Cammon is a young mystic reader of incredible strength. He has the ability to read emotions and strong intentions another person has from miles away. Due to his unique ability, he is called into service by his king to watch over Princess Amalie as she steps into society and begins her hunt for an appropriate suitor. Spending hours in her presence, Cammon comes to suspect that Amalie herself is a mystic. Cammon cannot read Amalie herself, but she does have a strange ability to control the raelynx Senneth had brought the king from her travels.
However, all of their personal feelings are swept away as the kingdom is finally plunged headlong into war. Cammon’s powers are now stretched to their limits as he strives to keep his king, and the woman he has come to love, safe.
I’ll come straight out with it. Mystic and Rider and Reader and Raelynx are my two favorite books of the entire Twelve Houses series. When I feel like reading bits and parts of it, I always reach for these two books.
Cammon is so sweet and innocent. Even his constant mental access to some of the worst thoughts in humanity don’t seem to phase him. It’s like he has a filter that keeps it all out. However, think what it would be like to have that power and to know when someone truly likes or loves you and how that could amplify to make your world a better place.
In this particular book, we get to see exactly how close Cammon has come to his companions that rescued him from the tavern in Dormas. He always knows where Senneth, Kira, Donnal, Justin, and Tayse are and what’s happening to them. When violence begins to ripple through Gillengaria, he knows about it and can aid his king and the King’s Riders in planning and pulling in reinforcements before it reaches Ghosenhall.
As he spends more time with Princess Amalie, he comes to love her with an intensity that startles him. He also experiences jealousy for the first time as he realizes he doesn’t want to let her go. Even while he’s sad war has come to the kingdom, he’s thrilled it puts off the hunt for Amalie’s husband.
Most of this book is leading up to the war and the war itself lasts for a very short time in the book. It’s fraught with battles and a lot of incidents that keep the reader racing through that part of the book to find out what happens next. The majority of the book is spent focused on Cammon and Princess Amalie.
I’ve always loved a good fantasy story sprinkled with romance. They’re a joy to read and Sharon Shinn continues the magic of the Twelve Houses story with this book.