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Princess at Sea (Princess #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,927 ratings  ·  96 reviews
One day Tess was the crown princess of Costenopolie, and the next she discovered she was a beggar's child, reared as a decoy to keep the real princess safe from assassins. But Tess's flair for politics, self-defense, and shopping--and her recently discovered magical powers thwarted the kingdom's enemies and restored the real princess to the throne.

Now, she dons an ambassad
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Ace (first published July 5th 2006)
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Editt
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Ria
Princess at Sea was a strange book, having all the right elements but somehow was less than the sum of its parts. I liked Tess and her relationship with Contessa was a nice and unexpected aspect of the novel that I enjoyed. I loved the initial drama of the kidnapping and the action taking place largely outside the comfort of the palace.

On to the inevitable "but" - Princess at Sea suffered from some very confusing plot twists and contrivances. In the first book, the world of the game and players
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jen8998
Despite the cover art, this book was not the light fantasy I was expecting. Our heroine is captured, threatened with rape and murder repeatedly, loses control of her abilities and then finally is betrayed by her love interest who turns out to be quite the psychopath (this plot twist has makes the heroine look like a particularly bad judge of character on top of everything). In the last few pages, she has another potential love interest on the horizon but the happy ending felt tacked on after all ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 26, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Once upon a time, Tess was Princess Contessa of Costenopolie. Then she learned she was really just a decoy princess, a target for would-be assassins. Her parents were killed as part of an audacious royal coup masterminded by the prince of a neighboring kingdom, and Tess was instrumental in restoring a semblance of order. That was then. This is now.

Now, her sister, the real Contessa of Costenopolie, sits on the throne, along with her new husband, a prince of Misdev. Tess acts as an advisor, lend
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Aeslis
Compared to Decoy Princess, this book is unfortunately inferior. While in Decoy Tess runs circles around the characters that are trying to best her, in this book she is continually run circles around. She tries to keep her head above water but eventually there isn't even the pretense that she has control of anything.

Her abilities change drastically in this volume, as well. Whereas before she used stealth and weapons, in Sea Tess's abilities with magic grow, but they seem to be to be haphazard at
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ala
Dec 16, 2012 ala rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Damn it, I think I have to give this book five stars. Not that it was perfect, but it is withstanding the "stick-in-my-head" test -- meaning a few days out I'm still thinking about the characters and reluctant to leave them for the next book.

The Princess at Sea is a follow-up to the Decoy Princess and I liked even better. This book was a bit darker and more contemplative. In the Decoy Princess, Tess finds out that she is not the real princess (that should not be much of a spoiler given the title
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M. B.
Just as engrossing as the first book in this series! I truly could not put this book down. We were introduced to Tess in "The Decoy Princess". This book picks up pretty much where the first book leaves off, with Tess chaperoning her sister, the Queen, and her new husband on a journey to Misdev. And from the get go, adventures await. Throughout the book our plucky heroine is captured by pirates, thrown in a pit with a deadly animal while pirates bet on how long she will live, left to die on a bur ...more
Sarah
Basic summary of my problems: Tessa appears off her rocker for most of the book. The end of the book Tessa becomes needy and whiny. Second book completely undoes Tess's strong and independent/resourceful nature that was the reason she was likable in first book. For details, you'll have to be prepared for spoilers.

Warning: this review contains major spoilers. Read at your own risk.

SO, this book frustrated me on multiple levels.

First of all, Tess spends half the book acting completely insane. Some
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Janice (Janicu)
Both books followed the same pattern where at first I was just reading along but not really sucked in, and then something would happen and I just had to know what happened next. I admit I did skim ahead because I was really really curious, but then made myself come back and read it properly. There were a few surprises, and unexpected angst. I found most of the characters had layers which got slowly peeled back as time went by, and some things get revealed that I sort of expected, yet didn't quit ...more
Cait
Ah, that was good! This was my second try at reading this book. I really enjoyed the first one, but I bounced off of this one on my first try because it takes a really long time to get good. Tess spends the first half of this book being yanked around from one out-of-control situation to the next, plus she really, really is just as appalling a judge of character as Jeck claims! (I don't think that that's much of a spoiler, especially since the claim was in the first book.)

Of course, at just about
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Karen
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Carolyn
I wasn't really a fan of this sequel. To me, it felt a bit disjointed, and didn't have as much of the "charm" as the first book in the series. I know - writing sequels is hard, but some of the characters just did a complete 180. Also, Tess isn't as likable in this book - I couldn't quite place my finger on why that was. Her supposed reaction to her overdose of venom was an interesting twist at first, but... at risk of divulging any spoilers, it just got unbearably dull and/or disjointed. Also, t ...more
Kimberly
I wanted to like this as much as the first, but there were too many inconsistencies and sometimes I couldn't keep up with the way the characters interacted with each other. It's supposed to be about "players" who are supposedly the power behind the thrones with no one else knowing, but I didn't see any of that. I can understand that in the first book, but this one should have expanded on that. There should have been more political intrigue. I would still like to see a third book in this series t ...more
Sydney Mugerwa
So the minute I was done with Princess at Sea, first thing I did was look up the 3rd book so I could start reading that too immediately(Like I did after book 1)and to my chagrin there wasn't a 3rd book in the series. What's happening Dawn Cook? You clearly left breadcrumbs. There must be a Book 3! Am I the only one who feels this way because from her 1st book in the series, Dawn just upped her game and Princess at Sea was a riveting read.

