Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cara's Twelve by Chantel Seabrook

Cara's Twelve
by Chantel Seabrook

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Publication Date: June 14, 2015
Publisher: Creativia
ISBN-13: 9781514725498
Genre: Fantasy | Coming of Age
Print Length: 335 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
 Raised in the backwater province of Crowthorne, Cara finds her fate bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in. When it becomes clear that the heir to the Elbian throne has found disfavor in the eyes of the goddess Annul, Cara is ordained by blood and required by law to take her cousin's place as heir apparent.

One man from each of the twelve provinces are chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords as champions and consorts of the future queen. From these men, Cara must choose the future king of Elbia. Before she is able to take her place on the throne, Cara and her Twelve must visit each province and perform a sacred ceremony, one that will make Cara question everything she thought was real.

Cara soon realizes that not all of the men who swore to protect her are what they seem, and there are those who would use her as a tool to gain power.

 
 Cara's Twelve by Chantel Seabrook
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Cara's TwelveCompletely enthralling, completely enchanting, Cara’s Twelve by Chantel Seabrook is a heartbreaking and beautiful tale of a naive young girl, forced to become heir to a throne she despises. She is required to visit each of the twelve provinces of the kingdom, each having sent their champion to travel with and protect her, to pledge their lives to her and all she represents of the great goddess, Annul. This is what she has been told, but is there more? From these men, Cara discovers, she is destined to find her true mate, the man to rule beside her as King, but her heart and soul belongs to one warrior, or will her treacherous journey open her heart to another? Can she love two men who fulfill both sides of her heart and soul? Need, desires and duty, only one can win out.

Trapped in the midst of deceit, treachery and the vile machinations of traitors to the throne, Cara and her warriors face battle, torture and emotional blackmail. The last thing Cara can abide is having someone die for her, but die they will, and it is up to her to do her duty to the masses that have suffered and to Annul, possibly forsaking her heart in the process. What is good for the masses may not be good for one and her kingdom needs her now, more than ever.

I cannot compliment Chantel Seabrook enough on this tale that is written with heart and most definitely from her heart. Imagine castles and wicked queens, the fawning of the ruling class who are eager for you to turn your back so they may unsheathe their blades. Ms. Seabrook doesn’t give Cara much backstory on her position and ”the rules,” leaving her to discover what is expected of her as we do. Talk about in the moment! With no wasted words, and sometimes heartwrenching dialogue, each character comes to life, some to become better people, some to uncover their oily and dark side, some to hide their true feelings behind a cloak of indifference and self-loathing. Through all this we watch Cara come apart and rebuild herself over and over.

Ms Seabrook has a gift that will enrapture each reader she touches as her fantasy unfolds like a tale from long ago. Flowing words, a plot that thickens as each layer is revealed, the heroic, the brave and one young girl will take a stand to save their world. Will their sacrifices be worth it? Think tales of women of power and how they achieved it, all I can believe is Cara will reach those heights and beyond.

I received this copy from Chantel Seabrook in exchange for my honest review.



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