Review: The Inadequate Heir by Danielle L. Jensen


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Inadequate Heir
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #3
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Summer Morton & Michael Pauley
Length: 19 hours
Publisher: Audible Original
Release Date: November 18, 2021
Source: Audible library
Recommended for fans of: Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Elise Kova
Content Warnings: violence


Return to the world of The Bridge Kingdom in this sensuous fantasy full of romance and intrigue that is perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Silver Flames.

A soldier raised as heir to an empire, Zarrah is motivated by two truths. The first is that the Veliant family murdered her mother. And the second is that her pursuit of vengeance will put every last one of them in their graves.

The Endless War between Maridrina and Valcotta has raged for generations, leaving thousands of Zarrah’s people dead and countless more orphaned. So when she’s given command of the contested city of Nerastis, Zarrah is prepared to do whatever it takes to destroy the Maridrinian forces who oppose her. And to kill the Veliant prince who leads them.

Yet a chance encounter with an anonymous, and handsome, Maridrinian causes Zarrah to question whether the violence she’s perpetrated is justice or a crime. And as she continues to meet the nameless man each night, she finds common ground – and fiery passion – in his arms.

But when identities are revealed, Zarrah must decide whether to embrace a chance at peace…or march to the drums of war.


Have I mentioned before that Danielle L. Jensen is one of my favorite authors?? I cannot get enough of the way she writes the BEST angsty, slow burn, forbidden romances, and Keris and Zarrah are no exception. Their romantic tension is TO DIE FOR, and there is more heat in this book than in previous ones!

The Inadequate Heir is set in the world of The Bridge Kingdom with a timeline that overlaps The Traitor Queen, but it always felt fresh. The world building is impressive; Jensen delves deeply into the politics, warfare, and intrigue of each nation, each with a strong cast of characters to love (or love to hate). The writing is so good that I was always on the edge of my seat…even when I already knew what was going to happen from TTQ. And there were plenty of great plot twists that completely took me by surprise.

This books adds so much to an already fantastic series. If you enjoy new adult fantasy romance with depth and drama and you haven’t read TBK yet…what are you waiting for??

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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