The Pages of the Mind
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Reviewers: Gikany and Una
The Pages of the Mind is the debut novel of the Twelve Kingdom spin-off series, The Uncharted Realms. Overall we enjoyed the first book in the beginning of a new series.
Gikany and Una love the world that this series takes place in. It is not imperative to read the Twelve Kingdoms series first; however, you will have a stronger understanding and appreciation if you do read the previous series (and you should because it is good). You will also have a much stronger connection to Dafne. For fans that have followed the previous series, it is exciting to learn more about the world and surrounding kingdoms.
Dafne was introduced at the beginning of the Twelve Kingdoms series. She was a quiet librarian who had access to knowledge that each princess needed. She was a rock of support and strength and a steadfast advisor to each of them. Dafne isn’t afraid to show her backbone and speak her mind. We liked her immensely and have eagerly looked forward to her romantic journey. We couldn’t have imagined the direction her life would take. We loved seeing the journey Dafne takes and watching her struggle between her heart and her sense of duty. Her ability to wield the pen far more mightily than the sword was breathtaking.
Overall, we liked the journey between Dafne and Nakoa, even though we thought there were some off-notes in it. Although they did not detract from our enjoyment, they were noticeable. We were surprised that Nakoa could be so devoted to Dafne and then abruptly write her off, not trusting her. His belief that she should automatically know who he is and fall into the role as queen coupled with the odd ultimatum to choose him (who she’d only known three days) over Ursula (who she’d known her whole life) was a bit of a stretch. We were surprised that although he understands (and we assume) speaks Dasnarian, he never tried to communicate with her in it, but instead insisted that she learn to communicate in his language.
Overall, we really liked The Pages of the Mind, abrupt moments and all. The passion and connection between Nakoa and Dafne smoothed over those rough patches. Gikany and Una are biting our nails in anticipation of the next novel, which will center on Jepp and Kral. If you enjoy fantasy romance with strong clever female leads and witty banter, you need to pick up this series.
Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.
Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer–she’s a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne’s ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.
Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect…
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Series: Twelve Kingdoms #4 / Uncharted Realms #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format(s): Paperback (432 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #1)
The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #2)
The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #3)
“Heart’s Blood” by Jeffe Kennedy (Dark Secrets Anthology) (Twelve Kingdoms world)
“The Crown of the Queen” (The Twelve Kingdoms #3.5)