Review: The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Jen

Oh wow. Jeffe Kennedy really takes it to the next level with this third book in her Twelve Kingdoms series. I didn’t realize that I needed Ursula’s book until I started reading it and I’ve got to tell you, this book is not for the faint of heart.

So far, we’ve only seen Ursula through the eyes of her younger sisters. We know she is strong and powerful, almost masculine. The heir to their father’s throne, she leads armies, she eschews relationships, and she demonstrates unwavering loyalty to the king. All of those things are true, but what we could never see through the first person POVs of Amelia and Andromeda is that her power and strength have come at a very steep price.

The King has grown wilder and more power hungry with each book. Or maybe, it would be more accurate to say, it’s become more obvious with each book. What’s also obvious now is that the journey each sister has taken has been in tandem with each identifying with one of the three goddesses. As they each come into their power, they come closer to balancing the gifts each goddess represents. Ursula is the sword.

The hero of the story is Harlan, the leader of a group of mercenary soldiers conscripted by the king. He is taken with Ursula right away. He is floored by her strength and her strategic mind, but it’s a devotion she struggles to accept. The woman has some serious demons to overcome. Not only that, it’s hard to fall in love while your world is falling down around you. Ursula’s father has gone completely off the deep end, thanks at least in part to a dark sorceress. If Urusula hadn’t run, her life would be in danger. She must reunite with her sisters to find Ami’s stolen child in Annfwn, while facing the truth about herself, her future, and her mother’s legacy.

Without spoiling, I have to warn you that if you have certain triggers, this book will be hard reading… heck, it was disturbing for me and I don’t have triggers. But it wasn’t gratutious, just sad, and what we learn about Ursula’s past is so telling about the woman she has become. That she is able to move beyond it at all is a testament to her strength and her will… but she isn’t whole. That’s part of what is so remarkable about Harlan. He is so patient and utterly devoted to her. Even when she pushes him away, he never lets her down. He is amazing.

This isn’t just a love story, though. It brings all of the sisters together for a fitting end to the original trilogy. We get closure on all the romances as well as satisfying conclusion to the series arc.

As with the previous installments, the world building is great, the read is easy, and I devoured it in a matter of hours. Again, I only wish I had a little more time on the back-end to savor the HEA. It was over before I was ready.

If you are a fantasy romance fan and you haven’t tried these books, you totally should. I would recommend.

Rating: B+

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The Talon of the Hawk
by Jeffe Kennedy
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Kensington

Comments

  1. I REALLY want to read this series after reading Amid the Winter Snow. I need a month or so to get my TBR under control and then I’m heading into it. Great review! Anne

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I wasn’t a big fan of Ursula before reading this book, but I really liked her. Her story was very sad. I hope you’re going to continue to the spinoff series. The first book is the librarian’s (sorry I can’t remember her name right now).

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