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Publisher's Summary

Lara has only one thought when her husband is taken prisoner: I will do whatever it takes to set you free.

A queen now in exile as a traitor, Lara has watched Ithicana be conquered by her own father, helpless to do anything to stop the destruction. But when she learns her husband, Aren, has been captured in battle, Lara knows there is only one reason her father is keeping him alive: as bait for his traitorous daughter.

And it is bait she fully intends to take.

Risking her life to the Tempest Seas, Lara returns to Ithicana with a plan not only to free its king, but for liberating the Bridge Kingdom from her father’s clutches using his own weapons: the sisters whose lives she spared.

But as Lara and her companions formulate a plan to free Aren from her father’s palace, they soon discover that while it is easy to get in, it will be quite another thing to get Aren, and themselves, back out. Not only is the palace inescapable, there are more players in the game than Lara ever realized, enemies and allies switching sides in the fight for crowns, kingdoms, and bridges. But her greatest adversary of all might be the very man she’s trying to free - the husband she betrayed.

With everything she loves in jeopardy, Lara must decide who - and what - she is fighting for: her kingdom, her husband, or for herself.

©2019 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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loved it enough to take time to write about it

My favorite part of this story are all the CAPABLE, INDEPENDENT, STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS!
Thank you Danielle Jensen for adding this story to the universe. Seriously, thank you. I cannot accurately express my enthusiasm for violent female characters with weapons and wit. I just loved this story.

Wishing I could experience it all over again for the first time!

narrators were great. weird transition music was a nice change from the normal audiobook format.

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Drum music between characters, so annoying

I hate when books put in music to break up chapters. This book has drums breaking up every chapter. When listen at night it’s a loud interruption while you try to relax. The story itself is good. I blew through the first and this one, but it’s hard to get past the constant drums interruptions since the chapters are short ones. Other wise good narrator and story

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Definitely Not As Fulfilling As Book 1

After reading "The Bridge Kingdom", I couldn't wait for book 2. Amazon warrior like princess getting back her man sounded like a great story. What I got was not as in depth as book one. The emotions and anxiousness wasn't here as I read this book. I enjoyed the sisters and wanted more. This book spent a lot of time on the couple's struggle. Many characters from book 1 made an appearance but nothing reach developed. And the Magpie, what happened to him???

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OMG!!!! Where do I start!!?!?😭❤️❤️❤️❤️

I have been waiting for book 2 to come out! I’m so happy it did and everyday spent waiting for it was worth it!!!!!

Characters: Lara is one Amazing Lioness Empress fighting with the biggest Will Power I have ever read! ❤️ ❤️❤️😭🥰It is amazing to me how Danielle brought character development and consistency with Lara. She made it so relatable to how Lara battles her guilt, love and sense of survival throughout this book. I cried, held my breath, screamed in cheers and felt with each of Lara’s hardships and wins and losses. Lara just made me admire her every chapter with her strength and endurance..(suddenly I started making speeches to myself about how she is a hero in the middle of listening as if letting the characters in the book know lols). The women in this series are just Incredible Warriors and it is refreshing to see how they can fight with both their bodies and their minds in fighting and strategizing as good as the men and better than the men as well.
Aren❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love Aren! Danielle really did an amazing job in not wasting time with unnecessary holding of grudges nor emotional outbursts when showing Aren’s struggles in his relationship with Lara. Aren struggles in his strong desire to hate the woman who betrayed him and facing his love for her; to put his kingdom first or his wife his Queen.
Both of them were a matchmade in heaven. Their strengths show you how two people can be so different yet be the yin and yang to each other.

Danielle did an excellent job in describing the physical struggles they went through such as in seas and dessert. By creating what it can happen in the desert or sea it made it so realistic that I was captivated and off my chair most of the time...(had to take breaks, so many intense moments). The disciption of the fighting and their skills was just breath taking! ❤️

And I have to mention the sisters! I fell in love with them and in short amount of time; Danielle wrote about them in a way that built such personalities and connection with few of them (giving us glimpses of strong women with stories of their own....hopefully more books to come for them).

