Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Golden Dynasty ( Fantasyland #2 ) by Kristen Ashley

The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Description

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.

Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.

Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.


Genre

Fantasy


Review

Oh my. What can I say. One of the most memorable romance I have read that I gonna shelve it as to be re-read in future. This is the first time I read about H/h that have such a vast language and cultural barrier.

The story is about Circe (honestly, I don't even know how to pronounce her name) who woke up at this barbarian place away from her home in Seattle. She was shocked to find out she was one of the candidates for the Bride Hunt. When we say hunt is really hunting (literally), they release the bride and the warriors will hunt them down on their horses. So Circe got targeted by the King Lahn and he 'claimed' her right away. 

The story pretty much progress with how Circe adapt to the her new life in this savage land whereby woman was not treated with respect, warriors own slaves and people got cut up in pieces. I find Circe is a very optimistic and courageous woman who is also so forgiving. She come to term with her situation quite early in the story. She didn't spend half the length of the book being freak out or hating her husband. 

King Lahn....oh what can I say? He is such a dear. Although when he is in public, he often in his King mode, which is totally badass and ignore Circe, but back in their rooms, he is such a sweet thing. What I like most in the story was during the first half of the book, Lahn will murmured sweet words to Circe in his own language, but half the time both Circe and me don't know a thing of what he is trying to say. But I'm sure is something really sweet. And the way he talk, often sounds brute and impossible in modern day, but I love it more when he talk like that. Oh my. 

Circe really enjoyed herself being the queen so much she often manage to kick some asses. She make many great friends, Diarndia (her personal translator), Sabine, Narinda and Feetak, all of them are great supporting characters. She tried to save a girl from a horrible marriage, she save a boy from choking to death, she gives hope for her people. But sometimes she can be quite selfish, whereby at one point Lahn pointed out that she demanded so many changes from him, but he never once demanded her to change herself. 

Kristen Ashley is absolutely phenomenal, I can't imagine she created her own language for only a standalone book. Half way through I started to learn the language myself. But because I'm holding a Kindle, sometimes is hard for me to glance back the previous pages to catch up on some words, which already been explained. 

Half way through Lahn was preparing for a war to avenge his home being attacked. So I thought the climax will be about him being away for a war and he will come back as victor. But I was wrong. The story didn't go down as that predictable.

Some who gave negative review for this book, might be due to the violence and treatment toward the woman. But if you can look past that and understand that this is the way of their lives in this savage place, you will be able to enjoy this incredible love story about two person from two different world, how they overcome their language and cultural barrier.

Spoiler

Lahn thought Circe was some kind of witch or changeling that had bewitched him because she admit she came from a different world. Then Circe got so upset that Lahn didn't believe her, she 'willed' herself to be transported back and she really did. At this point, I was wondering how things will pan out. Eventually, Lahn tracked down a witch to bring Circe back to him. But their relationship is never the same anymore. Circe grow distant and not sure how to reconciled. But eventually, is all about love and forgiveness. They forgive each other and build such a great family. Twins!

Rating 5/5

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