Book: “The Bridge Kingdom”
Author: Daniel L. Jensen
The Bridge Kingdom Book #1
356 pages, Kindle Edition
First published October 16, 2018
“The Bridge Kingdom” caused quite a stir on social media and I definitely didn’t want to miss it. It proved to be an easy read that I read through in a short space of time.
Things are not always as we imagine them to be.
The blurb of the book makes it clear that the story is going to be full of twists and turns. Lara is the main character who grows up in isolation from the rest of the world for a reason. The princess must become a Trojan horse for the kingdom that rules over the bridge. All her life, Lara has been brought up in fanatical hatred of Ithicana and the demon king Aren. To the subjects of Maridrina, the Bridge King is the villain, he is the cause of the famine and misery, for he holds all trade in his power. Of course, what we all expect happens when Lara lands in Ithicana and begins to uncover all the lies she’s been led to believe.
The Bridge Kingdom
I’ll tell you a little about the world Jensen describes in a few lines. There are several countries connected by an ancient bridge. Between them lies the raging sea, which calms down for about two months every year, allowing for smoother shipping traffic. Naturally, the kingdoms prefer to conduct their trade over the bridge because it is safer. This is also where the conflicts come from, as the ruler of the bridge has all the financial advantages.
There is nothing fantastic in the world itself and absolutely no magic. The characters are not endowed with supernatural powers and there are no creepy mythical creatures living in the depths of the sea. The bridge is the most amazing structure you will read about. An ancient structure that winds like a serpent over sea and land and has defied all whirlwinds and storms.
Thoughts and passions about The Bridge Kingdom
The book itself is not very extensive and reads quickly. I found it engaging and light. I actually read through it quite quickly. The plot is somewhat predictable because we are painfully used to this twist. It turns out that the bad guy is wrongly accused and is actually nice and brave. The girl falls in love with her enemy and is faced with the dilemma of who to be loyal to. Moral dilemma and inner struggle. But I don’t want you to think the book isn’t entertaining to read, on the contrary. I prefer to read lighter books than so-called “brutal” fantasies. I found it a fresh start and refreshing.
I liked the pe and it was more about the consummation of the marriage between Lara and Aren. I’m not a fan of love scenes and certainly not ones that are extensive.
Ultimately, I rated ” The Bridge Kingdom” 3 stars, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining, engrossing read as long as they don’t mind the flaws mentioned above.
A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.
The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.
Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.
Passionate and violent, The Bridge Kingdom is a seductive fantasy perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.