There are many controversial characters also such as K crown prince whom hopefully we can learn more about in coming books (PLEASE LET THERE BE MORE🙌🏽)

Narration: I love your voice and how you give life to the characters! The different women’s voices were portrayed each with their own connotations. I loved how the emotions were put into the narration making me feel every bit of their struggles, aches and states. Thank you!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
James also did an outstanding narrations! Aren’s deep ans yet lilting voice was amazing! And also how you can put the weight of the characters personality to showcase their intentions in their voice was just❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍🏽

THANK YOU SO MUCH DANIELLE FOR YOur AMAZING STORIES AND CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!

RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!😭❤️😍🥰🙌🏽🎊

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Is this really the end?

I really love the story. The romance genre is over saturated with cliché boring stories, this is not one. I finished both parts in a total of three days and for some reason I feel like this story isn't over. If this is truly the last book in the series then the end was rushed and incomplete. There's so many unanswered questions about pretty major parts of the story. Don't get me wrong I still really liked the story. I just wished that either more parts of the story were finalized by the end of this book or another planned to complete the story.

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Best Read of This Year So Far!

I just love to read and I have been waiting to listen to the 2nd book in The Bridge Kingdom for what feels like a year. There is so much that I love about this storyline; warrior princesses, heroines versus just another book full of heroes, strong female characters, great narrators, a story of fighting for love and in some cases in this book fighting with love. It’s a unique blend of all that is good in the real of fairytale fantasy and I can hardly believe that it just came out and I heard it all in less than 24 hrs. cause I just didn’t want to stop reading. YES 🙌🏽! It was that good! If you haven’t read Danielle L. Jensen’s books yet, they are a must read! The only disappointment about this book is that now that it is finished I will have to wait quite awhile to read her next. Going to have to re-listen to both stories again!

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Cheesy ending ruins it

They had me until the end. Then they jumped the shark. Literally and figuratively. It was like if someone took the last season of Game of Thrones and ended the last episode by having writers and directors from the Hallmark channel write and direct it. Actually, that may have made the last season of GoT better, but I digress. There’s a point where you cannot willingly suspend disbelief and they crossed that line right at the end which I felt took away from the book as a whole.

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Amazing second book but...

Let’s get to the point: this is an amazing set of two books.
The writing is edge of seat exciting, and the characters are believable and real. I would categorize it as more of an adventure/mystery than an “audible escape” level romance, but it does get pretty...descriptive now and then, just not as frequently as a typical ‘erotica’.
I also really like the mixing for the narration with the male and female chapters. In the emotional lines the actors really sell it in some of the best voice work I’ve heard from and audible book period. Suffice to say, I recommend it.

If you don’t want spoilers, just go read the two books.

However...(spoilers)

This might be my own personal inner feminist coming out, but God, I’m a little mad that more people didn’t come to Laura’s defense. Or that him and his people didn’t apologize more. She literally gets dragged though the mud in this book. I understand that they’re angry, and it’s justified but to a point. True, war is horrible and what was done to his people is wrong, but she obviously didn’t mean it and hell, she’s been though the same thing, if not WORSE for 15 YEARS. Just like they’re asking for sympathy, they should give her the same. There is just no winning for her. Toward the last hour or so when he abandons her on the island, I was rooting of him and his people to be killed. There is only so much a relationship can take before I call it abusive, and man does this hurt too much. Idk, it just took a step too far with no real steps being taken afterwards to make amends to all the stuff they put her though. I again was almost rooting for her to leave and go through life at least semi-happy without him at the end when she woke up, but it just ends sourly with her expecting more verbal abuse from people not even trying to look at the situation from her side.
It’s still a great book, but I think I have more of a problem with how things turned out because I was so engaged with Laura and her redemption all the way through, and the payoff just wasn’t quite there for me.

