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The Orchid Throne
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  • Development - 7/10
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Summary

Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384
Book Description:
“The Orchid Throne is a captivating and sensual fantasy romance you won’t want to miss! High stakes. Remarkable worldbuilding. Unique and compelling characters. A slow-burn romance that’ll make you combust.” — Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles

“The Orchid Throne captures from the first page and doesn’t let go as Jeffe Kennedy weaves a timeless tale of love and survival amidst a lush backdrop teeming greed and deceit. You will fall for Lia and Con and root for them with every breath you take. This is a book that will linger in your thoughts for a very long time.”- Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author

Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

Published: Sept. 24, 2019

The Orchid Throne is a world in which every kingdom—but one—has fallen to a cruel and bloodthirsty king. Now it’s just one Queen, and a Slave King, that must stand up to what has been done.

 

The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy

The Orchid Throne is the first in the Forgotten Empires series by Jeffe Kennedy. It’s a series that blends fantasy, revenge, and romance into one fascinating read. Fans of Kennedy’s previous works will love this series, as, hopefully, will any new fans.

In a world where a bloody tyrant has taken over, there’s only one kingdom left untouched. And even that one, the king believes he owns. But there are two monarchs left to oppose him; the one he thinks he owns, and the one he thought he had broken.

Jeffe Kennedy - The Orchid ThroneIf you’ve ever found yourself wanting to see a revolution occur using multiple different methods and tactics, this is a novel to check out. The politics, subterfuge, and brutality are captivating, as is the world itself.

Writing

Jeffe Kennedy certainly knows how to build a fascinating fantasy world. I was captivated from the start—desperate to see more of the lands described. Alongside the world itself was an interesting magical system, one that Kennedy has only begun to hint at.

The Orchid Throne was an interesting read, on the whole. The characters might have been a little bit predictable, but it was refreshing to see how differently they both handled the same enemy. One went with politics and subterfuge, the other with brute force. There were a lot of pieces in motion behind the scenes as well, showing Kennedy’s experience in writing a complex tale that is worthy of a series. I have no doubt that minor elements hinted at in this first novel will become significant in the following works.

Development

The Orchid Throne had a lot of positive elements in it, though sometimes the pacing did vary. There were moments when the novel quickly devoured the pages, and other times where it felt like more of a leisurely stroll.

The worldbuilding hinted at much more to come—a promise that I hope the following novels will keep. And while the character development did leave a little to be desired, it wasn’t poorly done either. Rather, it simply felt forced or predictable at a few points.

On the whole, The Orchid Throne flowed smoothly, and was so full of rich details that any slowing down in the pace was easy to forgive. Especially as it usually helped to set the scene, or remind us of the situation the characters were in.

Conclusion

The Orchid Throne was fascinating, and had a lot of excellent moments within the pages. While it didn’t quite live up to all of my expectations, I still found it to be a highly enjoyable read. And I know that I’ll be checking in on the next novels in the series as well—I’ve got to see more of the world and magical system, if nothing else.

This series will be perfect for fantasy readers looking for a little bit of variety in their lives, as it combines several other elements within. And of course, I strongly believe that fans of Jeffe Kennedy’s will be thrilled with what she’s written here.

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About the author

Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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