The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe Kennedy
Release Date: September 24th
Synopsis: Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.
A PRISONER OF FATE
As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…
A PRINCE AMONG MEN
Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?
Review: This one was hard to like. Great concept, in fact days after writing the draft of the review, it does stay with you, but I don’t like first person POV and the couple doesn’t meet until more than half way through the book. Once they meet they are enemies, then they respect each other, then enemies again, then married. The next morning they are all of a sudden soft and supportive and affectionate towards each other. There was no build up of the relationship. The conflict was him coming and taking over, not something they had to solve together or survive together. The book ends with too much unresolved so there is going to be more books, however the only conclusion of this story is that they will fight together. There wasn’t enough romance or build up. I liked the characters and plot concept, but would have preferred the book have more of them together and a different POV. I can’t say that I liked this book, which is a shame, because again the plot concept is really good. It just wasn’t executed well for my reading tastes.