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The Duchess Quest

(Jordinia #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Love is destined to find her...

Dainy doesn't know that she is the lost duchess of Jordinia, or that her uncle has organized a contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward!

Though at odds, three clashing rivals - a noble giant, a forester, and a thief - voyage together by woodland, plains, and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding assassins and spie
Paperback, 412 pages
Published October 3rd 2014 by 48fourteen
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DNF @ 13%

This was just not working for me. Here's why:

- There were too many POVs. In just 13%, there were at least 8??? It was getting mega confusing to keep track of, and it seemed completely unnecessary, especially as it led to a lot of repetition.
- People had complicated and ridiculous names, which only added to the confusion. Lots of characters with lots of unusual and similar names? Nope.
- The writing didn't fl
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Fifteen years ago, the Emperor and Empress, also known as Duke and Duchess, of Jordinia were usurped and executed with their children. Except that their daughter, Eludaine, escaped, though she was too young to remember her old life. Fifteen years later, after learning of her survival, her uncle issued a challenge that any man who can find the Duchess Eludaine and bring her back will win her hand in marriage as well as fifty pounds of gold. But the new rulers of Jordinia will stop at nothing to k ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a lot, I love fantasy adventures. This book was fast paced but it was in multiple POVs & I know it can be a problem for some but in my opinion it really worked with this novel.

I loved Dainy I thought she was multi dimensional, I did find it odd that she was willing to just take off with the men after finding out her family was killed off... to mean that was not realistic but it is fantasy. I enjoyed all of her male accomplices they all added a layer to the story that ma
Melinda Howard
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was really excited to read this book but I felt quite disappointed. The main character Dainy is quite a push-over and constantly acts like a damsel in distress. I also didn't like Cosmith and the fact that Dainy continually forgave him despite his rude and quite despicable behaviour. I also found the plot to be a little slow and the ending to be unsatisfying. Overall, I found this book to be okay but disappointing due to th
Julayn Adams
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Ok, I can see why some people may have enjoyed this book, but it just wasn't my thing. I get that names for characters need to fit the story, but having so many difficult names made it quite confusing to keep track of who is who. It didn't help that there were so many POV's. With that being said, I gave this book a higher rating that I personally liked it because of the writer's talent. I loved C.K. Brooke's imagery and descriptive language. Very beautifully done. Had I liked and been able to fo ...more
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
I was going to rate this book highly until I realized that our heroine ends up with a terrible man whom I cannot in any way support. Listen, this book really had something going for it. The writing is excellent, the plot development was looking great, the world building was decent, I was thinking that was going to be a new favorite because the first 30% was pretty good, but then the author pours kerosene and lights the match on the whole thing by having our naïve 18 year old duchess heroine get ...more
Roxanne Kade
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved historical fantasy fiction. The thrill of adventure, the magic of stepping into a new world, and meeting amazing characters - C.K. Brooke's The Duchess Quest gave me this and so much more. Filled with action and romance, this story was an absolute delight to read.

Dainy was a sweet but feisty character whom I immediately wanted to befriend. A bit naïve to the ways of the world, she was an easy target for those looking to take advantage of her, and her new royal status. Her sto
C.J. Anaya
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this fast paced romantic adventure more than I thought I would. Dainy is a free spirited, strong willed individual who has been deprived of her birthright and her blood relations due to a successful attempt to snuff out the royal family in order for rebels to start their New Republic of Jordinia. It isn't brought to light until fifteen years later that Dainy survived the massacre, and her uncle sends a party of men to find her and bring her back.

In the end there are only four who manag
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Duchess Quest, but after a few pages, I felt totally enwrapped in the world of Dainy. Dainy is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, who’s believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Her uncle has set up a contest to seek her, and the winner will get her hands in marriage. Three rivals have set out to find her on a dangerous quest. And once they find her, each
Michele DeLuca
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I raced to the end of this wonderful love story, but then I was sorry because I wanted more. Author C.K. Brooke takes the reader on a wild ride that begins with the savage killing of an entire royal family by the comrades of the Republic. Somehow, the youngest child escapes the slaughter and grows into a beautiful young woman whose life truly begins when she becomes the subject of a search party of assorted heroes and ne'er-do- wells seeking her hand in marriage. The eventual battle for her hear ...more
Ashley  Hayes
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I was not able to finish this book. I read up until page 56/chapter 13 out of 397 pages and couldn't finish. It was too disjointed with too many characters and their POV. It was hard to keep up with on top of the fact that the characters weren't well developed.

I really appreciate the author sending this book for review and I honestly hate to leave a terrible review but there's nothing to be done. I even tried to skip ahead a little and see if I could just dive into the book that w
Lilli Myers
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog

C.K. Brooke has done a wonderful job in creating a world where you feel as if you are walking beside the characters as you read. There were times I sat and tried to figure out how a word/name sounded (I didn't find the pronunciations list until I’d finished the book!) and times I felt like the story was becoming predictable, except for the end. I tip my hat to C.K. Brooke for the little twist with Cosmith at the end, I certainly didn't see t
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fanatics
To read or not to read: Read. I adored The Duchess Quest so much! It’s a fantastic young adult fantasy novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Full with many twists that took me entirely by surprise, it’s a real page-turner that will leave you craving for more once you reach the end.

Full review here
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Eludaine, known as Dainy, princess of Jordinia was lost to her empire when a revolt overthrew her family. She was secreted away to live in obscurity, not even aware of her own royal lineage. When her uncle Hessian Gatspierre, in exile, learns that she is still alive, he sets out a quest complete with gold reward and promise of marriage, to any man who seeks and finds her to return her to her remaining family. A collection of men start out, but it ends with a few essential characters: Marley Macm ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I don't exactly remember what caused me to take a second look at the book. But I am glad for it! Because I look forward to reading the sequels now!

