Review: The Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken

Book Review

The Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken
(The Scarred Earth Saga #2)

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Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.

The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

What I thought
Thank you Kensington Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

This was one of my most anticipated books this year.  Ever since I finished the first book I found myself looking up frequently to see if the next book was announced yet.  So I was so happy when I saw that it was and I was so happy when I was approved for this book.

This is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga, and it takes place two years after the events in the first book.  Yes, it is important that you read the first book before you pick this one up. I am specifying this since I saw that question posed. 

This book focuses on Brother Gemma, Keeley’s sister and her champion.  In the first book Gemma was a solid second tier character but you learned so little about her.  I am so happy that his book is about her because there was just so much unknown about her it made her hard to connect to.  This book answers so many questions about Gemma and why she is the way that she is.  It goes so much deeper than just her being a War Monk.  In this book Gemma grows so much and by the end she is on the path to really coming to her own. 

This book is full of strong, take no crap, female characters and I loved every minute of it.  The banter that goes on had me laughing out loud more than once.  I really liked the fact that the romance that is in the book did not take over the story.  It is there but not the main focus point and for me I really enjoyed that.

In this book you see the world really expand and you get to see more groups from all over and you get a really good look at what is possible to come. 

I really loved this book and I can not wait for the next one to come out.  I have a feeling I know which sister will be featured in book 3 and I can not wait for it. 

My Rating: /5

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