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The Blacksmith Queen

Narrated by: Mia Barron, Jason Culp
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times best-selling author G.A. Aiken. 

The Old King Is Dead

With the demise of the Old King, there's a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king's sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it's all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals. 

Luckily, Keeley doesn't have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned.

©2019 G.A. Aiken (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Very entertaining!

The Blacksmith Queen is a very entertaining tale about a change in leadership; how some will stoop low to fill their greed; and how good & honorable leaders put others first. The story is fast paced with non-stop action, with many surprises, & unpredictable twists. The slow relationship build between the queen and her man is well executed. Keeley Smythe and family provide hours of sarcastic bantering that is hands down laugh out loud funny. The characters are flawed, believable, realistic, & likable. Absolutely looking forward to book 2. Well done Ms. Aiken, well done! #TheBlacksmithQueen

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well worth the wait

I preordered this book a month ago. The story is exciting, adventurous, and hilarious. the dragonkin series will tie in nicely with this new series, and I look forward to seeing what happens with Jemma, Layla, and especially, drunk Kieran.

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great start to a new series

A king sites and his children fight for the right to rule. Witches foresee a farmer's daughter as queen. Her sister helps those that come to help get bee confirmed as queen. Treachery abounds, betrayal of the worst kind. action and a sweet love story are interlaced in the craziness of the blacksmith queen.

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Less Romance, More Fantasy Epic

Awesome characters, great story, but barely a dash of romance and the main male interest was possibly the least interesting character...but another great entry in the Aikenverse!

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  • laura
  • Conroe, TX, United States
  • 08-30-19

Outstanding new series!

What a great start to a new, action packed, laugh out loud series! I'll be anxiously waiting for the next book!

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this book and I didn't want it to end. There were all of the usual sword and sorcery tropes but they were twisted into something much more interesting. I can't wait for the next book.

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Where is the romance???

I love my dragon kin series and was so hoping for that again and all of aiken/Laurenston books but it's not here. The story is good and I was there for the long haul but absolutely no romance and I read for this. Good story and great characters but I am 😥

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  • Ty
  • Virginia
  • 08-28-19

Pleasant surprise

I didn't have much hope for this book when i downloaded it. Just took a chance, and it paid off. Great book. I gave it a max rating and that does not occur often. I want high rating to truly reflect my enjoyment of the that particular audio experience.

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Didn’t work for me

I love most fantasy; it certainly does not need to be highbrow for me to enjoy a story.. but this was DEFINITELY a wasted credit. I lasted about 30 minutes. Did not find it funny at all. Banter was juvenile. Third person unlimited (ie switching POV so fast you can get whiplash) runs the risk of sounding similarly juvenile, especially where romance is concerned. I don’t want to know everyone’s thoughts on each other’s appearance in real time...it ends up being tedious, rather than humorous or insightful.

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Great dialogue and excellent story development

Well, I just finished listening to The Blacksmith Queen and I adored it! I have been sick for the last four days and every coherent moment that I had, I spent listening to this audiobook. I loved how the whole world that was created was presented to us without having it slow down the flow of the book. One thing that I always love about G.A. Aiken (Shelly Laureston) is that the dialogue makes me laugh out loud. The characters are entertaining and unique. This is the start of a wonderful series and I cannot wait to see how the Scarred Earth Saga develops. The only sad thing is having to wait for book 2. At least I have the next Badger Chronicles novel to look forward too!!