A QUICKSILVER HEART
Released from the grip of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. As the borders open, new enemies emerge to vie for their hard-won power--and old deceptions crumble under the strain...
The most talented shapeshifter of her generation, Zynda has one love in her life: freedom. The open air above her, the water before her, the sun on her skin or wings or fur--their sensual glories more than make up for her loneliness. She serves the High Queen's company well, but she can't trust her allies with her secrets, or the secrets of her people. Best that she should keep her distance, alone.
Except wherever she escapes, Marskal, the Queen's quiet lieutenant, seems to find her. Solid, stubborn, and disciplined, he's no more fluid than rock. Yet he knows what she likes, what thrills and unnerves her, when she's hiding something. His lithe warrior's body promises pleasure she has gone too long without. But no matter how careful, how tender, how incendiary he is, only Zynda can know the sacrifice she must make for her people's future--and the time is drawing near...
About the Author
Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA® Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and is a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, will be out in August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018.
She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince.
In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book, The Orchid Throne, in a new fantasy romance series, The Forgotten Empires.
Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this series! Each book is as good as the previous one yet with wholly unique characters and tensions and plot. The basic premise of this one (third in The Uncharted Realms series, which is a spinoff of the Twelve Kingdoms series) is a bodyguard romance at its heart, with Marksal, Queen's Ursula's lieutenant tasked with keeping shapeshifter Zynda under his protection. Zynda believes she is destined to take her final form as a dragon to save her people, which means there is no room for a relationship when she will no longer be able to shift back to human form. Marskal doesn't care - he's fallen for the courageous, stubborn, beautiful shapeshifter and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life. Eventually Zynda can't resist having a relationship with Marskal even as she tries to convince herself, and him, that it can't last. Zynda undergoes many challenges in this story and I wasn't sure how it could possibly have a happy ending, but it does and it's supremely satisfying. The worldbuilding is excellent and completely engrossing, making the story hard to put down.If you love fantasy romances, you should definitely have this story and all the preceding ones on your to-read list!
Only mad that it ended!LoL