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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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