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The Princess Knight

(The Scarred Earth Saga #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,763 ratings  ·  639 reviews
An Amazon Best of the Month Selection
A USA Today Bestseller

In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . .

Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Kensington
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Aisling Zena
Out today!! 24/11/20

4 stars

Review now posted 3/8/2020

When you pick up a G.A.Aiken/Shelly Laurenston book, you know two things for a certainty. One, you will get the most badass, kickass female characters and two, craziness will ensue in every shape, way or form. With multiple POVs, an abundance of quirky side characters and gory battles, this book was a ride and a half.

As this is an ARC I'm not sure what I can say and how I can explain without spoilers so bear with me. Gemma is a War Monk that
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point I’m used to the signature style of a GA Aiken fantasy series. There is blood, guts and glory. Strong women wielding hammers, swords and bows. Fantastic and hilarious side characters. Storylines that never get boring. All in all, great stories to escape in.

If you haven’t read the first book in this new series, The Blacksmith Queen or even the original series which started it all Dragon Kin, you really should start at the beginning. It’s worth it.

As with many of the author’s other bo
Stacey is Sassy
Blink and you will miss the love story…

The Princess Knight was a bloody good story but it wasn’t a great “love” story.

I could easily leave my review at that because I think it sums it up quite nicely.

But… I can’t help myself, and I probably need to explain my 5-star rating for a not great love story, so, here goes…

G.A. Aiken again proves her stuff writing such a thoroughly entertaining para/fantasy. The characters were strong, determined, obstinate, and extremely passionate about protecting and
Sentranced Jem
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2020, 4-5-stars

I don’t know if you know this but The Blacksmith Queen by G.A Aiken was by far one of THE most memorable book of 2019 for me. 

Keeley (The Blacksmith Queen) was one of THE most unique badass heroine I have EVER come across and Gemma (Keeley’s sister) intrigued the hell out of me.

For those who don’t know, Gemma is a war monk (I think that title pretty much sums up what she does) and she has fascinated me. She has always been such an angry character and the ‘curious me’ always wante
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Have I told you lately how happy I am to have found G.A. Aiken's books?

There is just so much to love:
🎔 amazing banter
🎔 unbelievably beautiful world-building
🎔 remarkable characters. Although this author is famous for character dumps, so many people to keep track of, I haven't had a problem with it yet.
🎔 so much humor... I can't begin to count the amount of times I laughed. The fact that I was able to bust a gut while the characters were slicing and dicing and decapitating people says it all.

I eas
I’m totally loving this series! Filled with so much excitement, drama, humor and intrigue, once I began I couldn’t stop.

Gemma was so different from Keeley and yet I loved her every bit as much as I did Keeley. I actually appreciated the differences between them and that this was not a replica of book one but was totally original in every way. Yet both of these characters are tough heroines as in they know how to kick tail and never look back.

Centaur by lightwaved | Concept Art | 2D | CGSociety

Quinn intrigued me from the beginning. I learned to
'i Mari 🍷 YAAAAAAS

November seems so...far away :(

But still...


Marta Cox
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This time the author gives us Gemma the War Monk as our heroine which I hadn’t expected instead of her sister Keeley who two years ago became Queen of the Western Lands. Gemma has spent time protecting Keeley from their cold, evil, almost sociopathic sister Beatrix who is Queen of the East. Now though it’s Cyrus another of the old Kings children who is raging war and overthrowing religious sects . Gemma returns to her order to warn them but she’s not exactly sure that she will be welcome after a ...more

THE PRINCESS KNIGHT is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga and I was really excited about getting this book because I’m always a big fan of Aiken’s Fantasy series.

As you can expect, there’s a lot of hilarious banter and action. If you’re looking for something different and a little over-the-top, then I always recommend Aiken. She’s got an interesting set of characters that never fails to entertain me. You may need to exercise some patience though if you’re looking for fast-paced action
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

3.5 Stars for Story, 3 Stars for Narration

This one only has one narrator. She's okay but has a tendency to stress on 's' and that kind of drives me nuts.

