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Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fun reading.

Love the world Shinn has created. Still wishing to be a mystic of sorts.

posted by Engenue on August 8, 2009

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Angieville: READER AND RAELYNX

This is the fourth book in Shinn's Twelve Houses series. Each volume focuses on one of the six companions and this one follows the youngest--Cammon. The boy who reads souls. Heretofore, Cammon has been something of a delightful enigma. The scruffy little brother with a ...
This is the fourth book in Shinn's Twelve Houses series. Each volume focuses on one of the six companions and this one follows the youngest--Cammon. The boy who reads souls. Heretofore, Cammon has been something of a delightful enigma. The scruffy little brother with a good heart, not an ounce of tact, and the ability to gauge a person's true intentions. In this volume, he comes into his own and it was a treat to be one up on the rest of the characters for once. To actually be inside his head. Cammon is still Cammon, but we do get a little more information on his background and abilities as a reader. When he is chosen to assess the true intentions of Princess Amalie's suitors, the inevitable humorous and dangerous consequences follow. In fact, this was the most predictable of the four novels so far. Although I was surprised (and perfectly delighted) with how much of it was Senneth's story. She is my favorite character and, in the end, all the books are about Senneth, the people she gathers around her, and the ways in which she binds them together. As in MYSTIC AND RIDER, her sheer strength took my breath away. Now that I think about it, it makes sense that we get so much of Senneth in this book as it becomes clearer and clearer as the story goes on how much Cammon relies on her. How, even when he disagrees with her logic, she has come to fill a space in his life that was empty until she walked into the tavern and freed him with a swipe of her knife. As always, Shinn's strength is her dialogue and her strong characters. They leap, gleefully and disreputably, off the page, making me wish I knew them. Wish I could talk with them and watch their faces. Become familiar and chummy with them. Until I was one of them. One of the six. No, seven now. That's the sign of a good book. That's the reason I'll read anything she writes.

posted by Angieville on November 20, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Not credible

    I always enjoy Sharon S hinn's writing, but this particular love affair could simply never happen. No princess would be allowed to get so cozy with an urchin, however likeable and helpful. Further, it's at this point that the high born/low born relationships between the assorted characters starts to feel like schtick rather than entertaining plot devices. Enough already; some of these people would have married appropriately for their society. But every young person in this series follows the same pattern, even minor characters, which removes all suspense from the sihtuation.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Great Read

    Some unexpected plot twists added to two main characters who have been a bit of an enigma over the previous three volumes in this series make for a fast and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    A bit disappointed!

    This plot follows the story as well as the characters very well, however, this is not the final I was waiting for. I would say that for all the drama and difficulties of the characters, the end was weak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    There was just this one thing missing!!

    Look, am I the only one who thinks that Kirra didn't get what she really deserved? Did Donnal deserve to be the consolation prize? How can we have Kirra crying over Romar in the beginning of the book, and then have that segment just totally forgotten? The second book in the series was a misstep, in my view. I know these are fantasies, but they've been set up as happy ever afters, and this one (and the 2nd), break pattern. Aside from that, this is Shinn in true form. She's truly a magnificent talent.

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