The Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken
The Scarred Earth Saga #2
November 24, 2020 by Kensington
Review by Angela
The sophomore follow-up to last year’s The Blacksmith Queen was a delightful, bloody good time, and exactly what I expected when I finally cracked open my copy to read. I mean who doesn’t love a fearless, kickass War Monk?
Picking up two years into Queen Keeley’s reign, Gemma is still by her sister’s side and still hoping to defeat her other evil sister (Beatrix) and protect the world from her dastardly plans. When they discover that many of the various groups of witches, warlocks, monks, nuns, etc. are being attacked and their powerful relics stolen Gemma rides out to her old order hoping to offer Queen Keeley’s protection. And if you are a fan of this author’s work, then I’m sure you can guess the crazy shenanigans that ensue.
This is not a series you really read for the romance, despite it being shelved as PNR or Fantasy Romance. Gemma is paired up with Quinn, and while they do make fun, squabbling travel companions their romance is more of a gradual friends-to-lovers, ‘we’ve gotten used to each other’ relationship. It’s more fun and companionable than off the charts sexy.
There is a lot going on in this book and so many new secondary characters introduced. The POV jumps repeatedly, moving the story along quite nicely. It seems like Keeley is gathering quite the group of allies in her quest to defeat Beatrix and her husband King Marius. There is even a nice surprise at the very end that will delight fans of this author who have followed her Dragon Kin series, which is also set in this world.
The Princess Knight is full of snarky humor and bloody fight scenes, which was just what I needed this week. Good stuff.
Final grade- B