I am not one to talk about the plot in my reviews, rather
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Kaia Sand
Yet another fantastic book by Dawn Cook. I find the idea of "players" secretly controlling the sovereigns of all the countries very intriguing, and I love Dawn Cook's characters. I REALLY hope she writes a third book because the ending definitely leaves room for one, and I'll need another book to feel completely satisfied with the storyline.
****Implied Spoiler****
Does anyone else want to kill Duncan?









Emyrose8
Before I read this book, I read some of the reviews from other readers... and my expectations were lowered. Someone posted that they weren't pleased with the direction the romance went. I "accidentally" read the last page of the book, so I figured out who she would ultimately end up with and, not gonna lie, it wasn't the way I wanted it to be. BUT throughout the book, my preference changed and I wasn't as upset about it as I thought I'd be. One specific thing that bothered me was how whiny and t ...more
Tracy
No way! Just realized Dawn Cook is Kim Harrison! No wonder I like this series. :) Despite a little too much rape peril, this was a very good and satisfying book, better than the first in the series. I'm sad this is the last book, but can see why it had to be. Still, I will miss the characters terribly.
Daniela
The two is because of the character suicide with the lovable rogue in book one. Why, why, why did she have to write a sequel? It comes off as lazily written - a fan fiction of the Decoy Princess. The ending was irregularly shaped, but it worked and I liked it. Gah. I should have skipped this one.
Jill
It was pretty good throughout the story but the twist they chose to add at the end destroyed the entire book for me. I was very disappointed and felt that this book caused problems for the first book as well. I won't be able to enjoy the first again as much.
Maria
I didn't like how Duncan turned out - not that Jeck isn't. A great character (and obvious better man just still wish he hadn't been a selfish jerk in the ed) :-( still an awesome book and series!
L.R. Pardee
I will confess that I just finished reading Princess at Sea and its predecessor, Decoy Princess, for something like the 6th time. But I wanted to give the books a shout out on Goodreads because I think they are somewhat crippled by a stupid title and fruity cover art.

These are some of my favorite books of all time. Yes, Tess was raised as a princess and learns very quickly that she was actually a decoy for the original princess, hidden away in infancy due to a multitude of assassination attempt
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Steph
Wonderful series. The cover was a little misleading, and the main reason it took me so long to read. Do not be fooled! This series is far darker, the concepts and relationships more painful and wonderful, then I would ever have expected going in. I suppose this is what I get for ever doubting the skills of Dawn Cook, aka Kim Harrison. Never again!

The second, and final, installment of the Princess Series skips forward about a year from the end of the first book. Though I had been looking forward
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Jessalina
Slight spoilers

I have to say I enjoyed the sequel to the Princess Decoy more than I expected. Before reading it, I had actually spoiled things for myself. I knew that Duncan would turn his back on Tess (I didn't however, know what it was he had done). Duncan had been my favorite character (still is) so I was slightly put off for some time. But once I had began to read it I began to enjoy it. I mean what better way too start a book than to have the queen dumped into the ocean, by her husband?

Thou
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Laura
I think I like this book more than the first, as Tess becomes a more complex character.

In The Decoy Princess, all of the action takes place quickly. Tess discovers that her entire life has been a lie, and has to outwit and outfight trained soldiers in order to save her kingdom from a deranged younger son. Before she is even able to process her identity, she is told about the world of "players" and "pieces", the true powers behind the throne, and her actual importance as Kavenlow's apprentice.

As
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Cathy
The sequel to The Decoy Princess. Tess is back! With bonus pirates! (You had to know this was coming with a title like that!) This time she steps into the role of ambassador for the true (and newly crowned) queen. It makes sense. Legitimate bloodline or no, the queen's a stranger to a lot of people, and Tess the decoy princess is the one with the real political clout. (Really and truly. As revealed in the first book, there are games and players and behind the scenes machinations, and Tess really ...more
Paris
It’s been 3 years since I read Decoy Princess. I wasn’t sure I’d remember anything about the world or the characters, but I never missed a beat once I was thrown into the story. A lot happens in this book and I enjoyed every minute of it. Tess is a great character with a lot of sass and strength. She wasn’t the only one blinded by the person who betrays her. I didn’t see it coming, I thought that person was faithful and telling the truth even though now I look back and see all sorts of signs poi ...more
Michelle
I like this series. It's fun. Full of adventure and the heroine only occiasinally sinks into bizzare neurotic passages that are centered around emotional problems that are really quite simple to cut through. I'm trying to figure out how, when we're presented with a basically strong, smart, capable heroine she's always, to varying degrees, emotionally stunted . . . But this is a problem with the genre in general and, despite a few times when I wanted to punch her in the face, for the balance Tess ...more
Laura
Apparently there are only two books in this series. I got the series because I wanted a taste of Kim Harrison's writing style. I didn't care for it.

I didn't care much for the characters. Instead, it was the game that hooked me into continuing reading.

As I read, I wondered if the author secretly sympathizes with anorexics. The characters would perform daring deeds after skipping meals, not eating for days, and even without drinking water.

I heard somewhere that Dawn Cook wrote this for a young adu
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Melissa
Not as good as Decoy Princess, but I still liked it. Tess does not seem quite as competent as she had been, but I actually didn't mind that too much. Other character changes bothered me a bit more and the very ending was kind of tacked on and a little too happily-ever-after for me. But I still had fun reading it.
Orelia
Not quite as good as the first, but still enjoyable. And good enough that to this day, I want her to write a third book to wrap up the series. It's not that the ending doesn't resolve; it's that I think the series could be pushed a little further.
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