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Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,677 ratings  ·  165 reviews
The final confrontation is here: the fourth book in the stunning fantasy series.

In a world of secret sorceries and forbidden desires, the mystic Cammon must put aside his personal feelings for Princess Amalie and help her find a suitor, until he discovers that he needs to protect her from her own powers.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Ace (first published November 6th 2007)
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I think it goes to show what an extraordinary author Sharon Shinn is because I'm giving this four stars despite my many issues with the book—especially with the main character, Amalie.

I didn't really warm up to her and I found her selfish when she refused to marry anyone but Cammon. She needed to marry a noble and forge an alliance to help secure the throne. Was that fair to her? No, of course not. But she had a duty to her country—thousands of soldiers had just died for her! She wasn't even bei
Miss Clark
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Don't let the 3-stars fool you, I loved this book. Cammon is a character that I have admired throughout the series. I have enjoyed his spirit and positive approach to everything. He is not the typical 'mooody, depressed, and introspective' fantasy lead. Refreshing.

There are many heroines in the series overall but the Princess Amalie was the focus. She and Cammon decided to fall in love and break every other rule they could in the process. It worked for me at every turn. I don't feel they were wr
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Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn is the fourth book in the Twelve Houses series. My friend Celina of The Bookkeeper was nice enough to let me borrow her copy of this book. As always, thanks! Reading order: Mystic and Rider, The Thirteenth House, Dark Moon Defender, Reader and Raelynx, Fortune and Fate. Should the books be read in order? Yes. Also, don't read any of the synopses of the latter books if you haven't read the earlier ones. They contain spoilery bits. Seriousl
This is the fourth book in the Twelve House series, and it is one of my favorites. It is written almost as the last in the series but I know there is one more left, although that one is from a totally different point of view. Cammon and Senneth are really the main characters in this book, I was once again delighted to hear more from Senneth. The relationship with Amalie and Cammon is no great surprise (although, for me it was lacking some of the passion or intensity of Senneth-Tayse or Kirra-Rom ...more
I'd like the phone book if it was read by Joe Berrett.
Well, that just about wrapped everything up… wait, there's another book after this one? Anyhow, I have been looking forward to Cammon's story for quite some time now and I was not disappointed. Being a reader, Cammon has a rather unique perspective and it made for an interesting story. I enjoyed every little bit of the plot in this book and it was especially gratifying that the author tied in some minor characters from the previous books. Everything that happened contributed to the plot and ther ...more
THIS BOOK MADE ME SO HAPPY. *This review may be slightly less coherent than my usual fare due to my fangirlish rhapsodizing; if so, I apologize.*

(*Spoilers in this paragraph!*) As regards the main romance, I think it kept me in the most suspense out of all the books. Cammon and Amalie are an impossible match, but also impossible not to root for (unlike Kirra and Romar in book two, whose romance was possibly even more impossible, but also really dislikable—and unlike Senneth/Tayse, Kirra/Donnal,
This is the fourth book in Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series.

This is the continuing story that began in the first book Mystic and Rider where a group of six people, conscripted by the King, were sent out to travel the countryside to see if the rumbles of unrest and rebellion in the land were true. The six, consist of Senneth (a noblewoman and strong mystic who controls fire in all its forms), Kirra (a noblewoman mystic who is a shapeshifter), Donnal (Kirra's faithful servant, son of a poacher
This is the fourth book in Shinn's Twelve Houses series. Each volume focuses on one of the six companions and this one follows the youngest--Cammon. The boy who reads souls. Heretofore, Cammon has been something of a delightful enigma. The scruffy little brother with a good heart, not an ounce of tact, and the ability to gauge a person's true intentions. In this volume, he comes into his own and it was a treat to be one up on the rest of the characters for once. To actually be inside his head. C ...more
So, three for four isn't bad in a tetralogy, right? The second was so disappointing, especially given how awesome the first was, but the third and fourth have more than made up for any problems I might have had with Kirra's part in the story.

