This is the first book in the Scarred Earth Saga
When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author.
The Old King Is Dead
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.
Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes to a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned…
The Blacksmith Queen is a fun fantasy book. I haven’t read any of G.A Aiken’s books but I love the writing style.
I really loved Keeley. She is a kickass, sassy character and loved seeing her in action. The way she cares about her family and she will do anything her power to protect them was amazing to read about. The chaotic nature of the family was great to see and made it realistic for a family of that size.
I really enjoyed the relationships and friendships throughout the book, especially between Keeley and Caid. The way Caid and Keeley compliment each other was beautiful.
The characters and the world were my favourite part of The Blacksmith Queen. It didn’t matter if the characters were main characters or side characters there was a level of depth to the characters which were wonderful.
The world was filled with diverse creatures and loved seeing the relationships between the centaurs and humans in particular.
Overall I really enjoyed The Blacksmith Queen and I can’t wait to dive in the world again in the next book.