Review: The Orchid Throne

Review: The Orchid Throne

The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe Kennedy

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As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…


Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?


Fantasy-romance is quickly becoming my new favorite genre to read. What’s not to love? You’ve got the best of both worlds! Epic world-building and settings in a world unlike our own, with a sensual and steamy romance thrown in the mix? Count me in!

The Orchid Throne definitely embodies it. Following Euthalia “Lia” and Conrí on their journey towards each other was fun. This was a slow-burn romance and worth every minute of the wait. Of course, as with any good fantasy, there is magic, a villainous Emperor and prophecies that need fulfilling - all good things but I wish it was explored more.

Despite the detailed world-building, I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to, but I did love their union. I wanted more personality from both of them; more raw, unfiltered truths and untold stories about how they came to be who they are. Apart they’re definitely likable in their own right, but together they’re something else entirely and I’m excited to see how they handle the obstacles of the Kingdom that most definitely will come their way in the next book.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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