The Dragon’s Daughter and the Winter Mage by Jeffe Kennedy @jeffekennedy

Posted May 27, 2022 by Melanie in Book Review / 7 Comments

The Dragon’s Daughter and the Winter Mage by Jeffe Kennedy @jeffekennedyThe Dragon's Daughter and the Winter Mage by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: Heirs of Magic #3
Published by Brightlynx Publishing on April 19, 2021
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 388
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Invisible Loner

Gendra—partblood daughter of an elite mossback soldier and the only shapeshifter to achieve the coveted dragon form—is anything but interesting. She’s actually plain and awkward and … invisible. Every guy she meets either looks right through her or—worse—thinks of her as just a friend. Fortunately Gen is far too practical to wallow in self pity. Much.

A Search for True Love

But as Gen accompanies her oldest friends on a quest for Her Majesty High Queen Ursula, she can’t help feeling bitter about her lonely fate as, two by two, they pair off with each other. As usual, everyone but odd-woman-out Gen seems to be finding the happiness in true love that has always eluded her. And Gen’s pathetic attempts to come out of her shell have only met with social disaster.

Dragon’s Daughter

Still, with magic rifts plaguing the Thirteen Kingdoms and a strange intelligence stalking them from an alter-realm, Gen has plenty to deal with—especially when she’s cut off from the group, isolated and facing a lethal danger. It just figures that Gen is on her own, once again. But with no one coming to save her, she has only herself to rely upon.

And, perhaps, the help of a mysterious, stranded magician…


I love the world Kennedy has created here. I’ve loved it since I read the first book set in this world in The Mark of the Tala, which I read back in 2014. She keeps creating new series that are set in this world, and I can’t get enough.

While I love the world created here, it is really the characters Kennedy creates that I like most. I get very invested in each and every one of them. I look forward to that happy ending for the couples in each book. I also love how we see all the characters grow throughout the entire series. Each book is built on the previous book, so you want to read the series in order (though you can read each of the series separately, even though they are all intertwined).

To give a little background on the series, if you’re not familiar. This series follows the new adult children of the characters from The Twelve Kingdoms, The Uncharted Realms and The Chronicles of Dasnaria series (again, you don’t have to have read these series before reading this series). They are sent on a mission by the high queen to figure out riffs/portals between worlds that are happening in her kingdom. So far, we’ve seen them pair up together. Gendra has never had that person that she secretly wanted to get with like all the others. She is a bit of a loner and now is starting to feel like a third wheel. But all that changes in this story.

Again, I want to reiterate my love of these characters. I always look forward to my time with the characters that Kennedy has built here. I would get to them faster if they were on audio, but I still love reading them. I find time to sit down and read these on my Kindle. There’s one more book, The Storm Princess and the Raven King, coming to this series, which comes out right before my vacation 🎉 💃

About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award.

Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA® Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and is a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, will be out in August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018.

She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince.

In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book, The Orchid Throne, in a new fantasy romance series, The Forgotten Empires.

Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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Posted May 27, 2022 by Melanie in Book Review / 7 Comments

7 responses to “The Dragon’s Daughter and the Winter Mage by Jeffe Kennedy

  1. Jen

    Wait… there are more 13 Kingdom books? I’m so confused. The last book I read was The Lost Princess Returns. What did I miss??