The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy is the first book in the Twelve Kingdoms Series and I’m not quite sure what to say about it. I don’t have any “oh my gosh” moments to start out this review. But, in defense of The Mark of the Tala, I am coming off of the third book in another fantasy series by Jeffe (Rogue’s Paradise due out in October) and because that was an Epic book for me, The Mark of the Tala sort of lives in it’s shadow. While I try NOT to compare books, it happens. That being said, I truly enjoyed The Mark of the Tala and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
The first books in a series can be hard because there is a lot of foundation to lay to set up the series. In The Mark of the Tala, we learn a lot about Princess Andromeda (Andi) and Rayfe as well as Andi’s father and sisters. Because of that, the beginning was a little slow for me. I understood the need for it and was thankful for the knowledge by the end because it really showed the path Andi had to take to get to Annfwn. Things really took off about a third of the way in when Andi finally made her decision to not just sit around and wait for something to happen. After that, I couldn’t stop reading.
I was curious how Master of the Opera Act 6: Crescendo by Jeffe Kennedy was going to compare to Act 5: A Haunting Duet and was even a little nervous. A Haunting Duet was so powerful to the story. However, Crescendo did not disappoint. Jeffe was able to tie up the story very well and pull together all the additional story lines into one final episode of this e-serial. I was quite surprised at the turn of events, too!
We were left in A Haunting Duet with Christine escaping the Sanclaro compound. In Crescendo we get to see how she handles everything once she is out and the knowledge that she has gained. She now has an idea of what she needs to do in order to free Master. How is she going to do it, though?
So we are at the fifth of six installments of the Master of the Opera Serial romance. A Haunting Duet by Jeffe Kennedy is a doozy. Is that a word? What I mean by a doozy is that there is a lot of stuff going down in this one. The intimacy is amped up quite a bit as is the drama and creepiness of some characters. We are starting to know what the Sanclaro family is really like and well, it freaks me out a bit. Let’s just say the title is very fitting for the story.
Christine changes a lot in this one. The way she sees herself is a lot different. Master has made her a new woman. One who has gained confidence and isn’t going to stand by and let people use her. She is going to take things into her own hands and I really like this about her. Not that I saw her has overly weak before, but maybe more unsure of herself and what was going on in her life. I so enjoy the sincere love Master has for Christine and vice versa. I sure hope it ends up the way I want. Roman is showing his true colors in A Haunting Duet and let me tell you, they are not the ones I would want to color with. Sorry if that is a spoiler, but I think we all saw it coming.
I love the story, but am getting a little impatient waiting for the rest of it! This is the 4th Act of Master of The Opera, an e-serial by Jeffe Kennedy titled Dark Interlude. Jeffe sure can pack a lot of information, feeling and story into a short time frame. I do love that about her work. There don’t seem to be any wasted words. After reading this Act I can tell you that I am in love with Master and Roman is totally creeping me out.
In Dark Interlude, things start to really get tense between Roman and Christy and Master. Christy has a lot of unknowns she needs answered. Problem is that she doesn’t really know what the questions are. We get to see more of Christy’s friend Hally, which is one of my favorite characters. Christy takes things into her own hands and learns the truth about a lot of things which helps her make decisions on what to do, who to trust, and how to follow her heart.
Things have kicked up quite a bit in the Master of the Opera serial with Act 3: Phantom Serenade by Jeffe Kennedy. Guys, we are getting to the good stuff. The parts that make this serial erotic. The parts that make you squirm while reading. Things are also getting a little creepier and I am not sure what to believe – a lot like Christy!
Christy and Master share their first intimate encounter and it is every bit as delicious as I would want it to be. Things are a little strained between Christy and Roman and Christy and Carla, and I look forward to find out where those relationships are taken in the future. How will Christy balance her everyday relationships with her nightly one with Master? We get to see another side to Roman in this act as well as learn a little more about Hally, Christy’s friend.