The Tears of the Rose
The Twelve Kingdoms
Paperback: 336 pages
Release Date: November 25, 2014
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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My ReviewLet me talk about how much I love this series! Its an amazing adventure but its also heartfelt and fantastically well written. I seriously fell hard for the first book but with the continuation I feel like this is gunna be one of the best series ever. The depths of the characters are gunna sick you right in and tug on your heart. So we left off with devastation in the first book. We learner that Andi isn't coming home and the monsters aren't all monsters. And now Amelia is left with the dead body of her husband; a burning rage that her sister murdered him; and shes pregnant. I seriously disliked Amelia until the half way mark. Oh I felt sorry for her, but she is so damnably whimsy and petulant and ridiculous in her stupid. Lol I know I'm being harsh. But her change and maturity is what made me live her so much more in the end. I wanted to tell her bow stupid she sounded. She wanted to be treated as a woman, and adult, but every single thing she did and said was a bratty, spoiler, child. She blindly follows anyone who flatters her when they could possibly get her killed. Its not until the threat of losing her child that she starts growing up. It freaking took forever lol not really but I wanted to shout at her. And then I just wanted to hug her and tell her how proud she made me. She struggled and fumbled but finally picked herself up. She is one amazing character because I almost never change my mind. If I don't like you I never do. :) Ok secondary characters, amazing as always. I wanted more Andi bug this is amelias story. I love the oldest sister and I cant wait for hers. Andi's friend Dafne is cool as ever. And we meet the White Monk. Its his name and I will not talk about him in fear of spoilers. Bug hes awesome and I love him! And there's new bad guys. The stupid king needs to die but now there's another king in play and hes not so nice either. I think he should die too. Lol yeah I'm a little violent. Lol And the plot, not just to find the truth of Hugh's death but to take control of the magic is a whirlwind of suspense. I loved it. I will now try to wait as patiently as I can for book 3! That just means I'll stalk more lol but seriously the world building is fantastic and I cant wait for more! 5 MAGICAL PAWS!!
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.