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 …
Praise for The Dragon Who Loved Me
“A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book.”
—All Things Urban Fantasy
“Aiken aces another one.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
This unsuccessfully farcical fantasy series launch by paranormal romance author Aiken (the Dragon Kin series) is set in a world full of centaurs, witches, and necromantic war monks. The old king's death leads his sons to go to war for his throne. When word gets out that a prophecy has predicted that a farmer's daughter will be queen, her blacksmith sister, Keely, assumes the burden of trying to protect her, only to learn that her sister is not what she seems. The story is meant to be absurdist but comes across as merely ridiculous, with a plot that takes itself just a little too seriously to pull off its Pratchettesque tone. The book's packaging implies a more standard fantasy epic, but readers drawn to that will be surprised to instead get an adolescent dramady complete with catty slap-fights transplanted to a cookie-cutter sword-and-sorcery setting. While some will undoubtedly find this flavor of comedy to their tastes, this isn't a book that will appeal to mainstream fantasy fans.
Excellent book with a novel character the Blacksmith Queen
We are introduced to a farmer’s family at the beginning, but they’re all trained to fight. Their dad is a former soldier and their mom is a blacksmith. There are a huge number of kids in the family, and there’s a prophecy that one of the kids is the next queen. There are centaurs that show up to take the next queen to the witches who prophesied that she’d rise to power.
PW was Wrong.
So glad I learned of these books from friends, and had read and enjoyed the first two before seeing how viciously the reviewer for Publishers Weekly had panned the books! Epic and hilarious.
Was thinking as I started this book wasn’t going to be good! Wow was I surprised exciting,funny and emotional all through it.