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Review: The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1)

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory - The House of the Four Winds

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. James Mallory and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now, these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

Pirates! Magic! Disguises! The House of the Four Winds was a lot of fun to read, and it has a very light-hearted story. In general, the plot was good, although I did find that the ending got a bit strange and a very random event happened. However, my confusion didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of the book.

In this book, we’re told the story of Clarice, who disguises herself as Clarence when she goes out to seek her fortune. I liked Clarice, and she did a lot of awesome stuff in the book, but I do think she was a bit of a Mary Sue at times. I honestly couldn’t tell you what any of the flaws in her character were. During the book, she develops a relationship with Dominick, who I also liked a lot. He was a great character too, and the relationship between the characters was adorable. It was also very frustrating at times.

The world in this book is an interesting take on our world. Everything is named slightly differently, plus magic exists. I wish this book had more magic in it, because I would’ve loved to learn more about the magic system in the book. Overall, it was a fun read and I’m excited about reading the next book in the series.

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