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The House of the Four Winds: One Dozen Daughters, Book 1 | [Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory]

The House of the Four Winds: One Dozen Daughters, Book 1

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes. Disguising herself as Clarence, Princess Clarice intends to sail to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain. Dominick leads the now - outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of the Four Winds.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times bestselling coauthors, a charming romantic fantasy

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. Now these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of the Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, Princess Clarice intends to sail to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now - outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of the Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own - but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

©2014 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Phillip 09-19-14
    Phillip 09-19-14
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    "Solid story, but this one is popcorn"

    This series has an amazing potential for diversity, which is both its greatest strength and its biggest flaw, but more on this later.

    Basically, it appears that each book in the series will deal with one individual of the twelve royal daughters of a small pocket country. The overall setting is at its core our world in the early 1700s, but magic, called thaumaturgy, is recognized as a natural science. This first book focuses on Clarice, the eldest of the Dozen Daughters, who accepts her parents' offer of training in any occupation by choosing to become a swordmaster. The fundamental difficulty of this path is that she must first seek adventure, making a name for herself, to attract students to the school she will eventually open. Thus she goes to the new world, runs afoul of many pirates and an evil sorceress, and ends up falling in love in an entirely predictable fashion.

    There is serious foreshadowing of future books in her description of her sisters. This represents the strength of the series, since no two books will be describing similar personalities. Unfortunately, this is also the greatest weakness. I actually want another Clarice book or two more than I want the story of any of the other sisters. On the other hand, there is no reason in the current publishing environment for one or more of the sisters to be granted a full trilogy. In my mind, this may be the best course for the series.

    If you enjoy "The Fire Rose" or the Five Hundred Kingdoms books, you will find this book highly addictive. It is nothing special but to quote The Fire Rose, sometimes you're in the mood for an extremely sweet confection.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Sterling, VA, United States 08-09-14
    Amanda Sterling, VA, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Swashbuckling Adventure of the First Caliber!"

    I discovered Mercedes Lackey in middle school, and while not the target audience of the Valdemar series, I was drawn in and have continued to do so some 12 or so years later. This new series is no exception to her rule of wondrous books with magic and adventure! The tale is full of the world building that Lackey excels in, painting a clear view and allowing immersion in it - if you're not fond of details about the ship and life aboard please sail along to another choice in book. There were moments that seemed a little rushed, as a hard copy reader pointed out, there was quick acceptance of her and relationship progression after the reveal - I'm sure due to the fact that the story was soon to wrap up. That being said, the book really was a gem. From the anguish under the rule of a cruel captain, to the desperation of the heroine and crew, to the machinations of an enchantress, and the battles with the sea herself, this book was a grand adventure. I was loathe to cease listening and eager for the commute and activities that provided the time to "read", as such I finished it in about two days.

    **if you are looking for a dime store romance novel, please pass this one through. It has the level of romance/ relationship as her various Elementals works - it is present but clean. I confess that I hope this is the intent for all her books in this series, and am very eager to see the next work.

    The narrator read at a splendid pace that whisks you away with the fear of whiplash as some others do. She had a great range of characters and kept them straight, without muddling of the characters. I look forward to hearing more works from her.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Windley Gaulding 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "a great pirate story without the gory details"

    A great read, and listen, Mercedes Lackey always write a great tale. Can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.

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    Brenda Owasso, OK, United States 07-15-15
    Brenda Owasso, OK, United States 07-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!!! Fresh story with interesting characters. It held my interest and wet my appetite for more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed each of the characters and felt that just the right amount of background information was given so that I was able to form a picture of them in my head.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Sutton-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Any additional comments?

    I truly hope this series continues - there's so much material here to develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh"

    Like both authors, but this book was not engaging. I hope the next in the series are better.

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    S. Sorum Reno, NV 04-26-15
    S. Sorum Reno, NV 04-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Entertaining"

    Not a bad story- however I feel like parts of this story were cut short where there should have been more depth.

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    Katherine Watson Tennessee 04-19-15
    Katherine Watson Tennessee 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book"

    I am always looking for books that will capture both mine and my 13 yr old son's attention and this was it.

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    Mark 04-10-15
    Mark 04-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming but tame"

    A cute, pleasant story, but a little too tame for my taste. I hope the Heart of Light comes up in another one just to find out what it is.

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    Astorga 04-09-15
    Astorga 04-09-15
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    "Can't wait for next in series"

    The story was good albeit a bit predictable but I really did enjoy the characters and I am looking forward to the next in the series. The narrator can make or break a story and this one makes it. With one of the many annoying voice women narrators or flat voiced men, I may not have liked it near as much. A good listen.

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    kathrine 04-05-15
    kathrine 04-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Swashbuckling princess in disguise!"

    This was a very entertaining yarn of a tale that had just about everything you could want in a piratical story.. Piracy, a princess in disguise, evil sorceress, treasure, selkie dragon king thing (very minor role) and of course mutiny. The narration was decent, not amazing, not bad. Her pacing and delivery could have been better. But the story held its own enough to cover those flaws. I would read/listen to the next book if there will be a next edition. If your looking for a light piratical story good for all ages, this is a great choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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