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About the Creator

Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels, the Dark Shores series, and The Bridge Kingdom series. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family and guinea pigs.

About the Performer

Michael Pauley has worked as a narrator, stage, television, and film actor. He has over 600 audible titles across several genres. He appeared on Broadway in Stonewall at Lincoln Center, on NBC's The Blacklist, and in the Netflix film Pee Wee's Big Holiday. International credits include performances in Malaga, Spain and at Ieatro Patologico in Rome and Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, Italy. He holds a bachelors in fine arts from The University of Arizona and a Masters in performance from The University of Missouri Kansas City.

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HOW LONG AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK?

The first two books were amazing enough.. but I must admit this one was even better. The only thing I regret was reading the other too long ago because I didn't remember all of it and I would've like to piece the pieces of the puzzle better. The way Danielle created this amazing intricate world, and weaved this story into the last one is pure talent. The writing style impeccable for my taste, and both characters so full of colour and depth you could not help but fall in love with both of them.
The fact that for once the heroine is the brave, fighting one and the hero is the "nerdy" tactical one is such a breath of fresh air. Their encounters were so special, and the spice was just ✨on point✨, just a couple of scenes but very well done. I just regret that, although the narrators were really good most of the time, they were not suited for "sensual" talk in my opinion. Other than that I really have no complaints, except the fact that I'll have to wait who knows how long to know what's going to happen to my lovelies. Thank you Danielle, thank you Audible ❤️✨
Plot 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Romance ❤️❤️❤️, 5/5
Spice 🌶️🌶️, 5/5
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FMC 🌟🌟🌟, 5/5
Other C 🌟🌟🌟,5/5
Recommend? 8.7/10

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WTH 😩😩 COME ONNNNNNNNN

BOOK 4 ?????? 😩😩😩 why u stressing me out man …. How long do I have To wait now sigh

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A disappointing change but still good

3.5

I’ll start off by saying that I still really enjoyed reading this book. Even though I had a lot of issues with it. My biggest complaint is going to be the change from romance to sex. Yes the other books had some sex scenes in them, but overall the plot and character development was front and center. I would say in this book it switched. Even though there weren’t technically that many actual sex scenes, it was much more heavily focused on blunt sexual thoughts and activities… And for me it was lacking in what made the other two so good…a great romance and a great storyline. The second half of this book definitely got a lot better because it really shifted into the actual story. And I was completely sucked in when that happened.

Things I liked:

- The way this story overlapped with the original two books. It was really fun to see everything play out from a completely different angle. Part of me wishes I had reread the other books first, but another part of me is glad I didn’t because those reveals were compelling all over again.

-The writing style is addictive and it was very easy to fly through the book.

-Zarrah was a great character and pretty multi dimensional. I loved her growth throughout the book.

-The female narrator of the audiobooks was fantastic. I wish she would’ve just read the whole thing.

-The overall storyline. When the story was focused on moving the plot forward, I really enjoyed it. I felt like it was interesting without being too complex and wordy. There were lots of details and twists and turns without it being hard to follow. The writing is just pretty addictive.


Things I didn’t like:

-The almost instalove. They just fell real hard real fast and it went from 0 to 60 in no time. I just really really prefer a little more buildup and tension.

-The Uber focus on sexual thoughts in the strangest and most awkward times. (Spoilers) When someone is captured and their life is possibly on the line, it seems like you would care more about their safety and wanting to help them, than wishing that they were there so you could bury your …. in them. (End spoilers) This was a theme throughout the book and I swear the work c*ck was used no less than 20 times. (maybe it just felt like it). It’s just annoying when authors start a series with one thing, and gain an audience, and then they switch it to something else. Especially when it seemed forced, (and I would guess incredibly influenced by “spicy booktok”). At least it was annoying for me.

-Kerris (sp?) 😬 To be honest I had a love/hate relationship with him. He was honestly so annoying at times and so frustrating. It probably didn’t help that the male narrator’s voice was not great. I’m sure he will do some growing in the next installment, but geez he is not an easy guy to root for.

