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The Golden Dynasty

By: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
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Summary

Circe Quinn, the office manager of a moving company, goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire—and she’s one of them.

She figures this is not good and soon finds she’s not having a wild dream; she’s living a frightening nightmare. She’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, where she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their queen.

Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, the Horde of the nation of Korwahk. With one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start the Golden Dynasty of legend.

Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture, and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there. Or, more importantly, how to get home.

Facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King.

Then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.

©2011, 2016 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Phew... the amount of toxic hits a roof

I found myself screaming at main characters reactions to what was happening to her. Because of that I didn't like her very much, and she was by all means best character in the book. That says something.
There is not much plot besides MC relationships with her love interest, which is sooo toxic, sometimes it was very painful read.
Somehow, kill me, I don't know how, I was still invested in the story. Maybe I was hoping for some break through in MCs mind.
* SPOILERS *
The last straw was her FATHER telling her to go back to the man that raped her, bit her, and by the end, forsake her. Then I realized that author have no f*cking clue what she is writing about. what a waste of time.

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Frustrating

We my headline says, I found this book endlessly frustrating. **SPOILERS**

The lead guy rapes her, lets her burn in the sun, is endlessly ignoring her wishes and doing cruel things but because he's hot and good in bed supposedly, he is forgiven again and again!
Every time I heard "it's just their way" I wanted to scream.
I wouldn't have minded so much if the female lead admitted to being rather weak willed but she grabs through the book about being strong. Pfft. Every time she is annoyed at Lan for doing things that would mostly be illegal, she ends up apologising to him for getting annoyed. Ugh.
The first book had elements of this but she actually WAS a strong female character and Frey was nowhere near as bad as this guy who gets forgiven because he smiles at her and acts like a decent human being and its just oh so sweet.

Starting to really grate now. I don't know if I dare try the next book after this massively toxic relationship being glorified to such an extent.


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Hated to love it

This is probabably the hardest review I've ever had to write. This is the first book I've listened to from the author and can say that though I absolutely adored the story, which considering some of the horrific scenes was surprising, I didn't like the authors repetitiveness. And boy do I mean repetitiveness. Her writing was good but I swear at least 30 percent of this book were the words, "freaking," "sucks," "yikes," and "oh yeah." I heard them that many times that I'd blur over the next ten lines of speech in annoyance and have to go back. Also the, "it wasn't good, it was good," and the, "it wasn't bad, it was bad," which again was repeated a lot, annoyed the hell out of me. That said, the actual story was beautiful and I fell in love, unbelievably, with Dax Lahn, who has fast become one of my favourite ever male characters. I fell in love with the horde and their culture. Well, parts of it. The start may horrify you but when the story comes together I guarantee you will love it. The narrator wasn't bad in fairness and I think it was more the fact that I had to listen to her repeat words that drove me crazy. Her, "oh yeah's" practically give me shingles it got on my nerves that much. I have though listened to far worse and despite all moaning, will definitely listen to this book again. The love story was truly beautiful.

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One of my favourite KA books!

This is one of my favourite KA books and I was in the middle of a re-read when I had a lot of decorating to do so I decided to listen to the audio book and still enjoy the story while getting my chores done! Overall I enjoyed the performance and have just purchased another! 😊

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Fabulous fantasy adventure and romance

I can understand why a lot of people would not like this book. It is difficult to comprehend a book where the H starts the book by raping the h. But this is a fantasy book, in a fantasy world, among fantasy people and, in some bizarre way, Kristen Ashley makes this work. She sucks us into a world where people operate under a different code of beliefs, lifestyle and honour code. She gives us an h who is trapped in this world, who at first resists and fights the life she finds herself living, before coming to accept her new existence and learning to love it, the people, and the H. This is not case of “Stockholm Syndrome”. She does question her feelings, and does not willingly accept her fate. She sometimes fights against the way things are, and at other times, reluctantly accepts that some things about the lifestyle she will just have to learn to live with. What I really liked about this book was it painted a picture of a brutal lifestyle but within this there was a lot of beauty, and a lot of love. Like the h, we may not agree with some of the way things were portrayed, but we grew to understand why it was so, and how it would be possible to live and accept those things, if, in return, you were compensated by a relationship that was really unique. Along with the h, the reader at first questions and disapproves of the life she is thrust into, and then eventually comes to understand that this is a unique society, that functions in an unusual way, but it does work, and it does contain honour, love, loyalty, and all the values that we hold special in our own society.

I know that the beginning of this book would put a lot of readers off. I have to confess that although I am a fan of Kristen Ashley, I did avoid this book because of the opening chapters. But this book is well worth a credit. It is an emotional rollercoaster of a love story that is as unexpected as it is beautiful. I am not a big fan of fantasy fiction but although this book is set in a fantasy world, what really dominates the story is the people, their friendships, loyalties and relationships.

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A must read

This book have been on my wishlist/ remember list for a long time, but i never did give it a try.. Before now... And holy smokes, have i missed out..... I listened with wrapped attention through out the whole book, beautiful world and character building, great and interesting story.. Beautifully performed by the narrator.. Most definitely worth a credit.

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There should be a trigger warning on this

I found this extremely hard to listen to for several reasons
First the MMC is abusive to the FMC, physically, sexually, and emotionally, she is constantly walking on eggshells wondering what she’s unknowingly done to upset him
Secondly the FMC repeatedly suffers abuse at his hands, and then repeatedly forgives him when he takes her to bed *eyeroll*
Thirdly the horrendous torture and execution of an innocent young woman, I found very difficult to listen to, and quite unnecessary to be honest
This is the last book in the series I’ll be listening to, and it’s a shame because I enjoyed the first book
It’s a hard pass from me, and had I known the the horrendous content, I wouldn’t have bought it
The narrator was good at times, but mispronunciations irritated me

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Great story

Really enjoyed this book, novel subject, and gold star to the narrator who did an amazing job getting her mouth around the language. Well done

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Wow

What a book! Second time around this time listening was no less shocking. I must say it was easier knowing what was happening but it still packed a punch. Great narration and characters

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Love this book

It was a great introduction to audiobooks but it is a shame the parts in foreign language were not always translated. Overall Tillie did an amazing performance with the different voices too.

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