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The Princess Knight

(The Scarred Earth Saga #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 . . .


Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of bat
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 24th 2020 by Kensington
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    Aisling Zena
    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 has dedicated her li
    Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I needed this book!! It was utterly entertaining, with many laugh out loud moments, and my beloved GA Aiken characters with their button pushing personalities.

    Full review to come....


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    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: 4-5-stars, arc-2020

    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...

    Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 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
    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
    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
    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
    Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    So much fun to read and oy!!! What a surprise at the end.
    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
    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
    Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I continue to be amazed by how much I love this series. You'd think I wouldn't because it has everything I usually dislike in books (like crazy OTT characters (complete with hair-pulling adults), multiple PoVs (strangely, I never found it distracting here, but felt it actually added new perspectives), a lot of family drama (again, there is hair-pulling involved)), but there is something about the author's brand of snark and sarcasm that pulled me in from the first page and had me completely hook ...more
    Apr 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
    After reading book one, I am patiently waiting. Book 1 captured my attention from beginning to end.
    Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Rating- 4.5 fantastic
    Heat- 2 brief scene
    Tropes- siblings battling for a crown, heroine that kicks butt

    ARC exchanged for honest review

    Aiken does not disappoint with her follow up to The Blacksmith Queen. The Scarred Earth series is different from other fantasy romance series. Fantasy series tend to fall in 1 of 2 categories-
    1) There is one main protagonist and the overall plot travels through the entire series. Or 2) Each book focuses on a different protagonist and we get a HEA even if the backgr
    Ivy Deluca
    Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 star read. Did I love seeing more of Brother Gemma, badass war monk? Yes. Does it contain all the hallmarks of Aiken’s snarky humor and strong, complicated family relationships? Is the romance almost an afterthought? Unfortunately also yes. But the ‘verse is interesting enough, especially after that epilogue, that I still enjoyed myself very, very much. If you love fantasy with lots of action and snarky humor with a sprinkle of romance, then you May enjoy this as much as I did.
    Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Rated 4.5 Stars

    I don't know how she does it but this author's books are consistently funny. I laugh for solid minutes at a time. I can't recommend her books enough. The Princess Knight was absolutely phenomenal. I loved it. It was funny, witty, banter filled, action packed, highly entertaining and so much more. I adored the characters and can't wait for more in this especially after the way it ended. I very highly recommend this book and series.

    Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
    Alexandra G.
    Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: loved-it, fantasy, arcs
    4.5 stars

    * An advanced reading copy was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. *

    It took me a while to finish this book. It's long, there are lots of characters with complex backgrounds and abilities and there are multiple points of view.

    I was a little disappointed that the main character of this book was Gemma. Keeley was so amazing in the first book and I was really hoping this saga would be all about her. Her story continues and changes in this book b
    Gemma Smythe was a War Monk until a mission from one of her War Monk Grand Master sent her home to assist in a war that was brewing between two sisters. Two years later Gemma finds herself a Princess to her sister Queen Keeley and ordered to go back to her War Monks as to explain the destruction of other religious sectors of all sorts. Gemma is faced with a new challenge that directly involves the betrayal of her sister Queen Beatrix and the misguided beliefs of another King who needs to come to ...more
    Asa Bradley
    Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I love this series. The characters, the story, the banter, the action, the dialogue, the world-building, it is all so delightful and thrilling. Reading these books is like watching an action movie while riding a roller-coaster. Your stomach sometimes feels like it's down around your feet and sometimes as if it's up in your throat. You're gasping for breath in some scenes, holding your breath in others, and laughing your head off almost all th ...more
    Carmen Steyn
    Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
    I honestly don't know how to describe The Princess Knight or how I feel about it but I will try my very best.

    The Princess Knight is truly funny and constantly made me smile. It has a super interesting and unique cast of characters and I absolutely adore how each book focusses on a different sister, while still telling the overall story. The characters cover the whole fantasy spectrum, ranging from witches to blacksmiths.

    Unfortunately, G.A. Aiken's wringing style takes away from the story. At tim
    Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Princess Knight is the second book of the Scarred Earth Saga series (a very serious series name for a series that really doesn't take itself very seriously) and a solid continuation of The Blacksmith Queen. A new enemy threatens all of the religious orders in the kingdom/s, and it's up to Keeley, the blacksmith queen, and Gemma, her war monk sister, to protect the widely different groups and defeat the threat. At the same time, Beatrix, the rival queen and another sister, remains a threat, s ...more
    Charlotte Pawson
    Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    “Both of you are too annoying to be with anyone else“. That’s the state of Quinn and Gemma’s relationship. Gemma a War Monk returns to her sister’s side to help protect the prophesied Queen Keeley. She brings with her many factions including a Blood Warlock, a Truce Vicar, Witches, Nuns and Blessed Virgins. While her sister is focused on defeating Cyrus the Honored. She sends Gemma to find what is going on with her sister Beatrix not to kill her just find out her plan as she is the most dangerou ...more
    Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    -This is arc that I got in exchange for an honest review on netgalley-

    I loved this book so much and I am really looking forward to the next one although I have zero idea when it will come out in the meantime I will read the dragon series that goes along with this one. I really loved the characters especially Gemma I liked that there was little romance although she had plenty of chemistry with Quinn from the start. I liked how this story went from POV to POV even going to the bad guys which helps
    Sadie Forsythe
    Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this. Admittedly, not quite as much as I did the first one. I think it sometimes took its slapstick ridiculousness a tad too far. But overall it was a real winner. I like that there wasn’t really any angst in the romantic subplot, the underlying theme of acceptance, and the humor. But mostly I just love the varieties of crazy in all of the characters and how they all come together as a whole in the end.

    Death is treated awfully lightly though. Some of the main characters, ones th
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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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