I have to say though that the beginning was a bit of the usual. It was a cliche in some ways like the quest of finding a lost queen/princess and the said queen/princess falling for the obviously charming guy. Yeah I found the leading pair, Dainy and Jon a bit predictable. Dainy is naive and it really shows in the story while Jon though a charming lia
Linda Maidani
I loved this story with great characters, romance and intrigue. She lived with her aunts and her uncle was a fisherman. She was left with them when she was three years old, but thought she was a baby when she was left. Her uncle had seen a poster with a large reward for finding and bringing the list duchess, whose family had been executed. Over sixty men and one woman started off together to find her, but many were lost in a fire. Three men found her uncle and he told her about her real uncle a ...more
This rollicking fantasy adventure lingered in my mind several days after I had finished it. Dainy is a sweet, unassuming heroine that I could not help but to love. Naïve and innocent, she’s also compassionate and yet seems to portray certain wisdom beyond her young years. I also enjoyed the three young men who protected the lost duchess on her long journey home to Jordinia. The three rivals became unlikely friends as the journey and their tribulations progressed. There were many humorous scenes ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: met-the-author, 2018
A quest tale for sure, which was reminiscent of The Princess Bride (romance and the trio of males) and Lord of the Rings (journeying across lands and seas)!

There was romance and a contest among two of the three gentlemen; all worked out well in the end.

And there was plenty of action, fights, and narrow escapes; kept my interest throughout.

From a writing perspective, some of the passages were passive and there were many adverbs used to describe the emotion, when the dialogue conveyed the context
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written fantasy.
I have read a few books with this type of storyline and I found them fascinating and this was one of the better ones I have read. It does have a number of pov within the book and I can understand why some readers may find that hard to deal with on a personal level I like books that are complex with wonderful twists and turns and trust me this book has that. I loved the characters but there is a great many. I found the writing both descriptive and imaginative a beautif
Serena Synn
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Duchess Quest is a fast paced romantic adventure with multiple POVs so you can see multiple dimensions of the story. Humor, mystery, adventure, romance...all the bones are here for an epic tale.

I would love to see the characters become more fleshed out and unique instead of seeing basic stereotypes. The main character Dainy was both endearing and annoying. There is character growth so I expect to see more as the series continues.

Once you get past a few quirks the story will suck you in and k
Laura Hawkins
For me, this book lost its early appeal because of the personality of one of the love interests. If you like less than perfect heros, that's one thing. Even I don't like reading about characters without any flaws. But you will have to like men who speak suggestively, act selfishly, treat women like objects, and in general are without any noble traits to enjoy this book.

I actually read the novella prequel (The Last Empress) before this one, and I liked it much better.

It wasn't that I didn't I li
Wanda Jewell
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a tale of a lost Duchess and the men who seek her out for her hand in marriage and money offered by her Uncle. It starts out slow for me and it took me a while to actually get into the story. For some reason, it just did not speak to me. It is well written and I didn't see any typos. It just wasn't my cup of tea, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. It is a decent book and a lot of people will enjoy it.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3 1/2 A light-hearted romantic fantasy adventure. It is fast-paced and a clean read. Too many pov can be a drawback but it works in this case. The author writes well and creates a detailed framework to set this story in.

There is an easy flow to the book that makes it fun to read.
J.A. Cintron
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing and so full of adventures that I found myself having a hard time taking a break. Dainy's uncle was an ass and Cosmith for the win and surprise surprise little Mac ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not usually a fan of these kind of romances but this one really drew me in. I loved the way C.k.Brooke puts you into her novels, her vision is super clear!
Katherine Paschal
15 years ago, the royal family was murdered during an uprising…all but the 3 year old Duchess, whose life was secretly spared and she was smuggled away. Now, her existence has been revealed and her uncle has sent a search party to find her, full of willing able-bodied men who want 50 pounds of gold as well as the girl’s hand in marriage. The journey is fraught with potential disaster, betrayals and secrets, and it is a much dangerous journey than anyone expected.

I love the story of Anastasia,
Dawn West
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya, fantasy
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

Score! Yet another fantastic adventure by C.K. Brooke!

I read and enjoyed The Wrong Prince a couple of weeks ago. Like this one, it was a fantasy romance book with an adventurous plot and variety of characters, set in a faraway land. This book is similar but with a completely different cast of characters and new lands. My review for The Wrong Prince will post on the 16th (Friday).

This book is the first par
Lauren Chon
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, congratulations, C.K. Brooke on your debut!

Now onto the review...

I am the type of person who puts down a book forever and never look back if I don't like what I'm reading.
If I like it, I finish the book within 1-2 days and I will not sleep if that's what it takes to finish a book.
THIS BOOK was one of those books where I sacrificed sleep to finish, wondering how the book will end so that the second book can pick up where it left off.

It was a compelling story, full of unique names an
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must start with the fact that the Duchess Quest caught me and didn’t let me go until its final words and the promise of a new adventure. And lately, that happened quite rare even with stories that, at the end, I really enjoyed. That should count for something, isn’t it?

The reason for being captive of the Duchess is a combined one. First, will be the apparent play of Fortune and its gentleman and the rest of the characters in general, then the pace of the narration next to the romantic interest
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C.K. Brooke is a multi-award-winning author of over a dozen fantasy and romance novels and novellas about rugged pirates, secret royalty, ancient myths and medieval legends with a girl-power twist. She is the author of the Mythic Maidens Series, the American Pirate Romances, and the Jordinia Saga. Her publishers include 48fourteen, Limitless, and Guardian Tree Press. Brooke is a two-time recipient ...more

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