Title – The Bridge Kingdom
Author – Danielle L Jensen
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐.5
Genre – YA Fantasy
What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy?
Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.
But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?
First Thoughts ✨
This book started of a bit confusingly. It trust you into the world without a warning, and I found myself going ‘what’ a lot. Then, about 40 pages in I fully understood what was going on and was a little glad we didn’t have the boring info-dump section we normally see in many fantasy novels. We were given info quite nicely throughout the novel.
The story wasn’t anything super new, but I found myself nicely surprised with many points throughout the novel. This over-saturated story was given a new twist and new meaning which I enjoyed thoroughly!
The characters in this novel were amazing! I found myself drawn to every single one – which normally doesn’t happen for me. Our main heroine was so badass and spy-like she really let herself be the conduit for the world-building as we were finding about the world through her eyes, which was done very well and not really info-dumpy.
Last Thoughts 💭
The end I did no expect and I also felt like it was a bit rushed. There was too much stuff way to soon, I was happy to see some action though, that was written really well!
thank you Audible for providing me with a copy.
Thanks for reading – Nick.