USA Today Bestseller
An Amazon Best of the Month Selection
“Electrically fun...turns the usual fairy-tale class dynamics upside down...this is a book that encourages trust in people’s goodness, if not their patience or good sense. It’s light on the romance, but prodigiously good for the heart.”
—The New York Times
In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . .
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.
The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .
Praise for The Blacksmith Queen
“It may be laugh-out-loud funny, but at its heart this is a story of a woman who cares deeply for both the family she has and the one she creates.”
“Tilting more toward fantasy, this paranormal romance will be a hit with fans of both genres who enjoy tales that are lighthearted and humorous.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Family relationships can be hard, but the Smythes take it to another level. The second book in G. A. Aiken’s intricately constructed fantasy series finds Gemma Smythe in a battle to help her sister Keeley hold on to her position as the prophesied queen of the Black Hills. The kicker? Their evil younger sister, Beatrix, is the one coming to steal it. It’s impossible not to love the feisty Gemma, a war monk who trained for battle all her life before swearing to fight at Keeley’s side as her official Princess Knight (though she’s not too crazy about that name). This thrilling read has everything we want in a fantasy adventure: witches, assassins, dwarves, demon wolves—not to mention compelling relationships, snarky humor, and loads of sword-clashing action. Don’t be surprised if The Princess Knight leaves you wanting plenty more from the Smythes’ dangerously dysfunctional family.
The clunky second installment to Aiken's Scarred Earth Saga (following The Blacksmith Queen) follows war monk Gemma Smythe sister to the warring Queens Keeley and Beatrix on episodic adventures as she gathers and protects allies for Keeley, her queen. Though the novel is billed as a fantasy romance, Gemma's relationship with Amichai warrior Quinn lacks both emotion and heat, and it takes a backseat to the action and fantasy politics except for a few moments of tenderness and attraction. Aiken's fantasy world is so chock-full of magical creatures and human sects that it becomes difficult to keep them all straight. The absurd violence is cartoonish ("She turned her weapon and swung the other way, only higher, smashing heads like pumpkins"), but the petty arguments that frequently explode between main characters bog things down. Fans will be glad to see Aiken's characteristic over-the-top humor and rapid-fire dialogue on display, but the riotous tone falls flat without any heart behind it. In failing to balance the romance with the action, neither is given its due.
STORY LINES CROSSING TOGETHER
I love this author. I love this story. AND I LOVE THAT THEY ARE BRING THE DRAGONS BACK IN
Loved the crazy queen and dragons coming in at the end
Gemma was a character in the previous book who got plenty of airtime. In this book, she’s trying to discover what Beatrix her sister is up to. Beatrix has a mad thirst for power. At the end of the book, the crazy queen of the adjacent lands shows up. There’s a fight with a dragon in the first book, and at the end of the second book we get to see the dragons again.
Princess Knight War Monk
Gemma Smythe is a war monk. She left the monastery when her sister Keeley became queen and needed her help. Gemma is now finding allies to help them defeat their other sister Beatrix who is also a queen. This is an action packed story with adventure and bloody battles they must fight. Battles that must be won if they are to defeat their sister Beatrix. There are a lot of interesting side characters in this book. Many who readers first met in the first book. This is the second book in the Scarred Earth Saga fantasy. I did not read the first book in the series. It took me a few chapters to get interested in the book and to care about what was happening. Once I became hooked the book was quite good. I really enjoyed Ainsley who is Gemma’s younger sister. She is so full of energy and has lots of potential. Hopefully she gets her own book. Quinn, a shapeshifting centaur, has an interesting sense of humor. Quinn and Gemma banter back and forth constantly. They fight enemies together and have each other’s back. They like to give each other a hard time. They are not your typical romantic couple but they are good together. I will read the first book to understand how Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.