The Golden Dynasty : Fantasyland

  • by Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by Tillie Hooper
  • Series: Fantasyland
  • 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she's not having a wild dream; she's living a frightening nightmare where she's been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she's installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.
Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, the Horde of the nation of Korwahk, and with one look at Circe he knows she will be his bride, and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.
Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture, and the small fact she's from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its king; then she makes friends; then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people, and especially their savage leader.

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Not Sure Where To Stand On This

What did you love best about The Golden Dynasty?

The story had its moments, but the amount of (imo) unforgivable acts of violence against women in this book was a little much.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Anti-climatic: as throughout the book, the MC forgave her man for his unforgivable acts with no throwdown or huge show of love. wah wah waaaaaaaaah


What does Tillie Hooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is really good.


Any additional comments?

(Mild Spoilers) I don't know what to think about this book. I did listen to it all in two days, but I'm not sure if it's because I liked it or because of the incredulity of the characters and story line. Speaking of story line, I think Kristen is a Game of Thrones fan. This is almost exactly like Kaleesi's story right down to the traveling horde and the treatment of their women.I really wish the author would pick an age for her main characters. I read "Wildest Dreams" as well and in both books the MC's language usage sounds like a teenager (really cool, eek, dork, etc). In one moment the queen sounds like a sophisticated, well educated, bad ass and in the next moment, she's a sniveling teenager.Also, I would really be interested in what message the author is trying to send to women? "So he raped you repeatedly and forced you to be his wife......it is their way". "He said horrible things to you, locked you in your room, and refused to let you see anyone........you should just forgive him because he felt bad about it after you left him." "You will do everything I tell you to do and you have no say over your body or life." FUCK THAT. I'm sorry but in both of her books the men should grovel, suffer, at the very least, say they were sorry. In this book, he doesn't even really apologize. The ending of this book was really weak and made me hate the main character for her feelings of guilt over not letting him off the hook sooner. I don't think I will be listening to anymore of her books. I can't stand the amount of women hating going on by a woman author.

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- Mykal

Strong Lead Characters; Dark but engaging

What did you love best about The Golden Dynasty?

The lead characters were well developed and, well, fiercely strong.I would have appreciated a "warning" of sorts as the author does with her newer books that it contained some dark stuff. However, I admit it pulled me in and took me as the reader on the journey with the heroine having to deal with being thrust into a truly foreign situation.I found myself distressed, inspired, challenged, and crying at all the right places throughout the story.


What other book might you compare The Golden Dynasty to and why?

For me, I don't read enough with such fantasy worlds to compare it. However, I did keep picturing the 2 characters from the tv version of Game of Thrones. Daneryis Targerian (sp?) and that warrior guy she married in the 1st season.


What does Tillie Hooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly found myself wanting to hear it more than read it. She REALLY hit it out of the park with both books so far in the series on audio. No two characters seemed the same, and I could believe her male voices rather than finding them annoying. The variety of characters goes to the author. The interpretation by this narrator was outstanding. I do not believe any voicing could be more perfect for this characters AND the dialogue.I give her extra points for the completely original names and voicing that different language!I'd say this narration definitely added to the story too.I usually start an audiobook and then find I cannot continue to listen to the female's version of the male or vice versa and thus stick with the reading only. This, however, gave me hope for audiobooks.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!


Any additional comments?

I hope the next in the series is issued ASAP with the same narrator.

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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios