Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: The Duchess's Descendants by C.K. Brooke

Title: The Duchess's Descendants
Author: C.K. Brooke
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/Adult
Series: Jordinia Series (Book Three)
Publisher: 48fourteen
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisThe next generation. A new adventure...

Over three decades have passed since the Ducelle Empire reclaimed the land, and Jordinia has never prospered more. When the Emperor negotiates a treaty among neighboring nations, Jordinia is awarded an archipelago of islands in the north. With intentions to colonize, His Majesty enlists his two underachieving nephews on an expedition to chart the wilderness.

Reclusive Ludwig has his violin and no desire to travel, while his charismatic brother Drew is seduced by the grandeur of making history...and money. Desperate to flee a secret scandal of her own, their sister Johanna insists upon accompanying them. With a team of soldiers - including longtime friend and royal guardsman, Bram Visigoth - the Cosmith siblings set off to conquer their uncle's newly-acquired territory. 

From an icy shipwreck to precarious encounters with the native inhabitants, almost nothing goes as planned in this fast-paced comedy of errors teeming with humor, fantasy and plenty of romance. Prepare to fall in love with Jordinia all over again!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Hello, Jordinia... we're back!

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This book came as a surprise since the second installment of this series had seemed to be the last. Luckily, C.K. Brooke has gifted her readers with a yet another exciting adventure, featuring brand new characters and a few familiar faces.

When a treaty is signed, giving the emperor control over unexplored islands, he tasks his nephews to explore the land and report back with their findings. Ludwig is hesitant to accept the call but Andrew is definitely up for the challenge. Their sister, Johanna, has found herself in a situation that she can't navigate and believes accompanying her brothers on this journey might give her time to figure out a course of action.

The voyage is anything but smooth, though eventually the group do make it to their destination. What they discover is not what they had in mind. Instead of overgrown and unlivable land, they find that the island is inhabited by a local tribe who do not wish to be overrun by settlers or under the rule of a distant emperor.

Our royal descendants are conflicted as they begin to follow their own journeys. One suddenly finds love in a most surprising and unconventional way. Another learns to make sacrifices and care for someone other than himself. And the last must make a tough and life-altering decision.

This book was full of surprising twists, gut-wrenching moments, and sweet discoveries of the heart. I fell utterly in love with each and every descendant in the same way I did their parents in the earlier books of the series. We traveled to mysterious lands and had new adventures but the spirit of Jordinia lived on in this book.

The pacing was quick, as I've come to expect from a C.K. Brooke novel. The story never gets boring or falls flat and it had plenty of humor woven throughout. The characters were realistically flawed, multi-dimensional, and there is a wide variety of personalities that keep things interesting and entertaining. I can't praise this book enough. It was non-stop fun from the first page.

In closing...
I'll be sad if this is the last of the Jordinia series. I think the other brothers and cousins deserve a chance to have their stories told, too. But even if it never comes to pass, I will keep this series on my re-read shelf for when I need a fix of fantasy and romance! Five suns!

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