The Orchid Throne
A PRISONER OF FATE
As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Lia 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 se ...more
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In short, I loved the story. As with Kennedy's Twelve Kingdoms series, the Forgotten Empires showcases the excellent world building and motivations of flawed, human characters doing their very best to survive (and thrive) in brutal circumstances.
Jeffe Kennedy's The Orchid Throne is an epi ...more
A baddie, a wizard, an enslaved prince, and a virgin queen.
Never see the baddie but know he conquered all the lands twenty years ago.
Enslaved prince building his rebellion and grudgingly following his wizard's prophecy.
Some worldbuilding but mostly definitely first in a trilogy skimping to stretch out.
Virgin queen and enslaved prince have their thing.
Basically, meets and greets story that fe ...more
Submit or die.
The Orchid Throne is a painfully slow novel with a creative and unique world-building. The narrative is heavily focused on romance despite the impending threat of the emperor and there is never a true sense of danger to the story. The characters are interesting, but the different POVs are rather similar to each other and make it difficult to distinguish one character from the other.
Jeffe Kennedy’s writing is nice, but the slow pace drags the story along. T ...more
2nd read - June 2020
As the queen of the island Calanthe you might think Euthalia is in charge of her own life but she is just as under the tyrant emperor's control as everyone else. Her father agreed to an arranged marriage between them in order to keep Calanthe's independence but it was just another type of chain. Since her father's death Euthalia has done everything in her power to keep the emperor at arm's length and to protect her people but she knows time is running ...more
Here's my official quote: "The Orchid Throne is a captivating and sensual fantasy romance you won’t want to miss! High stakes. Remarkable worldbuilding. Unique and compelling characters. A slow-burn ...more
I really enjoyed reading The Orchid Throne but I’m struggling to get my thoughts down to explain the highs and lows. I was angry that a lot of innocent people died at the hands of a tyrant. I was sad that children were left orphans and slaves because of that tyrant. I was confused that a Queen could appear so cold but feel so much. I was desperate to see good win over evil.
Here are a few Of my thoughts while reading this very interesting story...
One thing that always ...more
No one believes in omens or curses anymore. Or hope, for that matter.
I had such a blast reading this book. The world the author has built was awesome, the characters were engaging, the romance was immediately something I was rooting for and the political intrigue and danger kept me glued to my kindle.
Child prince turned slave, Conri has survived his enslavement and torture at the hands of the self appointed Emperor, Anure. His vow to defeat the man responsible for his family and his kingdo ...more
The Orchid Throne was a little slow to start off with but eventually I finally got invested into it. The beginning, even though it was slow, was pretty interesting. I wanted to know more about this empire and everything that was within it.
First, the beginning was a lot of information dumping. Whether it was the land, clothes, or anything else - it was a lot to take in and process. Then we get to meet Euthalia, also known a ...more
Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was delighted to be offered this book as I enjoy what little I've managed to read by this author. I want to read more. The Orchid Throne is the first in a new series, Forgotten Empires . I had a bit of the first book in a series, in a new world issues at the beginning. There are many, exquisite details about the t ...more
Title: The Orchid Throne
Series: Forgotten Empires #1
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Release date: September 24, 2019
Genre: adult fantasy
What a surprise this one was! I wasn't sure what to expect since this was my first read by the author, but I really appreciated the originality Ms. Kennedy put into the plot. A lot of fantasy storylines tend to run together with overused tropes and predictability. The Orchid Throne does rely on the forbidden magic trope you find in so many but beyond that ...more
Lia is Queen but in order to protect her people she was betrothed to the Emperor whose ambitions and cruelty know ...more
Thanks t ...more
This is billed as a fantasy romance, which is a hybrid I don't think I've ever encountered before. It lives up to that billing as far as I can determine, though I’ll admit that my experience with the romance genre has been relatively limited.
Lia is the Queen of Calanthe, an island nation that’s been spared the ravages of the tyrannical emperor due to her being his betrothed. Through skillful diplomacy and politics, she has s ...more
Those last chapters absolutely ruined the book for me. RUINED IT!!
I loved the author's style. Her characters. Her suspense. And her wit. But the sexual content is awful.
That is all I'm going to say, or else I will end up ranting.
**FTC disclosure ~ I was asked to read and review this book by Natalie Tsay, Jeffe Kennedy's agent. She provided the eARC copy.** ...more
There were several things about The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy that really struck me, some in good ways and some in bad. This was a book that I was actually incredibly excited about, having fallen in love with the plot the moment I first read its synopsis. A deposed prince following a prophecy that would allow him to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his kingdom and a young Queen doing everything she can to protect her people from the tyrant who destroyed the res ...more
*Genre* Fantasy, Romance
The Orchid Throne, by author Jeffe Kennedy, is the start of the Forgotten Empires series following Lia, the Queen of Calanthe, and Con, the fallen prince of Oriel and King of Slaves, as they join together to take down an evil emperor. The story alternates narrative between the two characters. Queen Euthalia (Lia) is determined to defend her island of Calanthe, the only kingdom not violently conquered by the Emperor, by other means. ...more
The discovery of vurgstun, a rock with explosive properties mined deep in the volcanoes of Vurgmun, started the chain of events leading to the ascension of Anure Robho, a man whose greed expanded to encompass all the lands who encountered his ruthless ambitions. Naming himself Emperor, ...more
Author – Jeffe Kennedy
Series – Forgotten Empires #1
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – September 24, 2019
Genre – Fantasy/Romance
Type – Dual POV
Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary copy generously provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
I couldn’t believe how slow and wordy this book started out – there were so many times that I had to put it down to take a break. I even tossed around the idea of a DNF (and I sooo ha ...more
My English review
I always have a good time with Jeffe Kennedy’s novels, so I was curious to discover this new series!
Euthalia is Queen of her people, she tries to remain as free as possible. However, she is also under the yoke of the emperor to whom she is engaged. If she doesn’t see him, she knows that the day will come when she will simply no longer be able to refuse him. She hopes to find a way out, but she knows it will be in vain. Yet when the Slave King comes to her h ...more
I was very excited for The Orchid Throne when I first got a copy, it even made my Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 list. But after so many of the books I was very excited for wound up being mediocre reads I found myself thinking that this book would be as well. I was so relieved when I wound up absolutely loving this book. The beginning was a little rocky, but once I got into the book I found m ...more
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.
The Orchid Throne is the first book in a new fantasy series by Jeffe Kennedy. I’ve read several fantasy stories by Kennedy in the past. I’ve always enjoyed her work, so it was an easy decision to try this new series. I originally grabbed the NetGalley eBook and read it on vacation. Then I saw that it was going to be available on audio, so I had to grab the audiobook version and did a revisit via the audio.
Ok so I spent the first paragraph talking about the man who will get killed in whatever book finishes this. Ha, funny.
Anyway, Lia, queen of Calanthe is tryin ...more
I had high expectations for this book. Most of them weren't met. There isn't really a plot or a major conflict in this book. I was b ...more
I was intrigued when I spotted this one...the cover is gorgeous, the blurb written so that it would pull you in. And in truth, there are definitely certain times that I am pulled down the fantasy bend and never want to leave it.
That being said, this was a good book. However, it was very SLOW to start and there is a bit of a what happens next, going on. The author does have a good handle on the fantasy handle in gen ...more