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Review: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

The Tears of the RoseTitle: The Tears of the Rose

Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Series: The Twelve Kingdoms (Book #2)

Publication Date: November 25, 2014

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 075829445X (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-0758294456 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?

Quick & Dirty: A thrilling high fantasy set in a mysterious world. The main character is a little childish before maturing with motherhood.

Opening Sentence: When they brought Hugh’s empty body home to me, I didn’t weep.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Tears of the Rose is the second novel in the Twelve Kingdoms Trilogy and it doesn’t waste much time getting to the story. It picks up not too long after the events of the first novel with Princess Amelia, the youngest of the three sisters that this trilogy follows. I recommend that The Mark of the Tala be read first in order to understand all the nuances of the storyline. Amelia is the youngest and most beautiful of her sisters and it really wasn’t hard to draw comparisons to Beauty and the Beast.

Amelia is grieving the loss of her Prince Charming. At the beginning of this story, Amelia is not in a good place. She is understandably grief stricken. She also feels betrayed by the sisters that she thought she could trust. In her grief, Amelia realizes that she is also developing some sort of power to gauge others emotions and whether they are telling the truth or not. Her beauty already allows her to get pretty much what she wants but it is the emotions that help her play people to figure out their true intentions towards her.

Amelia was not left totally alone. She is pregnant. The only problem now is that two kingdoms are now vying for her heir. She isn’t sure what to do so in order to make up her mind she must venture to the land of the Tala to meet with her traitorous and witchy sister Andromeda. In order to get there she must put her trust in a mysterious White Monk who also has an agenda of his own.

The Twelve Kingdoms series has been really engaging so far. I have really enjoyed the magical and mystical nature of the storyline, especially in a world where magic is not believed to be real. The characters have slowly been learning that things they thought were just story are actually real.

After reading The Mark of the Tala, I did have a hard time with Amelia’s character. She is the bright, bubbly one. She never looks down on anyone. At least that is what she is supposed to be like. At the beginning of this novel, she is depressed, angry and she has no problem treating her sister like crap and she did have an air of righteousness that was a bit grating. She grew on me eventually as the story went along when she started to learn that her actions affected the people around her. She has no problem manipulating others to get the outcome that she wants.

The Tears of the Rose is told entirely through Amelia’s point of view because of that you have no idea what is going on with her sisters. It is a high fantasy that is geared towards older readers with its graphic/sensual romantic scenes. The mysteriousness of the world keeps me equally engaged because the setting is alive with its own story that needs to be told through the sisters journey.

Overall, The Tears of the Rose is a thrilling and mysterious high fantasy that has kept me guessing and enthralled with where the story is going with the three sisters who each associate with a different goddess. I absolutely cannot wait to pick up The Talon of the Hawk and finish this trilogy.

Notable Scene:

“Ash!” I let go of the blanket and seized his hips, trying to pull him inside of me. “Yes, already! I told you I didn’t have the words.”

“I know. I’m sorry for teasing you. I only . . .”

He trailed off and I paid attention to his expression, wondering why his mood changed, a whiff of desolation creeping through. I lifted my hands and framed his face. Turnabout.

“Tell me.”

He sighed and leaned his forehead against mine. “I realize this is only for tonight, but . . . I have to know that you remember this is me. That you’re not . . . dreaming of a ghost.”

He’s known somehow, that I’d drifted, before. The expression on his pitted face seemed stark, the naked hope and fear of the wounded animal. His skin, all the uneven lines and scars, made me realize, more than anything, that this was him. And I knew what to do.

The Twelve Kingdoms:

0.5 Negotiation

1. The Mark of the Tala

2. The Tears of the Rose

3. The Talon of the Hawk


FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of The Tears of the Rose. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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