Series: Fantasyland #2
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2011
Also in this series: Wildest Dreams, Fantastical, Broken Dove, Midnight Soul
Also by this author: The Gamble, Ride Steady, Wildest Dreams, Fantastical, Broken Dove
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.
So what has been has been and what will be was what I would make it.
Golden Dynasty, hands down, is one of my favorite Kristen Ashley novels, one of my favorite fantasy novels, simply one of my favorite novels ever. What initial drew me to read this (and subsequently read out of order) was all the Goodreads reviews that had graphics with Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) from Game of Thrones as the hero and heroine. I didn’t even read the synopsis when I picked this up. I just figured that if there were comparisons to those two star-crossed lovers that I had to get my hands on this book.
Words make marks deeper than fists. They last longer and sometimes never go away.
If you are on the fence about reading this I’m pretty sure I know why. Yes there are some really horrible things that happen to Circe at the hands of Dax. And yes that includes View Spoiler »Dax raping Circe at the beginning of the story, as well as Dax later taking a hand to Circe and slapping her. « Hide Spoiler There really is not excuse, justification, reasoning I could give to make all of that ok, cause it’s not, but despite those things happening I still very much love Dax and I still consider this a love story. Please put your pitchforks down. Dax and his initial behaviors are so unlike most of KA’s alphas. I could never imagine any of her alphas committing the acts Dax does. But none of her other stories take place in a world where the men are warriors, part of a horde, that pillage and plunder and are taught this way of life. Again, that is no excuse but I swear that if you continue reading despite these issues it is so worth it.
And I did because I was in love with a savage, warrior king and I knew straight to my soul that he loved me.
I would highly suggest that you have two devices in hand for reading this. Why you ask? Because Dax and his horde speak a language that is different from English so there is a nifty dictionary in the back of the book to help you translate. To save time I would read on my Kindle but have the dictionary open on my phone so that I didn’t have to keep bookmarking my spot and reading what Dax was saying. It sounds like it would be a pain, but I love the different language used in the story. The ability for him and Circe to come together in spite of the language, as well as the cultural differences and everything I mention above, make this such an epic love story. It’s raw and brutal and my heart broke and my stomach rolled but in the end I was so blissfully in love with these characters and this world. I recommend this to everyone, especially those who may not have read Kristen Ashley books before, or hadn’t found the book for them. It really is such a departure from the novels that we are used to reading. It’s unique and it’s amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.