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I will check out the other books this author has, since I do very much like her writing in the end. And obviously she has an ear and vision for the right voicework for every book, so I’m confident I’ll enjoy and be engrossed in whatever else she produces.

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I’m so happy

This is so amazing. I can’t even wrap my brain around how good this was. I’m so in love I need to go re listen to the bridge kingdom and then this again. I need more books. I need more of these narrators!! Can’t say enough good things.

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Listen Now

I loved this book. Lauren and James do a wonderful job of bringing this story to life! It was so much fun getting to know Lara's sisters and I loved exploring other regions of the world.
If you liked The Bridge Kingdom you'll love this sequel...and if you haven't read The Bridge Kingdom yet go it now and then come listen to this one. You won't regret a minute of it!

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  • Poppey
  • 12-31-20

A Good Listen

This review covers both books. First, the bad: I don’t think the music added anything to the books at all, rather the contrary. Second, James Cronin didn’t really work as he didn’t seem able to do female voices. When Aren was speaking to Lara it sounded as though he was having a conversation with himself. Finally, as with a lot of authors now, they seem to forget listeners do not like rushed endings, and this ending did seem rushed, which was disappointing.

The good: Lauren was far better at male/female voices. Unfortunately, I couldn’t warm to Lara at all. It seemed a one sided relationship where Aren told her all his secrets and she told him the bare minimum as lying seemed to come easily to her. I found Aren to be quite weak and indecisive and a bit of a fool. That all said, I really liked this duology. If you are looking to find a book which will keep your interest with good character building, this will not disappoint.

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  • dreilly
  • 02-27-20

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (contains spoilers)

I can't even begin to describe this book 😭😭 I loved everything about it!! The plot, the main characters, the sub characters, the narrators, EVERYTHING!! So beautifully written, you can't help but feel every emotion each of our characters feel as you listen, I was teary eyed, had goosebumps, gasped and so many other feelings that I feel emotionally drained 🤣🤣 I would, however, love to hear about how some of our sub characters got on!! Is Coralynn alive?? What happens to Zara and Herris?? Does Ana go back to Herondale to marry?? What about Lara's sisters?? 😱 I NEED TO KNOW!!! 😭

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  • Leaf Books
  • 05-08-22

Gripping

I was gripped by this one. With Aren captured Lara is determined to prove that she is not the traitor they all believe her to be and that she does love both her husband and her new country. The storyline is strong, it is fast paced and there are plenty of tense moments.

Danielle L Jensen is a great writer, this second book in the Bridge Kingdom series keeps the story going with umph.

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  • Amy
  • 04-25-22

Amazing

added the book because I had nothing to listen to. Quickly started to enjoy listening and now it's one of my favourites

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  • Amelia
  • 03-15-22

Good 2nd Book

Really enjoying this series, this is the 2nd book and I have already downloaded the third. Filled with drama, turmoil and a love story - what else could you want?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-22

Great 2nd book

Loved this series. This book delivered. The descriptive battle scenes and the tension between the characters had me hooked.
I enjoyed the drums between each chapter.

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  • Annie
  • 02-27-22

You won't want to stop listening till the end

Loved it, both 1st and 2nd books kept me enthralled from start to finish. Narrators were perfect. The story made me smile and cry, for me that's a sure sign of good written book. Thank you audible.

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  • Glenese
  • 02-22-22

very well written

enjoyed this immensely. the attention to detail 👌 made me feel like I was apart of the war the battles . absolutely brilliant 👏 👌 well done

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  • Julia
  • 02-12-22

Would recommend to skip this one and go straight

... to book 3.

Book 2 and book 3 cover the same time line and I have not quite finished book 3, but think is is much better than book2.
More depth in the characters.

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  • Piotr
  • 02-05-22

Can you love someone who betrayed you

He lost his kingdom and freedom beacose of her. Can she take him out of her father's prison? Can they take the lost kingdom back? Can he love her again?

