Raised in the backwater province of Crowthorne, Cara finds her fate bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in. When it becomes clear that the heir to the Elbian throne has found disfavor in the eyes of the goddess, Cara is ordained by blood to take her cousin's place as heir apparent.
One man from each of the 12 provinces are chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords as champions and consorts of the future queen. From these men, Cara must choose the future king of Elbia. Before she is able to take her place on the throne, Cara and her 12 must visit each province and perform a sacred ceremony, one that will make Cara question everything she thought was real.
Cara soon realizes that not all of the men who swore to protect her are what they seem, and that there are those who would use her as a tool to gain power.
Cara's Twelve is a refreshingly different, romantic fantasy story of fair maidens and fearless warriors in a medieval land.
©2015 Creativia (P)2016 Susan Hammond
I'm a cheerleader for authors, narrators and audiobooks I love! All things Romance, Horror and Sci Fi
Cara is destine to be queen, if she can survive! Lucky for her she has 12 champions who have sworn allegiance to her, but not all of those sworn to protect, have her best interest at heart. This is a medieval fantasy, if you're expecting a romance forget it! I didn't find Cara a sympathetic character at all, while she rightfully expects fealty from her champions, she's pretty free with her own fidelity, bedding whomever she chooses and sometimes out of spite!
Cara flits mainly between Finn, the all around good guy who is completely devoted to her and Tahdaon, the moody, angry warrior who reluctantly pledges to protect the very reign that has destroyed his family.
Admirably, Cara goes out of way to aid and protect the men, who are sworn to protect her, but a few sharp words spoken in the aftermath of battle and she falls apart.
Beware! There is violence and blood galore, but the writing is very good. What takes this audiobook over the top, in my opinion, is the narration by Anne Flosnik, there are so many characters to keep straight in this epic story and you never lose track of who is speaking, all because of the subtle nuances in tone that Anne employs.
Yes, I recommend this story, flawed characters and all, just don't expect to feel warm and fuzzy when it's all said and done!
This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!
This audiobook was given to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
With that said, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I finished it in two days. I thought that in the beginning it was going to get a little tedious. She had to visit every providence and commit herself to that consort and his people to become queen. There are 12 consorts so you think about it.
But there is an uprising and lots of conflict. It took me quite awhile to remember who was who because there are quite a few characters. About 1/4 of the way in it gets easier. I would read the second book if there is one.
About the narrator: Anne has quite a breathy voice. Her voice grew on me towards the 4/5 chapter. She does do excellent voices. She even changes her voice slightly for the main character. So you can tell the difference when the main character starts speaking. I loved that!! Anne's acting is well done in this. I will look for more of her work.
I would say it ranks in the high middle level for all books, but as far as fantasy romance books it ranks in my top 20 of all time.
Cara's first time, the rituals, and the revolving door of both her consorts and her emotional dealings. She is truly a young girl trying to find her place while put in an odd situation.
Cara and Finn was amazing, she played both very well and actually did an excellent job giving voice to ALL the characters, and making them all unique in a way which I am sure was not easy as there was a large amount of characters almost all at once.
The end way very bitter sweet. I was both happy and sad with who she ends up with, but I was conflicted because they both were meant to be with her. I was disappointed she made a choice of letting go of the one, because I was still clinging to the hope there would be a way for him to remain in the picture and in a way he does but not how I would have expected.
This book has a lot of aspects to it that made it great. The romance and intrigue, the action and romance. It does have a fair amount of steam but it is not of the monogamous variety so be forewarned there. It also has a lot of examples of the struggle between women and men as in sexism, the struggle between emotional heart strings and the bonds of friendship as well. It addresses a lot of conflict of loyalty and when it is deserving or not as well as trust. The main irritating thing was there were a lot of mis understandings that could have been avoided had the characters communicated better instead of being emotionally closed off or afraid to approach subjects. This book was given for free from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.
Report Inappropriate Content