Image of The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala


Image of The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala

This magnificent fairy tale will captivate you from beginning to end with a richly detailed fantasy world full of shapeshifters, magic and an exciting romance! Andi isn’t your ordinary must-have-a-prince-to-save-me type of princess. She begins as the invisible middle sister, not a great beauty like Amelia, nor a warrior like heir apparent Ursula — instead Andi is content to remain a wallflower, until she meets Rayfe and her entire world is turned upside down. She makes wise choices, all to save her people from the harsh realities of battle, and even when faced with horrible options, her course is one of truth, loyalty and love. Rayfe is dark and intense, keeping his feelings close to the chest, but trusts Andi to make the right decisions. They are a remarkable pair, one who celebrate individuality with a partnership that will last for a lifetime.

Princess Andi usually doesn’t mind being the invisible sister, especially since that means she has more time to ride her beloved horse and explore the boundaries of her father’s land, but she wishes someone would see her, the real person and not just a royal daughter. One day, she meets a handsome stranger who seems to know more than he should, speaking of secret oaths while trying to take her hostage. She learns from the king that she was long ago promised to Rayfe, leader of the Tala, and he has come to claim her as his queen. As she grows into her power, it becomes clear that she is destined for more than life in the castle. (KENSINGTON, Jun., 352 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Anna Dougherty