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The Fiery Crown

(Forgotten Empires #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  182 reviews
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 Lia’s 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. B
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Stacey is Sassy
Revenge can distract you from what is really important…

The length of time it took me to read this story is not a reflection of how much I enjoyed it. I’m sorry to say but sitting down and reading has become a bit of a chore. Living in a house with two active boys that have had all their sports put on hold, is not easy. Suddenly, they want to chat, they want to play cards, they want my attention. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thoroughly enjoying having my 16 and 13-year-old boys’ attention, but it is s
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Fiery Crown is second in the Forgotten Empires series and can not be read as a standalone as it continues the story of Queen Euthalia and the Slave King, Conri. The first introduced readers to this fantasy world, a world that was ravaged twenty years ago and ruled ever since by the self-proclaimed emperor Anure. Conri was the prince of a kingdom called Orie
Melanie (mells_view)
The Fiery Crown is a good fantasy read. I will openly admit that when I requested the ARC of this book, I did not realize that it was the second in the series. That being said, I gave the first book The Orchid Throne a heavy skim read, and caught myself up well enough before diving in. With that in mind, and not in flushing my review at all this was an enjoyable read for me.

It’s essentially two unlike characters in a marriage of convenience attempting to put their differences aside (mostly) to d
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 showdo ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 stars

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This is the second book in a fun fantasy series that combines magic, wizards, sword fighting, and evil emperors. Conri and Lia form a fragile alliance to take down Anure, but still have a long way to go in communicating with each other besides falling into bed. They experience a small amount of character development, but almost no other character in the book does.

As with the first book, this book is unevenly paced. Th
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!
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to dive into this sequel and let me tell you, it didn't disappoint one bit! The Fiery Crown was so hard for me to put down. No, seriously, so much freaking happened in this book that it. Especially when I was getting closer to the ending of it. Boy, I was on the edge of my seat and was prepared for sadness.

Thankfully, the ending gave me hope instead. No idea if there is going to be another book but with tha
The Fiery Crown is Book 2 of The Forgotten Empires by Jeffe Kennedy and is best read in order within the series. I did not read the first book, so there were times where I was a bit lost.

As a stand alone, this book has plenty of dialogue, action, characters, and suspense along with some spicy romance. The fantasy part of the novel is all about magic, and sparks fly there too! The pace is slow at the beginning and gradually starts to speed up and get really interesting! This is a book best savor
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

“The Fiery Crown” was a decent followup installment of the “The Orchid Throne” in the Forgotten Empire series. I wish I could say it wow me yet I am sad to report that this novel definitely lacked that spark that drew me originally to this series. If you haven’t read the blurb, “The Fiery Crown” follows Lia and Conri’s marriage of convenience and their uneasy alliance. I enjoyed the tense and the fierce banter between the two as they struggle to rule the Kingdom while seeking ven
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.
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I know my example might sound like a cliffhanger, but hear me out.

The end, omg so intense. It was like the author took the characters, took them to a cliff, laughed manically and then pushed them all over, and made them hit everything on the way down. Luckily they did land and break everything. So it was not a total freefall, and for now they are safe on a tiny tree sticking out from that cliff and it might break any second.

Poor Lia. How could you be so cruel to Lia! In the first book I was a bi
Jen Davis
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, it took me a while to really get into this book. It was the same way with the first installment and I thought it was a case of first book-itis but the same thing happened here.

To be fair, we did not have to wait for Conri and Lia to come together as they’re already married when the book begins, but they are worlds apart emotionally, and in some ways it’s like starting from scratch. These two got married at the end of The Orchid Throne after very little time together, and while they c
Anne - Books of My Heart
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2020, coyer
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.

As I continue in the   Forgotten Empires series, I appreciate the unique magics and the depth of the world-building.  Lia and Conri are very new to each other, so there is a lot of their interaction and getting to know each other, all with the background threat of Anure.  I struggled a little with all the rich detail o
4.5 stars ARC Review

I love the world created by Jeffe Kennedy. Although the story is completely different, the mood reminds me of the first time I watched The Island of Doctor Moreau. There is something definitely going on with this island and I can't quite tell how sinister it will be. I like the guessing game as it keeps me on my toes.

In the first book, The Orchid Throne, Lia and Conri marry to create an alliance against the despot, Anure, but it turns out to be more than a marriage of conven
I. B.
Rating: 2.75 stars

This book wasn’t bad, which is why I don’t 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 doesn’t start until you’re 71% through the novel.
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

The Fiery Crown was a wild ride. There was action, twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat anxious to see what would happen next while dreading it at the same time. This book definitely had my emotions all over the place. I cannot wait to get my overly eager hands on the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this series.

Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en français

My English review

I had a great time with the first volume and I must say that I was looking forward to this sequel. In fact I can tell you that this volume 2 surpassed the first one and I am even more impatient now to have volume 3 in my hands.

