The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) – Danielle L. Jesen

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 352
Release Date: September 1, 2020

Haven’t read the first novel, The Bridge Kingdom? Check out my review here!

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. 

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The Traitor Queen continues to be a decent fantasy novel, but to those who described this duology as spicy and gets spicier as the story goes on are liars.

The Traitor Queen picks up after the events of The Bridge Kingdom with Lara on a war path with the goal of freeing Aren from her father’s clutches. Lara continues to demonstrate that she’s an incredibly capable and ruthless character. She’s an absolute pleasure to read and checks off all the boxes of badass female protagonist in an enemies-to-lovers romance.

Lara and Aren’s interactions in The Traitor Queen are almost perfect. The resentment and betrayal that Aren feels is palpable. These moments are easily the best part of the novel.

What ultimately led me to rate the novel three stars is how quick everything is wrapped up at the ending. The day is saved so damn fast with few repercussions as they all sail into their happily ever afters.

Overall, The Bridge Kingdom duology has all the makings of a great spicy, enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel, but misses the mark time and time again. I loved the main character and the world building, but Aren is barely developed as a character and his romance with Lara is lacking.

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Have you read The Traitor Queen? What did you think?

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