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Mystic and Rider: The Twelve Houses, Book 1 | [Sharon Shinn]

Mystic and Rider: The Twelve Houses, Book 1

The fire mystic Senneth crosses the country of Gillengaria on a mission for the king, trying to discover if noble marlords from the Twelve Houses are planning an uprising. She is accompanied by the soldiers Justin and Tayse, two King's Riders who are unswervingly loyal to the crown. Also on the journey are the shape-changers Kirra and Donnal, and a young mystic named Cammon who can practically read minds.
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Publisher's Summary

The fire mystic Senneth crosses the country of Gillengaria on a mission for the king, trying to discover if noble marlords from the Twelve Houses are planning an uprising.

She is accompanied by the soldiers Justin and Tayse, two King's Riders who are unswervingly loyal to the crown. Also on the journey are the shape-changers Kirra and Donnal, and a young mystic named Cammon who can practically read minds.

It's soon clear that not only are marlords planning a rebellion, but that they are being aided by Daughters of the Pale Mother, a fanatical religious sect that hates mystics. While Senneth can clearly take care of herself, Tayse finds himself unable to stop watching her - determined both to protect her and to uncover her secrets.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.

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©2006 Sharon Shinn; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Tailor-made for the growing audience of fantasy fans who like a good juicy romance." (Publishers Weekly)
"Never tripping over the plot twists and complications, Shinn gives us an easy, absorbing, high-quality read sans gratuitous bloodshed and violence." (Booklist)
"Shinn's most successful book." (SF Revue)

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    Ted 07-02-09
    Ted 07-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Light fantasy, heavy romance"

    I recommend this series, though you should not enter into the series looking for an in-depth fantasy read. The book is much more about romance than fantasy, the overall story is good, but very slow. I purchased all 5 books at once (thanks Audible for the great sale), and was shocked to end the story arc on book 4! Book 5 was after the arc with different main characters and it ended up being a good read as well, so no worries there. Two big caveats:

    1) Do not listen the the authors introduction until after you have read the book. Ms. Shinn actually shares with you a lot of what happens in the book, I do not want to know ANYTHING about the story until I start listening to it!

    2) Beware the narrator changes: Books 1 & 2 I thought were narrated very well, books 3 & 4 changed gender on the narrator, and while the narrator from books 3&4 is a bit boring, there was not a huge impact. The narrator in book 5 mis-pronounces a couple of main characters names, which is disruptive and she is not as good as the first narrator. Fortunately, book 5 deals primarily with different characters from different points of view.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Racheal Cypress, TX, United States 01-28-09
    Racheal Cypress, TX, United States 01-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved It"

    Loved it! I finished reading my favorites: david eddings, george r r martin, lois mcmaster bujold, robert jordan...and now i just finished this collection. The first book was definately my favorite but I loved the characters soo much I had to read them all- and loved them all. Action packed, lots of fighting and magic ... fantastic characters with all different personalities, funny dialog and romance . Perfect.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 10-24-11
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 10-24-11 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "A faboulous start to the series"

    This book is awesome and Sharon Shinn is very talented.The story captured my interest from the very beginning and held it to the end. The Narrator Jennifer Van Dyck suits the story with a very soothing but enthusiastic voice. Most enjoyable all round.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monika 09-26-11
    Monika 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful version of the written book..."

    I got sucked into this series by a friend a few years ago and its been a go to / read a second or third time series for me since then. The reader does a great job bringing you into the world of Gillangaria and bringing the characters to life. I've got the second book ready to 'read' again when I am done with this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Lindale, TX, United States 03-26-11
    William Lindale, TX, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Loved This Book!"

    After finishing Elizabeth Moon's DOP series and Oath of Fealty, narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, I looked for other works narrated by Van Dyck. She is the most amazing narrator I have ever listened to. Saw this and decided to try it. WOW. The story was very original. Shape shifters, sensitives, healers, etc. The characters were so much fun to get to know. Like Moon, Sharon Shinn is expert at creating interesting characters that seem so real. Jennifer Van Dyck as always delivers a 5-star performance. I am amazed at how she is able to create such a variety of character voices that make it so easy to differentiate each character. I absolutely loved this book and jumped right on the second in this series. Recommend highly!

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    Elna East Carbon City, UT, USA 01-11-10
    Elna East Carbon City, UT, USA 01-11-10
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    "Excellent!"

    This review is for all the books in the Twelve Houses Series. The Author provided a roller coaster ride of emotions. and I grew to love all the characters. Would recommend these books to any lover of adventure and romance. Extremely good story.

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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this series!"

    Audio books are expensive, at least the way i buy them. So it's a bit of a gamble when you take on a new author. You read the reviews and you weigh the good ones against the bad, looking for the key words, or comparisons to other authors you like, and hope that you've picked a winner. I'd just finished the Chalion books and didn't think I'd ever find anything as good again, but Sharon Shinn surprised me. This series is great, full of interesting twists and original characters, and the reader is superb (and old word, but an apt one). I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves LMB. You won't be disappointed, and you will make some new and very engaging friends along the way.

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    ShawnaLanne Blahville 03-22-09
    ShawnaLanne Blahville 03-22-09

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    "Enjoyable"

    It took me a few hours to get into this, and if I didn't need something to listen to while working out, I'm unsure if I would have finished it. But I am glad I did. It quickly became un-put-a-down-able and I'm looking forward to listening to the next reader. Speaking of which I like the reader.

    Someone below remarked that this was a good light romance, and while there are romantic elements, it is more a fantasy (which generally has romantic elements) than a romance. I read both genres, and there is a distinction.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ciona 11-07-08
    Ciona 11-07-08
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    A light romantic fantasy that was easy to listen to and good "escape" material!

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    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 01-31-14
    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2011

    I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.

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    "Awesome Series!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mystic and Rider?

    I will let folks discover this on their own. What I will say is that it reminds me of our own human history. Stereotyping individuals out of fear and ignorance, rather than getting to know what people stand for and what is in their hearts. The characters are likeable and well developed. You care about them. That is a lot of humor within the tale as well. Always a plus!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck and Sharon Shinn ?

    Yes, and I have!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The characters' determination and specific strengths.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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