The Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken
Series: The Scarred Earth Saga #2
Also in this series: The Blacksmith Queen, The Blacksmith Queen
Publication Date: November 24, 2020
Point-of-View: Third Person
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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.
The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .
Gemma Smythe is a war monk. She left her Order when she found out that her younger, unhinged sister, Beatrix was going to be named as the next queen. When both her sister Beatrix and her sister, Keeley, are named as queen the battle begins.
In this story Gemma has found out that her War Monk order is supporting Beatrix, the psychopath. Gemma heads back to her order to try to sway them to follow Keely instead. Along with her, she takes Amichai warrior, Quinn as well as her sister, Ainsley who is amazing with a bow and arrow. Quinn is irreverent and annoying, but he’s tough and knows how fight, which is what Gemma expects to have to do when she gets to her order.
On the way back to the home base Gemma and Quinn run into dwarves, nuns, more monks, virgins, witches, priests and assassins that are all there to help Keeley’s cause. They discover that they must infiltrate Beatrix’s castle and work together to bring her downfall.
Another great book in the Scarred Earth Saga. I love that the fight continues between the two queens and that so many different factions are involved on both sides.
The story revolved around Gemma and Quinn and their helping Keeley and fighting the good fight again Beatrix. This series doesn’t seem to have romance per se, but the couples do end up falling in love, or a version of love. Lol It’s not everyone’s idea of romantic, but I honestly feel that it’s a good representation of the characters and what would actually happen.
Aiken draws the reader into a world that is fantastical but believable. Most of the time I can honestly think that this was something that might have happened (except for the fact that I know it’s fantasy!). The fantasy-based beings and the magic are wonderful, but so is Aiken’s signature snark. I love that the characters aren’t serious 24/7. They know the consequences of not winning against Beatrix but it doesn’t stop their personalities from coming through loud and clear and I love that.
The Scarred Earth Saga so far is a good one and if you love fantasy and sarcasm you’ll love the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5