-And while we’re on the subject, the male narrator of the audiobook. I swear he sounded like he was announcing a NASCAR race. Which got super awkward when he was *announcing* the sex scenes. 😂😂😂 I usually like a female and male narrator when there are female and male POVs, but this really would’ve been better with just her… or a different guy.

-And another thing with the audiobook. This was produced by audible, so I really did expect it to be a little bit better. It had sound effects, but they were so random and some of them were so awkward. Like someone fell off a building and it just kept making the squishing sound over and over. It was so cringy. And at the beginning of each chapter it sounded like it was raining. Like why? How does that make any sense? Then it would just randomly throw a noise in here and there. It was just weird.


OVERALL

I did enjoy the book. I really do like the series as a whole. And I will be continuing it. I’m just a little disappointed.

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Fabulous

The narrators were fire, the story was engrossing, I can’t wait for the sequel. It was new adult so a little steamy.

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I LOVE THIS BOOK

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. The best next installment to the bridge kingdom! Keris is my newest bookish love and I cannot wait to see the rest of this adventure! Danielle Jensen just keeps writing some of the best action and adventure fantasy books out there

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Wonderful Continuation

I very much enjoyed hearing Keris and Zarrah's story and learning more about the world DLJ built. This might be my favorite of the 3 books so far! Can't wait to hear the rest of their story.

Both narrorators were good but maybe not who I would of cast for these parts.

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Distracting “WWII documentary” narration style

Performance: Summer Morton, the voice actor who did Zarrah’s chapters, was excellent!

But the male voice actor.. sounded like was narrating a WWII documentary. I literally LOL’d so many times because his news anchor narration made the characters sound so weird, and all the things they said sounded stupid as hell. 😂

Story: Felt a little like instalove. Kinda boring. Definitely not as good as Lara/Aren’s.

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Wonderful Story!

I can't wait for the next book. It explains the first two books really well.

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Disappointed

I waited and waited for this to be released. And am sad to say this was a let down.

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amazing

this was excellent! can’t wait for the next book in the series! zarrah and keris are awesome and the cliffhanger in the end? brutal! hope it doesn’t take too long for tue next book to come out

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  • xBethyboox
  • 01-16-22

Loved it!

I loved it! Can’t wait for the next one! The narrators were much better, the female one was amazing! Much better without the storm noises and the music before each chapter too, the music/noises in this one were much more fitting. I really can’t wait for the next book!

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  • John Higgs
  • 01-15-22

A very enjoyable story in the title

After having listened to the first two books, I was not sure about starting this one as it was different characters than who I had grown used to, but it was well written and quickly gripped me. A really enjoyable title in the series.

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  • victoria
  • 01-14-22

Absolutely loved this story

great series so far. I have really enjoyed the story and I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-22

Loved it!

I found this story and the characters better written then the first two books. Loved Keris, layered and smart. Really great story and can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Tasha
  • 01-02-22

Slow to start but don't give up

So it took me about 8 or 9 chapters to fully get into the story bur after that, I was hooked. I love the first 2 books so was a little dubious about moving away from Lara and Aren's POV. I went into it fully aware that it was the same timeline as the previous books, but it is a different story as it's 2 completely knew POV. I loved it and can't wait for the next. Stick with it if you're struggling at the start, it's worth it!

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  • lactia
  • 12-18-21

So good couldn't stop listening!

Keris and Zarrah story doesn't disappoint. Thai story is full of action, adventure, scheming and romance. And that ending just leave you wanting more! Going back to listen to the Bridge Kingdom right now!

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  • Grimmy
  • 12-04-21

Excellent

Very good listen. Much better without all the drumming in the previous book.
Can’t wait for the next book to see what happens to everyone.

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  • Book addict
  • 12-04-21

3.5 stars

Fortunately I listened to book 2 a long while ago, so although this book covers many events from a different perspective, it didn’t impact me too much as I’d forgotten the details. I wouldn’t recommend listening to them one after another, though. This book was ok-good, and there were many elements I enjoyed, and many that were just ok. I’ll still get the next book in the series when it comes out, especially as this book was just part 1 of the story.

