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Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,075 ratings  ·  149 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.
ebook, 464 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Ace Books
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❀angela
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...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.

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...more
Miss Clark
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jD
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...more
Kathy
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
Tina
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...more
Angie
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
Merrin
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...more
LiteraryLover
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
jane
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
Latharia
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!
Glory
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.
Tina
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.
Kiersten
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,...more
Ruth
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...more
mybluesunset
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
Michelle
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
cecilia
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...more
Ben Babcock
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Nanci
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...more
Kate
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
Natalie
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...more
Michelle
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...more
Erin
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
Britney
This was a great book. It was full of excitement! Princess Amalie's personality seemed perfect for her role as future queen as well as being the one Cammon falls for. Her personality is perfect for other reasons, too, but I don't like to give too many spoilers! Between the two of them was a cute romance, but it wasn't my favorite. Away from the romantic side of the story, the "battle" for Gillengaria was wonderful. Looking back on this book as well as the previous three, Sharon Shinn did an amaz...more
J.H. Walker
This is book four in the series. If you haven't read the others, read them first. If you have, you know Shinn's main cast of characters and how she includes them all and focuses on certain ones each time. This one is primarily Cammon's story.

I've always had a soft spot for this sweet, endearing mystic who can see the truth in the hearts of others. It's time for Princess Amalie to marry. Cammon is summoned to the palace to use his abilities to help vet her suitors. Meanwhile and to everyone's sh...more
Shana
Gillengaria as a place doesn't have quite the same pull on me as Samaria, the fictional planet of Sharon Shinn's Archangel series, but after four books it's really starting to grow on me. It helps that: a)the big "good vs evil" war they've been hinting about since book one finally came to pass in this book and b) I absolutely adore Cammon, the main character. He's scruffy and goofy and geeky--my kind of guy all around. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with how everything was tied together, although...more
Ann
One of the things I have greatly enjoyed about this series of books is that I don't need to reread the previous books when the next comes out. While it certainly helps to have read the others, each works well as a standalone. And each of the previous books is memorable enough that re-reading is not required.

The drawback is that Reader and Raelynx--nominally about Cammon, played double duty. It really held two stories: Cammon's growing love for Amalie and Senneth's final showdown with the Gissel...more
Steph
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Fibaroobi
Really enjoyed the fourth installment of this series. I've enjoyed the change of focus of the main characters. Cammon and Amelie's story was touching, there was a very exciting story, with plenty of action. Will be sad when I have finished this story!
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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.”
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“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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