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The Promised Queen by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: Forgotten Empires #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 25, 2021
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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In The Promised Queen, the thrilling finale to Jeffe Kennedy's Forgotten Empires trilogy, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Con, Lia, and their allies sacrifice everything in a final bid to destroy the corrupt empire.
Claim the hand that wears the ring, and the empire falls.
Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, claimed the hand that wears the Abiding Ring, but the prophecy remains unfulfilled. Queen Euthalia of Calanthe returned to her island kingdom, but broken in mind and body. With the blood of war unleashing ancient terrors, Calanthe isn’t the haven it once was.
Lia must use her magical bond with Calanthe to save their people while Con fights to hold off the vengeful Emperor Anure and his wizards. Con and Lia will have to trust in each other—and in love—to fend off ultimate disaster.
In the final book of the Forgotten Empires series, I began with the feeling of desolation. Things had gone poorly when Anure attacked. I had really hoped Lia, Conri and Ambrose would all learn to better use and control their magic but that was not the Fiery Crown. The couple did get to know each other and form a connection but it didn’t help them defeat Anure.
So I am not sure how they will manage to survive in the Promised Queen. One result of their losses, was the reassessment of their goals and priorities. Now they want to rescue the other captives, other royals connected to the land, enslaved by Anure. So while Lia puts her own land back together and builds strength and skill, they plan with a new focus.
Their small team of less than 10 go to rescue the captives, and it is a harrowing task with timing being critical. The action happens in a blur with dire moments had me holding my breath. I loved this story with its lush details of magic and connections to the land. I would read the books in order to follow the progression in their relationship and the military battles over all the kingdoms.
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Excellent review, Anne? Glad the series ended with you being in a good place about it.
It was excellent. I could see her writing a new trilogy about the rebuilding of this world but this story arc is completed well.
Sounds intense and like something that’d keep you on the edge of your seat! Glad to hear you enjoying the ending of the series.
It’s a very good trilogy with world building, characters, political and the magic systems all being detailed without being overly heavy to read. The story keeps your attention.
I had a great time with this series. The one thing with trilogies, I don’t get as much time with the characters. But I also think it helps the plot and story arc of the series. I’m glad you enjoyed this series too.
It’s a wonderful series. I enjoyed it a lot.
I never finished this one, maybe some day. Sounds like an incredible, exciting finish!
I thought it was an exciting finish because it wasn’t certain it would work and they would live. But I always enjoy when a diverse group that are sort of unexpected allies form a strong team with compassion and make things right.
Oh I’m glad you had a good time with this novel as well! It was a fun trilogy
It really is a fun trilogy and I’m glad I got to stay with it and read them all.
I really need to read this author. This series sounds fantastic!
I think it is great – a fantasy romance. It’s more accessible as a trilogy than some of her longer series.
This is such a beautiful cover, and the series sounds terrific.
All the books in this series have gorgeous covers with Calanthe being a land of orchids and flowers, an island paradise. But it also is a fantasy romance which gives us some dreamy covers too.