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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 149150207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491502075
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MERCEDES LACKEY is a multiple New York Times bestselling author for her Valdemar novels. JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on six novels, including the USA Today bestseller, To Light a Candle and the New York Times bestsellers When Darkness Falls and The Phoenix Transformed. Lackey lives in Claremore, OK. Mallory lives in Baltimore, MD.

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Maybe Ms Lackey didn't write much of this book, but it was certainly not up to her usual high standard. Very simplistic prose, suitable for perhaps a ten-year old.This is only book one. Does she/they intend to write another eleven in the same vein? Not on my bookshelf.
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The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) 5. August 2014
Von Leeanna Chetsko - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so excited to start THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. THE FIRE ROSE by Mercedes Lackey is one of my “comfort books,” a book I can read over and over, one that I love. So I was hoping to find another favorite in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. Unfortunately, this book won’t be joining my favorites list.

The book got off to a rocky start. I was almost ready to put it down after the first couple of chapters because I got tired of trying to remember all the oddly named countries. There’s Waulosiene, Lochrin, Albion, Cisleithanian, Ifrane, etc. None of them are actually important, but I didn’t know that at first, and I was trying to figure out what real countries the fictional ones were modeled on. There’s a real lack of worldbuilding in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS, which is a pity.

Moving on … after Clarice finds transport to the New World, the book slows down. I had no idea where the book was heading, and I again wanted to put it down. The one good thing about this part is that the authors build a strong friendship between Clarice and Dominick, although Dominick doesn’t know that Clarice is actually a female. He thinks she’s Clarence Swann.

The main villain, Shamal, shows up way too late in THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS. The conflict/problems she creates are resolved way too easily. I was rather disappointed in how that whole thread wrapped up. “Disappointed” describes my feelings as a whole for the book. It wasn’t the fun, swashbuckling adventure the summary promised me.

The writing was almost bad fanfic quality. There was an abundance of adverbs. Clarice and Dominick were always saying something “carefully” or “lightly” or “charmingly.” And so on. When there’s a lot of that, I can’t help but notice and it pulls me out of the story. I also can tell you what every single character wore, down to the type of buttons on his or her coat. A lot of the action happened off the page, as well. Clarice would say she was going to do something, such as explain a situation to the ship’s doctor, but we’d pick up the narrative after she had already explained it. I got tired of that the fourth or fifth time it happened — I want to see a character’s reaction to bad news, not be told about it after.

As for the romance … well, the best I can say is that Clarice and Dominick developed a good friendship. I don’t really know where the true love came from, and I don’t know about you, but if I found out someone lied to me about their gender? I’d have some issues with that.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Pirates of the Caribbean in book form 5. August 2014
Von Cecelia Larsen - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 known – Lackey and all!), with a cross-dressing princess of a heroine, and the blurb promised ROMANCE. Well, who was I to say no to that?! It sounded like good fun.

Clarice is the oldest of an enormous brood of daughters (and one son) born to the ruler of a tiny principality in the mountains. Her parents can’t afford dowries for their daughters without beggaring their kingdom, so each daughter is expected to go off and seek her fortune. Clarice is determined to ply her trade as a swordsmaster, but she must earn a reputation first, and that requires travel. Disguising herself as “Clarence Swann,” she takes passage on a merchant vessel bound for the New World, and quickly becomes fast friends with the ship’s navigator, Dominick. When sinister events and adventures threaten her life, Clarice/Clarence must use all of her resources (and rely on her heart) to come through the storm.

The first thing you should know about The House of the Four Winds is that my first judgment after a 5-second perusal of the cover art did not fail me. It’s 90% about life on a boat filled with men, plus some violence. The other 10% of the book is split between Clarice’s (somewhat boring) backstory and a magical mystery at the very end of the book. The second thing you should know is that this book didn’t do anything for me. I generally like Mercedes Lackey’s books (see: Elemental Masters series), but I didn’t like another co-written book of hers, so perhaps that is to blame. The third thing? The official summary contains ALL OF THE SPOILERS. *le sigh*

Shall I catalog my disappointments? The sooner I do, the sooner I can dwell on this book’s good points (and ideal readers). Number one: lack of female characters. Clarice’s female-heavy family not-withstanding (and they really are off-stage, as she leaves them immediately), the female characters present in the story are: Clarice, a virtuous white woman who is determined to look, think and act like a man at all times, and Shamal, a non-white seductive evil sorceress. Commentary: depressingly obvious. Number two: believability. Clarice’s sex is NEVER discovered on a ship, over weeks worth of time. She is also an incredibly wise (but naïve in all the ways that count!) eighteen year old with no faults to speak of. Excuse me while I laugh my head off over here in the corner.

Number three (and this may well be my biggest disappointment): what love story?! I was promised a magical romp heavy on romance! It’s all very much ship life, and officer/crew heierarchy, what-are-we-going-to-do-about-the-pirates?! until the last second. And then the "romance" is lightly sprinkled on at the very end. UNSATISFACTORY. Also, only one swordfight worth mentioning. Travesty, I tell you!

