The Blacksmith Queen is the FIRST book in a brand new series. And I was elated when I realized that EVERYTHING I loved about the Dragon Kin series is incorporated in this new series.
When a prophesy 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 prophesy ever envisioned …
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Ok, I was a little bit in heaven reading this book.
I still remember the first time I read Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, #1) by G.A. Aiken in 2011. I read the first five books in the Dragon Kin series within a span of two weeks when I was road tripping through the US for two weeks – it was GLORIOUS!!! I remember sitting in the back of the car reading and one-clicking the second, third, fourth and fifth book after finishing Dragon Actually. Only ONE book – and I was HOOKED!!!
It’s hard to describe the feelings this author and her books evoke in me.
The Blacksmith Queen is the FIRST book in a brand new series. And I was elated when I realized that EVERYTHING I loved about the Dragon Kin series is incorporated into this new series.
The awesome and rambunctious characters. The over the top family dynamic that makes me crack up. The action. And the strong women that really are the center of it all. Everything I love and adore about this author’s books was there. The guys that can’t stop but fall in love with these women, including their crazy antics – this book had it ALL – and I was in heaven!
I’m so damn happy that the author started this new series. I have no idea what the next book is about, I hope it’s still about Keely and Caid because their journey, at least Keely’s, has barley started BUT I also can see so many future books about the other characters, especially the women.
The cast was amazing, very similar to Dragon Kin which will delight the fans.
There are still many secrets to uncover, and I mean not only plots but also backstories of many of the characters. The author built an incredibly entertaining and promising cast around Keely, and the possibilities are endless.
I thought Keely and Annwyl had a wee bit in common, which delighted me even more. Like I said – this book made me very happy.
So, long story short, if you love fantasy, strong but also at times crazy heroines, witty dialogues, and lots of action, you’ll enjoy this story for sure. You’ll get sucked into a fabulous and rambunctious fantasy tale with centaurs, dragons, dwarves and elves. It’s bloody and gory at times, but boy it’s also entertaining from beginning to end.
The Blacksmith Queen – GA Aiken