Title: Oria's Gambit (Sorcerous Moons #2)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies (only because I can't give it more)
Where to buy: Amazon
Synopsis: A Play For Power
Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.
A Fragile Bond
To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…
An Impossible Demand
With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people.
But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining..
About the Author: Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent works include the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.
Review: Having not read the first book in the series, I will a little nervous about how this book would do as a standalone novel. I was blown away. Kennedy has an amazing story-telling talent, and Oria's Gambit is filled with love and thrills, excitement and erotic moments. You find yourself cheering on the protagonists as you continue reading and holding your breath at each twist and turn. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, and I highly recommend anyone who loves fantasy adventures or romance read this book! Honestly if I could give it more fairies I would (I know it is MY blog and I theoretically could, but that would ruin the whole system, now wouldn't it?)
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