An Orphan's Throne
Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.
Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer--she's a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne's ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.
Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect…
Praise for The Mark of the Tala
"Magnificent…a richly detailed fantasy world." --RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick
"Well written and swooningly romantic." --Library Journal, starred review
Kennedy spins a new fantasy romance series off the Twelve Kingdoms books (The Talon of the Hawk, etc.) as diffident librarian Dafne Mailloux of the Twelve Kingdoms is sent on a diplomatic mission to King Nakoa KauPo of the wealthy and independent Nahanau islands. Almost immediately after her arrival, Nakoa sweeps Dafne into a clearly magical ritual with unknown implications except Dafne is reasonably certain they might now be married. Dafne's companions leave her behind with Nakoa in an attempt to salvage their original mission while she tries to resist his appealingly roguish attempts to seduce her mind as well as her body. After facing off with Nakoa's scornful rival, Tane, Dafne must use all of her skills to resolve a conflict that could endanger both her romance with Nakoa and the fate of the islands. New readers will quickly engage with the charming heroine, whose confidence in her research abilities proves satisfyingly well earned.
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Not worth spending money on
Both the idea and the story are good, but the execution is not great. I would suggest not buying it, but if you can get it for free you might enjoy it. Even though I didn’t quite enjoy reading it, I was satisfied at the end; and curious about the other books. I enjoyed “A Promise of Fire” for this type of story.
I would recommend this book. The only complaints is that it does seem to get off to a slow start. Some of the seduction does seem to degrade which was irritating.
Let me start by saying, this is the first book in this series I read and jumping in at book 4, I still loved it and want to go back and read the rest of this series. It was the perfect mix of fantasy, romance and adventure.
Dafne is a librarian and trusted advisor to the High Queen. She is sent on a diplomatic mission with the the Queen’s consort’s brother. For some reason the brother lures Dafne to an island where she is taken captive and tricked into becoming queen to King Nakoa.
She doesn’t speak their language, strange magics hit her as soon as she touches the island’s soil and somehow she finds herself connected to an ancient dragon.
Dafne must choose between her honor and commitment and love…a notion she never believed would touch her life.
Vivid and rich world building, amazingly realistic characters and a dragon…Kennedy had me at the dragon, but, I have to admit it was Kennedy’s creativity and imagination that pulled into this story kept me engrossed till the end.
I received this ARC copy of The Pages of the Mind from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review.