"The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . ."
Jepp has been the heart of the queen s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince s bed.
But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader and Jepp s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .
To say this couple got off on the wrong foot is putting it pretty mildly. One night of passion that to Jepp simply meant fun, but to the stiff Dasnarian Prince, it insulted his homeland's customs. To add further insult, it looks like Kral betrayed Dafne and Jepp isn't forgetting that in a hurry! Alas, though her mission for her Queen continues and as they journey to the court of Dasnaria, an uneasy truce is formed but will the Prince help or hinder Jepp when the unpleasant underbelly of the Palace comes to light?
First, I must praise the dialogue used here as it's rapid fire, sharp, and fun. Ms Kennedy keeps you on tenterhooks as the couple dance around each other to delicious effect. Sizzling hot chemistry that happily doesn't prevent an action-packed story coming to life. Edge of the Blade does connect to the Twelve Kingdoms series, which I confess I haven't yet read, but I'm loving the Uncharted Realms series and happily recommend it.
This voluntary opinion is of an Advance Review Copy.