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The Orchid Throne

(Forgotten Empires #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  348 reviews
In the Forgotten Empires magic is forbidden, dreams are destiny, and love is the greatest power of all…

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
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Full disclosure: I've worked with this author in the past and am a fan of her books. She's an auto-buy for me. I was offered an ARC of The Orchid Throne in exchange for an honest review and a blurb if possible.

    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
    Darynda Jones
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved this so much!
    I'm not totally convinced that this wasn't written just to describe Queen Euthalia's outfits and make-up.

    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
    julia ☆ [owls reads]
    1.5 stars.


    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
    1st read - September 2019
    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
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A fantastic book! It took a while to get the main characters in the same place, but that gave me time to get to know them separately, understand them, and grow SO impatient for them to finally have page time together. When it eventually happens, it's incendiary! I can't wait for the next installment!

    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
    Stacey is Sassy
    Revenge…by rock or by flower

    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
    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    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
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
    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

    Title: The Orchid Throne
    Series: Forgotten Empires #1
    Author: Jeffe Kennedy
    Release date: September 24, 2019
    Cliffhanger: Yes
    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
    May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    So good!!!
    Marta Cox
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
    This was perhaps a little slower initially than some other books I’ve read by this author but nevertheless it does set itself up to be a satisfying tale when she’s finally finished with it. I’m guessing it’s going to be a trilogy as we need to find out not only much more about this seemingly sentient land but also get to see our lead couple take a stand against the mysterious Emperor.
    Lia is Queen but in order to protect her people she was betrothed to the Emperor whose ambitions and cruelty know
    This is a fantasy romance that sounded interesting, but unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. It moves at a snails pace, and there is just so much description of her clothing and such. It is also hard to tell whose point of view I'm reading, at least in the ARC, because the chapter headings do not denote whose point of view it is. I've decided to abandon this because I want to read something more engaging. I did give it an extra star for the world building, which I thought was good.

    Thanks t
    Stewart Tame
    Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

    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
    Everything from the synopsis screams this book would be a perfect fit for me. I did enjoy the story but here comes the but...But the best way I can describe it is extremely wordy. I know books are suppose to have words but I mean dialog. Lots and lots of dialog between characters making the plot proceed at a snails pace. I remember checking to see how far in we were when we finally got to the point the characters discover they need to marry each other and the rebel discovers this about 29% in. Y ...more
    Elizabeth Dragina

    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.**
    Steff Fox
    | Reader Fox Blog |

    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
    *Source* Publisher
    *Genre* Fantasy, Romance
    *Rating* 3.5


    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.
    Maria Rose
    The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy is the start of an exciting fantasy romance trilogy that introduces a royal couple destined to fight for the survival of their peoples against a tyrant bent on their destruction.

    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,
    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    Book – The Orchid Throne
    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
    Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Mon avis en Français

    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
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

    4.5 Stars

    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
    4.5 stars

    My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

    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.

    Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I requested this book on netgalley because I liked the cover and the description, but I liked the story even more. Some of the basics are familiar - an evil Emperor has most of the world in thrall. He is being resisted by the Slave King and by the Queen of Calenthe, which is a mysterious island that has somehow managed to remain free. I especially liked getting glimpses of Calenthe, as some of its mysteries were uncovered, and I'd expect to learn more in book 2. I'm looking forward to it!
    When diving into The Orchid Throne expect a story that will slowly unfurl bringing you into a world that is caught in a power struggle. His Imperial Majesty Anure, Emperor of All the Lands has for years held a stranglehold on every land except for the island of Calanthe. Years ago, the King of Calanthe brokered a deal with the Emperor, when he had cast his eye towards conquering the small island kingdom, a deal that came with agreeing to marry his virginal daughter to the Emperor as well as othe ...more
    Douglas Meeks
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The beginning to this story waxes and wanes a bit plus it takes awhile to realize that Lia is far stronger and more intelligent than anyone has given her credit for and Con does realize that when he finally meets her (which takes a few chapters before they even meet) and immediately does everything wrong . It is an amazing tale with a bit of tragedy in the background history which is what I hope this story is going to remedy at the end of what I hope is a trilogy and not a repeat of the Sorcerou ...more
    Blodeuedd Finland
    An evil emperor has taken power and by doing that he took control of the world, one slaughter at a time. He might actually be my favorite character, cos he was so evil. And then this thing he says he will do at the end, dang, that is a well written baddie. I loved to hate him. And the thing is, we never even meet him! All we get are letters.

    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
    My father has taught me this. The emperor didn't suffer when war ravaged his empire. He stayed lazy and overfed on his throne while we tore one another's throats out fighting to get to him. Why trouble himself if we killed one another? Another of the many reasons that rebelling against him harmed only ourselves. My father's untimely death only proved that point.

    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
    Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars, arc
    I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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