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The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 306 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
G. A. Aiken, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, lives on the west coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesnt love everyone into a coma. When shes not writing about sexy dragons, shes writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07L2DSP5T
- Publisher : Kensington Books (27 August 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3314 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 52,802 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from Australia
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I re-read this authors works all the time - and that's probably where things begin to work against her. I recognise Beatrix in the crazy/cult jackal sister from the Pride series. And the never ending squabbling b/w Keeley and Gemma? Well, that device has appeared in way too many books to count.
There wasn't much new here, character wise. Worse I found all the women interchangeable because they were so damn similar in their thought patterns - Keeley, Gemma, Laila, and Keren (or whatever the cousin's name is) Sometimes I didn't know who was talking. Sadly most times it didn't appear to matter.
The plot was a little on the simplistic side. And with none of the joy and character development I have come to expect from this author - this was a negative that couldn't be ignored.
Worse, the romance. It barely rates being called one. These two hung out a fair bit. She rambles. He finds he is happy to listen to her - though he supposedly hates everyone else (please a little more character development of this dude would not have gone astray). But more time was spent on the squabbling siblings/women than the romance. Just through sheer proximity they end up having sex. They say I love you (say what now, twenty pages ago sex/relationship was completely off the table???)
I was happy to read this - but didn't love it, and occasionally found myself not liking it so much. 2.5 stars.
Keeley is super protective of her family, so when it appears her younger sister Beatrix is the new chosen queen, Keeley will do all she can to protect her from those that would do her harm. Fortunately for Keeley, she has her sister Gemma, the *nun* by her side and also her fearless cousin Keran. AND a clan of centaurs. Yep - centaurs. Who incidentally also thought the Smythe family was insane at times due to their hilarious interactions.
This story did wrap up much quicker than I was expecting. It wasn't a cliffy ending, but I was swiping the page expecting more story when I realised it was finished (for now). I do wish it had been a little longer, but I am looking forward to seeing what happens with Keeley and her crazy family when the next book in the series is released.
Because I know I always enjoy books by G.A. Aiken I bought the audio version as well since it works out more affordable doing it this way.
Just loved the very ‘estuary’ accent that Louise Williams gave to the Smythe family it was absolutely perfect. Also enjoyed the mancunian and Yorkshire accents given to some of the other characters. I worry that the subtleties of British accents and where they place people in society may be missed by non British listeners but for me it enhanced my listening experience a hundredfold.
I thought that Beatrice had a flavour of Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the way Imelda Staunton played that sociopath.
I can see me listening to this book over and over when I’m walking or driving.
Top reviews from other countries
I hope she's got the next one ready. But then again what about the Dragon Kin, and what about the Badgers? Spoilt for choice and loving it!
Keeley is a blacksmith with a large unruly family who finds herself at war with the dead kings princes who are after the crown. There is a prophesy that the next ruler will be a queen and it's one of Keeley's sisters and with the help of some soldiers called Amichai who aren't what they seem.
There's lots of creatures, bickering siblings, fighting and more bickering along the way and maybe the odd Dragon or Dwarf or demon wolves to keep things interesting.
All Keeley wants is to be a blacksmith but the fates have other plans for her, and she's not happy about it at all.
If you love a rip roaring story with a twist then you'll love this book and the author. Recommended.
For anyone who enjoys lots of action and intrigue, who is not afraid of gore and fights, who likes their heroines gifted with a healthy dose of humour, sarcasm and independence: no damsels in distress here, luckily. And the heroes are very likeable, too. Oh, and obviously some magical beings thrown in for good fun.
What’s not to like?
Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.