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"The next installment in the Bridge Kingdom series is not to be missed. Do not walk to pick up this book. Run." - Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of From Blood and Ash
A soldier raised as heir to an empire, Zarrah is motivated by two truths. The first is that the Veliant family murdered her mother. The second is that her pursuit of vengeance will put every last one of them in their graves.
The Endless War between Maridrina and Valcotta has raged for generations, leaving thousands of Zarrah's people dead and countless more orphaned. So when she's given command of the contested city of Nerastis, Zarrah is prepared to do whatever it takes to destroy the Maridrinian forces who oppose her. And to kill the Veliant prince who leads them.
Yet a chance encounter with an anonymous, and handsome, Maridrinian causes Zarrah to question whether the violence she's perpetrated is justice or a crime. And as she continues to meet the nameless man each night, she finds common ground-and fiery passion-in his arms.
But when identities are revealed, Zarrah must decide whether to embrace a chance at peace... or march to the drums of war.
Return to the world of The Bridge Kingdom in this sensuous fantasy full of romance and intrigue that is perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Silver Flames.
- Publisher : CONTEXT LITERARY AGENCY LLC (24 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 558 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1737924811
- ISBN-13 : 978-1737924814
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.51 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 38,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I listened to the audiobook version which was pretty good but there were a couple of editing problems which caused me minor heart attacks. Dual male/female narration from Keris's and Zarrah's points of view.
The events in book #3 run in parallel with The Traitor Queen. Think you know the story? Nope, you will be surprised! I was on my toes the whole time, guessing on the moves from each players!
The best thing about this book is undoubtedly Keris. He is not the usual hero you will find. He is bookish, extremely intelligent and also very idealistic. He also does not have the same sense of honor as Airen, which makes him a deliciously morally grey character. One that would sacrifice everything to save the woman he loves.
Yes there is a cliff hanger at the end of Book 3, but it is worth reading the book and the wait. Don't keep it off! This book delivers.
You will like this if you like tropes such as mistaken identity, mysterious heroes / heroines , enemies to lovers. Read it if you like the original Bridge Kingdom series (you will have an insight to Lara / Airen from other characters POV), From Blood and Ashes, ACOTAR...
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I often think that it is much harder to write convincing plots for YA Fantasies that don’t involve (much) magic, because magic can explain away or overcome situations that are difficult to convincingly tackle without ‘magical help’ (though I have read many that are ludicrous and unconvincing even with the extra help provided by magic!). Magic can also make characters seem more interesting and important than they actually are (if you stripped them of their magic). The author has to be far more creative in their non-magical plot planning and and character creation, and Danielle L Jensen manages to do just that.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bridge Kingdom and Dark Shores series so far and can’t wait for the next books. I love the characters: They have depths, are conflicted, sometimes I dislike them, but they are never boring or incongruent – the latter being a common phenomenon in YA Fantasy, I have noticed, often making it hard to relate to characters.
Not with Danielle L Jensen, however. Excellent story telling, great characters.
One of the best YA Fantasy writers I have read.
Keris’ ideals are far from his father's. He is tired of living in a nation at war, and tired of the useless deaths of his people and Valcotta's people, all because Silas and the Empress are both too stubborn to try to make peace with each other. Keris is brilliant, and secretly quite good with a weapon, even though he pretends that he is not a warrior. Despite seeking peace and being kind and empathetic, he has a ruthless side that comes out when someone he loves is threatened. He would not hesitate to start a war and burn a whole city to save those he loves, and I found that this trait made him a little morally grey at times, which I adored. He's sexy, cunning, fiercely protective, and also sweet at times. I really love him.
Zarrah, like most female characters in this series, is strong, and brave, and she's a kickass warrior. Her goal in life has always been to kill as many Maridrinians as possible so she can get revenge for her mother's death, but she slowly comes to realize that killing everyone will not change her mother's tragic death, and most of all, killing everyone means killing innocent civilians, and soldiers that are fighting a war they want no part in. Both sides are full of hate, but no one really knows who started the war, and how it could ever end. They are just determined to fight forever if that's what it takes because abandoning the fight would make them look weak and would be a slight against their honor.
There is a lot of politics in this book, and the fact that the second part mostly happens at the same time as Aren's imprisonment in The Traitor Queen was very interesting, but it was also a downside for me. I loved seeing all the politics and scheming involved in Aren's rescue from Keris's point of view, but at the same time, some parts felt longer because I knew already what would happen to Zarrah and Aren. I have to say though that the ending was a little unexpected, and I am very eager to see what will happen next. I am hoping for some bonding time between Keris and Lara, and I hope that we will get to see them work together.
I thought the first two books couldn't be topped, but this book is just as good and exciting as the first two.
This book is incredibly exciting, gripping and entertaining.
A love story that grabs you and makes you think and dream about it constantly.
I didn't think Keris and Zarrah's story would captivate me as much as Aren's and Lara's did, but Gosh! it absolutely did.
This book is an action-packed, fast-paced page-turner.
Unbelievable emotional and fascinating story about love between enemies, who have found a bond through the same ideals and beliefs and as a result fall in love with each other.
I love Keris and that he never tries to talk Zarrah into anything.
He sees her as an equal from the start, even before he knows who she is. Despite his family history, he is completely different from the rest of the family.
Zarrah is a warrior and it's nice to see her slowly changing.
From the puppet her aunt tried to raise according to her beliefs, to a free-thinking and wise leader.
If you like fantasy romances, reading this book is definitely a must!
