Title: The Talon of the Hawk
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3
Published: May 26, 2015 by Kensington
Source: eARC via Netgalley
A HEAVY CROWN
Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.
Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other—that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead…
What an epic conclusion to this series! This story follows the oldest sister, Ursula, also known as the Heir to the Twelve Kingdoms. Unlike her younger sisters, she does not care for beauty, nor does she have any magic, all she has is her loyalty to her King and father.
The story picks up right after The Tears of the Rose and Ursula comes home without Ami and her son to a palace filled with mercenaries for hire. She learns that the King has become more paranoid and has taken a new paramour that holds dangerous powers. Her friends(Dafne-the really cool librarian and Harlan the mercenary) and fellow Hawks realize the danger she is in and persuades her to leave the palace and go in look for her sisters. She travels to Annfwn and meets up with Andi and they go in search of Ami and Stella. Along the way to save her sisters and the kingdom she has to let go of a hidden wound she has had since their mother Salena passed away. Andi and Ami had no idea how much Ursula tried to protect her sisters and what it cost her to do so. This was an emotional part of the book and it was so well done.
Ursula wasn’t my favorite sister but after reading this she became my second favorite after Andi. She is extremely stubborn and hard-headed and I wanted to punch her in the face just as many times as I wanted to to Ami in The Tears of the Rose. I loved that all three sisters were in the story and it was such a great relationship between all three! I rolled my eyes just like Andi and I laughed at the same time as Ami. Harlan was sexy and I was happy to not have insta-love and it was a slow burning type of love. Some scenes do get steamy so be prepared!
This last book tied everything into a neat bow at the end. Though I wish there was some kind of epilogue at the end that showed what happened maybe years later. Maybe Kennedy will put out another book? One can only wish.