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Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she's not having a wild dream; she's living a frightening nightmare where she's been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she's installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.

Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, the Horde of the nation of Korwahk, and 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 how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its king; then she makes friends; 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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Not Sure Where To Stand On This

What did you love best about The Golden Dynasty?

The story had its moments, but the amount of (imo) unforgivable acts of violence against women in this book was a little much.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Anti-climatic: as throughout the book, the MC forgave her man for his unforgivable acts with no throwdown or huge show of love. wah wah waaaaaaaaah

What does Tillie Hooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is really good.

Any additional comments?

(Mild Spoilers) I don't know what to think about this book. I did listen to it all in two days, but I'm not sure if it's because I liked it or because of the incredulity of the characters and story line. Speaking of story line, I think Kristen is a Game of Thrones fan. This is almost exactly like Kaleesi's story right down to the traveling horde and the treatment of their women.I really wish the author would pick an age for her main characters. I read "Wildest Dreams" as well and in both books the MC's language usage sounds like a teenager (really cool, eek, dork, etc). In one moment the queen sounds like a sophisticated, well educated, bad ass and in the next moment, she's a sniveling teenager.Also, I would really be interested in what message the author is trying to send to women? "So he raped you repeatedly and forced you to be his wife......it is their way". "He said horrible things to you, locked you in your room, and refused to let you see anyone........you should just forgive him because he felt bad about it after you left him." "You will do everything I tell you to do and you have no say over your body or life." FUCK THAT. I'm sorry but in both of her books the men should grovel, suffer, at the very least, say they were sorry. In this book, he doesn't even really apologize. The ending of this book was really weak and made me hate the main character for her feelings of guilt over not letting him off the hook sooner. I don't think I will be listening to anymore of her books. I can't stand the amount of women hating going on by a woman author.

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Tried to trudge through this

Got through Wildest Dreams because I found it got better the further I read, so I decided to give to this one a shot... Won't be finishing it. After being smacked in the face by her husband and then submitting to being raped by him... Yeah, I'm done.

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LOVED LOVED LOVED IT.. A FANTASTICAL FLAWLESS TALE

When Circe fell asleep she was in Seattle but when she woke up she was dressed strangely, she was in a weird holding area, she was with hostile women... and she had no idea where she was, how she got there or why they were all being leered at by very unusual men. But it wouldn't take her long to find out some of the answers... and experience the shocking and degrading, brutal and barbaric 'wife claiming' ritual that the lust fuelled crazed Warriors of the Horde are treated to once or twice a year. However, it wasn't just a Warrior who claimed Circe... it was the Warrior King Dax Lahn who fought his men - bringing about the start of a prophesied Legend.... The Golden Dynasty.

What a vividly wonderful imagination Kristen Ashley has as she lets loose her creative genius with this because she plummets you, along with Circe, into an alternate Universe... a civilization that's led and protected by imposing deadly Alpha Warriors. And she goes on to describe their strange culture and customs, introduces you to a wide variety of characters, has created a brand new language just for them and dazzles you with colorful vivid descriptions of a respected Leader... and his world of duty, honor, loyalty, respect, rules, bloody tournaments and dangerous enemies. KA weaves all this in and around an emotional roller-coaster romance between a Warrior King and his mystical Golden Queen... and Dax Lahn slowly learns to mellow, Circe settles into her new life, her kindness melts hearts and her feistiness is joyously revered. So, for a while there's peace between husband and wife.... but their cultures and differing opinions continue to clash which causes drama, angst... and eventually heartbreaking consequences. Told from Circe's POV, there's humor, passion, compassion, deep friendships, danger and death, fun times, sex and very tender scenes as Circe and Dax Lahn try to communicate, learn each other's language and customs, form a tight bond... and hopelessly fall in love.

Worth a credit? OH BOY YES... I love Kristen Ashley's contemporary romances and she's knocked it out of the park with this new fantasy genre that she seems to have crossed into... which has taken her to the very top of my list of auto-download Authors. I didn't want to stop this listen - and yet I didn't want to come to the end either because I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to the many loveable characters whose weird and wonderful words, actions, stories and lives have mezmerized me for many fantasy-packed awesome hours. The whole story had the added bonus of being brought to life by a very talented narrator.

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Just Wrong

I couldn’t get through this book because the protagonist states that she was raped 7 times by her husband- Minutes later she is enjoying sex with him and having orgasms. I was shocked because rape is not a subject to be taken lightly. It is a brutal and violent invasion that leaves behind emotional and physical scars that I don’t think the author is aware of. It was difficult for me to comprehend why she would put this in her book and treat it like it’s just a minor snag. I can’t imagine someone who was victimized in such a way reading the heroine’s reaction to being raped, It is insensitivity nearly to the point of cruelty. This book is not my idea of romance and the impropriety was staggering... I won’t be reading anything else by this author.

