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The Fiery Crown

(Forgotten Empires #2)

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A queen and her rebel prince turn from enemies to lovers while evil forces plot to destroy them in this lush romantic fantasy.

Following The Orchid Throne, Conri and Lias marriage of convenience has turned into an uneasy alliance. If only the two leaders could agree on something. Driven by revenge, Conri wants to attack Emperor Anure before the tyrant gets to them first.
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Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Marta Cox
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is how you write a five star book and I absolutely loved everything about it. I admit as much as I enjoyed meeting the characters in the preceding book The Orchid Throne it didn't leave such an impression as this book did. Conri is still very much hell bent on revenge against the false Emperor but all Lia wants is to protect her land and her people. Yes they share the same ultimate objective but sadly their methods and ideas really don't quite gel so well. Everything is set for a ...more
Carien
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perks of being an author assistant is getting to read her books super early.
This book is soooo good! Make sure to get your hands on it as soon as it releases!
Cathleen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 1 is must read before book 2. The story picks up after the events in book 1 and races through the plot. The marriage of convenience isn't convenient out of bed. The characters slowly open up and start to trust another. The evil villain isn't alone though...

While this part ties up some story arcs, it isn't over and there is more at stake.
I want book 3!

I reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.
I. B.
Rating: 2.75 stars

This book wasnt bad, which is why I dont have the heart to give it 2 stars. The first book, the Orchid Throne, was on the precipice between 3 stars and 4 stars: almost a great book. The Fiery Crown, on the other hand, is on the precipice of 2 stars and 3 stars: almost a bad book.

I think my biggest issue with this book is definitely just how SLOW it was. I wish I was exaggerating when I tell you that the first action scene doesnt start until youre 71% through the novel.
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Jen Davis
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*ARC provided by publisher
Tara (booklights)
What a fantastic follow up to The Orchid Throne and a great second book in the Forgotten Empires series! The ending of Orchid Throne left a need to know more, and The Fiery Crown came through for me in a fantastic way! I love the pacing and how we jump into the action, keeping me engaged and totally into the plot! Action and adventure never seem to stop with sparks flying between Lia and Con, the implications of their actions, and the response of the Emporer and Calanthe.

Euthalia and Conri
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Suleika Santana -All About Books
Absolutely loved this book. I started reading it thinking that it was a stand alone or book one only to find out after a few chapters that I was missing something. I have never read this author so I went to Goodreads to do some research and found that this was book 2. Right away I ordered the paperback of book 1 on Amazon and started reading as soon as I got it. It is also a 5 star read just like this one. My recommendation is that you read book 1 to be able to really appreciate and love this ...more
Visionary Druid
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come courtesy of Romance Junkies
Yolanda
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Review to be posted on my blog on 5/1/20**
Thank you to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to The Orchid Throne much better than its predecessor.

Lia and Conri are in a marriage of convenience. She needs Conris ruthlessness to help keep King Anure off her back but it seems inevitable the King wants Lia and her orchid ring. As for the newlyweds everything is going well for themin bed, but out of it, its always a fight between
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Celeste
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well, well, well..... that was absolutely possibly the best read of the year! That was so unexpectedly amazing. The first book was great, but hot damn this blew it out of the park. Same amazingly written characters but the author took this story to a whole new level of WOW. The twists and unexpected turns will have you glued to these pages until the last sentence and wondering how it can possibly just end ....
Maudaevee
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not a huge fan of series but I am loving this one, The Orchid Throne, and ,The Fiery Crown, were both very engaging, well paced, packed with interesting characters, settings, dialogue, relationships, magic and world building. I can't wait to continue with the series.
Sara G
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5 stars

***ARC received from St Martins Press and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own. Thank you!***

The Fiery Crown in the sequel to The Orchid Throne, this book takes place roughly a week after the end of the previous book. Lia and Conri are slowly starting to navigate their way through a very abrupt arraignment that saw them not only become allies but a married couple.

Being the middle book in a trilogy there is little resolution to any of the bigger
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Shayay
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the unique ideas in this series, and the writing flows better in this book than the first book. Definitely read the first book before this one because the story continues right where the first one left off. Conrí and Lia are married, but they keep having trouble communicating. Both misunderstand each other a lot and both are being too sensitive about it. They are still learning how to be together, which is hard since both are supposed to put their kingdoms before each other. Plus, the bad ...more
Lauren
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Jeffe Kennedys The Fiery Crown is the sequel to The Orchid Throne, and revolves around the alliance of Queen Euthalia of Calanthe and Conri, the former Crown Prince of Oriel. As they unite in pursuit of a common enemy, they will find themselves growing closer and questioning whether or not their priorities are in the right place. Theyll have to discover whether or not their love for each other can overcome all else.

As a new reader to this series, I did not initially realize this was a sequel,
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Anne Szlachcic
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series and I think to fully appreciate it reading the first book is essential - that being said it can be enjoyed as a standalone .

Lia and Conri's marriage was initially one of arrangement , of benefit for both their peoples now as they get to know one another better their feelings towards each other start to grow . But will Conri's push for vengeance put these feelings behind them and be their demise when war does reach the shores of Calanthe.
Everything is now
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Nicole
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A very good sequel to The Orchid Throne, where there is much more interaction between Conri and Lia, who have married but butt heads constantly. They have no problems in the bedroom, but there is still a target on their backs. Lia wants to keep Calanthe safe and as her Queen, she has special gifts. Conri wants to lay a trap for Emperor Anure, and his goal is revenge, even if he has to use Lia
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Debra
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A world of magic, an island of untold beauty, a queen like no other, a prince looking for revenge. I was soon drawn into this wonderful story and the main characters. Following Queen Euthalia and Conri as they worked on their sometimes at odds goals, and their growing understanding of each other, was delicately written. And as I began to know Ambrose better, he was almost my favorite character. The ending is not a cliff hanger, but a hint of things to come, perfect in a series.

