Has a dog on her profile and now I m crushed I don t love her book Dog people unite Overall What the fuck he muttered to the mare behind him did I ust see Same bro same This book was ridiculous and not in a good wayI had a hard time getting into this and the plot felt very forced and ungenuine At one point I told somebody else that this book comes across like the dialogue driven mocktail version of a proper original I didn t know of yet I didn t notice how heavily G A relied on dialogue and that it seriously messed with the uality of this novel until another reviewer on here pointed it out It hits the nail right on the head though Not only was there too much dialogue but it was also very bad and silly What could have been a humorous book Hate just felt forced and annoying right around 25% In general there are some really funny lines in there but the overuseust makes it bland and exhausting uinn stopped bellowing and looked at Keeley Yes my lady he asked calmly Your brother said to pull back But he s not my ueen I was also very disappointed that the author depicted all of the female characters she deemed powerful and righteous as violent warriorsblacksmiths I notice and appreciate trying to give a wider range of powerful women roles to the readership it s great but this did not turn out well While the villains all seemed like intelligent and resourceful vicious ladies the good characters Investigating the Supernatural just pulled their axes to call it a day I agree that physically strong women with visible muscles and all are important MY exboyfriend is one of these petty creatures stating women shouldn t have six packs because it s not feminine all the while sporting a beer belly himself facepalmIf the overall tone of the book went a little bit like the following instead ofust smashing heads left and right that would have been great But the thought of human men telling me what to do set my teeth on edge so you know As a human woman I have to admit I feel the same way What s happening The great king had barely taken his last breath before one brother took the head of another And this is when a wild and merciless race is kicked off The witches have prophesied a new ueen and the brothers will do everything to either kill her or instrumentalize her Keeley will not let her sister be the puppet or murder victim of a bunch of entitled tosspots but that is not uite as easy said as done Con several royal brothers all of them hostile and ruthless traitor sister is super annoying family can t stay serious for half a minutePro sexy new allies in the form of changeling creatures dire wolfs and wild horses totally kick ass many shiny weapons and powerful women wielding them Writing uality easy of reading 2 pace 2 plot development 2 characters 2 enjoyability 2 insightfulness 2 it is possible to mess up strong female characters This eArc was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you very much Audio Dec 2019 Narration Mia Barron did a fabulous ob on all the voices We shift through many different POV s in this novel Which can be confusing but Ms Barron alters each character s voice for the dialogue making adjustments based on gender age species etc I liked Ms Barron She kept the tempo and silliness Jason Culp did a the prologue which features the male scribe of the old king I felt that wasn t necessary but oh well The audio was AMAZING and so of the old king I felt that wasn t necessary but oh well The audio was AMAZING and so fun It felt like the first time reading The Blacksmith ueen I can t wait for the next book The Blacksmith ueen is book one in The Scarred Earth Saga by GA Aiken It s in the same world as her Dragon Kin series but with new characters and locations We get demon wolfs centaurs dwarfs and a verity of characters I love GA Aiken s Dragon Kin series so when I heard we where going to be visiting the Centaurs well I was ecstatic I love the crazy over the top characters created and couldn t wait to dive into this new series Many say this is different from her Dragon Kin series To me this series has some of the same undertones with the outrageous characters snark humor and great world building It does have battles and violence then her Dragon Kin series I loved how we got multiple POV s in The Blacksmith ueen Aiken uses secondary characters to share the experiences and it offers something different and gives us a menacing light on some Our heroine Keeley is a blacksmith She s rude surly and violent but she s fun very protective of her family totally selfless and thinks outside the box She s all woman and you know she deserves a big tough hunkThe story was interesting yet simple After a huge betrayal Keeley suddenly finds herself the next rightful ueen She never wanted to be ueen and still she takes on the challenges set forth in front of her Things aren t ok War has broken out with the late Kings children vivifying for his thrown and then theirs the issue with her younger sister Then we have Caid and his fellow Centaurs who can only gird their loins for what might happen next As for the romance Keeley and Caid s grew steadily culminating in a steamy love scene The Blacksmith ueen was so much fun I can t wait for the next installment nor can I wait to listen to the audio It s full of magical creatures humor and crazy family and friendsRated 5 Stars ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI hate using the word "Disappointment For A Book I Don T Know Why But "for a book I don t know why but was a disappointment One thing that matters a lot to me about a book is the dialogues The dialogues were ust so bleh I mean honestly they kind of felt childish considering the MC is above 20 I m not even sure what her age is tbhI really wanted to like this but unfortunately I did not. Fight alone Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai Not the most socially adept group but soldiers have never bothered Keeley and rough gruff Caid actually seems to respect her A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned .
FELT LIKE A CARICATURE OF A FANTASY NOVEL AND A BAD ONE AT THATActual rating 15 I read a lot of fantasy It was the genre that first made me fall in love with reading So I might be a bit biased This book seemed to make a Make Me Yours (Make Me, joke of the fantasy genre and that really bothered me I am all for trying something new and expanding the genres in innovative ways But this oneust piled bad on top of badTHE THINGS I DISLIKED Dialogue About 85% of this book was dialogue There were no passages that weren t dialogue driven First of all that leads to a lot on confusion because actions surroundings and settings aren t described properly Secondly it ust feels static and monotone World building Partly because of the dialogue driven plot the universe of this book was so poorly explained and built that I hard a terrible time trying to get into it There is no background story no explanation of anything ust a cluster of strange fantasy elements with no attachment to anything Might Brainteaser Physics just be the worst world building I have ever encounteredSwearing Now I am not against swearing I swear myself But the amount of swearing in this book was simply off putting to me And felt really unnecessary ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review FOLLOW MY BLOG FOR MORE BOOK GOODNESS This was totally myam What a fun book I ust recently learned that GA Aiken is another penname for Shelly Laurenston so I was thrilled to dive into this book It had everything I know this author provides Her specialty in that uirky sense of humor she has as well as an entertaining cast of characters and storylineYou are getting uite the variety of characters in this book Just in book one there were witches Centaurs Dwarves dragons elves demon wolves and I have a feeling this is ust the tip of the iceberg in this seriesThe Blacksmith ueen is pretty brutal and bloody what with a war for the Kingdom going on but I have to admit a lot of that battling was humorous because of the way this author writes This is not a standalone series but doesn t end on a huge cliffhanger of a stop to breathe moment I had a lot of fun reading book one and I can t wait for the rest of the series Shelly Laurenston where have you been all my life You gave me a story I could REALLY sink my teeth into The Blacksmith ueen is full of non stop action mixed in with colorful characters witty banter obnoxious silly fun hilarious hijinks and plenty of OTT moments to leave me uite entertained I love when I try a new to me author and instantly become a fan This story had swords clashing magical elements centaurs dwarves elves and a mighty hammer The women were fearless and the men WEREN T intimidated or acting like fools In fact female independence was not only encouraged it was NORMAL I even got to watch two of these wonderful characters fall in love amidst the constant battles the infighting the betrayals the danger and the uest for peaceIf this is what I can expect from this author I ve definitely been missing out If you
love strong characters an emotional and moving story along with a fast Paced Suspenseful Andstrong characters an emotional and moving story along with a fast Paced Suspenseful And suspenseful and bloody as much as I do you DO NOT want to pass on this book It s got it all and I m beyond excited to get my hands on the next installment Blog FB Twitter IG Tumblr Pinterest BookBub The SitchThis tale begins when the old King dies his family immediately splitting into different factions killing each other and anyone unfortunate enough to be close to them in the uest to become the next ruler However a prophecy foretells the rule of a new ueen A commoner Someone who s going to be facing some big big deadly problemsAnyhoodle Keeley our blacksmith heroine is a caretaker by nature Her parents depend on her to help them on their farm run the family forge a tradition that runs through her mother s side of the family for generations and to raise the family yes all twelve siblings and counting She s all about her family and protecting them bickering with some of them but in the end family is all to her Her ourney centers this tale and what happens when that prophecy decrees that her sister Beatrix is to be the next ueen As you can imagine there s a whole bunch of people and other creatures not happy with this and it becomes very clear when the killing starts While fighting Keeley meets an envoy of Amichai kilt wearing centaur shifters including Caid a warrior who s tasked with protecting the potential future ueen Keeley and the Amichai along with her sister Beatrix set out to meet with the Witches of Amhuinn the ones responsible for the prophecy Along the way alliances are tested betrayals are inevitable everyone s in danger snarky banter abounds and a very little bit of romance happensThe GoodGA Aiken aka Shelly Laurenston aka my favorite author has certain hallmarks to her writing Her stories center around relationships some romantic some familial all with a mix of biting humor and deep affection even when those relationship insist on testing you I adore her action seuences because she s great at setting the scene and she doesn t hold back with the violence when necessary Her heroines are typically strong take charge occasionally vicious always smart and best of all willing to go ovaries to the wall to do what they have to do Her heroes "have their own strengths appreciate a heroine who s eual or greater and are not diminished in " their own strengths appreciate a heroine who s eual or greater and are not diminished in least if they are occasionally the ones who need saving Both fight for themselves and for what they believe in and there s usually some shifting involved like lions tigers bears dragons or in this case centaurs So I appreciate the way her mind works the way she structures her stories and her humor is very. When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills Keeley Smythe must oin forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author GA Aiken The Old King Is Dead With the demise of the Old King there’s a prophesy that a ueen will ascend to the throne.