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The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,188 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
The tiny nation of Swansgaard is a lovely place with abundant natural resources, including the royal family, which has been blessed with twelve daughters and a son. As this boisterous baker's dozen approaches adulthood, the king and queen lovingly tell their daughters, "You must make your own fortune, for we cannot enrich you without impoverishing our people or leaving our ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Tor Books (first published August 1st 2014)
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Katie Montgomery
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Things Katie enjoys in a novel, as correlated with Lackey et al's new novel The House of the Four Winds:

_X_ Period-appropriate prose

___ Talking cats

_X_ Strong, sassy heroines who have no trouble kicking it with the boys

_X_ Believable, likable characters

___ Pandas

_X_ Swashbuckling

___ Dragons

_X_ People wearing awesome hats

___ Perfectly executed genre mashups

_X_ Fairytale flavors that induce minimal eyerolling

___ Spaceships and/or lasers

_X_ Princes/princesses who have their shit together

_X_ Romance
This looks like it's going to be a series of books, each based on one of the twelve princesses of Swansgaard. This is Clarice's story...
Like the blurb explains, the kingdom is tiny, and her parents can't afford to marry off all of their daughters (with a nice dowry). But because they have progressive/loving/supportive/cool parents, each of the princesses has been trained in the profession of their choice.
Clarice (the eldest daughter) chose to train with a sword.
On her eighteenth birthday, she t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s been a while since I’ve read a satisfying maritime fantasy. “I wish you luck, love, and adventure,” says a character to the protagonist in the beginning of this novel, and incidentally that’s exactly what we get. Starring a princess masquerading as a young man, along with pirates, magic, a secret map and untold treasures, perhaps the “adventure” part is what we get the most of all in this story that takes place mostly
Olga Godim
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I received this Kindle ARC through NetGalley.
This novel promised much more than it delivered. A girl masquerading as a boy, a princess playing a common swordsman, seafaring adventures and pirates, sorcery and deadly beasts, plus a dash of romance – it should’ve been a fascinating book. Sadly, it wasn’t.
Princess Clarice is the oldest daughter of the Duke of Swansgaard, a tiny idyllic principality somewhere in the mountains of an imaginary world. Clarice’s home isn’t even on most maps, and her f
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first time I had a look at the cover of Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory’s The House of the Four Winds, I thought it wasn’t my sort of book. I mean, I read seafaring and swashbuckling tales with relish in my younger years, but it’s not my usual cup of tea these days. Then the kind folks at Tor sent over a note about its release, and I always try to give my email an honest read before answering it, so I did more than skim the description. Lo and behold, this was a fantasy (I should have know ...more
This is turning out to be the summer of pirates and girls disguised as boys for me, and The House of Four Winds has plenty of both! (Well, really only one girl.) I felt like this one finally combined all the elements of sea-faring adventure and disguise that I was hoping for in those other books. There’s an unspoiled princess who is not above taking care of herself, and knows how to fight and how to read situations. There are real pirates, mutinous crews, ghost ships and treasures, curses and ma ...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS is the kind of fantasy book you read if you want an adventure that is quick and fulfilling but not especially deep. The characters are very straight forward, and it’s obvious who the villains are as well as the direction the story will take but in a way that was part of its charm. It is exactly the kind of book I want to read in a day in between heavier books that demand more concentration. I loved that this one didn’t ask much from me and reminded me of the fun I had ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review Posted from TenaciousReader:

The House of Four Winds has the air of a fairy tale. A fairy tale that features pirates, nonetheless. It’s an interesting setup; the royal family of a struggling land has a dozen daughters. They are each tasked with learning a trade seeing as how their family can’t support them all. The eldest daughter, Clarice, takes up the sword as her trade and on her eighteenth birthday sets out to gain experience, and more important
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just recently, I was bemoaning the lack of good, fun pirate books. And then, entirely by coincidence, in one week I read two! (The other being Kage Baker's excellent 'Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key.')

This is a more YA-oriented adventure, but I found it to be rollicking good fun. Clarice is a princess of a small duchy. Her parents have recently produced a male heir, so they've encouraged their twelve daughters to go out and seek their fortunes. This book follows the eldest (I suspect more daughter
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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This book was fun. I'm a huge fan of nautical, pirate-y adventures, and in that aspect, The House of the Four Winds definitely delivers. It's fast-paced, and chocked full of everything a pirate adventure needs - storms, swordfights, sea monsters... If you're looking for a book with a seriously awesome "swashbuckling"/sailing-the-high-seas atmosphere, you can't go wrong with Four Winds .

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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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