Lia and Conri are now married but cohabitation is not easy. It must be said that our two heroes have two completely different goals. Lia’s goal is to save Calanthe and keep her people safe, and Conri’s is to take revenge by any means
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 cont
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4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Forgotten Empires series by Jeffe Kennedy. I had a really great time with the first book, The Orchid Throne, and this one picks up where that one leaves off. Lia and Conri are married and they are working together to meet their goals.

Euthalia, “Lia”, the Queen of Calanthe wants to keep her people safe, at all costs. She was raised to put her land and people above herself. Her only care is to keep them safe fro
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: This book is #2 in the Forgotten Empires series. Boy, that makes it hard to review without spoilers, at least for the first book in the series - but I guess I won't be spoiling anything the Goodreads synopsis doesn't say. I enjoyed book 1, and I was excited to get the chance to read this one - thanks netgalley!

In this sequel, Conri and Lia are married, but given the forced circumstances of the wedding, it is an uneasy alliance. However, the sex is hot (and they both enjoy it repeatedly i
Maria Vale
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-romance
There’s a piece of advice that every writer hears: Chase your main characters up a tree and throw rocks at them. The problem is that rocks thrown with regularity into trees is not tension. It’s annoying.
Jeffe Kennedy knows where tension lives and it’s not in the predictable lobbing of rocks at people in trees. It’s in creating a world that the reader can inhabit. It is writing fully realized characters who know the worst is coming, plan as best they can to fight it and somehow are strong enoug
The Fiery Crown is the second in Jeffe Kennedy's fantasy romance series, Forgotten Empires. Like the first book, the second begins slowly and builds towards a fiery ending. This one picks up after the events of The Orchid Throne with Lia and Con navigating their marriage of convenience as well as getting ready for the Emperor's eventual attack since Lia broke her betrothal to him to marry Con.

There's a fair bit of world building in this one where more is explained about Lia's connection to the
Release Date May 26, 2020!!!!!

The Fiery Crown is Book 2 of The Forgotten Empires by Jeffe Kennedy and is best read in order within the series. I did not read the first book, so there were times where I was a bit lost.

As a stand alone, this book has plenty of dialogue, action, characters, and suspense along with some spicy romance. The fantasy part of the novel is all about magic, and sparks fly there too! The pace is slow at the beginning and gradually starts to speed up and get really interest
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 bo ...more
You can read my full review on my blog, Flora's Musings

What did I like about it
I read book 1 in the series – The Orchid Throne – last year and really enjoyed it. However, Jeffe Kennedy is still a relatively new-to-me author. I’m impressed with her writing style and find myself captivated with her beautiful and descriptive use of language. The prose she uses is intelligent, eloquent, and very reminiscent of a historical novel. The words chosen and the sentence formation set the scene beautifully
Alyson Stone
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, how-about-no, arc
Book: The Fiery Crown
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with an ARC.

I really do think that this is a series that’s not for me. As much as I wanted to really enjoy these books, I just couldn’t. I’ve struggled to make a connection with the characters and the plot. I don’t know what about these books that make it so difficult for me to get into.

The plot is too slow for my liking. I was looking for an epic fanta
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book follows The Orchid Throne, and sees Lia and Con in an uneasy truce with each other. Each one has their own motivations for their union, and they don’t trust each other. They do come together well in die bedroom, though, which gives them some platform to build on. Emperor Anure is not giving up on his plan to have Lia for himself, and Con, Lia, and their advisors hatch a plan to draw the emperor out. And of course, things
Erin Arkin
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Firey Crown is book two in the Forgotten Empires books by Jeffe Kennedy and if you are looking for a fantasy with some romance included, you might consider checking this series out. As a book two, I’ll do my best not to include any spoilers for this installment, but I can’t promise anything for book one.

This book picks up shortly after book one wraps up. Conri and Lia are trying to figure out how to navigate their new marriage right along with figuring out who the other is…and it’s not very
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*

The Fiery Crown is the second book in the Forgotten Empires series, the first book, The Orchid Throne, needs to be read in order.
As the Queen of Flowers is getting to know her new husband, Conri, she's also realizing her position in the political fall out when shunning the Emperor. She doesn't agree with her husbands ideas, and really fights against him at every turn but they do come to an understanding.
Calanthe needs to be kept away fr
Cathy Geha
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kenneedy
Forgotten Empires #2

Fantasy at its best. Jefe Kennedy has created a universe that is flawed but has the potential to survive, evolve and become what it once was or perhaps more than it ever was. The characters presented in book one made me stand up and think and then wonder…what happens next? I was drawn into this series then and felt an affinity to many of the characters throughout the story and that closeness to the characters continued in this book. I wanted t
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