I think I would enjoy the series more if it focused on Keeley. I like Keeley a lot. Gemma is ok but not as interesting. Unfortunately, Aiken has decided to end the story on a mild cliffhanger. That wasn't necessary but it happened.

Fun books when you're in the mood for a light, fantasy adventure story.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs, favorites
I got so excited when I found out my request for an ARC was approved. I loved the first book so much, craziness and fun all around, this book was just as good! I have to say The Princess Knight made me tear up a couple of times so it also shows how much I care for these characters.

In this sequel, Gemma, our war monk, is the main character but we also have chapters from Quinn and the author also includes perspectives from different characters along the way which was pretty nice and added another
Celia McMahon
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I entered for a free copy via BookishFirst, I didn't realize this was a sequel. So, when I won, I rushed and snagged a copy of Blacksmith Queen and dove in. Suffice it to say, I absolutely loved it. I was not prepared for the level of sass and badassery. I thought nothing can top this book, a sequel especially. But boy, was I wrong. I got exactly what book one had:

Amazing banter
Strong, but flawed heroines
a funny family dynamic
centaur love
demon wolves
Gary the sorcerer

Need I say more?

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THE PRINCESS KNIGHT is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga and I was really excited about getting this book because I’m always a big fan of Aiken’s Fantasy series.

As you can expect, there’s a lot of hilarious banter and action. If you’re looking for something different and a little over-the-top, then I always recommend Aiken. She’s got an interesting set of characters that never fails to entertain me. You may need to exercise some patience though if you’re looking for fast-paced action
Four and a half awesome stars!

See there's this War Monk called Gemma who becomes a Princess and she goes on a mission with a Centaur because she thinks her evil younger sister is killing holy people for some nefarious purpose.

Oh, and there's Witches and Virgins and Assassins and a Truce Monk and a Blood Warlock and a Nun and two Queens (one of whom is really a Blacksmith) and Dwarves. Sorry, forgot the chainmail. And Gods, how could I forget the Gods?

If all that sounds intriguing then I think yo
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Princess Knight had pretty much everything I like to see in a sequel, character growth, plot progression, a few twists and turns, and an extra plus with this series...loads of smartassery and humor!

We get to know Gemma much better in this one. While I missed Keeley being front and center, I still really enjoyed the spotlight on Gemma. What makes it extra great to me is that Keeley is quite frankly much easier to like right off the jump, while Gemma takes a little more time to reall
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookishfirst-won
The Princess Knight is the second installment of the Scarred Earth Saga. In this second installment, the focus is centered on Gemma Smythe, the Blacksmith Queen's (Keeley Smythe's) sister. Gemma is a war monk, which means that there will always be blood and death involved in what she does.

Gemma is tasked with recruiting as many sects and factions to build an army that could potentially defeat the evil Queen Beatrix (Gemma and Keeley's sister.) Along the way, Gemma and her war cohorts encounter s
Lady Heather
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
I was entertained, amused, engaged, and satisfied with the story and the characters.

In most (if not all) of G.A. Aiken's (and when she's writing Shelly Laurenston) series', there is one character that is over the top and slightly more insane than the rest of them.
Gemma is that character and this is her book.
She's dramatic, loyal, loud and somebody you want on your side when in trouble.

Her relationship with her Queen, (who also happens to be her sister) is what makes this story
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the joining of my two favourite NONRH series .... I am SO SO SO SO VERY HAPPY!!!!! Yayayayayayayayayayayayaya
Read this ... and dragonkin.....
bigger review to come


Things you will see in this book
✨continuation of a series MF 1:1 but different MC to last book.
✨part of a larger book World Series :dragon kin
✨fantasy creatures, dragons /centaurs / demon wolves/dwarves etc
✨ more plot less sex. ... a lot more plot than sex but still lovely fun tension
✨sassy full of rage MCs with g
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you loved The Blacksmith Queen then you must pick up a copy of The Princess Knight. Although the story takes a direction I never expected or anticipated, I really loved it (maybe even more than the first book…and I loved that one already). What can I say G.A. Aiken is an amazing storyteller making prolific worlds for us to devour!

