I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy
Published by Kensington on May 31, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romantic, Romance, Action & Adventure, Historical, Science Fiction
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An Orphan's Throne
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…
I love this world. There I said it. This world makes me so happy and I was extremely excited to see that we would have more stories about it with new people to fall in love with.
Dafne spoke to me with her tendency to be hidden in the background and comfort in books. She’s not much of a people person but those she allows close mean the world to her. She takes her word very seriously but yearns to have something of her own that she convinces herself she will never have. As she finally gets out on an adventure we get to see exactly who she is and what she is made of as she is faced with the chance to have more. I loved seeing her struggle to understand what was happening to her but mainly loved her finally owning who she is and what she deserves. She’s going on such a journey in this story so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Nakoa is just amazing. I have to say he might beat Harlan in sigh-worthy moves but both of them have a special place in my book boyfriend heart. He can’t speak her language but he still manages to show her how much she means to him and that they were always meant for one another even though she had never met him. There is something about a man that is so powerful being so soft for his lady that just does it for me. There is something else about him that does it for me and that I will leave to you to discover but suffice it to say he’s incredibly sweet and sensual but that isn’t even what I am referring to. If you want to know what it is just message me and I will spoil for you but only if you seek me out. I loved reading that moment and knowing what it means to them made it so much more than a simple moment.
This story continues from where we left the Kingdoms with more of the world to explore and find out. I look forward to our next pair because that will be incendiary to say the least. The way that we get to see so many people from the other stories made me very happy.