Twelve Houses

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196 ratings

Mystic and Rider 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.

©2006 Sharon Shinn (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Mystic and Rider

    • The Twelve Houses, Book 1
    • By: Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 431
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Light fantasy, heavy romance

    • By Ted on 07-02-09

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 2

    • The Thirteenth House

    • The Twelve Houses, Book 2
    • By: Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273

    Noble-born shape-shifter Kirra Danalustrous has accepted her father's invitation to style herself as her sister - the heir of Danalustrous - and attend all the social events being held by the Twelve Houses. She is accompanied by Donnal, a peasant and shape-shifter who has served her most of her life. She is delighted to learn that Senneth, Tayse, Justin and Cammon will also be making the social circuit as they escort Princess Amalie to the summer balls.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Little slow at first but...

    • By Shelly on 03-06-09

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 3

    • Dark Moon Defender

    • The Twelve Houses, Book 3
    • By: Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246

    The Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft, so he can spy on the nearby Lumanen Convent where the Daughters of the Pale Mother reside. He quickly learns that Coralinda Gisseltess, the leader of the Daughters, is indeed persecuting mystics and the people who shelter them. Even more quickly, he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent novices. But the courtship is perilous in the extreme.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing change in narrator.

    • By shirley on 03-05-09

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 4

    • Reader and Raelynx

    • The Twelve Houses, Book 4
    • By: Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    King Baryn has decided that if he marries his daughter Amalie to a high-ranking noble, the rebellious marlords might be pacified and he might be able to avert a war. So he invites all the young serramar to the royal city to court his daughter. To protect Amalie from any unsavory suitors, the mystic Cammon is installed to monitor all of Amalie's courtships, because Cammon is a reader who can tell if someone harbors violence or malevolence in his heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Mysticalsister on 12-06-09

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 5

    • Fortune and Fate

    • The Twelve Houses, Book 5
    • By: Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison, Sharon Shinn
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    Sharon Shinn returns with a new novel set in the Twelve Houses world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected: behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress. Once there, she will find that fate has other plans for her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh what fun...

    • By Judy on 12-15-08

    Regular price: $21.95