The Queen of Traitors

The Fallen World, Book 2
Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
Series: The Fallen World (Thalassa), Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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They say I am a queen. They say I married a monster. That I did so willingly. They say he cannot die, that he does not age. That, together, we rule a ravaged world. They say I used to be one of them, but now I am a traitor. They say many things, all which I cannot remember, but....

I fear what they say is true.

Then there is what they don't say, what I see in their eyes - the king terrifies them. He cannot be stopped. And, most worrisome of all....

He is coming for me.

©2016 Laura Thalassa (P)2017 Laura Thalassa

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Bah

I’m so disappointed in this book series and it pains me because I was SO into the bargainer series. I invested in buying both books before I even started listening- so followed through with it despite the frustration of a narrator whose speech is almost devoid of emotion and a story that was strangely lackluster despite such a dramatic background. I was incredibly disturbed by the main focus being on a weird Stockholm syndrome type love affair where the main character loses her virginity in a nonconsensual way. She literally told him no and he went ahead with it anyway because he had the power. And then to have his relationship romanticized? There was no redeeming aspect to this story. Bummed I used two credits for these books.

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Series ALERT

Must read and or Listen...This series is amazing from start to finish. I love the readers and how they give a good description on the characters, looks and influential power of each individual. Will read and listen again and again.

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Needs a better narrator

If these books weren’t so good, I would have given up on them. I literally cringed to the narrator’s breathy, emotionless, monotone. More than once I came close to stopping on this second in the series. The first was irritating. The second was disturbing. If I can get through the third, it will be a miracle of teethgritting determination. I rarely make negative comments especially about the narrator, but this was truly annoying. As I said, I like the story but, had I known that listening was going to be a test of strength, I probably would not have chosen this series.

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Unique new Series

This is worth the time to listen. It’s not the best I have read but it is a unique story that involves a love hate romance . The plot is based around a fictional WWIII and the main character continues in her quest to negotiate and maintain peace for the western world. All while wrestling with her feelings towards the Eastern king. Personally, I think the series would have been better served by including more detail. Some aspects of the War are hard to believe. Despite the drawbacks there is still a great story of personal scarify and unexpected love.

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Great sequel.

I was a little nervous at first because the first part really seemed like a rehash of the first book. It did eventually start covering new areas and I did enjoy it overall even if I enjoyed the first book the most.

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Epic 2nd Book

I’m not even sure what to say about this story. It’s visceral, and achingly human. It contains all the worst vices humanity possesses, as well as the strange redeeming power of love... which can also become a twisted kind of poison.

Serenity’s transformation is difficult and intense. Watching her go through the pain of all her losses a second time, and coming to terms with her feelings for the king is painful. It’s hard to see her regress and harden. It’s even harder to watch her go through even steeper loss.

Perhaps the worst is watching Montes make the wrong choices over and over. There is no doubt he loves her, and yet his desperate love for her causes him to abuse her without intending to. The epilogue is beautifully excruciating.

As far as narration goes... I didn’t like it. There isn’t anything wrong with it! She does a very good job of voicing the characters and all that. There was just something about the cadence of her speech that was distracting to me. I didn’t hate it, and Ms Schroeder is an accomplished narrator, so I think it’s probably something that is just particular to me. However if you’re concerned about it, definitely listen to the sample first.

**Spoiler alert & trigger warning**


Laura Thalassa addresses difficult things in all her books, and this is no different. Not only is there terrible violence, and an inherently (although unintentionally) abusive relationship, there is also a miscarriage. I feel it’s only fair to prepare you for that in case you’ve experienced that, or are particularly sensitive to it.

Something I appreciate about Thalassa is that while her stories involve these things, she treats them with respect and sensitivity. She isn’t crude or uncaring of what happens with the miscarriage. Also, she doesn’t glorify the abuse Montes unwittingly puts on Serenity. It’s always clear that what happens is not right. There is a deep affection between the two characters as they look past one another’s faults and see the true identity beneath, but their brokenness prevents them from having a healthy relationship.

I am hoping that the next book leads to some redemption for Montes, and that Serenity can find a way to forgive him. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this series doesn’t have a happy ending.

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Sigh...

Book 2 and I'm still partially annoyed. Why the heck does the heroine have to be the one to keep giving and breaking, when the King gives nothing. It's frustrating! She may be young, but she's a strong personality and then all the sudden, she's portrayed as a weak-willed, ninny.

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NOT happy with the end!

I'm a lot tired of their love/hate relationship but what really ticked me off (spoilers) was the epilogue! So sorry but you know when he put her in the "sleeper" for a freakin 100 years you know he won't be abstinent and wait for her!!! My stomach hurts as I'm pretty sure the author is going to take this to say, maybe, he'll have kids with someone while she's asleep?? Ok, so I'm speculating now but I don't think I'm going to be that far off. Not sure if I even want to read the 3rd book. And.....I'm a little (alot) upset with her falling in love with a narcissist. He might have some moments but I was married to a narcissist and it was hell on earth! Don't even know how the author is going to make the king into a good guy with morals but I'm sure she'll make it happen in the "book world". It's just so hard to relate to these characters when you know how narcissist, controlling, obsessive people are in the real world.

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OMG!!!

I never imagined that their lust would turn to love..I can see that they are kindred spirits but his need to protect and save her will inevitably earn him her wrath. Beautiful book with awesome cliffhanger.

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Fantastic!!!

I should just copy and paste my review for the first book because I stand by everything I said about why I'm loving this series so much.

The more I listen to the audiobooks, the more I love it. There is just something about the way Serenity hates Montez while slowly falling in love with him that is very compelling. No matter how much she pushes him away, Montez's obsession grows for her. He actually loves her hate and anger. He seems to thrive on it. He doesn't want to tame her, but he wants to own her body and soul. I find that I'm loving their very dysfunctional love.

The only thing I did not like about book two is the way it ended. I'm actually very angry about it and I had to start book 3 immediately so it can be fixed.

I highly recommend the audiobooks. Laurel Schroeder is one of my favorite narraters. She is doing a fantastic job with this series.

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  • M. L. B.
  • 12-08-19

Different

I don't know if I would have liked the story more by a different narrator or not. The book was interesting but I didn't really get Serenity and the King's relationship. Serenity went through a lot in this book and that epilogue.

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 12-07-19

Interesting Story

I enjoyed listening to this one, but am curious about the end. I'm hoping the heroine finally gets to a point where she's not always forced to compromise who she is, but I did enjoy seeing her story. I really like the historic inspiration as well as the more historic feel in this series.