Dafne Mailloux, librarian and temporary babysitter to the heirs to the High Throne of the Twelve – now Thirteen – Kingdoms, finds it difficult to leave the paradise of Annfwn behind. Particularly that trove of rare books in temptingly unfamiliar languages. But duty calls, and hers is to the crown. It’s not like her heart belongs elsewhere. But how can she crown a queen who hesitates to take the throne?
Worldbuilding: The fantasy world of the Twelve Kingdoms series is awesome, complete with magic, shifters, brave heroes & heroines and a lot of charm. It’s always a pleasure to return to it.
Characters: Dafne is a fav of mine. I mean, she’s a librarian, passionate about scrolls and different languages 😀 How could a bookworm not love her, I ask you? She’s also very smart and strategic and I love that about her. So it was lovely to see things from her perspective. I’m preparing to see more of that in The Pages of the Mind (my review of that coming June 10).
Plot: The story was a bit of an overview of the couples in the series we’ve grown to love, and Ursula taking the High Throne. I’m looking so forward to seeing what’s coming next in the series!
Writing: First person, past tense narrative. As always, love Jeffe Kennedy’s style xD
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, auto-buy author name for me.
So, an interesting addition to the series and a pretty effective teaser for the next novel in the series. Can’t wait!