In this novel of secret sorceries and forbidden desires, the mystic Cammon must put aside his personal feelings for Princess Amalie while he reads the souls of her suitors for any potential threats.
Twelve Houses Series; Book 4
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Featuring: Cammon; Princess Amalie; Queen Valri
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King Baryn has decided that if he marries his daughter
Amalie to a high-ranking noble, the rebellious marlords
might be pacified and he might be able to avert a war. So he
invites all the young serramar to the royal city to court
To protect Amalie from any unsavory suitors,
the mystic Cammon is installed to monitor all of Amalieâ€™s
courtships, because Cammon is a reader who can tell if
someone harbors violence or malevolence in his heart. Much
to the dismay of her advisors, Amalie begins to fall in love
with the wholly unsuitable Cammon.
Even worse, war comes to
Gillengaria anyway, and Amalie can only be kept safe through
the combined efforts of the Riders, the mysticsâ€”and the wild
raelynx that has mystical powers of its own.
Interesting tidbit: While each of the Twelve Houses books is meant to stand alone, this one would be fairly difficult to follow for anyone who hadnâ€™t read the previous three books, I think. I always considered it the concluding chapters of one very long novel, and I tried to tie up all the threads and clues that were presented in earlier books. I also jumped at the chance to bring back minor characters from the previous books to make cameo appearancesâ€”Sosie, Mayva, Kelti, Torrin, Lara. Everybodyâ€™s here.
In terms of theme music, I havenâ€™t really been able to come up with a good heavy metal ballad that fits Cammon and Amalie. Sadly, the song that most seems to capture their relationship is The Monkeesâ€™ â€śCheer Up, Sleepy Jeanâ€ť with the line about the â€śdaydream believer and the homecoming queen.â€ť Iâ€™ll keep thinking.
Favorite scene: Without question, Chapter 29. Action! Heartbreak! Desperation! Rescue! I love it.
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