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?
Praise for The Twelve Kingdoms
“Well-written and swooningly romantic.” —Library Journal, starred review
“Will captivate you from beginning to end with a richly detailed fantasy world.” —RT Book Reviews
Paperback | 336 pages | Kensington | Release Date: November 25, 2014
ISBN-10: 075829445X | ISBN-13: 978-0758294456 | ASIN: B00KFP7YCW
The other day, having lunch with a friend, I told her about an idea I’m noodling for a new fantasy romance/romantic fantasy series. “It will have a matriarchal society,” I said and she kind of rolled her eyes at me. “All your books do,” she replied.
Which surprised me because that’s patently not true.
In fact, the world of THE TWELVE KINGDOMS is pretty strongly patriarchal, though the degree of that varies from kingdom to kingdom. Still, there’s a High King who figures prominently and in THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, the patriarchy of Glorianna’s church and High Priest play a strong role.
When I said as much she said that she meant because of the three goddesses.
She has a point there. I didn’t deliberately set up the trio of goddesses – Glorianna, Moranu and Danu – to establish a female power structure. I did, however, have this sense that my three princesses, the daughters of the High King, had divine influences on their journeys. None of them are particularly heroic by nature, but circumstances force them into stepping up for their people and for each other. Each of the princesses finds strength from the guidance of her patron goddess, who also exemplifies her own personal strengths.
I also didn’t set out to write a heroine-centric series so much as that’s what’s interesting to me. I’m a woman and I see the world through that lens. I want to ride along on another woman’s adventure and find out how she overcomes her flaws and shortcomings to become a better, stronger person.
In THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, my youngest, most beautiful princess starts out almost fatally flawed. She’s hard to like in the beginning and has a long way to go. It means a great deal to me that readers say, though they wanted to slap her at first, by the end they loved and cheered her on.
Now that’s a strong woman.
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent 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, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.
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 Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.