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The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters

by James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey

Tom Doherty Associates | August 5, 2014 | Hardcover

The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

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. Nowthese 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.49 × 6.33 × 1.07 in

Published: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765335654

ISBN - 13: 9780765335654

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyable The beautiful and dramatic cover of this novel instantly drew my attention. I enjoy historical fantasy novels where the worlds recreated are realistic and close to real history, so this book was a perfect fit for my tastes. The tale is set in a 17th or 18th century world. The prologue, which reads like a Grimm?s fairy tale, describes the premise behind the series, where twelve princesses must make their way in the world due to a lack of funding for their dowries. The first of the princesses to set out is Clarice, talented with the sword and rapier. Disguised as a young man named Clarence, she hopes to sail to the new world to make her fortune. Unfortunately, her choice of ship is not a lucky one and she soon finds herself embroiled with pirates, a power struggle between a powerful sorceress, and Dominick, one of the leading sailors, in a relentless quest for a missing treasure. I enjoyed the story because it was realistic and believable with only a touch of fantasy. It was a great light read and a fabulous escape. The ship and its workings was realistically written, and the characters seemed authentic too. I loved the fairytale style premise of the twelve princesses that will launch further stories as each of the princesses come of age and make their way out into the world. This novel had plenty of fight scenes, intrigue, and a slow burgeoning romance that did not overpower the story. I would have liked the facts surrounding the treasure to be made more apparent as to what it was and what it would be used for. The story held my interest to the very end and it was very well written, and I will most definitely read a future book in the series. A great book by two wonderfully talented writers.
Date published: 2014-08-18

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The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters

by James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.49 × 6.33 × 1.07 in

Published: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765335654

ISBN - 13: 9780765335654

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1 FAREWELL TO SWANSGAARDE   THE EARLY-MORNING sunlight shone through the French doors that led out to the balcony of Princess Clarice’s tower bedroom. From the balcony was the sweeping vista of the Borogny Mountains, spreading their pristine robes for admiration, their high peaks crowned in clouds and their slopes robed in snow year-round. They were the first thing Princess Clarice saw each morning as the sun rose over the Swanscrown. I shall miss this. The thought came before Clarice quite realized she was awake. There was no point now in trying to convince herself she was asleep. Throwing back the covers, she shrugged into her wrapper, tucked her feet into her slippers, and padded over to the French doors. Taking a deep anticipatory breath, she flung them open and stepped out onto the balcony. As always, the dawn chill made her catch her breath, but she had done this every morning for as long as she could remember. Today, she would do it for the last time. In the distance, she could hear the faint music of the bells at the university calling the students to their morning lectures. Any other day, Clarice would have watched the valley awaken until she was chilled clear through. But today was a day unlike any other in all her previous eighteen years, and she was in a hurry to meet it. *   *   * Breakfast was normally a noisy family affair, but today Clarice saw only three places set at the long oak table. Duke Rupert was seated in his u
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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.

About the Author

MERCEDES LACKEY is a multiple New York Times bestselling author for her Valdemar novels.  JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on six novels, including the USA Today bestseller, To Light a Candle and the New York Times bestsellers When Darkness Falls and The Phoenix Transformed. Lackey lives in Claremore, OK. Mallory lives in Baltimore, MD.

Editorial Reviews

“Explicitly feminist, extremely readable and entertaining.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on Beauty and the Werewolf

“An awesome take on the world of fairy tales.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on The Fairy Godmother

“Delightful [and] amusing. Appealing characters faced with challenging circumstances keep the plot lively.” —RT Book Reviews on The Snow Queen

“A narrative motif fit for a Technicolor swashbuckler. A fantasy fanatic’s feast.” —Kirkus Reviews on Crown of Vengeance

“The three novellas are well written and entertaining . . . starring strong females.” —The Midwest Book Review on Trio of Sorcery

“Trio of Sorcery gives us three talented, courageous heroines in an enjoyable urban fantasy collection.  Fascinating women and stories that draw us into their worlds.” —Lesa’s Book Critiques (written by the winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award) on Trio of Sorcery

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