The Twelve Kingdoms Trilogy
Release Date May 27
Available on Amazon
Queen Of The Unknown
The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.
Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she'd thought was no more than legend--until he claims her as its queen.
In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn't know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.
For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . .
Upcoming books in the trilogy are The Tears of the Rose and The Talon of the Hawk.
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in the Facets of Passion series, has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
She is currently working on Master of the Opera and The Twelve Kingdoms, a fantasy trilogy.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
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Jeffe was nice enough to do a guest post for us! :-)
I saw a tweet today, from Book Expo America via @USATodayBooks, that Jason Segel said books are a "collaboration between the words of the author and the imagination of the reader."
I retweeted it, because I loved that so much. Then I looked up who the hell Jason Segel is, because he follows 96 people, is followed by over 2 million and has no Twitter profile. Turns out he’s that actor guy. Who knew? (Clearly not me, which tells you something.) Why he’s talking about books, I’m not sure, but it’s still a brilliant observation.
Yesterday, an interviewer asked me some conversations on Goodreads about this book, The Mark of the Tala. I hadn’t read the conversations, because I believe strongly that readers should be able to talk freely about a book without the author helicopter-mothering her story. I was a reader first and I *love* to talk books. I’m also possessive about my experience with a book. To the point that I sometimes don’t care how the author thinks a character’s name should be pronounced if I had it different in my head to begin with.
That’s the collaboration aspect: my reader’s imagination brings the other half to the table.
So, when this interviewer asked me how I felt about some readers saying they thought there were questionable consent issues in the story (e.g., is the heroine forced to have sex?), I was a bit taken aback. It had never occurred to me as the author that someone would read it that way. But then, I’d been in the heroine’s head all along and I thought I *knew* how she felt about it. In my mind, she did not feel forced.
However, that’s just my side of the collaboration.
If readers bring a different imaginative experience to the book, that’s absolutely legitimate. And, in truth, I’d much rather we have conversations about consent, sex and power than not discuss the subject at all. For far too many years, women had no recourse to have these discussions, or to assert themselves. Thus, this post is my longer answer to that question, since it’s on my mind this morning.
How do I feel about the issue? I don’t think Andi felt forced. I think she made a difficult decision that took a great deal of strength of character. She committed fully to a marriage that would stop a war and sex with her husband was part of that. She held herself to a bargain made to save her people. To me that’s what a great ruler and human being does, whether or not that person is female.
How do I feel about the discussions? I say rock on. I’m only half of this collaboration and these are important things to talk about.
More, I love that people are reading in the first place!
I had mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that I really liked, parts that were okay, and one or two that I didn't care for.
The book started out more or less like a typical YA fantasy book. Then it seemed more geared for adults. There was some romance and steam, mystery, fantasy, and action.
There were three princesses. They could not have been more different. Our heroine was my favorite except for her choice of beau. Something happened and I found it hard to believe and accept the out come. If this sounds vague, it is because I'm trying not to give spoilers.
The second half of the book was better paced than the first part. The first half seemed to drag a little. It took awhile for the heroine to decide on a course of action and make something happen.
This book was just okay for me. It was a decent read, had lots of potential but just didn't make me see stars. I may read the next book in the series but I'm not positive.
I received a paperback copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. If you like fantasy books and princesses, you should try this one! While it wasn't the best that I've ever read, I did enjoy it.
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