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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LOVED LOVED LOVED IT.. A FANTASTICAL FLAWLESS TALE
When Circe fell asleep she was in Seattle but when she woke up she was dressed strangely, she was in a weird holding area, she was with hostile women... and she had no idea where she was, how she got there or why they were all being leered at by very unusual men. But it wouldn't take her long to find out some of the answers... and experience the shocking and degrading, brutal and barbaric 'wife claiming' ritual that the lust fuelled crazed Warriors of the Horde are treated to once or twice a year. However, it wasn't just a Warrior who claimed Circe... it was the Warrior King Dax Lahn who fought his men - bringing about the start of a prophesied Legend.... The Golden Dynasty.
What a vividly wonderful imagination Kristen Ashley has as she lets loose her creative genius with this because she plummets you, along with Circe, into an alternate Universe... a civilization that's led and protected by imposing deadly Alpha Warriors. And she goes on to describe their strange culture and customs, introduces you to a wide variety of characters, has created a brand new language just for them and dazzles you with colorful vivid descriptions of a respected Leader... and his world of duty, honor, loyalty, respect, rules, bloody tournaments and dangerous enemies. KA weaves all this in and around an emotional roller-coaster romance between a Warrior King and his mystical Golden Queen... and Dax Lahn slowly learns to mellow, Circe settles into her new life, her kindness melts hearts and her feistiness is joyously revered. So, for a while there's peace between husband and wife.... but their cultures and differing opinions continue to clash which causes drama, angst... and eventually heartbreaking consequences. Told from Circe's POV, there's humor, passion, compassion, deep friendships, danger and death, fun times, sex and very tender scenes as Circe and Dax Lahn try to communicate, learn each other's language and customs, form a tight bond... and hopelessly fall in love.
Worth a credit? OH BOY YES... I love Kristen Ashley's contemporary romances and she's knocked it out of the park with this new fantasy genre that she seems to have crossed into... which has taken her to the very top of my list of auto-download Authors. I didn't want to stop this listen - and yet I didn't want to come to the end either because I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to the many loveable characters whose weird and wonderful words, actions, stories and lives have mezmerized me for many fantasy-packed awesome hours. The whole story had the added bonus of being brought to life by a very talented narrator.
- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"
Tried to trudge through this
Got through Wildest Dreams because I found it got better the further I read, so I decided to give to this one a shot... Won't be finishing it. After being smacked in the face by her husband and then submitting to being raped by him... Yeah, I'm done.