Title: The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2
Type: Duet Series – Book1
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy
Primary Characters: Lara, Aren
Narration: Dual POV
This book kept on popping up all over goodreads, Insta and Fb. I finally gave in to temptation and picked this up. Blurb and book cover were added toppings for temptation. Book 1 is wonderful and definitely more than I expected.
After first 2 chapters I was on verge of giving up, I couldn’t fathom ruthlessness of Lara. Luckily, I didn’t give up and in the end, loved this fierce Lara. Lara Veliant, the Princess of Maridrina and the daughter of King Silas was raised as an assassin. Lara has spent her last 15 years locked away in the desert where she’s been trained for one purpose; She was trained with the knowledge that she’d be married off to the evil king of Itchicana. She was supposed to be a spy and know the secrets of how Itchicana is holding the bridge.
Lara is bought up with knowledge that Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rival, including her homeland. She thinks that citizens of her country are impoverished and starved because of Bridge kingdom’s greed. she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace.
Lara arrives in this new kingdom, expecting to be treated poorly by her husband King Aren. Aren is loyal and honourable, rather than sadistic and cruel. He is perfect. He’s sweet, kind, funny, brave, strong, a complete package. Lara’s newly bought freedom gives her the opportunity to see the gaming board in different view and perspective. Truth is slowly revealed.
There were no boring parts in this book. The political intrigue and spying made this a compelling read. Action is totally off the charts awesome. Banter is wonderful. Some parts in the end seemed rushed.
Secondary characters were adorable. Jor, Tarya, Ahnna and nana are cute and funny. Plot moved in fast pace. Relationship development is gradual and good. Writing style is perfect; it’s not complicated and it doesn’t try to describe difficult things either. World building is ok. I think, once we see more of Maridrina and Velcotta we might get better view of world. Romance was sweet, slowburn and natural, without being forced.
Overall, I totally enjoyed it! It was almost exactly what I needed at the moment. This is entertaining read with lots of action, intrigue, romance, politics, lies, betrayal and love.
Source – Free in KU
Blurb as per Amazon
Heart-pounding romance and intense action wrapped in a spellbinding world. I was hooked from the first page!- Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of A Deal with the Elf King.
A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.
The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.
Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.
Passionate and violent, The Bridge Kingdom is a seductive fantasy perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.