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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.

©2011, 2016 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Hated to love it

This is probabably the hardest review I've ever had to write. This is the first book I've listened to from the author and can say that though I absolutely adored the story, which considering some of the horrific scenes was surprising, I didn't like the authors repetitiveness. And boy do I mean repetitiveness. Her writing was good but I swear at least 30 percent of this book were the words, "freaking," "sucks," "yikes," and "oh yeah." I heard them that many times that I'd blur over the next ten lines of speech in annoyance and have to go back. Also the, "it wasn't good, it was good," and the, "it wasn't bad, it was bad," which again was repeated a lot, annoyed the hell out of me. That said, the actual story was beautiful and I fell in love, unbelievably, with Dax Lahn, who has fast become one of my favourite ever male characters. I fell in love with the horde and their culture. Well, parts of it. The start may horrify you but when the story comes together I guarantee you will love it. The narrator wasn't bad in fairness and I think it was more the fact that I had to listen to her repeat words that drove me crazy. Her, "oh yeah's" practically give me shingles it got on my nerves that much. I have though listened to far worse and despite all moaning, will definitely listen to this book again. The love story was truly beautiful.

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5 stars

I really enjoyed listening to this, the whole series is fantastic. I keep going back to these story 's and whether they are Audible or written books they are amongst my favourite of all time.

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Loved this book

Really enjoyed reading this book, but listening to it is a hundred times better.
Great narration,

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Loved it

As I'd read the previous reviews, the rape was not a surprise and I think that made that scene more palatable. I loved the rest of the story and enjoyed every minute of the story unfolding. I was dreading that the story would end and I'd be left feeling like I needed more but she has ended it well.

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  • KMD.
  • Ireland
  • 13-07-16

loved the book.

I read this book ages ago and loved it. Yes it touches on delicate subject matters that some might not be comfortable with...I was shocked initially but it was handled very well . Anyway my feeling on the audio is 50/50. The narator was fine...in the female roll. But Lane being probably one of the most masculine males I've ever read, hearing his words read by a woman was very very disappointing. I understand that the book being written in the female point of view might be the reason there's only one narator or that a male reader wasn't used for the entire thing. ...but do feel if only for Lans dialogue, a man should have been used. Terrible shame as it's a fabulous story.

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Fabulous fantasy adventure and romance

I can understand why a lot of people would not like this book. It is difficult to comprehend a book where the H starts the book by raping the h. But this is a fantasy book, in a fantasy world, among fantasy people and, in some bizarre way, Kristen Ashley makes this work. She sucks us into a world where people operate under a different code of beliefs, lifestyle and honour code. She gives us an h who is trapped in this world, who at first resists and fights the life she finds herself living, before coming to accept her new existence and learning to love it, the people, and the H. This is not case of “Stockholm Syndrome”. She does question her feelings, and does not willingly accept her fate. She sometimes fights against the way things are, and at other times, reluctantly accepts that some things about the lifestyle she will just have to learn to live with. What I really liked about this book was it painted a picture of a brutal lifestyle but within this there was a lot of beauty, and a lot of love. Like the h, we may not agree with some of the way things were portrayed, but we grew to understand why it was so, and how it would be possible to live and accept those things, if, in return, you were compensated by a relationship that was really unique. Along with the h, the reader at first questions and disapproves of the life she is thrust into, and then eventually comes to understand that this is a unique society, that functions in an unusual way, but it does work, and it does contain honour, love, loyalty, and all the values that we hold special in our own society.

I know that the beginning of this book would put a lot of readers off. I have to confess that although I am a fan of Kristen Ashley, I did avoid this book because of the opening chapters. But this book is well worth a credit. It is an emotional rollercoaster of a love story that is as unexpected as it is beautiful. I am not a big fan of fantasy fiction but although this book is set in a fantasy world, what really dominates the story is the people, their friendships, loyalties and relationships.

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Rahna Lahnahsahna (Golden Tigress)

Where does The Golden Dynasty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the top 5.

What did you like best about this story?

Dax Lahn realizing he is wrong and trying to learn to be better.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't really just pick one scene as there were quite a few I really enjoyed.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and cry. this book is very emotional.

Any additional comments?

Some really harsh parts in the story in places and sweet in places. Their cultural differences were so great and some of the savage customs were hard to take.

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Really different

Loved it. So different from her other stories. Entertaining and always something interesting happening. Brilliant.