It's not just a love story, it's an adventure through seas and different countries.
I love this book and the series so much!
The only downside is that unfortunately, this is a book 1 of their story and ends on a cliffhanger :-(
I hope we don't have to wait long for the next book because I'm sitting here thinking about it all the time
Aqui nessa história meio que é um outro ponto de vista dos acontecimentos do livro anterior The Traitor Queen, pois se passa na mesma linha temporal, aqui nos vamos conhecer o Keris e a Zarrah, eles apareceram brevemente no anterior mais desde o primeiro momento são personagens que me deixaram imensamente intrigada, pra começo de conversa eles pertencem a povos inimigos, que literalmente foram criados pra se odiar mais a forma que eles apareceram me deixou com a pulga bem grande atrás da orelha sobre eles. Então nesse livro realmente vamos entender como é o desenrolar da história deles.
Keris Veliant é o filho homem mais velho e por isso herdeiro do Rei de Maridrina, consequentemente irmão da nossa protagonista Lara dos dois primeiros livros, ele é um personagem que desde o começo me deixa intrigada pois ao contrário dos outros personagens ele não é guerreiro, veja bem ele não é leigo a lutar e se defender quando precisa mais ele sempre opta digamos que pela paz, é um cara extremamente inteligente, amante dos livros, argumentador, sabe arquitetar planos muito bem feitos, e ele tem muito orgulho de sempre usar a mente invés da espada.
Do outro lado temos Zarrah Anaphora criada também como herdeira e general do exército mais pela sua tia que é Imperatriz do povo de Valcotta, ela é astuta, leal, e ao contrário do Keris uma guerreira de cair o queixo, mais bem impulsiva e alguma atitudes dela me irritaram no começo devido a essa impulsividade dela.
Enfim já deu pra entender que romance rola entre esses dois né hahaha, confesso que por mais curiosa que eu tivesse com a história deles não imaginei que fosse me apaixonar por eles de verdade, eles me encantaram com seus jeitos e personalidades muito distintas, mais que no fundo sonham com um único objetivo.
Assim, desde o primeiro encontro o Keris fica intrigado pela a Zarrah invadindo seu território, ela é ousada, de um povo inimigo e enquanto ela assim como o resto do povo tem esse ódio exagerado contra o povo dele, ele não tá nem aí, ele acha incrivelmente estupido como seus governantes instigam essa guerra de séculos que ao ver dele precisa ter um fim. Então ele se encanta por ela, e sim a atração deles é puramente sexual no começo, mais acontecimentos vai acontecimentos vem eles formam um tipo de aliança, ele tentando mostrar pra ela que a guerra entre seus povos é mto sem futuro e que ele não tem intenção nenhuma de ser um participante dela, e ela lutando contra os ideias que ela cresceu acreditando, será mesmo que tudo tem que ser na base da vingança? Tem que ser olho por olho e dente por dente? Porque seus governantes nunca tentaram se entender de alguma forma e assim evitar que mais inocentes morram?
Confesso que eu me apeguei muito fácil nesses personagens principalmente no Keris, ele é um cara que no fundo tem inúmeras inseguranças internas, sofri pela morte da mãe, tem sentimentos conflituosos a respeito da irmã, lida com um pai totalmente insano, mais nunca se deixa ser visto como vulnerável, mesmo o seu povo, seus soldados fazendo chacota do seu jeito mais intelectual do que guerreiro de ser, e quando ele se apaixona pela Zarrah, pra ele nada mais importa do que preservar esse amor, do que cuidar dela e protegê-la de tudo, até dela mesma, o que me levou sim a passar um paninho pra ele, a Zarrah tem um senso de justiça mto enraizado o que em parte é uma das coisas que mais gosto na sua personalidade, o quanto ela se preocupa com os inocentes, só que gera com que ela ache que pode abraçar o mundo com as pernas, que possa salvar a todos e o Keris mostra que não é bem assim, que precisa de planejamento, estratégia pra que juntos eles possam assumir seus papéis eai sim realizar o sonho deles de paz.
Enfim não queria ter falado tanto mais é que eu realmente achei muito interessante o desenrolar dessa história, me apaixonei mesmo por esse casal, e tô mais ansiosa ainda pelo próximo pois o cliffhanger do final desse foi de deixar meu coração na mão, as revelações que tiveram só fez minha curiosidade por eles ainda maior. Então galerinha leiam, sério, vale muito a pena. Espero que esse casal conquiste vocês também como me conquistou! ❤️🔥❤️🔥
Seriously I have no words, this series has become so dear to my heart and I swear it will be the death of me.
I already absolutely adored Zarrah from what we had seen of her in The traitor queen but I was on the fence about Keris because I didn’t trust him. Turns out I would give my first born for both of them.
Danielle is an amazing writer. Her stories have a perfect mix between romance, politics and intrigue. It was also really nice to fill in the gaps we didn’t have the answers for as things were happening in the second book. I think it’s a great idea to make a series but not have the same characters as the narrators of all the books, it gives us a chance to see all perspectives and it doesn’t get repetitive, at least in my opinion.
This story was filled with so many twists and turns and I was really nervous throughout the whole book expecting bad things to happen lol and guess what? It did!! Danielle is going to have to pay for my therapy sessions after this. For God’s sake, all Keris wanted was peace and to read books about stars to his girl, is that too much to ask?
I demand the next book to be out right now because it’s going to be iconic, I can feel it in my soul, plus I need answers!!!!!! I beg you please go read this series and suffer with the rest of us!!