THE ARROWS OF THE HEART is
book 4 in the Uncharted Realms series by Jeffe Kennedy, which is a spin-off series from
her fantasy series. This is a series that benefits from reading in order.
Each book wraps up a romantic fantasy in its own charming ribbons but
also serves to advance the overall plot of the series. That being said, I
think you could hop into THE ARROWS
OF THE HEART without being lost, and enjoy it for its own yummy
goodness before plowing gleefully into the rest of the series.
Karyn af Hardie is an exile now living in Annfwn, existing tenuously on
her own without family or husband for the first time in her life. She left
her former homeland, the Empire of Dasnaria, after her
unconsummated marriage was dissolved when her ex-husband the
Imperial Prince found his true love. Karyn is a noblewoman reared in a
culture where the women are sheltered and their lives utterly
conscribed. She annoyed me greatly at the beginning of the story
because she hadn't yet figured out how to see past her irritating
learned helplessness. Fortunately, shapeshifter Zyr, who is related to
the rulers of the kingdom on Annfwn, quickly brings her out of being
such a helpless fribble.
Zyr has his own issues, from his family's twisted past and his not-so-
healthy competition with siblings. He thinks of himself as a none-too-
serious playboy, which contrasts sharply with Karyn's culture of female
purity and repression. But Zyr quickly figures out how to assist both
Karyn's growth and his kingdom's safety simultaneously. He's much
nobler than he thinks he is, which I love.
Zyr and Karyn are sent out together on a mission to find a magical
island that has been hidden from Annfwn, to assist the kingdom in its
fight against the evil magical menacing them all. I adore how Karyn and
Zyr push each other to become better while they are thrust together on
this isolated mission. There is plenty of delightful magic and some
creepily chilling evil looming over our hero and heroine as they pursue
their quest. The tension kept building steadily, leading me to plow
through Kennedy's THE ARROWS OF
THE HEART steadily since I did not want to set it down for an
As the Twelve Kingdoms and their allies are drawn toward
war, a princess cast aside must discover a purpose she never
Karyn af Hardie is on her own, for the first time in her
life. While all around her brace for war with Karyn’s
former homeland, the Empire of Dasnaria, all Karyn really
wants is to find a husband who will care for her. After
all, she gave up everything for the chance at a normal
family life with love and children. She has no way of
supporting herself and the only thing of value she has to
offer is her virginity. The last thing she’ll do is
squander that on the flirtatious shapeshifter Zyr.
Zyr is fascinated by the golden-haired and exotic Karyn—
but not enough to put up with all of her mossback rules.
She’d be considerably happier, in his opinion for some
good bouts of healthy sex. Still, that’s not his problem
and he has plenty that is. His sister Zynda has
disappeared, possibly never to return, leaving him with a
mission to use the mysterious map-sticks to find ancient
n’Andana and recruit help for a war they seem doomed to
lose to otherwise.
Suspected as a Dasnarian spy, Karyn can’t stay in Annfwn
while the defense is planned—so she’s sent with Zyr to
assist on his desperate quest. If they can keep from
killing each other, Karyn and Zyr might just discover they
hold more than a map to saving the world.