When I saw Jeffe
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Jacquelyn
This book took me over a week and a half to read because I just couldn't get into it, which is a disappointment. I didn't realize this book was part of a series, nothing about the cover or title makes note of this. (This was an ARC granted me by NetGalley, so it may be a resolved issue by pub.time.) That aside, I really didn't enjoy this book. The story was bogged down by the two main characters, a man and woman who apparently got married in the first book. This couple annoyed me to no end, the ...more
Donna Sweeney
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.....

I was not sure what I would be getting reading book 2 in this series......I liked the blurb and went from there. Well to say that it was a great read just does not cover it. I was blown away !!!. It's a story of Conri and Euthalia, two people who marry for "the greater good or should I say....their own specific reasons ". Any how both have their own little agendas and slowly they come to see that there might be
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Suleika Santana -All About Books
Absolutely loved this book. I started reading it thinking that it was a stand alone or book one only to find out after a few chapters that I was missing something. I have never read this author so I went to Goodreads to do some research and found that this was book 2. Right away I ordered the paperback of book 1 on Amazon and started reading as soon as I got it. It is also a 5 star read just like this one. My recommendation is that you read book 1 to be able to really appreciate and love this ...more
Carolyn
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeffe Kennedy has done it again with The Fiery Crown, the second in her series which started with The Orchid Throne. Con and Lia are now married, yet still at odds and are preparing to battle Anure for the kingdom and their lives. Much of this novel is a buildup to what Con believes will be the final battle and his one goal is to keep Lia safe...but can he? Will Lia allow herself to be hidden away while her people suffer or will she let herself be used as the bait to draw Anure out so he can be ...more
Shelly Wygant
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lia and Conri are in a marriage of convenience, both looking for something to gain. As they plan for war they start to have feelings for each other. Will these feelings be their demise when war does reach the shores of Calanthe.

I absolutely loved the world building in this book. It made you actually feel the beauty of Calanthe. At times I felt like I was there. Lia and Conri were great characters. I loved how they fought and loved. I will say that I did not know this was the second book in the
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Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lia and Conris marriage of convenience isnt so convenient outside the bedroom. (When is it ever?) With war looming on the horizon, Lia and Conri are getting a crash course on opening up to one another and exposing their deepest vulnerabilities for a sliver of trust that everything will go according to their personal plans...

Kennedy definitely kept the momentum flowing from the end of The Orchid Throne! The Fiery Crown had vengeance, battles, action, and betrayal, but the emotion between Lia and
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Julia
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've been a fan of Jeffe Kennedy's work for a long time- she is a creative and methodical world-builder, and her characters hold your interest even if you're not entirely sure where the story is headed. I have to admit, it took me a bit longer to warm up to Lia and Conri than for some of the main characters from her Mark of the Tala or Uncharted Realm series- this is possibly because they are both such secretive people that they end
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Jen LaRowe
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Fiery Crown is the second installment in the Forgotten Empires trilogy. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Not much time has passed since The Slave King invaded Lia's kingdom. This book focuses on the impending wrath of Anure for Con stealing his betrothed and Lia for turning her back on the empire.

I enjoyed this book. It took the character arcs from the first book and completely expanded on their dynamic. The relationships are expanded upon as well. Not only Con and
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Nicole
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good sequel to The Orchid Throne, where there is much more interaction between Conri and Lia, who have married but butt heads constantly. They have no problems in the bedroom, but there is still a target on their backs. Lia wants to keep Calanthe safe and as her Queen, she has special gifts. Conri wants to lay a trap for Emperor Anure, and his goal is revenge, even if he has to use Lia as bait. Neither expected feelings to develop in this marriage of convenience, nor for either to open up ...more
Dawn
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Jeffe Kennedy. I loved The Orchid Throne. While I eagerly awaited the second book in this series, I was disappointed in how slow the book was to warm up. Lia and Con spent an awful lot of time distrustful of each other, fighting among each other which simultaneously aching for each other like teenagers. It was also distressing that Lia was so secretive (a product of her upbringing) that she was unwilling to seek help concerning her prophetic dreams or her Orchid Ring. It was only after ...more
Jessica
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
This was the second book in the series, and there will likely be another. I didnt read the first book, but I could still keep up with what was happening in this one. Lia is the Queen of Calanthe and she married Conrí. He wants nothing more than to kill Anure, who killed his family and has taken over every kingdom. They lure him to the island to try and capture him. I wont say any more to ruin the story, but there was awesome adventure, magic, and passion between Conrí and Lia. They argue and ...more
Konny
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kennedy, published by St. Martins Press, is book two in the Forgotten Empires Series and is not a stand alone.
I recommend to read the books in order. The previous book is The Orchid Throne.
The story picks up, where the previous book was left off.
Conri and Lia are married, a marriage of convenience, but now they havr their everyday life before them.
It took me a minute to get into the tory, but then, o girl what a ride. The suspense kept me glued to the pages, I loved the
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Sara Jo
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the synopsis of this story and I had hopes that it would be phenomenal, but it failed to draw me in. I didnt realize it was the second book in a series and I was so lost. I kept trying but the story seemed forced and half baked. I was disappointed by the main male character and his know it all attitude. It was also horribly slow. Not worth the time or effort.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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