The Curse of Gremdon (The Shrouded Kingdoms #1)
Tardon, an elite warrior, is granted anything he desires by the Elders, but finds little joy in the voluptuous women presented to him. Born for the bloodlust found only ...more
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The beginning hooked me so totally and unequivocally that I just had to keep reading. I mean, come on, big tough (made me think of Conan the Barbarian) hottie, Tardon in a sword fight with a female warrior that was his match---or so she thought--was just a total turn on. I enjoyed the ...more
Why exactly aren't they allowed to get married?
Why is sex only given to male warriors?
What happens with the children after they're born?
What about everyone else? How do they live? Are they all farmers? All warriors? Are they slaves? Sex slaves?
Why exactly are books about flowers and trees forbidden?
How did a world like this happened?
How did people forget so quickly what they had before? Did they kill everyone that stood up because if they did well there wouldn't be a lot of peopl ...more
Those words were spoken two centuries ago by American founding father, Thomas Jefferson. (Or Benjamin Franklin. Depends on who you ask.) It popped into my head several times as I read The Curse of Gremdon. The first time was when Tardon, a celebrated warrior, was condemned to burn at the stake for a small carnal act. The Elders allow him moments of release, but this wasn’t a designated time and Ar ...more
I knew I was going to enjoy this book I just did not realize how much. I absolutely LOVED IT !!!!
Ciara has created a fresh and unique story that will leave you well on the edge of your seat. This story is full of sensual passion and adventure. A love story like no other.
Are journey is with Arianna a fierce warrior living in a kingdom where she believes that they are there to be protected from the people (well what the elders of the kingdom call them the Cursed) of Gremdon. It is not ...more
This is the first book that I have read by Knight, and I must say that I am hooked. I was pulled into the magical world she has created from the very first chapter. At first I thought that this would be one of those stories that would bring me to tears, but the glistening in my eyes was for a very happy ending.
True love is never easy to find, and once you find it you never want to let it go. What if however it is forbidden for you? What if ...more
I received a copy for review through the group Knights of the Round Table on Goodreads. I thank the author and the group for the same.
This is a fantasy set in the kingdom of Gremdon, basically a sword and sorcery style of story telling. The magic is not visible in daily life and yet is very much there in the background, playing a crucial part.
I liked the author's focus on the two main characters, elite warriors Arianna and Tardon allowing the readers to explore their int ...more
This book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the good people at NetGalley.com and Defy the Dark Publishing.
The Curse of Gremdon (The Shrouded Kingdoms #1) was divided into six categories, each graded on a letter scale of A (best) to F (worst). The following is a review of the category which received the lowest grade.
Let me preface my review the by explaining that The Curse of Gremdon (The Shrouded Kingdoms #1) has been re-released with a new cover art.
A compelling story of magic, love, lust, and deception, Gremdon grips you from page one.
In a world where marriage is forbidden, a curse plagues the land, and 'Elders' rule the inner walls of a kingdom wary of the outside world. But what happens when your brother falls ill to 'Death Fever' and his only hope for survival rests in the outer walls of the castle? Or when you fall in love against the strict rules of the 'Elders'? As a female w ...more
Magic. Lust. Love. Sacrifice. Intensely gripping from the opening scene, this riveting tale of destiny and desire will have the reader hungering for more, page after page, all the way through the ending. In another world, a vastly oppressed culture is controlled by the corruption and evils of a Elders willing to do anything to maintain power. Two Elite Warriors must sacrifice all they have known and go against all they have been taught to vie for a chance at love; a love so condemned that it is ...more
So let me expound...
First, we find ourselves in an almost historical setting of castles and warriors. Two warriors clash... a contest, thankfully, not a battle. One is Arianna. Yes, a woman, who's intense determination and focus has enabled her to rise in the ranks of warriors as the only woman Elite Warrior. She fights against Tardon, who is, simply put, the best. What w ...more
The author had a heroic story to tell,and a story she wrote indeed!
Arianna,and Tardon dreamt of the day they claimed their Elite Warrior statuses.Until a possibility of a future, with love,peace,marriage children and most of all,a life outside the castle walls away from the cursed Elders' and their wicked spells,changed everything.
Everything that they've known has a been a big lie. They were told by the Eders' that the Outer Realm,was a cursed ...more
The author of this book has created engaging characters that you will fall in love with. The main female character, Arianna, is a selfless and dedicated w ...more
First of all I must bring to light that beautiful cover art by Jeannie Rusch for the book "Curse of Gremdon" by Ciara Knight. This book was nothing of what I had expected by reading the back cover. From page one Ciara had me pulled into the dank world trapped within the castle walls as if shadowing Arianna myself. Her choice of imagery was spot on keeping the story flowing smoothly without losing site of her readers. if you are looking for that great book to escape within, let this one be your n...more
She throws you into the heat of fighting between a male and female warrior, Tardon and Arianna. Arianna is strong and full of fight while you think at first Tardon is a bit arrogant. But that's not the case,as you soon will learn when you read.
This book is a love story wrapped in a fierce battles, a fa ...more
Ciara has created a action packed word of warrior and magic. The story takes place in world where the people have been trapped behind the castle walls by the beasts and cursed ones who wait outside the walls. Since the walls have been closed, marriage and children have been forbidden by the elders. In this world we find Arianna and Tardon.
Arianna is trying to do what no woman has done before... become an elite warrior. The warriors are the protectors of the ...more
Arianna and Tardon's quest for truth, freedom and love bring them closer to a world they'd long forgotten. I will not include spoilers in this review, but Ciara has a fabulous style of weaving story lines to create those a-ha moments every reader loves to read.
Dive into this novel with the expectancy t ...more
I received a copy of this from the author through the group Knights of the Round Table on Goodreads so thanks to all for allowing me to read and review. The story is about two warriors Arianna and Tarden who leave the castle and travel to retrieve sap from the Tree of Life, the outerworld is filled with murderous "cursed" creatures and they must get the sap without falling to the curse. Arianna is doing this because her brother ...more
Warriors Tardon and Arianna along with those who survived a curse, which turned normal humans into The Cursed Ones, that ravaged their lands years ago, live in a time when marriage, children and having families has been forbidden by the El ...more
Arianna is the only female warrior but she's one of the best, if not the best. Tardon is an Elite Warrior who is in love with Arianna and he is unaware that she also has feeling for him. However, their love is forbidden. They are not allowed to have any kind of relationship. The Elders, who rule over the people, believe that for a female warrior to engage in sexual activity, it would diminish their fighting abilities so such an act is punishable by death.
When Arianna's younger brother, ...more
Tardon himself is an Elite warrior and he plays a large ...more
The blurb does much better at explaining this story without giving secrets away. I think I would give stuff away.
Likes and Dislikes
I liked that she was a warrior and fierce, however I didn't like that she ended up crying a whole bunch (not during times of torture, but during conversations....maybe if she had been alone...then again she had a lot of crap happen to her and I prolly would have bowed ...more