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Publisher's Summary

The Princess Contessa of Constenopolie has just learned of her true identity - that of an orphan adopted and raised as a decoy to protect the real princess. But that doesn't make Contessa less of a royal target.
©2005 Dawn Cook (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Lela on 03-13-15

Misleading cover - excellent story!

It took a lot to convince me to read this book, but I loved Kim Harrison's other books so much I finally decided to give it a try. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Harrison doesn't disappoint, delivering another saucy no-nonsense female lead who is fun and relatable. The cover and title hints at a bodice ripper romance, but the story itself is about magic, loyalty and finding oneself. The romance is subtle to non-existent, the story being a new adventure through an intriguing world. I highly recommend this novel to any Harrison fan! It is a great listen!

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By pewter on 02-19-15

Enjoyable -- Will Listen to Next Book in Series

I admit I selected this audio book because I was experiencing Hollows (written as Kim Harrison) withdrawal. I did not have high expectations since this series predates the Hollows, and really, what could be as good? I was pleasantly surprised.

Cook/Harrison excels at strong female characters with personal integrity and she has an imaginative talent for creating magical worlds. She blends her creative talents with political intrigue, adventure, and various love stories to make quite an entertaining story.

The heroine, Tess, gets a great shock when she finds out she has lived someone else's life, having been raised as a princess decoy to protect the real princess from assassination. And that's just the beginning of many life-altering shocks Tess must absorb.

I was glad to find this story is narrated by Marguerite Gavin who also provides the wonderful voices of the Hollows. Gavin’s dramatic style is especially compatible with Cook’s/Harrison’s strong characters.

While the storyline and characters are not as complex as the Hollows, there is a familiar Rachel Morganesque theme of epic magical power through toxic overload coupled with a strong sense of personal responsibility and morality. Overall, this is an entertaining book and I will definitely listen to the next in the series.

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