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Princess at Sea

by Dawn Cook

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Tess is now the Ambassador and Contessa and Alex are off on their honeymoon voyage. Things start off bumpy and then keep on rolling as they are kidnapped by pirates and Tess tries to keep saving them. Could have another book, but I doubt it. It also felt like something that could be aimed at young adults. I'll stick with her Rachel Morgan books. ;-) ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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  Ebeth.Naylor | Sep 30, 2013 |
The story builds nicely on the first book. Certain characters gain more depth, and the story seems to grow organically rather than being forced as could have happened to achieve the desired outcome. Nicely done, and I'm looking forward to the next one (if there is one). ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
Princess Tess accompanies her sister Contessa and her brother-in-law Prince Alex on their honeymoon voyage to guide Contessa, the new queen of Costenopolie, as she meets with her subjects on the outlying islands. However, her task of shepherding the royal couple becomes more than a little complicated when they are abducted by pirates for ransom.
This action-packed sequel to The Decoy Princess has romance, intrigue, and betrayal as Tess tries to rescue Contessa and Alex before the pirates receive their ransom and kill their hostages. ( )
  soraki | Feb 21, 2012 |
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One day Contessa was a crown princess, the next, a beggar's child reared as a decoy. Her newly discovered magical powers make her invaluable to the kingdom, especially when the royal couple is abducted by pirates.

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