Title: The Traitor Queen
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Narrators: Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin
Length: ~10 hours (346 pages)
Publisher: Audible Original
Release Date: February 27, 2020
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.
This sequel is fire. I loved the team up between Lara and her sisters. Their plan and its execution had me screaming YAASSSS. I love a group of smart, powerful, lethal women.
The tension between Lara and Aren as they struggled to mend their broken trust and determine if there was a way they could ever be together again made my heart ache. This is the angsty romance you need in your life.
This book took the characters on a wild adventure with all the political scheming and shocking twists I expect from a Jensen book. The final confrontation was everything I wanted, and the ending was stunning.
While this book had a satisfying ending, I was excited to learn that there will be more books set in this world following different characters. I will miss Lara and Aren’s story, but I know Danielle L. Jensen will not let me down. She is officially on my list of favorite authors that I will always recommend.
I highly enjoyed this audiobook which is available now on Audible, or you can wait for the physical and ebook versions to publish on September 1.