Sara's Review: The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2) by Kristen Ashley
PUBLISHER: Audible Studios
NARRATOR: Tillie Hooper
RELEASED: June 21, 2016
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance
LENGTH: 17 hours and 24 minutes
FORMAT: eBook, Audible, Paperback
Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.
Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.
Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.
FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
You must be prepared when starting this book, the Korwahk nation steals their woman and has a “bride hunt.” When that bride is captured, she is raped. Thankfully Kristen Ashley does not show this. Any rape scenes are faded out, but you do know that they happen. There is also abuse of women and other scenes that some may find extremely offensive. If you are one of those, don’t read/listen to this book. For me personally, I thought KA told the story very realistically of a primitive patriarchal monarchy society. Women were treated as possessions, cherished by some, mistreated by others.
When Circe finds herself thrust into this world from our modern one, she is in shock and barely finding her way. But with her courage, beautiful soul, and wonderful spirit, she finds a way to thrive and make the world her own. She conquers the Horde King.
So far out of this series, this has been my favorite, but it is only book 2. LOL. I LOVED this story. I wanted to drown myself in the pages and never come up for air. I am giving it 5 Huge Boundless Stars!