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  • Puds
  • 04-18-21

highly recommend

gutterd its just two books, would have loved more, felt the ending was a bit short but loved these books so much!

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  • Kym
  • 05-16-22

Loved it!

Loved this story! It was such a good second book and the performances and voices were great to listen to!

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  • Etidae
  • 04-18-22

+18 NA Fantasy Romance

Great adventurous ending to the duology! The cliffhanger at the end Book 1 was super emotional so this Book 2 was great, fast paced and full of kick-ass women! <3 It was almost like a power-up montage at the beginning and honestly great fun. There were a few dark moments but overall it was great.

- emotional/romatic but slowburn
1.5/5 🌶
- enemies to lovers
- rescue mission

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-22

Brilliant!

Brilliant conclusion! Narration was perfectly performed. Both books were very well written, ending gave me goosebumps.

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  • Nola Bastin
  • 02-18-22

The Traitor Queen

I loved this story. Having listened to the first I immediately downloaded the second and can’t wait to start the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-22

Loved it!

Great second to ‘The Bridge Kingdom’! Can’t wait to read the next one. Creative, full of unexpected happenings, and inspiring.

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  • karen grave
  • 01-21-22

just.....wow

what a duology. this book was jyst as brilliant as the first. absolutely loved the twists and turns and angst. the culminating of characters and g
happenings in book 1 is executed so cleverly in this one.
the plotline was one that you knew but how it was to come about was exciting. I was left wondering and thought I might know how but then Danielle throws a little mystic into the mix.
I know there is a book three and I'm in two minds to whether I want to listen as my favourite characters won't be in that book. however Zarrah is a pretty kickass Warrior so it might be nice to see where the story goes especially as there is one anti hero still out there that may have some influence on the hero in this book. So in saying that this book isn't a cliffhanger, but brings another 2 players to the fore.
however Lauren and James are not narrating. I have listened to Summer Morton before but not Michael....although he does have a good narration tone and voice overtone.
I cant say enough about Lauren she is an absolute brilliant narrator. And of course James aka Joe Arden is one of my favourite male narrators.
these will be big shoes to fill.
I also love the way Audible Originals have introduced the sounds between chapters...book Being about the storms and book 2 the drums of war....
fantastic writing and narration. Will be reading more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-22

Began listening casually… ended addicted!

I hardly leave reviews but I feel compelled after feeling so impressed by the development of this story. I enjoyed this series so much! I usually HATE when authors bring in the two person perspectives in books but I didn’t feel any irritation from it in this second book. It felt more like dramatic cuts of a film than ruining the immersion of the main character. Overall I am so impressed! After thinking this would be a casual read- it ended up being a book I would lose sleep over!

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  • David
  • 01-06-22

I loved this series

I listened to this at exactly the right time. I'd attempted to get into A Court of Thorns and Roses, I made it more than halfway through book two in that super famous series before giving up. I couldn't deal with how awful the character Rhysand was too Feyre.

I needed a palette cleanser and I heard about this series. I specifically wanted something with enemies to lovers and this for the bill. I love Laura as a character, she's a no nonsense pragmatist, who puts her survival first, even if that means hurting someone else. I respect that trait more than any other, because it is difficult for authors to give their heroes qualities that seem villainous.

Realistically, selfishness isn't always bad, it's sometimes necessary. I also enjoy that Oran is morally opposed to her ways and voices that, whilst still being pragmatic enough to make tough calls at times. The only issues I have with this particular book, is I didn't like the ending. I will say, that the ending is open to interpretation. I personally do not believe Laura will ever win the hearts of the Ithicanian people.

Too many families were killed as a direct result of her actions, children orphaned, wives tortured etc. I would've liked to see her leave and Oran ultimately abdicate and choose her. There could always be another leader of Ithican.

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  • Joobles
  • 01-04-22

Love this series!

Well written and presented, love the whole series (I think the last book was my favourite of the 3). I was hooked, reading all night :) Hope there’s a 4th book!