Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4)

Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4)

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by Sharon Shinn
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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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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
Kirkus Reviews
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:
9781101208816
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2007
Series:
Twelve Houses Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
104,117
File size:
917 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Engenue More than 1 year ago
Love the world Shinn has created. Still wishing to be a mystic of sorts.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
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.
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ll come straight out with it. Mystic and Rider and Reader and Raelynx are my two favorite books of the entire Twelve Houses series. When I feel like reading bits and parts of it, I always reach for these two books. Cammon is so sweet and innocent. Even his constant mental access to some of the worst thoughts in humanity don’t seem to phase him. It’s like he has a filter that keeps it all out. However, think what it would be like to have that power and to know when someone truly likes or loves you and how that could amplify to make your world a better place. In this particular book, we get to see exactly how close Cammon has come to his companions that rescued him from the tavern in Dormas. He always knows where Senneth, Kira, Donnal, Justin, and Tayse are and what’s happening to them. When violence begins to ripple through Gillengaria, he knows about it and can aid his king and the King’s Riders in planning and pulling in reinforcements before it reaches Ghosenhall. As he spends more time with Princess Amalie, he comes to love her with an intensity that startles him. He also experiences jealousy for the first time as he realizes he doesn’t want to let her go. Even while he’s sad war has come to the kingdom, he’s thrilled it puts off the hunt for Amalie’s husband. Most of this book is leading up to the war and the war itself lasts for a very short time in the book. It’s fraught with battles and a lot of incidents that keep the reader racing through that part of the book to find out what happens next. The majority of the book is spent focused on Cammon and Princess Amalie. I’ve always loved a good fantasy story sprinkled with romance. They’re a joy to read and Sharon Shinn continues the magic of the Twelve Houses story with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each book gets better and better. I love these guys!!!!!
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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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