn’t fond of in any way, shape, or form from the last book. I liked how she was changing and was very glad to see her come out of her spoiled background.