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Princess at Sea

De : Dawn Cook - as Kim Harrison
Lu par : Marguerite Gavin
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    One day Tess was the crown princess of Costenopolie, and the next she discovered she was a beggar's child, reared as a decoy to keep the real princess safe from assassins. But Tess' flair for politics, self-defense, and shopping--and her recently discovered magical powers--thwarted the kingdom's enemies and restored the real princess to the throne. Now she dons an ambassador's robe to help Costenopolie put its best foot forward--and to keep the newly crowned queen from tripping over her own...

    Assigned to chaperone Queen Contessa and her new husband on their honeymoon voyage, Tess spends more time playing referee between the temperamental pair. Before another battle royal can erupt, a storm forces the ship to drop anchor where another vessel is similarly stranded--and Tess finds her heart stranded between a roguish cardsharp and a disturbingly attractive army captain. But Tess' potential suitors are the least of her worries. The crew of the neighboring anchored ship reveal themselves to be pirates and abduct the royal couple for ransom--unaware that Tess' magic is the real treasure in their midst...

    ©2006 Dawn Cook (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    • Hala
    • 29/07/2015

    Endless repetition.... and useless inner dialogue

    What disappointed you about Princess at Sea?

    I wanted to kill myself.... too boring and on and on and on about how it is all "my fault"... not to mention the repeated inner dialogue

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Nothing....

    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s voice?

    Marguerite's Gavin was excellent.

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    • kara-karina
    • 17/03/2015

    Easy listen

    I don't know what is it about this series I like so much.

    It feels immature, Tess does like to blame herself for absolutely everything that goes wrong, she is so sure of her own importance and her mission...And yet, she is plucky and stubborn,and comes up with interesting solutions to her problems, but it's like she is not using her brain, she is almost like a savant, intuitively feels it instead of thinking it through.

    There is even more adventure and heartbreak in Princess at Sea, than in the first book. Tess, appointed as an ambassador, accompanies her sister and her new husband on their sea voyage, when they are captured by pirates and held for ransom.

    However, the pirates don't believe that Tess has any value and aren't interested in keeping her alive. As a revenge for killing some of their comrades in battle Tess is thrown into a pit with an animal which just happens to be a punta - the same animal that gives Players their magical abilities.

    She barely survives the encounter, but her body is full of poison which makes her moods and magic highly volatile. Still, Tess is determined to persevere and save everyone, and Jack, whose tasks are the same, becomes her unwilling but formidable partner in this.

    The pirates are bloodthirsty, the shipwrecks are fearsome, the sea battles are ferocious, there are powerful storms and unexpected, heart wrenching treachery. This book tests Tess's mettle and I truly felt for her. The ending is surprisingly lovely, and I am totally looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Easy listen, YA fantasy full of adventure with an occasionally annoying heroine. Recommended.

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    • judi
    • 30/05/2022

    No was good

    Narrator sounded like she was slurring most of the book. Couldn’t really follow story line because her words stumbled

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    • Lora S.
    • 24/10/2021

    Good story but Tess gets a bit whiny

    Princess at Sea is the second book in the Decoy Princess series. Unfortunately, it appears to be the last, at least for now.

    I do really like Tess, the girl who thought she was the Princess of Constenopolie only to discover in the previous book that she had really been chosen by the King and Queen to play the part and protect their daughter, the real princess.

    Having survived the attempted takeover of her country and located and brought back the real Princess Contessa, whom she now regards as her sister, Tess is attempting to settle down as an adviser to the crown and apprentice to the Chancellor, Cavinlo, as a player in the magic/political game of power and intrigue.

    In this story, Tess and her traveling party, which includes Contessa and her husband, battle a bad storm and are attacked and captured by pirates. In addition, Tess is bitten by a Punta (a poisonous cat whose venom is what players use to produce and/or enhance their magical powers; but too much of it should kill even a powerful player), rescued by Captain Jeck of Misdev, calls up a major windstorm to take her and Jeck back to Constenopolie on the small raft he built them and goes crazy in the process of powering the windstorm with the Punta venom.

