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The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
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You know you’ve struck gold when you've found an author whose every book you experience becomes your newest favorite, and such is the case with Kristen Ashley. Every single book I've read, 21 to date, has become a keeper because the characters and their stories grab hold and just will not let go!

How is it possible that this happens time and time again, you ask?

Well, when I sit down to read a book and escape the crap that comes with real life, it's not the properly placed semi colon or comma that makes me sigh, nor is it the perfectly structured sentence that brings tears to my eyes, it's the amazing characters, the characters who stop being just words on the page and become living, breathing people... their lives, their stories... those are the things that make me content. Happy. That’s what Kristen Ashley gives me.

Every. Single. Time.

And this book, like all the others, has given me the very same.

The Golden Dynasty is the second book in the Fantasyland series, and nothing like any book I’ve ever read. Think Game of Thrones meets Braveheart in Avalon, and that’s what you get with this book. Vile barbaric customs and traditions, gods, goddesses, witches, magic, plundering, pillaging, executions, and loads of burn up the pages sex make this one of the most intense books I’ve read, and Dax Lahn one of the most demanding, frustrating, bloodthirsty, brutal alphas of any Kristen Ashley book.

And, heaven help me, but I’m in love with him!

Keeping in mind this is a primitive and, what we would consider a barbaric culture, I feel I should mention that this book contains graphic scenes of violence against women, and rape, while never shown on the page, is also part of that culture. For those who might be concerned about this and wondering if they should read this story, I’ll tell you this; The heroine, Circe, does everything in her power to change these things, and is a true champion for the women in this story. For these reasons, and many more, I so admired Circe. Her compassion, her strength, her capacity to love... and I mean love hard, made her the perfect wife for Dax Lahn, whose world has no room for beauty, passion, or anything except leading his warriors, The Horde, and ensuring the survival and prosperity of the Korwahk nation.

As gory as this story is, as cruel as its warrior king hero could be, this is one of the best of KA’s romances, in my opinion. The language barrier, the cultural and moral differences… so much stood in the way of The Warrior King Lahn and his Golden Queen Circe getting their happily ever after. But they knew what they had, what they could have, and they ached for it, reached for it, bled for it... and when they finally got it, it was a beautiful, amazing thing.

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Becs - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews Great review Dhes - it's not a series I've read yet. I've heard that it's very like Game of Thrones. Why is it everyone seems to read book 2 first - no one on my friend list seems to have read book 1.


message 2: by UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... (last edited Apr 18, 2012 11:10AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Thank you!!

I'm about to start #1 today, Becs. I think everyone likes #2 better, and it works as a standalone (without book #1) so I think that's why people read it first.


Eva (TXBookjunkie) I also read this book before I read the other 2 books in the series. I found the synopsis much more appealing - I'm a Game of Thrones fan for the Khal Drago and Khaleesi storyline. I ended up reading the other two because it was a KA story and I wanted to know more from the reference of the other heroines in this book.

The other stories were good but I think this was the best of the series and one of my favs of KA's work.


Kristen (Peddler of Smut) Beautiful review, Dhes!
You make me want to try and read this book again. At a much later date, of course. :)


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Eva (TXBookjunkie) wrote: "The other stories were good but I think this was the best of the series and one of my favs of KA's work."

I'll read the others, too, because I'm also and KA addict, so how can I not? LOL!

But I'm not sure anything can top this story.


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Kristen wrote: "Beautiful review, Dhes!
You make me want to try and read this book again. At a much later date, of course. :)"


Thank you, Kristen! It's certainly not for everyone, not every book is, but I hope you will try again someday, because I do, with all my heart, think you'd love it.


Eva (TXBookjunkie) UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "But I'm not sure anything can top this story."

So true!


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) Damn your review Dhes! Now I am stuck between getting the next Rock Chick book or starting this series...I guess I will have to get both lol!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "Damn your review Dhes! Now I am stuck between getting the next Rock Chick book or starting this series...I guess I will have to get both lol!"

LOL!!!!!!!! I think that's one of the nicest review compliments I've ever gotten! So thank you! LOL!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "Damn your review Dhes! Now I am stuck between getting the next Rock Chick book or starting this series...I guess I will have to get both lol!"

LOL!!!!!!!! I think that's one of the nicest review compliments I've ever gotten! So thank you! LOL!


Joy (Cheery♡Reads) Omg Dhes. Your reviews are so tempting. I want to read this now.


 ~V~ Once again...another great review Dhes! So, is this a historical or fantasy?..it's obv. not a contemp. romance like most of her books? I think i'm a little confused as to what genre this would fall under?


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "LOL!!!!!!!! I think that's one of the nicest review compliments I've ever gotten! So thank you! LOL!"

It was your description of the hero, her reminds me of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, instant love LOL!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Thanks, Joy! *hugs* If I had this one to lend, I'd send it your way in a heartbeat. This wasn't always an easy book to read, but even still, I couldn't put it down.


message 15: by Joy (Cheery♡Reads) (last edited Apr 18, 2012 01:21PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joy (Cheery♡Reads) *hugs you back* Awh, that's real sweet of you but I visited KA's website and found that this is available in Smashwords, which is a heavensent ebook site for me. Hee.


Melanie Awesome review Dhestiny! This really was great book!


message 17: by UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... (last edited Apr 18, 2012 01:23PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... ~V~ wrote: "Once again...another great review Dhes! So, is this a historical or fantasy?..it's obv. not a contemp. romance like most of her books? I think i'm a little confused as to what genre this would fall..."