I found it curious, the whole way through, that we saw everyone's point of view except Donnal's. And of the six, he's the one we know the least about. He's a shape shifter devoted to Kirra, the son of a serf and uncomfortable in the presence of lords and la
I was a little disappointed with this book. I liked the character Justin in this series but wasn't all that exited for his book. But somehow Sharon Shinn got me tied up anyhow and I loved Dark Moon Defender (previous book in the series). Here I wasn't all that exited about the character but I had high hopes that once again Sharon Shinn would change my mind. With Reader and Raelynx, not so much. Not to say the book was bad. I thought the plot was good and Sharon Shinn's writing is still great. Bu ...more
I've decided I don't trust Sharon Shinn's moral sense. She has characters break taboos without consequences. A mystic can change another person into an animal with no negative effects on either. An innocent can kill a man for the first time without being distressed. None of her preferred characters ever die but the "bad people" are all destroyed. The end justifies the means. A major lie told to deceive the people is no problem in the name of true love. I don't think I will read any more Sharon S ...more
This contains spoilers for the entire series.

First, I need to complain about Joe Brooks, who reads the audiobooks for this book and Dark Moon Defender: he is AWFUL. He reads Kirra as a shallow ditz (which the first two books go to great lengths to debunk -- I mean, yes, Kirra is effervescent and flippant, but the voice Brooks gives her is a caricature, completely without depth), Donal is suddenly Irish (??), and Cammon is cockney (again: ??). I wish so much that the reader from the first two boo
Another great novel in this series! I enjoyed seeing all of the characters develop further & to see lots of loose ends get tied up (the appearance of minor characters from previous novels was an especially nice tough). My sole gripe was that near the climax, my immersion in the story was broken when I felt like the characters were all idiots for not having puzzled out a problem that I felt was staring them in the face. Barring that, it was a super read!
Jennifer Mash
I normally really like Sharon Shinn (Archangel was great!) but this was kinda eh. Found out in the middle that it's actually part of a series of books and I jumped in at the end. I might have liked it better if I had read it in order. The good people were VERY GOOD the bad people were VERY BAD everyone in love was VERY IN LOVE. Every conflict was ever so tidily resolved by the end of the book.
I think I liked this book because I like the main character. But then again, being likable is his talent. There was a weird, awkward scene that I didn't see as realistic that I wish hadn't been in there because it ruined the book for me.
Jared Paddick
Quite a crescendo. As with the rest of the series, Shinn's mechanics are fantastic, and the dialogue is witty and well carried.

I still think the threat of war, as well as the actual war itself, was underplayed, but it was nice to see some direction in this book.

While I admit, I secretly love happy endings, I think Cammon's rise to distinction among the nobility was a little bit of a cop out, even if it was clever and devious.

This was a good series, not great, but at least I don't feel like I was
Eliza Baum
CAMMON (view spoiler)!! *giggle*

I freakin' love these books. LOVE THEM. I'm pretty sure that, at this point, the only thing the author could have done to make me love them less is (view spoiler) - and thank god she didn't do that. I love the style, the character voice, the plot...I just can't praise it highly enough. If I could give this series 10 stars, I would.

This was a fitting conclusion to the series. (view spoi
I’ll come straight out with it. Mystic and Rider and Reader and Raelynx are my two favorite books of the entire Twelve Houses series. When I feel like reading bits and parts of it, I always reach for these two books.

Cammon is so sweet and innocent. Even his constant mental access to some of the worst thoughts in humanity don’t seem to phase him. It’s like he has a filter that keeps it all out. However, think what it would be like to have that power and to know when someone truly likes or loves y
Not bad; it's the last of the Gillengaria series, which hasn't been my favorite Shinn. Not the least because I refuse to read the one book in this series about a character having an affair with a married man. (I much preferred the Samaria series; I liked the idea of the angels!)

