Saturday, May 31, 2014

ARC Review: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy ~ 4.5 Wines!

Title: The Mark of the Tala

Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #1
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: May 27th 2014 by Kensington
ISBN13: 9780758294432
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: ARC courtesy of author in exchange for honest review
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4.5/5 Wines

Queen Of The UnknownThe tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she'd thought was no more than legend--until he claims her as its queen.In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn't know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . .

Jeffe Kennedy knows how to write smoldering erotic novels and fun paranormals, now we know she can also write a page-turning NA fantasy!

If you have ever picked up a book by Kennedy before you know her pen knows its way around the bedroom. Then you see a new release, The Mark of the Tala categorized as NA fantasy. Did your eyebrows scrunch in wonder? Don’t worry, The Mark of the Tala is well written with engaging characters that introduce you to these kingdoms.

This series is the tale of three sisters and the first one is Andi, Andromeda. She considers herself the ugly duckling, but perhaps that is only because she truly belongs in another kingdom with different people. Her mother had secrets to share with her but passed before Andi heard them, so when she meets a man and his wolves while out on a ride and they share each others blood...her eyes are opened. 

Rayfe is the king from the forbidden land, he is everything strange and alluring to the usually invisible Andi. He knows who she is, her blood calls to him and he knows that not only does he want her forever but that she is the key to save his people. 

You follow Andi as her father, the high king, attempts to keep her and her power for himself by hiding her away. Of course Rayfe with his Tala magic knows exactly where she is and eventually plucks her from the high king’s clutches. Then the fantasy really begins. Once Rayfe takes Andi across the veil you will never want to go back. 

All these power moves lead to a war, unfortunately placing Andi and her sisters in the middle of it. Wow did Jeffe create amazing characters with Andi, Amelia, and Ursula. This reader can’t wait to read the next book and see who will save Amelia from her misery. My only question for Jeffe is...can he possibly compare to the King?

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