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The final confrontation is here: the fourth book in the stunning fantasy series.

In a world of secret sorceries and forbidden desires, the mystic Cammon must put aside his personal feelings for Princess Amalie and help her find a suitor, until he discovers that he needs to protect her from her own powers.

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Overview

The final confrontation is here: the fourth book in the stunning fantasy series.

In a world of secret sorceries and forbidden desires, the mystic Cammon must put aside his personal feelings for Princess Amalie and help her find a suitor, until he discovers that he needs to protect her from her own powers.

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Shinn's exciting fourth Twelve Houses fantasy (after 2006's Dark Moon Defender), King Baryn decides it's time to marry off his daughter, Amalie, given the precarious political situation in Gillengaria. Baryn recruits a group of talented mystics, led by gray-eyed Senneth, to help stabilize the succession. Cammon, a commoner with special powers, watches over Amalie as men pay court, even as he and Amalie fall hopelessly in love. As their relationship flowers, the political situation worsens after Baryn's assassinated. Landowners struggle for power and armed clashes begin, but the real battles play out on a personal level. First, Senneth is kidnapped by a hopeful would-be king, Halchon, whose mere touch takes her magic away. Then, Senneth must confront Halchon's sister (and her longtime nemesis), Coralinda, in an epic showdown that unites the mystics in a struggle for their very right to exist. Intrigue, love and magic weave into Shinn's hallmark romantic, happy-ever-after ending. (Nov.)

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Summoned to the palace to use his "reading" skills to see into the hearts of the suitors for the hand of the Princess Amalie, the mystic Cammon falls in love with Amalie despite his knowledge that their love is forbidden. When the king's subjects rise in rebellion, however, thoughts turn to survival-for the king and for the woman he loves. Shinn (Archangel) continues her powerful and richly detailed "Twelve Houses" series (Dark Moon Defender) with a tale of dangerous love and open rebellion. Libraries should purchase where the series or the author has a following.


—Jackie Cassada
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Shinn (Dark Moon Defender, 2006, etc.) neatly and delightfully wraps up a four-volume romantic-fantasy series in which six comrades bearing exceptional magical and/or martial abilities fall in love with entirely unsuitable partners against the backdrop of a looming civil war. As rebellious nobles and the devotees of a magic-hating religious cult prepare to topple King Baryn from the throne of Gillengaria, he and his advisors decide to secure the line of succession by marrying off his daughter, 19-year-old Princess Amalie. To confirm that Amalie's suitors are truly well-intentioned, the king enlists the help of Cammon, an extraordinarily powerful reader of thoughts and emotions. The more time Cammon spends with Amalie, the more he's convinced that Amalie is a magically gifted mystic herself, a danger in a land where mystics are at best mistrusted and at worst brutally slaughtered. But Cammon's concern for Amalie is more than merely patriotic-the common-born young man is falling in love with Amalie, and she with him. Although the novel's entirely appropriate resolution seems foreordained, there are plenty of great twists, thrilling action sequences and long-awaited comeuppances along the way. A chocolate truffle of a novel: richly indulgent, darkly sweet and utterly satisfying.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441014699
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Series: Twelve Houses Series , #4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Fun reading.

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

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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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 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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Excellent Series

    Each book gets better and better. I love these guys!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    good stuff

    I love this series, and this book is no exception. I haven't read the angel series yet, but if it is as engrossing as this one it will be a treat.

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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 September 8, 2009

    A wonderful ending to the series

    Sharon Shinn does a wonderful job at creating exciting, griping characters that you will fall in love with and will rout for throughout the series. This book was a wonderful conclusion. Fulfilling and a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    An Excellent Read

    Having read all of Shinn's Samaria books I was slow to pick up any in the Twelve Houses series. I picked up this latest one without having read any of the others and was not disappointed. I love the perfect blend of world building, romance, and characterization that Shinn pulls off perfectly. Looking forward to new books in the series.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    What a great way to end a series

    I just finished this book and had to say how good it was. In a kingdom with a old king and a young princess there is civil war. The fight not only for the crown but it is a religious crusade because the old king had defended a minority group of people that posses magic. Now this is the fourth book in the series and it gave an exciting conclusion to the series. I suggest you read all of them because all the characters in the previous books make an appearance. Maybe this is the end of the series maybe not but you have to love an author that knows when enough is enough. Everything ends eventually. My only complaint was maybe the ending was too convenient. But I am a giant Sharon Shinn fan. If you want epic sci-fi, good battle scenes and some romance then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2007

    I hope this isn't the last!

    I totally enjoyed this latest in Twelve Houses series by Sharon Shinn. She developed such an engaging story line and personable characters that I felt saddened when I finished the novel. I hope there'll be more novels in this series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A vivid spellbinding romantic fantasy

    In the realm of Gillengaria in the capital city of Ghosenhall, King Boryn knows there is unrest in the Southern Houses especially by the Rayson Fortunalt, who wants to wear the crown. Hoping to avert a civil war, the monarch decides that his nineteen years old daughter Amalie should make an advantageous political marriage. When she meets with her suitors, guards are hidden nearby as well as the mystic Cammon, who reads the truth in the hearts of others.---------- As Cammon reads the intentions of Amalie suitors in order to root out the malevolent ones, he befriends the lonely princess. He feels for her being an expendable pawn of power as he sees inside her soul and knows how noble she truly is. When war comes to the land in spite of Boryn¿s efforts, many lords turn traitorous with avaricious eyes on the throne. As Cam and Amalie fall in love, they risk their lives defending her father, her friends and the kingdom.----------- Sharon Shinn, known for her romantic fantasies, writes a beautiful adult fairy tale that readers will appreciate as they hope the apparent star-crossed wannabe lovers overcome the impossibility of forming a marital relationship. The kingdom of Gillengaria seems real even with magical elements considered part of the norm as the political backstabbing and in-fighting brings a sense of authenticity to the realm. Although the plot has been used often by genre writers, Ms. Shinn provides a vivid spellbinding addition to the superb Twelve Houses saga (see THE THIRTEENTH HOUSE).-------- Harriet Klausner

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