The House of the Four Winds / Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Let the record show that I will keep reading books from this genre until I find one that I can legitimately love. Today is not the day, however.
In the tiny kingdom of Swansgaard, there lived 12 princesses and one prince. While it is wealthy by any kingdom’s standards, it is wealthy enough to provide dowries for all of the princesses. One day, the duke decreed for all his daughters to find their own adventures. This novel is the story of the first daughter to reach the ripe age of 18.
Clarice have always wanted to see the world. Determined to seek her own adventures, she disguised herself as a man on a voyage to New World. The captain of the ship was an evil man. He doled out whippings for every tiny misdeeds, and he didn’t care for justice. Soon, the entire ship was under mutiny.
Clarice Clarence found herself the new captain’s first mate. Dominique was the exact opposite of the man whose title he assumed. He was kind, charming, and just. Clarice soon fell for him. In Assassino, she gets more than what she bargained for: an island under a spell, sea monsters, ice voyage and treasures!
This book to me feels like I took a road trip with my excitable family only I didn’t get what there was to be excited about. I’ll tell you one thing, if I ever decide to tackle another fantasy book, I’ll make sure there’s not to be mention of ships, pirates, sea voyage, and salted pork ever again.
The initial draw of this book was Clarice’s role as a cross-dressing nobleman. The revelation was anti-climactic, to be honest. And if you’re expecting fireworks in the romance department, check that expectation by the harbour. You will not find it here. Bottomline, this was a sleep-inducing novel. The narrative was pretty dry, and the chemistry between characters was non-existent. The only thing I look forward to was the word, A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T in the end.
GOODREADS SUMMARY | Tor Books | August 4th, 2014