Cara’s Twelve, by Chantel Seabrook is a fast-paced coming-of-age novel about an adolescent who is raised in the backwater province of Crowthorne. Cara finds her fate bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in. When it is discovered that Maeve, heir to the Elvian thrown is unable to conceive, Cara is ordained by blood to take her cousin, Maeve’s place as heir apparent.
One man from each of the twelve provinces is chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords as champions and consorts of the future queen. From these men, Cara must choose the future king of Elbia. Before she is able to take her place on the throne, Cara and her Twelve must visit each province and perform a sacred ceremony. The chapters are brief and clip along at an awesome fast pace.
The pacing start to slow in the book’s middle, but then picks up slightly again in the 19th chapter, then slows down in Chapter 22, and I found it difficult to finish the novel.