Review: The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen





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 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 herself.


Reviewed by Dakota Watson

The Traitor Queen swept me into its captivating tale from the very first page. Building upon the foundation laid by its predecessor, it delivered a thrilling blend of action, mystery, and romance that kept my heart racing throughout. One aspect that truly stood out to me was the intricate world building. From the sprawling landscapes to the intricate political maneuvers of each kingdom, the author crafted a rich tapestry that drew me deeper into the story with every turn of the page. The depth of detail lent a sense of authenticity to the world, making it feel vibrant and alive. The plot was masterfully developed, weaving together threads of intrigue and suspense with finesse. Each twist and turn kept me on the edge of my seat, eagerly devouring each revelation as the story unfolded. What impressed me most was how seamlessly everything came together, leading to a satisfying conclusion that left me craving more. Surprisingly, I found myself even more enamored with The Traitor Queen than its predecessor. It’s rare for a second book in a series to surpass the first for me, but this one did just that. The introduction of new characters added depth and complexity to the narrative, each one shining in their own right and contributing to the story in meaningful ways.

Lara’s character development in The Traitor Queen was nothing short of exceptional. As the main protagonist, she continued to impress with her strength, intelligence, and resilience. What truly set her apart was her ability to navigate the complex political landscape without letting her emotions cloud her judgment. Throughout the book, Lara’s self awareness was evident as she acknowledged both her strengths and weaknesses. This added a layer of depth to her character, making her feel relatable and human. Despite facing numerous challenges, she remained steadfast in her resolve, always keeping her eye on the bigger picture. One aspect of Lara’s character that I particularly appreciated was the exploration of her past life at the compound and her relationships with her sisters. This glimpse into her history added layers to her character, providing insight into her motivations and decisions. It also underscored the importance of familial bonds, adding an emotional depth to the story.

Aren’s portrayal as a male main character in The Traitor Queen was remarkable. As a king, he exuded strength, wisdom, and a keen sense of responsibility for his kingdom and its people. What truly stood out was his ability to balance his personal feelings with his duties as a ruler. Throughout the book, we witnessed Aren’s political acumen and strategic thinking come to the forefront. His maneuvers and decisions were calculated and precise, highlighting his prowess as a leader. It was refreshing to see him grapple with the complexities of governance, showcasing the weight of his responsibilities as a king. One aspect of Aren’s character that I found particularly compelling was his reaction to Lara’s actions. Despite his love for her, he didn’t easily forgive her for the harm she inadvertently caused to his kingdom and its people. This demonstrated his unwavering commitment to his duties and the well-being of his subjects, even at the expense of his personal desires.

The dynamic between Aren and Lara in The Traitor Queen was nothing short of captivating. Their willingness to sacrifice their own desires for the greater good of their kingdoms underscored the depth of their commitment as leaders. It was truly inspiring to see them put the needs of their people above their own personal happiness. The slow burning romance between Aren and Lara was beautifully depicted, adding an extra layer of tension and emotion to the story. Despite their undeniable attraction to each other, they were both acutely aware of the complexities of their situation and the consequences of their actions. This added a palpable sense of urgency to their interactions, making every moment they shared feel charged with anticipation. What I found most compelling was the way their relationship evolved throughout the book. Despite the obstacles they faced, their bond only grew stronger as they faced adversity together. Their mutual respect and admiration for each other’s strengths made their connection feel authentic and genuine.

The Bridge Kingdom series stands as a shining example of the power of storytelling, proving that magic and fantastical beasts aren’t always necessary to create a captivating fantasy world. Danielle has crafted a masterful tale filled with intricate plots, rich world-building, and compelling characters that transport readers to a truly magical realm. What sets this series apart is Danielle’s skillful storytelling. Her ability to weave together complex plots and expansive worlds is truly remarkable, drawing readers in and immersing them in a world brimming with intrigue and adventure. The absence of traditional fantasy elements only serves to highlight the strength of her narrative and the depth of her characters.

As the series continues to unfold, I find myself eagerly anticipating what lies ahead for Zarra and Keris. If their romance is anything like Aren’s and Lara’s, I have no doubt it will be equally igniting and swoon worthy.

In conclusion, The Bridge Kingdom series is a testament to Danielle’s talent as a writer. With its gripping plots, vivid world building, and memorable characters, it has firmly cemented itself as a must read for fantasy fans everywhere. I am really eager to read the next installment and the adventures that lie in store.

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