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Publisher's Summary

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. But it's soon clear that Amalie is under attack from factions that want to overthrow the throne, and Amalie's uncle Romar, regent of the kingdom, might be in even more danger. Kirra gladly helps protect them both, though it is disastrous when she begins to fall in love with Romar. For Romar is a married man - and half of Kirra's heart already belongs to Donnal.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.
©2006 Sharon Shinn; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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"Shinn....paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Shelly on 03-06-09

Little slow at first but...

It starts out a little slow at first and is a bit clunkie because it has sooooo many characters but in the end I really enjoyed it. So much so that within a month of buying the first book I had bought the rest of the series and had already finished all of them! Yeah it's a good series. I find my self missing the characters now that I've finished the books.

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By Monika on 04-26-12

Great follow up in the series

One of the things I really enjoy about the Twelve Houses series is that the author takes the characters we meet in the first book and expands on them in each of the subsequent books. In this book, we learn more about Kirra Danaloustrus, her life as the shapeshifter/mystic daughter of one Gillangaria's most prominent Serramars and watch her fall in love with a most inappropriate man. There are points that you love Kirra for her love for her friends and there are points where you just want to slap her because of her selfish love for someone she can't have.
The reader does an awesome job bringing the characters to life and I've listened to each book in the series twice now because they are just wonderful books.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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