The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1) by C.K. BrookePublication Date: October 3, 2014 Publisher: 48fourteen
Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals – including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake – voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
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“I’ve never seen a fire spread so easily or so rapidly,” declared Cosmith. “And especially not on such damp soil.” He clenched his jaw. “I smell a rat. This was no accident, my friends. It is chemical warfare. The New Republic is trying to eliminate us who seek the Duchess.” “They damn near succeeded,” muttered Bos. “But why would they leave behind their symbol to convict themselves?” challenged young Macmillan. “Would they not wish to keep an assassination classified?” “Not if they wish to warn the survivors—us—who we’re dealing with,” said Cosmith shrewdly. “This here?” He tapped knowingly against the symbol carved into the stone. “This is called ‘leaving your mark.’ It’s a Jordinian custom for claiming a crime committed.” Macmillan raised an eyebrow. “And you would know this how?” “This does not come as news to me,” interrupted Bos flatly. “The Republic will slaughter whomever they please, however they shall, to ensure their authority and control. It has been this way since they murdered my Emperor.” “And it appears they’ve set an assassin on our tail,” said Cosmith grimly. “So what do we do?” Macmillan looked between them. Bos watched them, the last men standing in their now pitiful search party. “We continue,” he suggested.
An absolutely epic adventure! I was completely enraptured from the very beginning and found it nearly impossible to put this boo down. Packed full of adventure with tons of surprises, there was never a dull moment and I enjoyed every minute of it. The characters were very complex and likable with their own unique personalities that made me fall in love with all of them. The writing was snappy and fresh and I just loved the author's style. There were moments where I had to laugh, bite my nails, feel like slapping something and then sigh in pleasure at sweet romance finally. It was a beautifully written story that completely captured my heart and imagination! The ending wasn't quite a cliffhanger, but definitely introduces a sequel coming. I can't wait to see what adventures the characters get into in the next book! I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anybody and everybody!
C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers' Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books - reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit her at CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook!