Book Review for THE ORCHID THRONE by Jeffe Kennedy

THE ORCHID THRONE by Jeffe Kennedy
Forgotten Empires, Book 1
St. Martin's Press
☕ ☕ ☕ + 1/2
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A glimpse into a world filled with battles, bewitchment, and love.

THE ORCHID THRONE is a tale filled with magic, love, loss, and revenge. Kennedy brings to life her fantastical characters and the intricate world they live in by grounding her story in authentic emotion and passion for a cause.

** Book Review for THE ORCHID THRONE by Jeffe Kennedy **

What I enjoyed so much about this book was being brought immediately into a place and time, which was equal parts fantasy and reality. There is always something so wonderful about reading of some far off land where a Queen will sacrifice anything to protect her land, a man stop at nothing to punish the emperor who wronged him, and a battle is being waged to get back what once was. This story is the start of something that could be epic.

I will say this. I didn’t love where the book ended. For me, it left me saying, “is that it?” I thought there would be more of a cliff hanger. I am not going to give anything away, but I thought this beginning to an epic romance deserved to leave us wanting more.

However, with all this said, I did like the story. I loved the back and forth between Conri and Lia as well as the interactions with all the characters we met. I can see that it has the potential to be the beginning of something great. I hope the next book will open us up further to this world we go to know.  

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people

free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…


Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

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About the Author: JEFFE KENNEDY is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. 

Her most recent works include Prisoner of the Crown and the upcoming Exile of the Seas, from her high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles of Dasnaria, in the same world as her award-winning fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a fantasy series, Sorcerous Moons. Her books have won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015, been named Best Book of June 2014, and won RWA’s prestigious RITA® Award. 

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and on Twitter @jeffekennedy.

Book Details:

Series: Forgotten Empires (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (September 24, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250194318
ISBN-13: 978-1250194312

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