A PRISONER OF FATE
As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people
free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…
A PRINCE AMONG MEN
Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?
Review: 4.5 Stars
I was very excited for The Orchid Throne when I first got a copy, it even made my Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 list. But after so many of the books I was very excited for wound up being mediocre reads I found myself thinking that this book would be as well. I was so relieved when I wound up absolutely loving this book. The beginning was a little rocky, but once I got into the book I found myself completely absorbed. Every aspect of this book was extraordinarily well done and I found myself wishing it wouldn’t end. It had been a while since I had read a fantasy novel that I actually loved, so this one was quite a treat for me. I also was weary of this book because it’s a romance novel, but I wound up loving that aspect too.
Jeffe Kennedy’s writing really makes this book shine. The descriptions of the land and the dresses that Queen Euthalia wears are both so vivid and beautiful, bturly bringing this world to life. I can envision Calanthe in my mind so clearly. A paradise island covered in flowers with a court that is filled with beautiful women and men that focus on pleasure. The characters are also described very vividly, which is something that I feel like many books are missing lately. I loved being able to visualize the world and the characters so clearly because it brought the world to life without feeling overdone. These descriptions were truly art in writing.
I loved all of the characters. Conri and Euthalia were very different, and made for quite an interesting match. He was a bit of a brute and she was treated like a delicate flower. But they were both fierce, cared for their people and had a common enemy. Once I got to the scene where they met I had a hard time setting the book down at all. Lady Sondra was a minor character who I found myself absolutely loving. A lot of her lines had me laughing and I loved her friendship with Conri. The dialogue in this novel really added personality to all of the characters and had me continuously smirking, smiling and laughing.
The plot was really fun. I loved the political scheming of court and the strategy behind it all. I also loved all the descriptions of the fancy dresses and the court life. I’m not typically a big romance reader, but I loved the way that this romance was built up. It felt really romantic and not just a relationship built on lust. It was a relationships of wit and two interesting people who came together, who were also physically attracted to one another. The banter of Conri and the cunning wit of Euthalia made for extremely interesting conversation and I found myself hoping that they could find a way to be together against all the odds.
Overall I am really impressed. After so many disappointing reads in a row I was not expecting to love this one. I rarely find romances that I love, and this one was incredible. I found the writing so rich and entertaining that I didn’t want to set the book down. I am so pleased that this is a series and that I will get to return to these characters and this story. I am also incredibly grateful to be able to be a part of The Orchid Throne‘s release because this book deserves attention.
About the Author:
JEFFE KENNEDY is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large.
Her most recent works include Prisoner of the Crown and the upcoming Exile of the Seas, from her high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles of Dasnaria, in the same world as her award-winning fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a fantasy series, Sorcerous Moons. Her books have won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015, been named Best Book of June 2014, and won RWA’s prestigious RITA® Award.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and on Twitter @jeffekennedy.
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