Reader and Raelynx
by Sharon Shinn
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Ages: 15 and up
Sequel to Mystic and Rider, The Thirteenth House, and Dark Moon Defender
Justin once said that when it came to unsuitable romance, Cammon would outdo them all. Little did he know how right he would turn out to be.
Cammon's spooky mind-reading abilities are needed at the palace. War is coming, and it has been decided that Princess Amalie needs a husband. Cammon is tasked with listening in on the princess's conversations with prospective suitors and sounding the alarm if any of them threaten Amalie. However, this throws him and the princess together for a great deal of time, and with both of them young and innocent...well, mostly innocent. Despite all of the admonitions of family and friends, they cannot help but begin to fall in love.
This book is a fantastic addition to the world of Gillengaria. It is full of romance, tragedy, and hope as well as a healthy dose of excitement and humor. I love Cammon's character. He is so completely artless and honest, which in a way makes him perfect as companion and advisor to the queen-to-be. Not everyone, however, realized this at once. He was being cornered and scolded by Senneth and Queen Valri all the time for a little while, which lead to some rather funny moments and conversations. Amalie has been protected and secluded all of her life, so people thought they would be able to "handle" her. Well, they didn't count on her stubborn streak.
There are several scenes of violence including a couple of bloody battles and a brief but ugly scene where two of the main characters discover a villain assaulting a girl, because of that I give this novel a 6.10.
The language is pretty mild, but with a couple of uses of impolite terms that were not used in an impolite context, so I give it a 3.10.
There are a few fade-aways, as well as some sexual references and innuendos. I rate it a 4.10.