Hello everyone! 👋🏼
Last week, I finished buddy reading The Bridge Kingdom with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads (casual re-read for Dini). I believe this was my first time buddy “reading” with Leslie as well as Dini. Leslie and I have buddy “watched” Shadow and Bone on Netflix though. That was incredibly fun — and this buddy read was wonderful! It is so nice to be able to discuss a book with someone else concurrently with reading the book! Buddy reads are just so much fun. I am very excited for our buddy read of The War of Two Queens coming up in May. 🌼
⚠️Note: This review does not contain spoilers, but as always, read at your discretion.⚠️
👀Synopsis from Goodreads:
“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.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought that, while it was enemies to lovers, the story and characters still managed to be unique. Is it the classic lady assassin trained to kill “evil” man/prince/king? Yes. However, Danielle Jensen allows the reader to see the conflict (or rather, read) in Lara. You get an in depth view into the struggle between the Lara created by her father and the Lara that she has found in Ithicana. Generally, when I read these enemies to lovers, I find that there is not enough inner conflict for the story of be believable- or perhaps the conflict is just not as impactful as I feel it could be. That was not the case with this book! Jensen did a wonderful job displaying this to the reader.
I really did enjoy the banter between Lara and Aren. It added a great dimension to their relationship and it livened things up. I only wish that there had been more of it!
There was one thing I wish was written better in the book, in that I found it hard to envision the bridge. Now, this could totally just be a “me” thing and, while the map did help, I just found it difficult to conjure up an image. While I would not normally be too bothered by that, the book, in some ways, is quite technical with war/attacking/defending strategies. Sometimes, I felt a bit lost in how parts of the bridge were supposed to look like. Again, this could just be a “me” thing. 🤷🏽♀️
Have you read The Bridge Kingdom? What were your thoughts on the novel?