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The House of the Four Winds

The House of the Four Winds

Book One of One Dozen Daughters

One Dozen Daughters (Volume 1)

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of the Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince's future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own--but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won't give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

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FAREWELL TO SWANSGAARDE



THE EARLY-MORNING sunlight shone through the French doors that led out to the balcony of Princess Clarice's tower bedroom. From the balcony was the sweeping vista of the Borogny Mountains,...

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Praise for The House of the Four Winds

“Explicitly feminist, extremely readable and entertaining.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on Beauty and the Werewolf

“An awesome take on the world of fairy tales.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on The Fairy Godmother

“Delightful [and] amusing. Appealing characters faced with challenging circumstances keep the plot lively.” —RT Book Reviews on The Snow Queen

“A narrative motif fit for a Technicolor swashbuckler. A fantasy fanatic's feast.” —Kirkus Reviews on Crown of Vengeance

“The three novellas are well written and entertaining . . . starring strong females.” —The Midwest Book Review on Trio of Sorcery

“Trio of Sorcery gives us three talented, courageous heroines in an enjoyable urban fantasy collection. Fascinating women and stories that draw us into their worlds.” —Lesa's Book Critiques (written by the winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award) on Trio of Sorcery

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Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

MERCEDES LACKEY is a multiple New York Times bestselling author for her Valdemar novels. JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on several novels, including the USA Today bestseller, To Light a Candle and the New York Times bestsellers When Darkness Falls and The Phoenix Transformed. Lackey lives in Claremore, OK. Mallory lives in Baltimore, MD.

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