Plagued by guilt for failing to protect her king, Wen has fled the royal city and given herself the penance of a life of wandering, helping strangers in need, making sure they remain just that: strangers. Until the day she helps a terrified young woman abducted by an overeager suitor.
The girl, she discovers, For the Rider Wen, peace in Gillengaria has only brought despair.
The girl, she discovers, is the daughter of one of those who rose against the dead king, and is now heir to the great estate known as Fortune. Once she has delivered her safely home, Wen wants nothing further to do with the girl or her family. But fate has other plans For behind the walls of Fortune, Wen will find her future - and she will finally confront the ghosts of her past.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 23, Melindam rated it it was amazing Shelves: kickass-heroine , fantasy , cool-and-smart-heroine-hero , fantasy-by-female-authors , favourites , lovely-makeover-story , tower-teams-vi.
This Fifth Installment of the Twelve Houses series has turned out to be my favourite, though I loved Books before.
This book, this book It was the perfect read for me: I loved every page. I wanted to finish it in one reading and yet I kept stopping so that I didn't finish. It was actually a makeover story and I am a sucker for makeover stories.
She inadvertently saves young Karryn Fortunault, to-be-marlady of the land, and agrees to build a guard for her upon her guardian's request. Good thing too, as it seems, someone wants Karryn dead to seize power for themselves. In the meantime, Cammon, consort to Queen Amalie, decides to tour the Southern houses to see how the land lies, in company of his closest friends. First the 2 stories run in parallel, switching POVs, and toward the end they become intertwined. It is good to learn what exactly happened after the war the Southern houses waged on the Crown that was a kind of question mark for me at the end of Reader and Raelynx.
It is lovely to meet the circle of friends again. How she finally learns to forgive herself and puts her demons to rest. How the world in general is put to rights again. I found it so easy to relate to Wen as a character. Jan 02, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , romance , I think this is my favorite of all the books in the Twelve Houses series, which is unfortunate because I had to slog my way through several I didn't much enjoy to get to it.
Fortune and Fate nicely inverts several of the usual romance genre tropes -- instead of the hero being a brooding ball of angst over a mistake in his past, here the heroine suffers from some pretty serious survivor's guilt. Additionally, it is the hero who is the nurturing, empathetic one, who waits for the heroine to get he I think this is my favorite of all the books in the Twelve Houses series, which is unfortunate because I had to slog my way through several I didn't much enjoy to get to it.
Additionally, it is the hero who is the nurturing, empathetic one, who waits for the heroine to get herself together. It is a seriously refreshing use of character traits not based in gender stereotypes in romance, and for that I am deeply grateful.
And that Wen is short and not some towering Amazon -- even better! I also appreciate that both the hero and heroine aren't, well, young and stupid, so they approach having a sexual relationship with a sort of understanding directness, rather than flying off into the clouds with every touch of a hand.
There's still passion there, but they don't let it make them stupid. This is such a satisfying read, and I'm a little disappointed that there hasn't been another book following it, since there are some suggestions of things to come plotwise that it would be nice to see resolution to.
But four years have passed since it's been published and no new book appears to be forthcoming, so I suppose that's not going to happen. It does, however, function very well as a standalone novel, and there is enough detail given of events in previous books that it's not really necessary to read them to enjoy this one. So, I recommend it to fans of fantasy romance. Without caveats, even!
View 1 comment. Nov 19, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , good-uns.
I am a huge Sharon Shinn fan. Archangel is one of my very favorite comfort reads and so is Mystic and Rider --the first in Shinn's Twelve Houses series. Her characters become friends so quickly I forget what life was like before I read them. That's why the Twelve Houses series is so much fun.
It follows a disparate group of six travelers who, despite differences of rank, temperament, and fundamental beliefs, become first allies and later friends. Shinn tracks this six of them through four book I am a huge Sharon Shinn fan. Shinn tracks this six of them through four books, eventually wrapping up each thread of the overarching story.
Or so we thought. An unexpected and delightfully welcome fifth volume. Wen was a King's Rider, one of fifty elite guards dedicated to protecting the king with their lives if necessary. Until the king died. On her watch. Shortly after, Wen resigned her post and rode out of the capital city forever. Two years later she is still roaming the countryside, searching for people to save in a futile attempt to atone for her sins. For failing to save her liege.
Determined not to connect with anyone ever again, Wen finds herself reluctantly accepting a post as captain of the guard at House Fortunalt after saving the young serramarra's life. Answering to the serramarra's guardian, the bookish Jasper Palladar, Wen promises to stay for a month at most. Long enough to train a rough guard.
Not long enough to form any attachments or find any reasons to stay. Meanwhile, the queen's consort wends his way through the southern Houses on a journey to sound out the new Thirteenth House nobles as well as the upcoming generation of marlords and marladies.
The story alternates chapters between Wen's sojourn at Fortune and Cammon's journey through Gisseltess, Rappengrass, and Fortunalt.
But the Seventh and the Fourth have the ability to the bring things down. Most Helpful Most Recent. We are experiencing technical difficulties. We will not associate war as belonging to the Seventh house, but instead will discuss death with the Seventh. For this study, we shall apply ourselves to learning about how fate works itself out and how the chart can show this very turning.
But this is essentially Wen's own story. And I was pleased to find myself soon attached to this tough young woman so intently bent on self destruction. It was naturally extremely pleasant to spend time with Cammon, Senneth, and Justin again as well. But Ms. Shinn does a good job of extending her readers' affections to Wen and her particular set of troubles.
The secondary characters are well-drawn and sympathetic, especially Jasper, Karryn, and Ryne--the young lordling from Coravann. This is a quieter, more self-contained novel than the previous Twelve Houses books. It unfolds slowly as Wen struggles to retire her ghosts and maintain some distance from those who would try to keep her. As Jasper quietly works to rebuild a house in disgrace and extend Wen's stay at Fortune.
As Karryn learns who she can trust and how to differentiate herself from her parents' failures. A very fine coda to a simply wonderful series. View all 9 comments. Jan 15, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: wishlist , clean-romances , favorites , fantasy , girl-adventure-magic.