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The Tears of the Rose
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The Tears of the Rose
The Twelve Kingdoms Series, Book 2
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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?

Praise for The Twelve Kingdoms

"Well-written and swooningly romantic." --Library Journal, starred review

"Will captivate you from beginning to end with a richly detailed fantasy world."
--RT Book Reviews
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?

Praise for The Twelve Kingdoms

"Well-written and swooningly romantic." --Library Journal, starred review

"Will captivate you from beginning to end with a richly detailed fantasy world."
--RT Book Reviews
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  • Jeffe Kennedy is an award winning author. Her most recent works the fantasty series Twelve Kingdoms, 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. Readers can visit her website at: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 6, 2014
    The second Twelve Kingdoms fantasy novel (after The Mark of the Tala) concerns itself with the second of three princesses, a young woman who’s half human and half Tala demon. Princess Amelia has never had to be anything other than a petulant child with a pretty face, and unfortunately, that is who she remains for the first half of the book. The setting shows promise, but the story lacks substance, and while copious time is spent on establishing the princess as a spoiled brat, comparatively little is given to her transformation into a wise and noble lady—a transformation that happens with astounding speed and little explanation. The political intrigue and maneuvering, much of it involving a powerful church that Amelia somehow knows very little about, are crammed into a few rushed
    final chapters, but most readers will have given up long before that point.

  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2014

    Amelia, the spoiled youngest daughter of the high king, was always more interested in dresses and her hairstyle than affairs of state. But she has changed since the death of her husband, Hugh, at the end of Mark of the Tala and spends the rest of this novel growing up and into her position of power. Even though Amelia is carrying Hugh's child, all those around her still see her as a pawn in the power struggles among the 12 kingdoms, her father, and the Tala. With the help of a mysterious priest of the goddess Glorianna, Amelia will seize her own destiny. VERDICT Like the first book, this one is mostly a romantic story within a fantasy landscape. Kennedy creates a well-constructed world, and Amelia has a solid character arc, moving from unlikable to heroic in her own way.

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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