Review| The Bridge Kingdom – Danielle L. Jensen

Danielle L. Jensen is an author I’ve been curious about for awhile. A friend of mine is a huge fan and kept bugging me and another friend to try one of her books. We decided to finally give it a go and started with The Bridge Kingdom! If you want to know what I thought, keep on reading for my review.

Review| The Bridge Kingdom – Danielle L. Jensen

What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy?
Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.
But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom, #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Published by Context Literary Agency on 13/08/2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback


Before I even start talking about the story itself, I need to talk about the cover and chapter headings. The Bridge Kingdom is stunning! My bookish heart is always happy when a book is this pretty. Then I just hope the story lives up to the pretty parts I’ve already come to love.

The Bridge Kingdom is filled with politics, spies, a really long hatred between two countries and a slow burn romance. Lara has basically been raised to become the wife of a Kingdom that has been mistreating her people. That’s all she knows. Before one of her own sisters is forced into an arranged marriage, Lara takes matters into her own hands to make sure she’s the one. Aren is the King of Ithicana and isn’t looking forward to this marriage either, but he’ll do anything to protect his people.

The world building is really interesting and I love how the author set this up. If I’m honest, I still don’t understand exactly how the bridge works in this story. All of the kingdoms want power over it, but I’m a bit confused. I have to say other than that I’d love to live in Aren’s kingdom. It sounds beautiful and I love when an author writes a world I’d like to visit. It sounds really stunning.

“This man might be a hunter. But he was mistaken if he believed she was prey.”

Lara is an interesting character. She’s feisty, but also very protective of her family and people. Also, she’s really stubborn and at times I really couldn’t understand her. Yes, you grew up thinking certain ways, but she was just as ready to make another country suffer to help her people. Even after seeing things weren’t all they seemed to be. I get years of thinking something makes it hard to change your take on things, but it was frustrating at times. Other than that, I loved how strong she was and how much she just wanted to help.

Aren is an interesting one. He’s really focused on protecting his people. When I first started The Bridge Kingdom, I thought he was going to be an evil one, but that couldn’t be less true. He’s tough, but has a hard of gold. This makes it so hard for him to act on the feelings he starts to develop for Lara. I really would’ve loved to have had just a few more chapters from his POV.

That being said at first I really wasn’t sure what was going on, but the last third/quarter of this book just sucked me right in and wouldn’t let me go. I just needed to know how it would all play out. The only thing that annoyed me a bit were some things were just a bit too predictable. I know this happens a lot, but I think it would’ve been amazing to have a plot twist we didn’t see coming. All in all, it still really left me wanting and needing to know more. I have a feeling the second book is going to be just as action packed and hopefully full of surprises. The author’s writing style is amazing and I can’t wait to read more.

“Aren’t we bold now that we believe we are untouchable.”

On top of all of this, there is a romance! I loved how it wasn’t an instant love. It was definitely slow burn. Aren and Lara both don’t know who to trust and have different motives in the beginning. I loved watching them slowly get close and really open up to each other. With a few steamy scenes here and there. I really hope they get their happily ever after!

Even though I was confused about the world a few times and still am with certain things, I’m so curious about how this all continues. The Traitor Queen releases in September and I’m excited. I definitely need to read more by this author. If you have and have a suggestion what I should start with first, let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Review| The Bridge Kingdom – Danielle L. Jensen

  1. Oh my god I TOTALLLYY AGREE – that is one gorgeous cover! I am surprised I didn’t know about this yet?! Lara and Aren sound lovely too! But you say the world building was a bit off?! That really is a bummer – and yet, you still seem to have enjoyed it a lot! That makes it all worth it 😉 LOVED READING YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT, Candyce! <3

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