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Review: The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Title: The Pages of the Mind

Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Series: The Uncharted Realms (Book #1), The Twelve Kingdoms (Book #4)

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

Format: Paperback, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 149670424X (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1496704245 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.

Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer–she’s a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne’s ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.

Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect…

Quick & Dirty: A librarian on an adventure, a foreign King and a love like no other.

Opening Sentence: When histories tell of the glorious dawning of a new era, they typically faces on the grand events-wars won, tyrants deposed, glittering coronations.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Dafne is happy now that all her dreams have come true, well except for one and she is mostly okay with that. Mostly, but every now and then she is jealous of the love other people have and that she will never have kids. Especially since all of her family is dead. Magic free all over the Twelve Kingdoms and when Kral shows up with rumors of an army from Dasnara, Dafne is more than a little surprised when the High Queen decides to send her on the mission to Dasnara.

While inroute to Dasnara they stumble across an island, and when the foreign King captures her, Dafne decides that they need to handle negations and go along with these new people.  She is surprised though when she realizes that she has ended up married King Nakoa. Dafne has no idea what to do, but to go with the flow. She is married, but can’t communicate with him as he speaks a language she doesn’t know, and she is afraid of what she has gotten herself into.

Soon though Dafne finds herself craving his touch, and learning his language, and falling in love. But before she gets too comfortable, his claim to the throne is challenged! Can Dafne help him reestablish his rightful claim. Will they be able find the dragon? Will his claim be upheld? Will she be able to admit that she is love with him?

I think these books should be classified more as romance with a little fantasy. They are okay, but I am not blown away by this series at all. I went back and read the three books in the The Twelve Kingdoms, and I felt the same about them. I didn’t remember Dafne at all, she is in one of those books, but is just a minor character, so it is easy to miss her. I did enjoy the dragon aspect and her relationship.

I have seen that some people recommend you read the Twelve Kingdoms series before you start this series, but other than the back story and who some of the people are I am not sure that you would miss anything if you start with the Uncharted Realms series. I am also not a fan of the first person in this series, it takes me forever to figure out who is actually telling the story. It really throws me off.

Notable Scene:

The weariness of the night shadowed me and I could hardly bear the rise of old grief at her question, on top of my sudden stray burst of jealousy and longing for something I’d thought I’d long since resigned myself to not having. Ursula would not release me until she’d satisfied herself, however.

The Twelve Kingdoms:

1. The Mark of Tala

2. The Tears of the Rose

3. The Talon of the Hawk

The Uncharted Realms:

1. The Pages of the Mind

2. The Edge of the Blade

3. The Shift of the Tide


FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of The Pages of the Mind. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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