THANK YOU!!!

It's kind of historical because alot of the things in this book really did take place back in the day, but it's also fantasy - magic, witches and alternate dimensions. I'm not usually a time travel fan, but whatever it was about it, THIS story worked, and worked BIG time, for me.


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "It was your description of the hero, her reminds me of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, instant love LOL! "

I've heard that comparison, A LOT. I've only watched 1 episode but when I started reading this book I was immediately reminded of that 1 episode!


Joy (Cheery♡Reads) UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "It was your description of the hero, her reminds me of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, instant love LOL! "

I've heard that comparison, A LOT. I've on..."


I have to agree. I was attracted to this because of that comparison. I love Khal Drago and Khaleesi.


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Melanie wrote: "Awesome review Dhestiny! This really was great book!"

Thanks, Melanie!!!! I can't stop thinking about them!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Joy (Cheery♡Reads) wrote: "*hugs you back* Awh, that's real sweet of you but I visited KA's website and found that this is available in Smashwords, which is a heavensent ebook site for me. Hee."

I love smashwords, too, but right now funds are a little tight so I either kindle borrow from awesome friends or use my amazon gift card credit.

Thank heavens her books aren't expensive!!!!


Joy (Cheery♡Reads) SQUEEEEEEE!! I just bought this and am downloading it now. YIPEE!!!


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) You need to watch it Dhes! It is such a good series and it is worth watching just for the Khal Drogo! he is sexxxxxxy!!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... GAH!!! Okay, I'll give it a shot... wait... what channel?


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Joy (Cheery♡Reads) wrote: "SQUEEEEEEE!! I just bought this and am downloading it now. YIPEE!!!"

YAY!!! I can't wait for you to read it. Remember, it's rough in places, but persevere and you'll be well rewarded!


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) I am not sure, I got the DVD as I didn't have the channel it was on!


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) Have you read the first one in the series Dhes?


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... No, not yet. My daughter did and said it wasn't quite as good but she still enjoyed it.

Truthfully, I'm not sure how anything can top this book!


Joy (Cheery♡Reads) UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "YAY!!! I can't wait for you to read it. Remember, it's rough in places, but persevere and you'll be ..."

Yes, I will persevere.


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) So it isn't something that needs to be read in order then?


message 31: by UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... (last edited Apr 18, 2012 01:43PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "So it isn't something that needs to be read in order then?"

Nope, I am soooooooooo MR BIOs (Must Read Books In Order) anal, but I had not a single problem, and don't even know if there was anything from the earlier book in it.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Dean, Tate, Dan, Ty & Hunter Wonderful review, as always, Dhes! I'll give this one a miss though.


Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) LOL! I have never heard MR BIOSs! I am so stealing and using that in the future!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Suzanne the Mighty ~Satin Seductress~ wrote: "LOL! I have never heard MR BIOSs! I am so stealing and using that in the future!"

I made it up myself, and you have my permission to use it! LOL!!

I also made up the term, FITSs...

Example, "Like many series starters, XXXXXX suffers from a case of the FITSs, First In The Series syndrome."


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Baba wrote: "Wonderful review, as always, Dhes! I'll give this one a miss though."

Thank you, Baba!!! I understand how this book won't be for everyone.


Michele ~ la Smoocherina Great review Dhes! It almost sounds like clan of the Cavebearer


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Michele from Read Our Lips Book Blog wrote: "Great review Dhes! It almost sounds like clan of the Cavebearer"

Thank you!!!

They are more modernized than that, Michele. They have tents, horses, stone buildings... a fantasy kind of pre-medieval.


Acquinnette the Amazon Got it and starting right after Larrisa Ione...


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Acquinnette the Amazon wrote: "Got it and starting right after Larrisa Ione..."

Oh, girl! I can't wait to talk with you about this one. Feel free to PM me before, during or after you read if you want to!!!!


Darreth Fantastic review!!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Thank you, Darreth! I really can't say enough good about this book. *sigh*


Julie You've convinced me, I'm moving it up my tbr list


Acquinnette the Amazon UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "Acquinnette the Amazon wrote: "Got it and starting right after Larrisa Ione..."

Oh, girl! I can't wait to talk with you about this one. Feel free to PM me before, during or after you read if you w..."


Hey you know me and the Alpha male thing I love them...


Holly I read this awhile ago and now I feel like I judged this book prematurely. The harshness and gory- ness of certain scenes completely freaked me out. I want to reread it again based on this review. :) wonderful, wonderful review. If I was Kristen Ashley reading this would have made me burst into tears. :)


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KatLynne As always, fantastic review dear friend!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Julie, I hope you love it as much as I do!!!

Acqui, Sister Mine... these alpha males would give our Brothers a run for their money!!!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Holly wrote: "I want to reread it again based on this review. :) wonderful, wonderful review.

Holly, thank you, so much. The only reason I was able to keep reading is because I know that this is history... those brutal, barbaric things did happen... but Circe and Lahn... damn. Amazing. They both grew and learned and compromised and... well, you already know I loved it! I hope, if you re-read it, you'll love it too!!!


If I was Kristen Ashley reading this would have made me burst into tears. :)"

And what a compliment that is!!! Thank you!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... KatLynne wrote: "As always, fantastic review dear friend!"

**hugs** and thanks, Dear Kat!


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Katrina Dhes, wonderful review! You make me want to read it ASAP!!


UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... Thank you, Katrina!! I hope you get the chance, very soon, and that you'll love it, too!


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