A Curse of Queens

A Curse of Queens

by Amanda Bouchet

Narrated by Samantha Brentmoor

Unabridged — 14 hours, 54 minutes

A Curse of Queens

A Curse of Queens

by Amanda Bouchet

Narrated by Samantha Brentmoor

Unabridged — 14 hours, 54 minutes

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Overview

The War of Gods is just beginning
After centuries of conflict, the three kingdoms of Thalyria have finally been reunited. But now the queen has been cursed, the royal lineage has been broken, and no one knows who's behind the plot to threaten the once-fractured realm's fragile new peace.
Desperate to help, Jocasta-the king's younger sister and a gifted healer-hatches a daring plan to find Circe's garden, a fabled island where she hopes to discover an antidote. But she can't do it alone. She needs the strong arm and unflinching
bravery of the warrior she's loved since childhood-her brother's right-hand man and captain of the guard, Flynn of Sinta.
Flynn has spent years fighting to deny the desperate longing burning between them, but he cannot allow Jocasta to face this danger alone. He swears he will be her shield, and together they will do the impossible. Yet with old feelings blazing
bright and treachery brewing on Mount Olympus, one thing is clear: Thalyria and its new royals are still pawns in an epic game of power-one that might end in a War of Gods.

Editorial Reviews

DECEMBER 2022 - AudioFile

Samantha Brentmoor narrates a fantasy romance set among the gods and mortals of Ancient Greece. Sister to the king, Jocasta is eager to prove her worth after a curse strikes the royal couple and threatens their unborn child. Brentmoor proves adept at balancing Jo’s desire to find a place among the royal household and her longing to return to the village where she grew up. When Jo and a select team–including her love interest, Flynn–leave to seek a remedy for the curse, Brentmoor skillfully builds an aching tension between the pair that can only have one resolution. While the pace of the story is at times leisurely, Brentmoor’s narration remains engaging and appealing throughout. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine

From the Publisher

"In A Curse of Queens, Amanda Bouchet has created another story so lush with myth and magic that the characters step off the page. I fell hard for Jocasta, for Flynn, for all of Team Hope as their love and loyalty are tested over and over by gods and monsters alike."

Maria Vale, author of the Legend of all Wolves series

"In A Curse of Queens, Amanda Bouchet has created another story so lush with myth and magic that the characters step off the page. I fell hard for Jocasta, for Flynn, for all of Team Hope as their love and loyalty are tested over and over by gods and monsters alike."

Maria Vale, author of the Legend of all Wolves series

"A delightful return to the fantastical, thrilling Kingmaker world. Faithful fans will love Jocasta and Flynn’s epic quest and romance—and will be richly rewarded for their long wait." —Jeffe Kennedy, award-winning and bestselling author of The Pages of the Mind and Dark Wizard

"Readers looking for a rip-roaring adventure will find it here." — Kirkus

"Bouchet strikes a perfect balance between evocative Greek mythology-inspired world building and grand romance in this fabulous adventure." — BookPage

DECEMBER 2022 - AudioFile

Samantha Brentmoor narrates a fantasy romance set among the gods and mortals of Ancient Greece. Sister to the king, Jocasta is eager to prove her worth after a curse strikes the royal couple and threatens their unborn child. Brentmoor proves adept at balancing Jo’s desire to find a place among the royal household and her longing to return to the village where she grew up. When Jo and a select team–including her love interest, Flynn–leave to seek a remedy for the curse, Brentmoor skillfully builds an aching tension between the pair that can only have one resolution. While the pace of the story is at times leisurely, Brentmoor’s narration remains engaging and appealing throughout. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine

Kirkus Reviews

2022-06-22
After her queen in cursed by the gods, a healer embarks on a magical quest to Circe’s island.

Jocasta was born to a family of commoners but became a princess after her brother’s unlikely rise to the throne, a story told in the first three books of Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles series. Jocasta’s healing talent makes her feel like a lesser member of the newly minted royal family, which needs powerful warriors and politicians to stay in power—men like Flynn, her brother’s most trusted friend and captain of the guard. Years ago, Jocasta thought she was in love with Flynn, but she has been steering clear of him ever since he cruelly rejected the romantic overture she made on her 18th birthday. Flynn is afraid to love again, having lost his entire family to various illnesses and tragedies. He never intended to hurt Jocasta but only wanted to protect himself from further loss. When the queen is cursed by a stasis spell—not only will she never change or grow old, but she’ll stay 8 months pregnant forever without ever giving birth—it’s clear she is being used as a pawn in a battle between the gods of Mount Olympus. Jocasta realizes the only possible cure lies in the fabled gardens of Circe. Flynn and three others volunteer to go with Jocasta on her quest, which involves traversing the perilous route of Odysseus. When Flynn and Jocasta become temporarily separated from the rest of their party, they discover they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Readers looking for a rip-roaring adventure will find it here, but the romance arc is tightly compressed and almost perfunctory compared to the long, complex fighting and action sequences. Uneven pacing makes the final round trip push to Circe’s island feel rushed.

Action packed but romance-light.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940175102322
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles Series , #4
Edition description: Unabridged
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