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 …
Review of The Blacksmith Queen
I have been looking forward to this book for too long! Reading the blurb, I knew this would much like the author’s Dragon Kin series. Larger than life good guys, small minded bad guys, lots of violence, and tons of humor and the perfect amount of kissing.
I was not disappointed!
Keeley Smythe comes from a long line of blacksmiths. Her mother was a blacksmith and it looks like there will be at least one younger sister to follow in Keeley’s footsteps. Keeley can swing a hammer – a really big hammer. She is also friend to all, especially animals, including the misunderstood demon wolves. And for Keeley, family is all. Don’t mess with Keeley’s family. You won’t like the results. How can you not like this heroine?
Caid is a low-key hero. Gruff, fierce, strong, quiet and, let’s face it, anti-social. Caid, his sister and other members of their tribe are there to make sure the future queen is kept safe. Keeley, will not let her sister go without her, so she joins the protectors. Together, they make an able group of warriors who are in for a surprise or two.
Future queen Beatrix reminds me of Dagmar Rheinholdt, the Beast of the Northlands (What a Dragon Should Know). Studious, calculating, smarter than everyone in the room. Except with Beatrix, her ambition makes her a little less smart.
In addition to blacksmiths, there are witches, elves, dwarves, centaurs, demon wolves, and humans. I love the heroic additions to the story: a quest to find gold, castles to battle over, pheasants to save, armor to wear, and enemies to defeat. There are several references to the world readers might remember from Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, but there is only one dragon in the story. Will there be more ties to that world? I hope so.
My favorite part of this book is the humor. Aiken is a genius with the dry conversational humor that just makes me laugh out loud! I dare you not to do the same. 😊
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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