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  • Mykal
  • 13-09-16

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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  • JustACustomer
  • 28-06-16

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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  • Sharae
  • 13-07-16

Ummmm, Errrr. well....

Where does The Golden Dynasty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Enjoyed the story but simply could not hear, "errr, ummm, well, I mean, cool, one more time or I was going to blow a gasket! Such a shame that the author decided to make the leading lady sound like an idiot rather than the majestic character she could have been.

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

None

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing, as she only can only work with what she is given.

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

nope

Any additional comments?

Steamy sex is all great and fine, but really... 3 - 5 climaxes in one night....really!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-16

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.

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  • Erin
  • 13-07-16

Brutality and Beauty; Repeat

Just wow. OK, this one definitely has triggers for some. Our lovely heroine, Circe, goes to bed in Seattle and wakes up in a parallel universe in a pen with other women who are about to be hunted and claimed/raped in a primitive wife hunt, and she and a few others are not willing participants. It starts out pretty brutal. To say there's a lot of HUGE culture shock is an understatement, and the phrase, "That is their way" is not giving Circe much to work with, and yet KA takes this crazy world and weaves a tale that is beautiful, tragic, awesome, horrific, magical, treacherous, blissful and heartbreaking. My chest hurt, my nose stung, I laughed, and I sobbed. What a freaking killer ride this was. It stays with you. I re-listened to it within the week. Amazing.

Tillie Hooper did an excellent job with all the names, not to mention the voices, and the Korwahk language. With Wildest Dreams, I decided she was the best thing since sliced bread, so I was surprised to hear her put emphasis on a hard "G" at the end of words that have soft "G" endings: Wrong answer, long one and strong arm became wrong ganswer, long gwunn and strong garm. I'm sorry to say that I did find it distracting. Cool to use your personal/regional dialect when you chat with your friends, but it's gotta be set aside for narration. Even with that minor bump, her performance STILL is really great, and the overall audio experience of The Golden Dynasty is, as stated above, just amazing.

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  • Christine
  • 23-07-16

LOVED THIS BOOK!! 💞 💗

Can not wait for the rest of the series to be on audible. The first two were wonderful. Great narration, great story line. I would highly recommend this series. Even my big tough redneck husband likes them.

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  • CAROLYN
  • 22-06-16

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.

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  • MorganTaylor
  • 12-05-17

How has Kristen Ashley managed to avoid being sued?

3 points to make here:

1) This book is a complete and total rip-off of Game of Thrones. From the nomadic tribe of warriors obsessed with their horses, to the blonde "queen," white tiger cub named Ghost, Valerian steel blades, sneaky eunuchs, this is a cheesy, millenialized version of a major success. The only unique parts were the cringe-worthy Wife Hunt and the inter-dimensional travel.

2) You can't start a series with a book that has a sex scene or 2, but is definitely not classified as a romance novel, and then have a sequel that is a full-on romance novel with sex scenes at the beginning and end of every chapter! At least the first book had a storyline and explanations about the universe it's based in.

3) I find the fact that a significant amount of the sex scenes in this book are rape scenes extremely disturbing.

All in all I'm pretty disappointed that I wasted a credit on this garbage.

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  • C. Hampton
  • 20-03-17

I'm giving it one star because...

It's a rare author that can start a book with the violent, repetitive rape of a woman, then make the audience completely forget about it by the end. SERIOUSLY people? Circe was raped...not once, not twice, but SEVEN times by this vile man who thought that it was his right to "hunt" for his wife like an animal. Never mind that he showered her with gold and jewels and amazing outfits and servants aplenty. As a woman, I find it ridiculously insulting that this heroine falls in love with her rapist just because he suddenly becomes tender in bed. REALLY???

Kristen Ashley must be either someone who gets off on being abused or is naively unaware of how her books come across. If you are a strong woman who takes crap from NO man, run the other way...this book will make you want to vomit, then throw it across the room.

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  • Mercedes
  • 25-01-17

Same story and characters over and over again!

I am just a few chapters into the book after this one and am dissapointed to say..while the underlying story is great..all the characters are the same! So far in all 3 they cuss or "oh crap oh shit oh crap" a lot. They all "baby", "honey" or "sweetie" the men they get stuck with within a week. All the main male characters are quiet and brooding and angry. Its like a slightly different version of the same freaking thing over and over again. I would hope for more of a variety of characters!

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