    This spell of insanity goes on far too long and is too repetitious, causing the story to lose what would otherwise be some of its interest. It also leaves Tess whiny and rather weak-sounding. She spends far too much time after that bemoaning what she sees as the loss of her chance to remain a player in the magic/political game between Constenopolie and Misdev and mourning her betrayal by Duncan, who turns out to have been one of the pirates all along and never to have loved Tess as she thought.

    By the time we reach the end, Tess’s fate is not altogether unexpected.
    The best thing that comes out of the whole adventure is that Contessa and her new husband manage to overcome their reservations about each other in the face of the hardships they face and appear to be poised to become the rulers Constenopolie will need.

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    • Allie McAllister
    • 12/03/2021

    Good plot, bad character development

    The plot of this story is quite good - pirates and hurricanes, kidnappings and betrayal, true love and dark magic - how could this book miss the mark so badly? It's the main character's fault. At the beginning of the story she's an heroic woman dealing alone with overwhelming responsibilities and drama. However, as the story went on she regressed into a whiney, sniveling, pubescent brat with anger management issues and unbelievable naivete. Seriously, can a grown woman really make so many stupid mistakes? I found myself terribly irritated with her rantings and fast forwarded through the rest of her diatribes. This is a truly great writer, but this book has put me off this series. I'm done.

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    • Amy S.
    • 13/02/2020

    Kim Harrison before she learn how to write well.

    I love Kim Harrison. So I purchase this series and enjoyed the first one. However. It doesn't move very fast has slow self-indulgent mental ramblings of the heroine which seemed weak and kind of pathetic. . I much prefer her later heroines. They're much stronger. . That being said there were some good moments in the book and the overall story line is good.

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    • Pierre-Yves Paul
    • 17/07/2018

    excellent book

    I cannot wait to get the next book in the series. it is a very interesting story. Make you wish you're one of the players

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    • Karissa Eckert
    • 10/09/2017

    Fun fantasy adventure novel

    This is the first book in Cook’s Princess duology. Dawn Cook also writes as Kim Harrison. I enjoyed this fun fantasy adventure novel. The book is very YA in tone and is mostly about the heroine figuring out who she is (both in an actual and more philosophical sense).

    I listened to this on audiobook and it was decently done. It wasn’t my favorite audiobook because I didn’t like the voice the narrator used for Tess and found it distracting. I never really got used to it. I would recommend reading this on in paperback rather than listening to it.

    Tess has been raised as the crown princess of Costenopolie for her whole life (at least as much of her life as she can remember). However when a neighboring kingdom makes a bid for the throne through marriage Tess finds out she’s just a decoy.

    This leaves Tess reeling. She is fleeing for her life and desperate to do what she can to help her people and kingdom...except they aren’t really her people or her kingdom now...so where does that leave her? Tess is an interesting heroine; she has mad ninja-like skills from her training but is also strangely naive because of her sheltered upbringing in the castle. This gets her into trouble more than once.

    I really enjoyed our heroine and her struggles with her own identity and purpose in life. They were easy to relate to and fun to read about. There is a lot of action and adventures in this book as well. There is some romance but it is fairly light and not a huge part of the story.

    Overall I enjoyed this YA fantasy adventure and plan on reading the second book in the series. Tess is a fun heroine and entertaining. I would recommend to those who enjoy YA fantasy adventure “princess” stories.

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    • Linda
    • 19/04/2016

    heading required but it says optional

    loved it! The main character came across as a pre-teen at times. Oh Duncan, Duncan....

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    • Tara
    • 28/12/2015

    Not as good as as the 1st book

    This book lacked the sense of wonder from the 1st book. A lot of repetition and long winded soliloquies about the wind.
    With that said I would listen to a 3rd book to give the series one more chance but if it is as stale as this one I'd move on.