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Rape is not sexy.

I really like this author and the first book in the series really flirted with assault which wasn't great but I ignored it. Full disclosure I'm only 2 hours into this book but the protagonist is undisputedly raped multiple times by the main love interest. I can't in good conscience continue to read this book. When we romanticize rape and pretend it's sexy we perpetuate rape culture. Going to return this book and I'm probably done with this author as well. It's a shame.

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This book is unlike anything I have ever read before; I am in complete awe of Kristen Ashley to make me a fantasy fan.

Circe wakes up in a whole other world something totally unlike her own and boy does she own it! I couldn't if I was her. To say the very least she is on brave women.

Dax is King in this world it’s primitive and so, so very different from where Circe hales from, Dax doesn't make it easy to like him or for anyone to even love him. But I think he always kind of knew Circe was like anyone else.

I do have to admit it was reading the book with my eye’s instead of listening to the audio the different language probably would have tripped me up. But Tillie Hooper the narrator does a freaking fantastic job making this not only an easy audio to listen to but one you want/need to finish.

Another fantastic book you won’t want to miss out on.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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Rape as a form of entertainment for men is sick

It's one thing to write a rape scene as a means to explain why characters have issue. It quite another to write in a rape scene and chalk it up as cultural norm.... then have a women fall in love with the rapid is sick

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I'm giving it one star because...

It's a rare author that can start a book with the violent, repetitive rape of a woman, then make the audience completely forget about it by the end. SERIOUSLY people? Circe was raped...not once, not twice, but SEVEN times by this vile man who thought that it was his right to "hunt" for his wife like an animal. Never mind that he showered her with gold and jewels and amazing outfits and servants aplenty. As a woman, I find it ridiculously insulting that this heroine falls in love with her rapist just because he suddenly becomes tender in bed. REALLY???

Kristen Ashley must be either someone who gets off on being abused or is naively unaware of how her books come across. If you are a strong woman who takes crap from NO man, run the other way...this book will make you want to vomit, then throw it across the room.

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There should have been a warning!!!

What disappointed you about The Golden Dynasty?

There should have been more of a warning about the content of this book. This is a time swap(?) book. The supposed heroine goes to bed in one place and wakes up in a place where she doesn't know the language or customs, she is being paraded before a hoard of barbarians and then set lose to be wife hunted. When caught she is sexually assaulted right there in the dirt, but at least her rapist married her....oh and thank heavens turns out she was lucky enough to land the barbarian king. She is sexually assaulted 7 more times and then for absolutely no good reason it starts feeling good.... So praise be many orgasims follow. I forced myself to continue listening to this story till its end, it was excruciating! I enjoyed the first in this series, but this was terrible! Not only because of the dark subject matter. The heroine came off like a total idiot...um, well...uh...oh my God (at least 250 times).

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Ashley again?

I currently have 14 of Ms Ashley's audio books in my personal audio library, I have many more than that on my kindle. I knew when I bought this one that it was written a few years ago, this gives me hope because I know she has done much better. If there is anything I would hope Ms. Ashley would do if she ever attempts to write about sexual assault again it would be that she actually speak to sexual assault survivors (woman or man) and give herself some perspective to the reality of what the aftermath really is, because what she has written here is a direct slap to the face to anyone who has been there. The excuse that our heroine found herself in a new and different barbarian society makes no difference whatsoever, a rape is a rape is a rape.... Even in poorly written fiction.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tillie Hooper?

Ms. Hooper's performance is the only positive of this whole book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Golden Dynasty?

See above. Although there are no end to the badness.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had been warned.

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Rape is not ok

I loved The first book of the series, which was my first book back Kristen Ashley. I made myself finish this. I kept hoping that it would get better, but it didn't. I understand that she's writing about a make-believe culture. However in this culture men hunt and then rape their wives to claim them. After their claimed they continue to rape them. This book portrays the women falling in love with their rapists. This book normalizes everything that we should teach our daughters is not OK. Even after being physically struck by their husbands, these women just suck it up and enjoy sex with them. This absolutely turned my stomach.

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 08-08-16

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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  • Pola
  • 12-20-21

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.
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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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  • EliseMarie
  • 09-12-21

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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  • Scur
  • 06-09-20

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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  • Linda Martin
  • 05-31-22

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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  • jd66
  • 06-17-21

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-20

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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  • Debbie
  • 07-18-20

Had my heart racing

Fabulous if at times dark story. Absolutely loved it. Narration was so perfect for the female and male characters

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  • Traceyb
  • 10-30-17

5 stars

I really enjoyed listening to this, the whole series is fantastic. I keep going back to these story 's and whether they are Audible or written books they are amongst my favourite of all time.

