Weeks ago, I was given the honor (by a goodreads giveaway) to read a long-loved author of mine's new book. In fact, the book was so new, I was given an unedited advanced proof of the book and literally giggled in delight upon opening its package. The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory was a delight to read and I can't wait to share my review with you. Happy reading!
Clarice is a young Princess from the tiny Duchy of Swansgaard and being the eldest of thirteen siblings, she must make her own way in the world on the day of her eighteenth birthday. Disguising herself as a young swordsman, "Clarence" desires adventure and fortune and finds herself aboard a forty manned ship bound for the far off new world. During her journey, Clarice befriends the ships navigator and together they uncover the tainted captains plan for his unsuspecting crew.
Despite being thrown from her cushy life as a Princess, Clarice was raised to be a strong independent woman, her skills of perception, diplomacy and kind heart helping ease her difficult journey and gain her powerful allies and friends aboard the ship she sails with. With her quiet journey to the new world quickly becoming more dangerous as the days pass, Clarice uses her cunning to save her friends and does so without sacrificing her morals to do so.
While Clarice has a few flaw to round her character (just a few...), Dominick has none. He had a difficult upbringing, was deceived by those he trusted and gave up vengeance for it would do him no good in the long run. Dominick was interesting to read when interacting with Clarice, but by far he is the most one-dimensional character of the lot of them, and could have used some humanistic flaw to round him out a bit more.