If it's high fantasy you love, you will not be disappointed. If it is science fiction you love, you will not be disappointed. If it is stories told with humor and h
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Like just about everybody, I've been in a perpetual Hulk smash mood, thanks to the crap storm that is 2020. Stories of rage and revenge joyfully carried out by unapologetic women warriors with no f*cks left to give like The Princess Knight are literally giving me life during this nightmare. I found war monk Gemma delightfully kickass in her embrace of violence and total lack of subtlety.

C'mon, how can I rate a book that nonchalantly drops in vicious war monks, centaurs, temple virgins, and divi
Maria Itliong
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-books
I love this book the banter between sisters and friends are hilarious and I can't wait for another book about the Smythe girls since it's connected to the Dragon Kin series... ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much fun to read and oy!!! What a surprise at the end.
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga by G.A. Aiken and Narrated by Mia Barron.

I love Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, which The Scarred Earth Sage series is in the same world, just a different part, so I was very excited to start this second book. I loved The Blacksmith Queen and The Princess Knight didn’t disappoint.

Like most of Aiken’s books it’s pure chaos, jumping from one POV to the next. This is typical Aiken style and best to just go with the flow and not dive deepe
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
One of Aiken's strongest suits is that she is able to engage the reader immediately. There is no long boring intro or a full recap of the previous story, you just jump right in and align with her main character(s).
This, the second book in the Scarred Earth Saga, centers around Gemma, sister to both the "Blacksmith Queen" Keeley, and to the evil queen, Beatrix. Gemma has been a "war monk" for most of her life, but when there is a choice between helping and protecting her family, (Keeley), or sta
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"Hey! I'm a princess now, bitch!"
The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga and I recommend reading The Blacksmith Queen before picking up The Princess Knight. This is more of a fantasy series with a romance element, as opposed to a full-blown fantasy romance. But trust me, it works. And I'm saying this as a romance reader who normally likes the romance to be the focus of a book.

We are now officially in
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Since I listened to the first book on audio I was a little hesitant to actually read this one. Sometimes audiobooks can bring humor and characters to life better than the good old noggin can. I shouldn't have worried. This was an excellent second installment for the Scarred Earth Saga. Gemma and Quinn absolutely made this book for me and what I loved most was their weirdly discreet yet obviously budding relationship. I am officially nerding hardcore over all of these characters and their world. ...more
Julie - One Book More
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga, and it is just as action-packed as the first book! Gemma is the focus of this story, which takes place two years after the conclusion of The Blacksmith Queen. Keely and Beatrix, Gemma’s sisters, are both Queens of their respective lands. Gemma stands with Keely in the hopes of defeating their ruthless, power-hungry sister.

However, in addition to Beatrix, the Smythe sisters have other problems. Someone is targeting different religi
Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, first off, let me take a moment or two just to fangirl about the women in this series. They are amazing! Every single one of them is a badass in their own right and I am loving getting to know them more.

In book one we first meet Gemma Smyth as the younger sister of Keely. We saw her break away from the War Monks to journey with her sister when she became the prophesised Blacksmith Queen. She fought by her side and supported her throughout everything, snarking all the way. Now she must trav
Julia's Book Haven
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*

Enjoyed this one as much as the first in the series. When I read G.A. Aiken I know I’m going to get an action packed read with nonstop humour. And as always some amazing characters that are usually insane but so fun to read and get to know. This book actually takes place 2 years after the first one ended, which at first I was confused about but I get now that it was the best way to move the storyline where it needed to go. We focus mostly on Gemma, the War Monk sister to Keeley in th
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Once again this author has brought us a wildly entertaining story in The Princess Knight. I don't think I have laughed more than I did in this book, even in the mist of some really bloody scenes. These characters are brutal, and hilarious!

This is not a standalone book. You do need to read the first one to really know what's going on and what's motivating these characters as they wage war against some evil characters. The main focus is on a different couple, but the overall story continues from t
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A.K.A. Shelly Laurenston

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, Originally from Long Island, New York, lives on the West Coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesn’t love everyone into a coma. When she’s not writing about sexy dragons, she’s writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Lauren

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