Jeffe Kennedy kicks off her Forgotten Empires Series with a stunning introduction to a fantasy realm home to the decadent and beautiful tropical island kingdom of Calanthe. To outsiders and, most importantly, the vicious and deceitful emperor who has laid waste to every kingdom and eliminated every ruler but Calanthe’s, Lia, the young virgin Queen, is a beautiful bauble that is not keen or calculating enough to pose a threat to the emperor. Her finely scripted court that overseas a lush and erotic culture hides the true intelligence and intent of its shrewd leader. On the other hand, there can be no doubt as to the strength, cleverness, and revenge-driven hate in Con, lone surviving prince of the ruling family of Oriel and leader of the growing rebellion. As prophecy would have it, their destinies and goals are intertwined.
The Orchid Thone is everything you can ask for in a New Adult fantasy romance. Jeffe does a wonderful job of visually painting this foreign world and the unfolding plot. She also expertly reveals the depth of her characters in perfectly timed shedding of their various layers. Both Lia and Con are intriguing and stunning and surprising with each new revelation. The story progresses quickly because it becomes one of those books that you hate to put down. The Orchid Throne is more appropriate for an older audience because of the violent and erotic scenes, that absolutely fit with the story-line. If you are like me you would rather not read a series until it is complete, but Jeffe provides enough resolution to temporarily satisfy her readers till her next release.
As you can guess, I immensely enjoyed The Orchid Throne and found it easy to give it