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The Orchid Throne

(Forgotten Empires #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  22 reviews

Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.


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 c

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Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!!!
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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
A slow and wordy beginning but around 40% picked up and I couldn't put it down.

Full Review To Come.
Brenda Knight
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading an advance copy of "The Orchid Throne" by Jeffe Kennedy. I won my copy from Goodreads. I absolutely loved the book until I got to the end and it was a major cliff hanger! There was no indication anywhere in the book description or in the giveaway information that this book was part of a series and there was no mention of the possible wait time for the next installment. Therefore I presumed the book contained a complete story. I quite often read series of books and enjoy t ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will say the first few chapters were hard for me to get into, but then it finally clicked. This is a bit different for me and more of a slow burn on the romance part. I also wished during the pov changes, the character's name was mentioned, because at the beginning of each chapter sometimes it wasn't easy to tell who was talking. There are still questions I have on what's going on though. Overall, this is a good start for a trilogy and I'm curious to see how the next one plays out.

I received t
Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of September 24, 2019.
A readable tale. Although the world building and characters are not as exquisite or intriguing as in the classic fantasies from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter to Game of thrones, they pass muster. The villains are one dimensional. (Perhaps the emperor Anure will develop some depth in subsequent volumes....) Although integral to the plot, the on again off again attraction between Euthalia and Conri seems contrived and is enough to give you whiplash. Their sexy wedding night seems patched in to ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible!!!! It’s a fantastic tale of prophecy, magic, beauty, and war. Queen Euthalia is enchanting. As queen of a magical island, Calanthe, she has secrets that must be kept and protected at all costs. She’s a 26 year old queen ruling the only independent kingdom left. It has remained independent due to a betrothal arrangement made by her father with the emperor who brutally conquered all other kingdoms. At 26 years of age, the Queen lives in fear of the day she will be forced to abide by th ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was an enjoyable read for the first in the series. Things are never what they seem. Masks cover true intentions. Magic has been told to be a falsehood, but a prophecy that brings two people together can potentially stop the evil emperor. Euthalia, the Queen of Calanthe, has been promised to be the emperor’s bride, one she keeps pushing off, using her cleverness and intelligence. She will do whatever is necessary to protect her people, but needs to find something first before she puts ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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much like the dasnarian chronicle's first installment, the orchid throne, too feels like a precurser. both first books in the what seems to be set up as a trilogy, drag. i understand it's important for the reader to get a feel for time, space and the characters. the world-building and characters have to feel distinct enough, so as not to read like their replicas of the author's previous work.

i think kennedy is a gifted storyteller and though the concept while not exactly original, nonetheless h
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I won an Uncorrected Proof of The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy from Goodreads.

Jeffe Kennedy has created a fascinating world and filled it with unique characters in The Orchid Throne, the first in a fantasy series. Readers are quickly drawn in to the drama as Euthalia, the queen of one island kingdom, uses her wit, her charm, and her cunning to keep her island free from a ruthless emperor. Readers also follow Conri, who escaped from slavery beneath the same emperor to lead fellow slaves and oth
Tracy Ross
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic tale, reminiscent of Eragon, although an adult version and no dragons.

A clever and bewitching Flower Queen of Calanthe must find a way to keep her brutal fiance at bay.

A prince, kept as a slave, escapes his chains and fights for his freedom and the freedom of his people.

Both are passionate about protecting all they hold dear. Both are consumed with the need for vengeance, and willing to die to achieve their end goal.

A land of magic, a magic that permeates the air, water, and soil.

An en
Albert Hofstetter
(3.5 out of 5)
I received an Advance Reader Copy.
This book is being promoted as a Fantasy Romance, but to be honest there is very little of either. I am used to huge, sweeping fantasy epics, and this book was not that. Also there was very little romance to be found in these pages.
Having said that, I did enjoyed it. It was well written. It ends with lots of questions unanswered, so I will be checking out the rest of the series as it is released.
Michelle McFarland
I received this Arc from St Martin press and was so excited when I got it! I love how the prologue gave us a wrap up of everything that had been going on in the book. While at first I admit the first few chapters were hard to get into and at times hard to understand what was going on. I have to admit the more I read it the more I liked and couldn’t put it down intel the very ending Absolutely enjoyed it!
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I devoured this book in one day. Beautiful fantasy romance, the fantasy world is believable and unique. I look forward to the potential sequel. The only thing that bothered me was the prolific use of i statements.
Rachel Parrott
'The Orchid Throne ' builds a world that is beautiful and brutal as rebellion begins.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Nicki Markus
Full review to follow at the end of September.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ginger Pollard
A Goodreads win better suited for YA....but it was ok.
Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
Thank goodness for ARCs, I didn't want to wait until September for this one!
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
advance reader copy thru goodreads giveaways
Nicole Burton
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing adult fantasy that I wasn't prepared to love so much! With Dual POVs between Euthalia and Conri, two very different royals on the outside but my not be so different on the inside. The world building is good and very intriguing! Plus the sexy times are perfectly steamy.
My only wish was there was a lot more telling rather than showing when it came to the Queen's court and intricacies involved. Especially with the Night Court and Lady Delilah.
Still this was a great read and I'
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