Finally, the worldbuilding was spotty. The magical system isn’t given any depth or character, the main characters (except the villain) don’t do any magic themselves, and the whole thing feels like a big cliché. It would be one thing if there was a bit of humor to lighten the tone of the story and turn it into a romp (I suppose I wouldn’t mind weak worldbuilding so much then), but there’s not. Instead, there’s death, tragedy, uncertainty, and a lot of loose ends.

So, who WOULD enjoy this book, and/or what were its good points? I’d say anyone who picked it up for the cover won’t be disappointed. There’s a lot of sailing and pirating involved. Clarice’s introduction to the nuances of shipboard life brought Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Jean Lee Latham’s Carry On, Mr. Bowditch to mind. I also think fans of The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will find much of the familiar in this tale. What I mean is, it’s clichéd, and it wasn’t for me, but I can see how it would be fun reading if you want a sea adventure and don’t mind a fantasy without much magic. It is also a good candidate for a YA crossover title, as the romance is quite clean and the heroine has just turned eighteen.

All in all? The book’s cross-dressing heroine and promise of romance did not fulfill my expectations, but the story will likely please others.

Recommended for: anyone who has been searching for The Pirates of the Caribbean in book form.
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Five Stars for Lackey & Mallory's new series 6. August 2014
Von E. VanZwoll - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduce us to a new universe and storyline, that of the "One Dozen Daughters" series. The rulers of tiny country of Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes, so it is decided that they will go out to make their own fortunes after their 18th Birthday. As each daughter has been encouraged to learn a trade growing up and also to be self-sufficient if needed, this is not as much of a burden as it would be to a standard princess.

The House of the Four Winds begins the adventures of the Swansgaard Princesses. Clarice, the oldest daughter, has studied the Sword, and wishes to open a school to teach others. But in order for anyone to trust themselves or their children to her as a Swordsmistress, she must first go out and find adventure and experience. Using a special corset to bind her figure down and dressing as a man, she sets sail for adventure. Her voyage is soon filled with mutiny, pirates, and treasure... who can ask for a better adventure?!

Not the "Elemental Masters" Series or the "Five Hundred Kingdoms" Series, this new series is the love child of the two series, gaining the best of both elements. With magic viewed as a science and the characters as princesses who have all learned different trades, we know that we'll see adventure, laughter, mystery and sometimes horror, and love, platonic or romantic. "One Dozen Daughters" is a fresh new look at what a princess without a dowry would have to do to make her own way in the world, and with the encouragement of her family.

My advice to anyone who is a Mercedes Lackey fan, especially anyone who enjoys either the "Elemental Masters" or "Five Hundred Kingdoms" is to pick up The House of the Four Winds and give it a chance. Perhaps the book will bespell you as it has me. No book is perfect, but this one is close as it has the right amount of reality along with the suspension of disbelief that you need when reading a good fantasy novel.

NOTE: I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to read this book through Netgalley a few days before it will be officially released to the public.
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lacking in depth in character, plot, and general substance 23. Oktober 2014
Von Sidowa - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: MP3 CD
While I didn't hate it, it was far from the best work I have seen from the authors. Very little real conflict, no real good central plot, as the two villains are dealt with relatively quickly after their reveal, and the romance is at a pretty teen/ kids book level of complexity. The protagonist is considered a 'strong female character' because she weild a sword, not because she is strong, or particularly three dimensional. She is more of a Mary Sue, as she seems to have nothing she can't take in stride, and even recognized her jealousy as irrational as she is feeling it. Her very few outbursts have no consequence, and it seems like she doesn't actually propel plot so much as agree to it (a problem that is equally apparent in lackey's more recent elemental masters books). The magic system and the political schisms, what little we were told, is the main reason I can give this more than one star. What characterization there is is consistent, if a bit hollow and/or downright caricature in nature.
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A bit ambitious for one book 3. September 2014
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

While fun, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS was an action packed smorgasbord of a novel, full of random plot arcs and frequently undeveloped characters. It was as if the authors didn’t know what they wanted to write – fantasy, romance, adventure – and tried to smash everything into one book. Though fast paced and never boring, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS nevertheless suffered for it.

My biggest issue with THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS was that a lot of time was spent discussing the problems, and how to resolve them. When it came down to it though, most issues were not resolved by action on Clarice’s part, but instead by action by an outside character. They were also generally resolved fairly quickly in proportion to how much page time they got. My other issue was that Clarice’s character didn’t grow much throughout the story. This would have been fine if the romance arc was more pronounced (in my opinion) but that was glossed over as well.

THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS had a generally upbeat, fun feel to it, and was an enjoyable read, it was just a little scattered. Though not as large a part of the plot as the description makes it out to be, the romance was sweet and fun to watch, and I did enjoy Clarice’s few sword fights. The fantasy aspect of the world was interesting, as it was very similar to our own, but with magic and different geography. It was therefore easy to build images in my head as I was reading, and that added to my enjoyment.

Overall, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS wasn’t everything it was sold as, but it wasn’t a bad book, either. It reminded me of adventure books I read when I was younger, with magic, pirate ships and girls dressing up as boys, and that nostalgia factor probably kept me more interested than I may have been otherwise. However, depending on what the next book in the One Dozen Daughters series sounds like, I may give this series another try.
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