Publishing Date: August 2019
Publisher’s Description: 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. 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.
Review: This was a fun read that traipses around the edges of hilarity while imbued with visceral instances. What surprised me most is that the initial character of Keeley is soon expanded to include familial assets that take over the entirety of the novel. I thought Keeley would be a bit player in a varied story line that involves a quest or two where her skills are required. What we get is so much more, that while you suspend credible discernment in favor of a good time, you’re left wanting the next in the series to turn to. The only downer was that the “constant bickering theme” wore a little thin.
This novel is meant to entertain and not be taken seriously. The dialogue is light and pointed and the reactions are driven by base surface emotions with no attempt to build great depth. A fun short read.