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  • Elle
  • 12-12-16

Loved this book

Really enjoyed reading this book, but listening to it is a hundred times better.
Great narration,

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  • Rosslyn
  • 08-26-16

Non-Earth Warrior Claims 21st Century Earth-Woman

This story is intwined in two languages and lives cultural diversity. If you appreciate the drama you anticipate finding in the clash of worlds and cultures, let alone the male and female component, and you can accept that there will be scenes that a Western 21st Century Woman would never tolerate. The two main characters, Circe and Lahn connect, disconnect and proceed to build an impossible life together.

For people who love language, the ultimate power of words, in any language, then the language differences and challenges in this story will particularly intrigue and appeal to you.
This novel has heart and humor as well as tragedy and triumph and that is what makes it a journey to enjoy.

If you don't approve of people writing about real wrongs, or talking about the shocking and confronting, then you won't like this story at all. But if you can handle real; true to time and context, no matter how unpleasant, you will appreciate that real can sometimes be wonderful too, even in fantasyland.

This story has something for a wide range of audiences. If you like to critique an author and find things to be appalled at, you will definitely find it in this novel. However, if you have enjoyed Kristen Ashley's writing, then you will find the same patterns in this text, raw honesty, so honest it hurts, so confronting it could slam into some of your own bias and this also makes it so very believable. And then there is humor, unexpected and wonderful and woven strongly to a context that is passionately raw, and so very typical of Kristen Ashley's writing.

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  • VJ18
  • 08-18-16

Love this series!

I get lost in another world. Please make the third book available!!!!! I cannot find it on Audible.

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  • Lee111
  • 07-01-16

Amazing Story

This is the second in Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland series. I loved the first book but I love this one even more. If you don't know, this is a parallel Universe to ours where everyone from here has a twin, except those whose are very evil, there is only one then. This parallel Universe is like a Medievil world with Magic, Dragons and elves. Though in this story there there are no Dragons and Elves in this Land.
This land have a very Primitive People. At a guess she has done a lot of research into primitive tribes and their different customs and traditions. Because the world and Tribe she wove was so wonderfully detailed. To me they are a cross between Viking and Bedouin. An amazing amount of thought went into this book. She even developed a language for her tribe. This time, the world she wove was very brutal but very beautiful. I don't mean the scenery I mean the people of the Suh Tunak, the savage beauty of their life and customs Is amazing. The story is very balanced and well thought out from both sides. The wives and their warrior husbands. Honestly this is a wonderful book, to me it's her best book. That's saying a lot, she has many wonderful books and I have them all.

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  • OLIVIA Jones
  • 06-22-22

still enjoyable despite rape scene

So whilst I enjoyed the story, I didn't understand why in this era you would write such a rape culture into a book.

I was glad when it got past that stage but it's very confronting after the first book in the series.

still the love story between Circe and Lahn was enjoyable after all that though complicated.

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  • Alison
  • 10-21-21

The Golden Queen

wow this book puts you through the ringer and when I first read it I was so uneasy going in but in true KA style she delivers her books beautifully and you think why was I so scared in the first place. I really enjoyed listening to it now aswell

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  • themightygabbs
  • 04-20-20

Just what I was looking for.

I've been looking for a story exactly like this! I am so glad I found it. To be honest the beginning was intense but as the story progressed I found myself loving and investing in the characters. Tillie Hooper was a very good narrator and I enjoyed her reading if this tale. I'm very glad I found this book.

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  • clare
  • 08-19-16

awful trash, don't read this!

the first book in the Fantasyland series was okay, I enjoyed most of it, but the male characters in Ashley's novels are all knowing, manipulative, coax their women to sleep with them and (actually rape them too -in this particular novel anyway), this novel is blatant copyright of GoT relationship between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo, with none of Daenerys kickbutt fight back attitude and change the way things are done in a primitive culture.

This novel is deplorable and I'm not even talking about the copyright issue, that's George RR Martins problem, the author perpetuating rape culture is absolutely abhorrent. Don't read this trash. I mad eit to chapter 9 and decided I'd cleanse my Pallette with The Gun Slinger Chronicle by Stephen King... you know... a real writer, with actual talent. go find my review on good reads, it had much more detail.

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  • AmarettiBiscuit
  • 08-17-16

A repeat of the first!

I only got 2 hrs into this book and found its basically a remake of the first one but with a different setting and characters.
The writing is terrible the narration sounds exactly the same as the first book even though the main characters are completely different people, no change in voices or accents. Very disappointed and definitely not worth money.