Tears of the Rose

Kensington. (Twelve Kingdoms, Bk. 2). Nov. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780758294456. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758294463. FANTASY
Amelia, the spoiled youngest daughter of the high king, was always more interested in dresses and her hairstyle than affairs of state. But she has changed since the death of her husband, Hugh, at the end of Mark of the Tala and spends the rest of this novel growing up and into her position of power. Even though Amelia is carrying Hugh's child, all those around her still see her as a pawn in the power struggles among the 12 kingdoms, her father, and the Tala. With the help of a mysterious priest of the goddess Glorianna, Amelia will seize her own destiny.
VERDICT Like the first book, this one is mostly a romantic story within a fantasy landscape. Kennedy creates a well-constructed world, and Amelia has a solid character arc, moving from unlikable to heroic in her own way.
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