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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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.
I do like reading Jeffe Kennedy’s books, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. It was however, the 2nd in a series which I needn’t realise till I was a bit into it – d’oh! However, it was kind of nice to be thrown straight into the action, rather than have to wade through an endless period of catch-up before you get to the good stuff.
I really enjoyed the book though, and have actually bought the first one as a bit of a catch up. It’s nice to read some fantasy which isn’t high fantasy and therefore hard to get into (that’s probably just me though!)
From a writer’s perspective, it was completely engrossing and such an interesting take to cover the lives of three princesses, what happens to them and how they inter-act. It was was first person, which I like; I find it much easier to bond with the protagonist this way. The whole thing just flowed nicely and I now really want to read the other two books in the series.
The front cover is okay, nothing too dramatic and from a marketing point of view, matches the others in the series, which is good.
Overall, I’d give Tears of the Rose 5 out 5 stars – a perfect read it you secretly enjoy series like the Hobbit or Game of Thrones, but don’t want to be engrossed in a high fantasy novel that you need a pen and notepad to read and understand.