This was a good finale, though. Cammon was one of my favorite characters in the initial group from the first book, and I'm glad he got his HEA*. The war that had hung like a miasma, threatening throughout the entire serie
I was frustrated at the main characters and their bullheaded, morally righteous superiority complex. Interesting questions of the justification for war-- is it worth slaughtering thousands of people just to decide who will sit on the throne? When should we compromise 'true love' and personal desires for strategic advantages?-- are brushed over by making the villains entirely brutal sadistic rapists with an unthinking prejudice against mystics. Really, when Senneth rejected the offer of marrying ...more
This is the last book in Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses books...or at least, I think it is. It actually came out in November and I was really excited about it, but it wasn't available in any book stores here, I would have to order it online, and I was waiting for enough books to come up so the order would be more than $39 and I could get free shipping. Suffice to say, it took me a while. Anyways, each of the previous books have focused on one or two characters of a group of six. This last one was ...more
I would say that the dust jacket summary is a little misleading. Cammon and Amalie would be the main players in this latest tale. Cammon is a mystic who can pick up on the emotions/thoughts of others. He is summoned to observe Amalie's suitors as they come to courting for the king's daughter's hand. I had expected more courtship, but that sadly was not the case. Not that it is a terrible thing, but I just thought there'd be a lot more.

This may be my 2nd favorite story out of the series, after My
Ben Babcock
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Jan 13, 2008 Nanci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Sharon Shinn fan
Shelves: fantasy
Shinn's 4th novel of the Twelve Houses is another mix of great characters, wonderful magic and evil trying to squash magical individuals. Bogs down in a few places, but the action starts up again and the ending is great!

Kirkus says: "Shinn (Dark Moon Defender, 2006, etc.) neatly and delightfully wraps up a four-volume romantic-fantasy series in which six comrades bearing exceptional magical and/or martial abilities fall in love with entirely unsuitable partners against the backdrop of a looming
A very satisfying conclusion to the Twelve Houses series that begins with Mystic and Rider. I am fascinated by the complex politics of the world that Shinn creates. She somehow manages to balance so many competing factions (various political houses among the Twelve Houses, the royality, the Thirteenth House (which is itself variously aligned), the religious zealots who worship the Pale Mother, the mysterious Lirrenlands, among others), and yet it is never confusing or dull. As the conclusion, th ...more
Justin once said that when it came to unsuitable romance, Cammon would outdo them all. Little did he know how right he would turn out to be.
Cammon's spooky mind-reading abilities are needed at the palace. War is coming, and it has been decided that Princess Amalie needs a husband. Cammon is tasked with listening in on the princess's conversations with prospective suitors and sounding the alarm if any of them threaten Amalie. However, this throws him and the princess together for a great deal of
Apr 20, 2009 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twelve houses fans
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
The fourth book in the Twelfth Houses series focuses on the lovable yet quirky reader Cammon. With his unique (and very helpful) ability of being able to sense the emotions of others, Cammon has become an invaluable asset to the monarchy. Charged with discerning the true intentions of Princess Amalie's suitors, Cammon continually proves his worth and loyalty to those he loves.

However, all is not well in the Twelve Houses as war is imminent. When an audacious attack on the royal city is made ever
Jan 22, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, Sharon Shinn fans
Shelves: fantasy, magic, romance
Sharon Shinn is such an amazing writer that it almost feels like a betrayal to have to admit that I didn't like this one as much as the earlier ones. I think she rushed the ending. After 3 1/2 books of anticipation, the end of this book felt somewhat anticlimactic, despite the big showdown & battle scenes. It's hard to explain exactly why I feel this way. The best I can come up with is that Shinn is so good with character development and plot, that this book would have benefited from being t ...more
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“And you're not leaving," she said. "Promise me."

It was as if she had asked him to promise to keep breathing, to notice sunshine, to permit the spinning of the earth. What choice did he have? Even if he left her, she would be camped in his heart, an insistent and willful presence. She would match her strides to his on any journey he ever took; she would lie beside him on any bed.

Amalie, he said, "that's the easiest promise I've ever had to make.”
“Maybe I should keep you in a walled garden so you can't ever leave.'

The image this conjured up was so vivid that for a moment he couldn't think how to answer. He glanced down at her, his mouth open as if to speak, but no words came out. The truth was, he thought, feeling humble, feeling stupid, he didn't think he would mind any more than the raelynx did being kept in perpetual service to the princess. 'Men generally don't make very good pets,' he said at last, and she went off in a peal of laughter.”
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