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  • Claire
  • 12-01-21

absolutely brilliant

Loved every second of this book. Everyone I had to stop listening I couldn't wait to get back to it to continue. This story was the same as book 2 but told from Zara and Keris' perspective. It starts from when they met, before Zara gets captured, during her capture and what happened after. As it has been a while since I listened to 1 & 2 I still enjoyed it very much as I couldn't remember all the details of what happened in the 2nd book. And as it was about Zara and Keris most of what happened in this book was not mentioned in book 2, nobody knew anything about what was going on between them. Can't wait for book 4 to be released.
The narrator's were good but I would have preferred if either Michael Pauley narrated on his own or the dialogue read according to the respective gender, because Summer Morton's male voices were too effeminnate and there were times when I didn't know who was talking whether it was Zara or Keris.
But this whole series is definitely worth listening to as it's absolutely brilliant. Loved every second if it.

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  • Hannah
  • 11-26-21

Repeats the same events as book 2

This book is essentially book 2 rewritten from a different perspective. There doesn’t seem to be any progression in the story, just a retelling of the same events.

I was disappointed as I enjoyed the first two books.

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  • Felicity
  • 12-06-21

AMAZING

This is not the last book in the series!! This is however a new romance with the same war and settings. This is the forbidden romance between Zarrah and Kerris and their amazing story about both how they met, but also, how they overcame their upbringings to trust each other. Like I said before, this is not the last book in the series and does end on a cliffhanger which definitely leaves you wanting to read the next book as soon as possible… but you can’t!! I am so annoyed that the next book is not out yet to continue seamlessly with the story of Zarrah and Kerris. I do look forward to it though. Again, if you have gotten this far into the series, I would definitely recommend this book. I hope you find you love it just as much as the others. Enjoy!

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  • 11-29-21

Wonderful addition to the Bridge Kingdom series

This book is perfect for those who love fantasy romance with wonderful plot and characters.

It is a solid 5/5 for me, as the story is fast pacing and the love story is passionate and beautiful. I think it helps that I have already loved the world building in the original duology, and the story of Kerris and Zarrah is equally compelling, with them falling for each other without knowing that they are the heirs of two enemy kingdoms. Zarrah is an badass warrior who has a high sense of honor. Kerris, on the other hand, is complicated and morally grey. He runs away from his duties his whole life, just to embraces everything to fight for the woman he loves.

The political game and adventure are equally well written. Get into this series if you like fast paced action, cool world building, badass female characters and romance! Now I need to wait for Book 4!!

The narration is also beautifully done, bringing the story to life. Highly recommend.

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  • Joobles
  • 01-04-22

Love this series!

Well written and presented, love the whole series (I think this was my favourite of the 3). I was hooked, reading all night :) Hope there’s a 4th book!

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  • Hanna
  • 12-26-21

Fantastisk book

A book as intriging as the first two.
Liked the narators, but could have done without the sound efects.

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  • Smith
  • 12-11-21

The Inadequate Heir

A very satisfying POV from Keris & Zarrah weaving together their tale of romance.

I really love Danielle Jensen as an author and have read all of her stories ❤️

Look forward to her next book in The Bridge Kingdom world 😍

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  • Suezet D
  • 12-11-21

Love this series

Love love these books and look forward to the next one. They have a great combination of love, suspense and twists. Great author & good narration.

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  • Josephine Faelnar
  • 12-10-21

Amazing book

I’ve read book 1 and 2 prior to this book and It’s amazing books. Narrator was good to hear entertains me while doing my routine work. Thanks for the brilliant thoughts and logic of the author. I loved it 💕.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-06-21

Soooo good!

Amazingly paced, great story, awesome tension, and lovely love story. Can't wait until the next one!!! 😀😀

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-21

A letdown

I was honestly disappointed in this book after the first 2 were so amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Bring on book 4 🥺🤩🥰

Wow …
Excellent follow on from book 2 ,
It wasn’t until 1/3 of the way through,
that it hit me … I know where I am !
OMG ………
Wish I could go straight to book 4
Thank you Danielle Jensen … 💥