Series: The Scarred Earth Saga #1
Published by Kensington on August 27, 2019
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Also by this author: A Tale of Two Dragons, Dragon on Top
When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken.
The Old King Is Dead
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.
Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned …
Praise for The Dragon Who Loved Me
“A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book.”
—All Things Urban Fantasy
“Aiken aces another one.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
Do y’all see The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken’s flipping cover?!
Knowing her writing and how she likes to write her female characters I have a feeling that this first installment in The Scarred Earth Saga is going to really make her name known as one of the best fantasy/paranormal romance authors of our time.
The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken Cover Breakdown
While I love a story that has a monarch I usually shy away from stories that feature crown or any type of monarch representation on their covers. But, there’s just something about the elegance yet savage looking crown that is featured for G.A. Aiken’s The Blacksmith Queen that I’m finding it hard not to pass it up. Plus, the author also write my all-time favorite paranormal romance series under her main author name, Shelly Laurenston.
Just like I’ve always loved monarch stories, I’ve always loved reading about blacksmith’s, but the concept of their being a blacksmith queen sort of has me excited for some female empowerment in a male dominated trade. What could being a blacksmith queen entail? Or, is the title just a euphemism for something the author will reveal to us once we’ve read the book?
3. Color Scheme
At first glance you could say that the color scheme for The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken looks a little bland and one-dimensional. But, if you look at the detail that was placed within the flame surrounding the crown you can tell that there was a purpose and plan for each color placement.
The reds, oranges, blacks, and silvers are so bold and interwoven together that you can’t help but get lost in following the flame directions and the gleam of the crown.
4. Font Used For Author Name
Everything mentioned before along with the font that was used to showcase G.A. Aiken’s name and the title of the book were so well thought out and placed just right. The font gives an elegance and superior vibe that goes so well with the crown centered on the cover.
5. Fire Element
I’ve mentioned the flames before, but just to elaborate a little more in this section…
I love to watch flames from afar (and sometimes up close but I would never admit that in public), so the trajectory of these flames have captivated me to the point where I can honestly say that the crown and this element were what drew me to this cover in the first place.
Since I’ve had hit and miss experiences with G.A. Aiken stories I won’t say that my expectation for The Blacksmith Queen compares to if she were to release a Shelly Laurenston story.
Since both authors are one and the same with slight variations in their writing style I think that The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken might be the story that makes be want to add her stories to my shelves again.
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