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Publisher's Summary

What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom. 

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

©2018 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A new world

Enjoyed the romp of the book and the world the author created. My main complaint is with the narration. There is a woman and a man, and one would think that the man would do the man's parts, the woman the woman's. But no. When the female voice tried to do the men's voices she sounded like Cookie Monster, and the man has a smarmy way with one particular character that makes my skin crawl.
The story finished on a cliffhanger and the sequel isn't out yet, so had I know that I would have waited to have the full series available. And my hope is that the producers re-think the narration.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable Read

I loved the Malediction series and if it's possible I think I love this one even more. Finishing this book in less than 24 hours it's no surprise that this book has made it to the top of my list of best reads in 2018.

The characters were fun and witty, passionate and strong. First person point of view switching between Lara and Aren throughout the book, which I thought was expertly done. I really enjoyed the duel perspective, it certainly brought the story together delving into both their lives. The narrators were excellent as well, which made the book that much better.

The slow burning romance was quite refreshing, rather than the insta-love many books tend to have. I wouldn't say the romance was a huge part of the book, there was a lot of spying, deceit and manipulation. All in all it was an excellent balance of many things I love in a fantasy novel.

Lara held back throughout the book, not wanting to give away her secrets. It was nice at the end to see the full extent of her training and I am so excited to see her full potential in the next book.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Nothing here

So I have no idea how this book is getting good reviews. The world building is horrible, character development is non existent and the book has a terrible case of slide show syndrome.

First thing I noticed is how little detail there is in the world. Scenes transition without explanation, for example they were in a building, I think, one paragraph, and the next paragraph they were in the forest with no explanation why they were heading there l, until they're there.

The main character will worry about blowing her cover and act in a certain way to keep from being discovered; in the next sentence she is displaying her expertise and no one questions this.

I got halfway through this book before calling it quits. This book feels like it was written by a teenager with little understanding of how characters should act, or how a book should flow through a story. Events happen to the characters instead of characters influancing events, giving the book an "on the rails" kind of feel.

I was hoping, after reading the reviews, that this would be a good book. Unfortunately, if you like major explanations like, why is this country with no resources and no strategic value being attacked by other countries, than this isn't the book for you. The worst part is any information you do gain isn't organic, most of the story is doled out through exposition dumps at random points.

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  • USA
  • 11-11-18

Edge of my seat

I actually had to take a break when the story started to reach its climax because it was so thrilling I couldn’t handle my anxiety over the characters! Thrilling and well crafted; I can’t wait for the next book! (But this is NOT “teen” reading.)

Only negatives: The obnoxious thunder and rain sound effects between chapters are just annoying and distracting. And one of the minor male character’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard - luckily not frequently heard - he’s somehow both low and high pitched at the same time.

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Great story - listening challenge

I love this audible original and can not wait for the next edition. However it was disconcerting to hear the changes in the narration throughout the book. You develop a connection with the voices of the characters and to hear them change every few chapters interrupted the experience of the book.

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Interesting story but poor audio quality

The narrative looks very interesting but the narrators and audio quality make it hard to get through. This is the first time I've listened to narration from Lauren Fortgang or James Cronin. Lauren Fortgang has a beautiful voice except when she narrates a man -- then she sounds either raspy and sinister or like an elderly woman who has been smoking with great enthusiasm for the last forty years. It is difficult to narrate the opposite gender and it is especially bad here.

The audio quality when James Cronin narrates is bad. The audio pops when I listen on my mp3 player. This only occurs during James Cronin's sections of the book and it happens even when the narrator pauses. It makes listening to those parts of the book intolerable. I've listened to many audiobooks and I think this is the first time I've had problems with audio quality. The online audio player doesn't have the issue of popping but the audio quality is still noticeably worse than when Lauren Fortgang is narrating.

With the audio problems I could not finish more than about two hours of book. If there was a print version I would strongly recommend getting a copy. As is, I recommend getting the audiobook and fast forward about an hour or so to see if you can stand the audio quality and return it if you can't.

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Epic!!!

What a refreshing and epic new series! The end left me with chills and praise for the heroine. I am in love with the characters, the writing, the world building, and the story line. Bad ass women are the icing on the cake . The romance was a slow and realistic burn, but man was it hot once it was lit. The action and intrigue kept me engaged and on my toes.. I finished this in one night. Who needs sleep when you have an audible of badassery?? Both narrators were excellent. Now I have to endure the wait for the next book, woe is me!!!!

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Amazing!

So ready for book two!!!!! This was such an exciting adventure that kept me at the edge of my seat. Love love love ❤️

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Where do I find book 2 of the The Bridge Kingdom

I enjoyed this story, well written and kept my interest but disappointed that no closure at ending ! Would like the next book in series!

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Perfect!

I didn't want it to end!!!! I hope the second book comes out soon! Adventure, thrill, romance the whole shabang. It was perfect! Delightful read❤️can't wait for book 2!

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  • Penelope Winterbottom
  • 11-07-18

Excellent

Well written.. full of wit, murder, plots and twists.. romance not your typical heroine nor romance.. love it can’t wait for second book!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-18

Incredible!

Cannot even begin to express how much I loved this!
Voice actors incredible, story amazing!

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  • Lacee
  • 10-22-18

I loved this book

And can not wait for the next one. I couldn’t stop listening.

Narrated awesomely.

Grab it, you won’t be sorry.