Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4)

Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441016457
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Twelve Houses Series , #4
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 450,503
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would say that the dust jacket summary is a little misleading. Cammon and Amalie would be the main players in this latest tale. Cammon is a mystic who can pick up on the emotions/thoughts of others. He is summoned to observe Amalie's suitors as they come to courting for the king's daughter's hand. I had expected more courtship, but that sadly was not the case. Not that it is a terrible thing, but I just thought there'd be a lot more.This may be my 2nd favorite story out of the series, after Mystic and Rider (book 1). It was just a splendid continuation of the characters I have come to love in the earlier books. The stories behind Cammon and Amalie are quite surprising and intriguing. Throughout the novel, Amalie throws everyone - including the reader - off-balance with her insight and frankness. The topic of mystics and the source of their power is also discussed in more detail in Reader and Raelynx. And yes, the raelynx does make an appearance in this novel with enough exposure that pleased me. There is a side story of Senneth and Tayse, and at the end we are left with a startling twist that leaves many questions unanswered about Senneth. Plus, I think that I am partial to stories that involve battles and sword fights. I enjoy the action sequences, and Shinn does an excellent job with writing such scenes. She threw in some unexpected allies, and I flipped pages in nail-biting suspense to see how the war would play out.
Aspiringprofessor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of the twelve house books I've read this has to be my favorite. Shinn is a very engaging writer. Cammon is probably my favorite character and this book really brings things too a conclusion as far as the books go. There's enough plot to keep it interesting and enough romance to spice it up. I really liked it.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the Twelfth Houses series focuses on the lovable yet quirky reader Cammon. With his unique (and very helpful) ability of being able to sense the emotions of others, Cammon has become an invaluable asset to the monarchy. Charged with discerning the true intentions of Princess Amalie's suitors, Cammon continually proves his worth and loyalty to those he loves.However, all is not well in the Twelve Houses as war is imminent. When an audacious attack on the royal city is made everything changes and those in service to the king are forced to face seemingly insurmountable challenges. Senneth, the amazing lady she is, truly proves her strength as she rounds up mystics to help fight for the king and continues to be one of the most valuable assets with her smarts and ability to call fire. Unable to accept defeat, she willing does whatever is necessary in order to keep the throne out of the hands of Halchon Gisseltess and his supporters.Reader and Raelynx just might have edged out Mystic and Rider for my favorite spot in this series -- it completely rocked. I almost felt the last book could have been condensed into an addendum to this one as it basically sets up everything that happens here. Shinn's masterful world-building is one of the biggest draws of this story. The politics of Gillengaria are fascinating with it's varying degrees of aristocracy and prejudices. Her treatment of mystics -- where their power comes from, how they are treated and the fact that they can't work magic on anyone outside of Gillengaria -- is just fascinating. This particular volume tied together many of the previous storylines and I am so happy to see there is one more book in this wonderful series to come.
b00ksonthebeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the series starts out really well and wraps up some details from the earlier three books, but I felt like the end was rushed and a little unsatisfying. Anticlimactic, almost. Still, it's such a great series, that you can't help but love it in spite of its flaws.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last in the Twelve Houses series and I liked this one as much as the first. It is action packed and ties up lots of loose ends and hints that were presented throughout the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love Sharon Shinn, and this last installment of this series is my favorite. I read it a couple of times a year, and enjoy it every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all 4 books. This one did not disappoint. I wish the saga continued. The characters were all well developed and the story line very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story comes to a satisfying ending . Even the Rae lynx was happy .
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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