Title: The Blacksmith Queen
Author: G.A. Aiken
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Page Count: 306
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
When a prophecy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken.
The Old King Is Dead
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.
Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophecy ever envisioned …
The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken is the first book in a new fantasy series The Scarred Earth Saga. G.A. Aiken was a new author to me so I was not familiar with previous work but have read this series is set in the same world as an earlier series. Most readers are saying you do not need to be familiar with it however I felt a lack of world building in here and wondered time and again if I had missed something.
The story is this fantasy is told from multiple points of view during a time when after the death of the king their is unrest. A prophecy has come into play in the kingdom that a queen will be the next to take the throne which of course is not news the sons of the king wish to hear.
One thing I walked away from thinking after reading The Blacksmith Queen was the old saying not to judge a book by its cover. This one felt way too modern than I had ever expected it to be from the description and cover which really threw me off right away. There also was a ton of cursing in this one that also made it feel completely off from the type of book I expected it to be and while I’m not one that is opposed to it being f-something er other every paragraph it just added to my disconnect. In the end I’d say this was just a case of wrong reader since most seem to enjoy the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken lives on the West Coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesn’t love everyone into a coma. When she’s not writing about sexy dragons, she’s writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston. Find out more about this New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors books at http://www.shellylaurenston.com.