Title: The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Magic
Release Day: August 22nd 2011
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK

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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.

5 golden stars!

“I could not dream a better you. A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.”

I’ve been trying to write a proper review for this book and yet no matter what I say I don’t think it will do the book justice. First things first. I’m not a Kristen Ashley fan. In fact, I find her books to be very bad and borderline unbearable. No matter how many times I’ve started one of her books, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

That being said. This book. I LOVED IT. I simply loved it, I love every word and every sentence. I love it. Her Fantasyland series may be the one think I’ll ever be able to read from her, but OMG I love it. The first book was amazing, and even though I did not have any expectations at all (I’m really not a fan) it was amazing! But this one. ADORED IT. Maybe KA is a really big fan of Game of Throes but reading The Golden Dynasty I couldn’t help but picture these two lovely characters. The descriptions were painting them in my mind and even though the similarities might have been over the top, I loved it for it.

“You fit the description of the Golden Goddess exactly. Golden hair, golden eyes and now, with your time in the sun, golden skin.”

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home in Seattle and wakes up in Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk. A parallel universe and a wholly different world from hers. She couldn’t have picked a worse time since she happen to wake up as The Wife Hunt in the parallel universe started. The Wife Hunt was a ritual practices by the Korwahk people in order for their warriors to find wives.  The Wife Hunt is just as horrifying as it sounds. Women, gathered from all around their world are forced to run for their freedom as the Korwahk warriors chase them through the forest, even killing fellow warriors if they claim their preferred choice before them.

“Standing at one side and up toward the edge of the dais looking down was a giant of a man. A beast of a man. Taller than any of the extremely tall warriors on the sides of the parade, broader, more muscled, more savage. He was looking down the dais not at the parade but at a man in robes who was gesturing up to him.”

Dax Lahn is the King of Suh Tunak and Circe’s new mate.

He is a savage, he is brutal and at times his behavior might seem extreme but he is after all from a parallel universe that not only condones this kind of behavior but looks up to it as well.

Circe and Lahn have very little in common. In fact they don’t even speak the same language as she needs a translator almost half way through the story to communicate with her new husband. The brilliance of this book is in the details.

Circe is a girl that is thrown into the unknown and makes the best of it.

“I gave up a world for you.”

And Lahn is a savage, he is trying to balance his rough side as the warrior king and his sweet side as Circe’s husband. His love for her is fierce and possessive and beyond words. KA has done a remarkable job when it comes to shaping a totally new world for her characters. She even has made-up new words and sentences and that was brilliant! The story sucks you in and it transports you to this new and magical place.


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2 thoughts on “The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Fabulous review – I struggled to read this book because of what happens at the beginning (yikes!!) but I kept with it and, boy, what a beautiful story it turned out to be! So emotional! Definitely a favourite for me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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