The Duchess Quest, Jordinia: Book 1

The Duchess Quest, Jordinia: Book 1

by C. K. Brooke




Dainy doesn't know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward!

Though at odds, three clashing rivals - including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake - voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart.

Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937546342
Publisher: 48fourteen
Publication date: 10/03/2014
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

C.K. Brooke is a stay-at-home mom and author of THE DUCHESS QUEST. She has lived all over the U.S., from the east coast to the southwestern desert, but her heart is in the Midwest. When not writing novels or spending time with her husband and young son, she enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano, and long walks with the stroller. Visit her at

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The Duchess Quest, Jordinia: Book 1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet romantic jaunt, a harrowing adventure across land and sea, murderous villains, an intriguing plot with twists and turns, The Duchess Quest has it all. C.K. Brooke weaves together a detailed and emotional story with beautiful, lyrical prose that delighted both my heart and ears. Brooke’s knack for language shines through as she deftly conjures faraway lands, vivid characters and most charmingly, poetry and song that rings off the pages as if I were right there in her medieval world, listening along with her quirky, charismatic and well-developed characters. It’s Disney meets The Princess Bride and I can just picture Dainy on the big screen with her sweet but formidable nature as her many suitors vie for her affections. If you like a little cheeky humor and adventure with your fantasy romance, this book is for you.
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I was really excited to read this book but I felt quite disappointed. The main character Dainy is quite a push-over and constantly acts like a damsel in distress. I also didn't like Cosmith and the fact that Dainy continually forgave him despite his rude and quite despicable behaviour. I also found the plot to be a little slow and the ending to be unsatisfying. Overall, I found this book to be okay but disappointing due to the characters.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I have always loved historical fantasy fiction. The thrill of adventure, the magic of stepping into a new world, and meeting amazing characters - C.K. Brooke's The Duchess Quest gave me this and so much more. Filled with action and romance, this story was an absolute delight to read. Dainy was a sweet but feisty character whom I immediately wanted to befriend. A bit naïve to the ways of the world, she was an easy target for those looking to take advantage of her, and her new royal status. Her story was fascinating but harrowing. My heart bled for the family she'd never get to see again, and I had plenty of hope that being reunited with her only living relative would help some, especially after she was hit with the devastating reality of just who she was and how she came to be with Priya and Paxi. The real action and adventure began with the quest to find the Duchess, and with the mixed bunch of competitors who showed up to partake in the challenge, there was bound to be some friction. Cosmith stood out as quite the scoundrel, but I found myself gravitating toward him more and more as this story continued. Not one to shy away from using the most underhanded means to get what he wanted, Jon Cosmith was nonetheless charismatic and captured my affections almost as quickly as he did Dainy’s. Mac was a sweet boy, but he was a little too safe for my liking. Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one who thought so or it would have made things extremely awkward. This story was filled with exciting twists and at times it was quite frightening. Just when I thought the troop of travelers was in the clear, so Brooke threw in more hurdles that threatened to dash Dainy’s new found happiness, as well as that of a few of her companions. In the end, everything worked out just as it should, but not without bringing to light the next adventure that awaited the characters. I cannot wait to go on yet another enthralling journey with them as this story continues.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years ago, the Emperor and Empress, also known as Duke and Duchess, of Jordinia were usurped and executed with their children. Except that their daughter, Eludaine, escaped, though she was too young to remember her old life. Fifteen years later, after learning of her survival, her uncle issued a challenge that any man who can find the Duchess Eludaine and bring her back will win her hand in marriage as well as fifty pounds of gold. But the new rulers of Jordinia will stop at nothing to kill her and her seekers. The Duchess Quest by C. K. Brooke was a lovely romance full of danger and adventure. Two men vie for the duchess’s hand while assassins hunt the companions down. Plus, there are more than a few secrets hiding in the pasts of the protagonists and antagonists alike. The characters may not be as good (or bad) as they seemed at the beginning. Though dozens of men join the quest, three men join together to rescue the Duchess. There is Mac, the sweet, young woodsman; Bos, the kind giant motivated by duty to his former Emperor; and Jon, the charming thief with the sketchy background. Which one will she fall for? Are first impressions trustworthy? Then there is Eludaine, or Dainy, as she would rather be called. Such a sweet, beautiful, innocent girl oblivious to her heritage and the contest for her hand. What do I say about this book? It was definitely a fast read. The romance had plenty of ups and downs as well as the danger of the assassins trailing them. There were a number of surprises I had not anticipated, though a few of the plot twists I had already guessed due to the foreshadowing. The ending was a little different than I had imagined. It did not tie up all of the loose ends but left it open for a possible second book. I mean, Dainy is the rightful ruler to a kingdom that she did not conquer by the end of The Duchess Quest. Also, I wish there had been a wedding at the end. I understand that the couple is planning to get married, but it would have been nice to “see” the wedding. And, as a note, there was a rather romantic scene in there that went a little farther than I usually appreciate reading; a blackout would have been helpful, in my opinion. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the second. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy medieval or fantasy romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A_Hayes More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I was not able to finish this book. I read up until page 56/chapter 13 out of 397 pages and couldn't finish. It was too disjointed with too many characters and their POV. It was hard to keep up with on top of the fact that the characters weren't well developed. I really appreciate the author sending this book for review and I honestly hate to leave a terrible review but there's nothing to be done. I even tried to skip ahead a little and see if I could just dive into the book that way and no dice. *sad panda* COPY received in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fast paced romantic adventure more than I thought I would. Dainy is a free spirited, strong willed individual who has been deprived of her birthright and her blood relations due to a successful attempt to snuff out the royal family in order for rebels to start their New Republic of Jordinia. It isn't brought to light until fifteen years later that Dainy survived the massacre, and her uncle sends a party of men to find her and bring her back. In the end there are only four who manage to survive the ordeal and find Dainy, but what compels each one to participate in the quest to begin with is what makes this story truly intriguing. With the promise of gold and Dainy's hand in marriage, these adventurers set out to find the lost duchess and reap the rewards no matter how varied they may be. What motivates a character's thought processes and actions is something that I find to be the most important part of any story.  Jon is a rogue and a reprobate with secrets of his own and an agenda that has very little to do with love or marriage and more to do with money. Mac has visions of matrimony in his head, and Bos is more inclined to recover the Duchess due to a deeply ingrained sense of honor and duty. Sula comes in a little later, but her motivation is purely survival. And Dainy...well...she just wants to be loved on her own terms. To read about these different personalities as they journey together, fight with one another, misunderstand each other and in the end do their utmost to conquer the evil that besets them is a work of genius, a masterful creation that weaves those natural human frailties such as jealousy, pride, and greed with that of noble human strengths like integrity, honor, valor and glorious love. I can't imagine a more adventurous setting for a budding romance such as this. I loved it, and I think anyone who enjoys romance, adventure, crazed assassins and love triangles is going to get one happy kick out of this.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jacqueline Varlotta for Readers' Favorite The Duchess Quest by C.K. Brooke combines action, adventure, fantasy, intrigue and romance into a delightful fairytale. The story starts with the  current republic of Jordinia being overthrown by rebels who want to start a new republic of their own. The royal family is assassinated with the exception of three-year-old Eludaine Ducelle, who is saved by rebel soldier Ecos, who has a change of heart. Ecos gives Eludaine to two women, Priya and Paxi, who live in a remote seashore town called Beili, located in Jordinia.    Priya and Paxi are two lovable characters who cared for the child her whole life until being confronted by three young men who suddenly come into their lives. The three men, Bos, Macmillan and Jon Cosmith, were given a mission to find the child and bring her to her uncle Hession Gatspierre, who was exiled years ago to the town of Haffstrom in Jordinia. The characters of Bos, Macmillan and Jon Cosmith had unique characteristics that endeared me to them from the moment I started to read the story. Eludaine Ducelle was charming and likable, while her relationship with the three men and the adventures they shared made me smile as I turned each page. The main characters also met up with some fun, enchanting characters along their travels. This fairytale story brings the reader into a fantasy world full of adventure and discoveries, as the characters journey together from Beili to Haffstrom.   The Duchess Quest by C.K. Brooke is a wonderfully captivating story, filled with many surprises that will grab the reader's attention. C.K. Brooke has not only managed to create a story with vivid, descriptive scenes but successfully brings each character to life with depth and passion. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and become absorbed once more in this fairytale. This is a very well written story by a talented author. The Duchess Quest is a definite must-read for everyone who loves adventure and romance in a fairytale land.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Duchess Quest, but after a few pages, I felt totally enwrapped in the world of Dainy. Dainy is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, who’s believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Her uncle has set up a contest to seek her, and the winner will get her hands in marriage. Three rivals have set out to find her on a dangerous quest. And once they find her, each of them tries to capture Dainy’s heart. Each of Dainy’s suitors is quite unforgettable, and I had trouble picking a favorite. If I had to choose, I’d say Jon Cosmith would be my favorite. The book starts out with the murder on the royal family, and Dainy’s escape, then with their quest to find her, and then the quest back home. The last part was the most entertaining, basically saving the best for last. In general, the book was an engaging read. The characters and world-building were definitely the strong point. Jordinia is an amazing fantasy world, and I hope we’ll get to explore it more in the sequel. The writing was solid too, and the pacing is fast from start to end. Recommended to all fans of fantasy romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a two fold adventure. Part One deals with the searchers looking for Duchess, Dainy. In Part Two, the seekers have been pared down and journey back to Dainy'suncle, meeting up with deadly adversaries along the way. Through these events, the group gets closer and has a deeper understanding of each other. My favorite character is Bos. I loved the special way he taught Dainy to dance. I was going back and forth with regards to who should be Dainy's love interest. Overall recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was a joy. C. K. Brooke's mastery of original story and exceptional character development kept me wanting more. Very charming. I fell in love with the world that was created and the characters, especially Dainy, who was intriguing. I was tickled by how Mac, Bos and her Uncle Pascale had to team together to contend with Jon's antics. I found myself rooting for each of Dainy's suitors throughout. Quality reading is when I have fun envisioning the story and characters as I'm reading. The Duchess Quest is an enjoyable adventure/love story that accomplishes that. The end caught me by surprise and was very satisfying, although I eagerly await the continuation of the story. This is my new favorite book.