"Will a magical shapeshifter have to sacrifice love to fulfill her duty?"
Reviewed by Make Kay
Posted September 29, 2017
Romance Paranormal | Fantasy
THE SHIFT OF THE TIDE by Jeffe Kennedy is book 3 in The
Uncharted Realms and book 6 in the related The Twelve
Kingdoms series. Kennedy writes lovely fantasy and
romance wrapped up in a pleasing package. This is a series
that benefits from being read in order, although each book
has a story that can stand by itself.
Zynda is cousin to Ursula, the new High Queen. At the end of
the first Twelve Kingdoms trilogy, Ursula had risen
from her former rank of captain of the imperial guard and is
now the ruler of the entire Twelve Kingdoms after killing
her corrupt and evil father, the former king. The Twelve
Kingdoms series dealt with Ursula and her sisters. The
Realms series is about men and women who are close to
the High Queen. Zynda is a shapeshifter, and she's
determined to be the savior of her her people, no matter
what her cousin or the Twelve King Kingdoms might have to
say about it.
The Tala have been getting weaker as a people. Their babies
are being born deformed and unable to survive. Zynda is one
of the strongest of the remaining Tala, and she's been
chosen to take Final Form. This will allow her to modulate
magic and help the last remnants of the magical and
shapeshifting great races to survive another generation. The
kicker, though, is that she needs a real dragon to teach her
how to take her Final Form as a dragon. This will be the
ultimate sacrifice, as Zynda will not be able to become
human once she has ascended to her Final Form. The
worldbuilding that Kennedy does continues to deepen,
enriching our view of the both the Tala and the Twelve
Kingdoms. This keeps the storyline lively and fresh.
Marskal is a Lieutenant in the Hawks. He's tasked with
keeping Zynda safe as those around her battle to keep the
Twelve Kingdoms safe. Marksal is loyal and trustworthy, and
I adore how he is willing to do whatever needs to be done to
protect not only those he serves but the woman he comes to
love. Zynda is a little bit headstrong for me, but I do
love how she is determined to do what she needs to do to
save her people. The growing love between Zynda and Marskal
Marskal warms my heart greatly.
Kennedy's stories continue to feature lively action and
lots of fun political intrigue. The inclusion of the
fantastical creatures and vibrant magic make the tale
Realms is a delightfully imaginative world of magic and
battles; each spirited book in the series bringing another
couple together as well as advancing the overall story.
Kennedy's THE SHIFT OF THE TIDE is a great read for lovers
of fantasy and romance.
Free from the hand of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have
thrown all that touch them into chaos. New allies
appear--and enemies encroach--from all sides. To survive,
they must adapt to this new reality without a moment of
Growing up in a country where magic was common as dust,
Zynda never had to worry about her enchantments upsetting
the balance of nature. But the land beyond the borders of
the thirteenth kingdom calls to her. It may be foreign and
ugly, but the strangeness is laced with an excitement she
has never known. Outside her homeland, Zynda's shapeshifting
and sorcery are a potent advantage to nations grasping for
dominance--and the thrill of power lures her even as she
recognizes the threat she poses to these magic-buffeted realms.
A ruthless enemy stalks them, promising destruction if she
does not fight with all her strength--but if she upsets the
equilibrium of the land, all will pay, the common people
most of all. And a man of this outside world fascinates her,
a mossback with no scrap of magic in him. He knows nothing
of the fears and temptations pulling at her. But in his
steady embrace she learns she must choose well--for the
consequences may reach farther than she ever imagined...
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