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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.

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

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  • Dar
  • 2022-04-28

Finding home

I am a broken, emotional mess after finishing this book! Not only did Cersei and Lan put me through the wringer as they broke and put themselves back together, Cersei’s dad was just the best, and the most. I loved how this story developed, the growth for both characters, the secret times together, the tender times together, the wild and the wrath. The bonds that were formed with the horde, with the ladies, with the attendants, it all had to be forged, there was nothing to build upon before Cersei’s arrival. There were parts that were painful to go through, there were parts that were steamy, there were parts that were cute, all the things that make up a good life. Cersei and Lan had a lot to cover to be together and they did it with the grace, brute force, and tenderness that defines them both <3

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Officer, I'd like to report a robbery....

....cause this book just stole my heart!!!

I read SO many negative reviews on audible that I almost skipped this book entirely, but luckily the reviews on Goodreads changed my mind and I decided to give it a chance. And I'm so glad I did, I absolutely ADORE this story!! I devoured it over a weekend because I just could not stop, I became a woman obsessed.

I understand that some reviewers take issue that there is rape and violence in the beginning of the story (it does start with a Wife Hunt, after all) but you have to remember that this is a very primitive society and like most primitive cultures there has been no "feminist movement", unsurprisingly. That being said, I came to find there was still much love, respect, and tenderness between the men and women in this story, and that had me swooning pretty damn hard.

The sex scenes had me grabbing a cold glass of water on a number of occasions. And I loved that each sex scene did something to move the plot forward or to add to character development, makes it so much more meaningful that way. Personally, I very much NEED to care about the characters just as much as the plot, and this book succeeded on both fronts.

My only real criticism is that the MC is a grown woman, but she often speaks as if she's a teenager and it does get a little annoying—but it's forgivable and I still loved her character in spite of her limited vocabulary.

The narrator was excellent, I can't even think of one single critique.

I've never read anything from this author before, so I don't know of the other books in the Fantasyland series are just as good as this one, or if they're even any good at all. But for me The Golden Dynasty was a delicious read and worth every single penny. I hope you give it a chance too.

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wow really graphic and spicy . I enjoyed the book , good book to listen to at home Haha

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My Favorite Book

I really enjoyed this book. it's become one of my favorites. I listened to it more time than I can count. The narrator is one of the best. The author is awesome. Thanks #Audible1

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Loved the first book, liked the 2nd. Not interested in continuing with the others in the series

There were a few things I did not like about this book. But ended up loving it anyways. Halfway maybe more than I expected.

Tillie Hooper who narrates the series does an amazing job overall, and at changing voices for different characters, expressions, etc.

While these books are not the same story, they kind of have the same idea of 2 girls swapping places in their worlds. So even tho I loved the first 2, I don’t think I’ll continue with the rest of the series. This may change after some time. But right now I’m feeling like I have no interest to see at all based on reading the summaries.

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Waste of money

Didn't even get halfway through, waste of money. The romantisization of abuse and sexual violence is not something worth reading.

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  • Mykal
  • 2016-09-13

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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  • Book Gobbler
  • 2019-02-26

Just Wrong

I couldn’t get through this book because the protagonist states that she was raped 7 times by her husband- Minutes later she is enjoying sex with him and having orgasms. I was shocked because rape is not a subject to be taken lightly. It is a brutal and violent invasion that leaves behind emotional and physical scars that I don’t think the author is aware of. It was difficult for me to comprehend why she would put this in her book and treat it like it’s just a minor snag. I can’t imagine someone who was victimized in such a way reading the heroine’s reaction to being raped, It is insensitivity nearly to the point of cruelty. This book is not my idea of romance and the impropriety was staggering... I won’t be reading anything else by this author.

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  • Ann
  • 2017-05-17

Rape is not sexy.

I really like this author and the first book in the series really flirted with assault which wasn't great but I ignored it. Full disclosure I'm only 2 hours into this book but the protagonist is undisputedly raped multiple times by the main love interest. I can't in good conscience continue to read this book. When we romanticize rape and pretend it's sexy we perpetuate rape culture. Going to return this book and I'm probably done with this author as well. It's a shame.

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  • Kelli
  • 2016-12-30

Rape as a form of entertainment for men is sick

It's one thing to write a rape scene as a means to explain why characters have issue. It quite another to write in a rape scene and chalk it up as cultural norm.... then have a women fall in love with the rapid is sick

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  • Melonie Tarlton
  • 2017-08-02

Rape is not ok

I loved The first book of the series, which was my first book back Kristen Ashley. I made myself finish this. I kept hoping that it would get better, but it didn't. I understand that she's writing about a make-believe culture. However in this culture men hunt and then rape their wives to claim them. After their claimed they continue to rape them. This book portrays the women falling in love with their rapists. This book normalizes everything that we should teach our daughters is not OK. Even after being physically struck by their husbands, these women just suck it up and enjoy sex with them. This absolutely turned my stomach.

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  • MorganTaylor
  • 2017-05-12

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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  • LJ Ducharme
  • 2017-04-03

Violence against women is never good

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Ashley again?

I love this series, but was disturbed by this particular book in the series. When a book starts out with a "Hunt" for wives and they wives are claimed by rape . . . . not a positive way to start. When the new wife falls into, what I can only call Stockholm Syndrome ..... not a good way to follow up rape.

If I could strip away the extreme violence committed against women in this book I would have given it all 5 stars across the board. I will continue to read this series, but I am not a fan of this particular book.

What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

She has a wonderful voice that conveys the emotion and atmosphere perfectly.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

See above comments about listening to a Kristen Ashley book again.

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  • Sharae
  • 2016-07-13

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-07-16

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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  • Kelila
  • 2020-02-08

Stockholm Syndrome: A Romance?

First, this book needs Trigger Warnings for rape and domestic abuse. (Ask me how I know)

I suppose this is meant as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast? Sort of? Except it neither minimizes the brutality of rape and imprisonment a la Disney, nor does it delve deeply into the dark imagery a la Angela Carter. Instead, it attempts to do both.

Let me back up for a second.

This is my 5th Kristen Ashley book set in “Fantasyland.” I began with The Rising series and I’m going through the Fantasyland series while I wait for the final installment of the former to be released. I’m familiar with the hyper-patriarchal society that the author has created, and I usually ignore all the things that make my skin crawl because the world-building is phenomenal and the stories are engaging.

I can look past the foundational assumptions that:

1. Men may treat women like property so long as the men are attractive, good in bed, and protect and pamper their women.
2. Men never apologize and arguments only end when the woman gives in so that the man can say, I won’t do it again. But he will never admit that he was wrong
3. As long as the man has good(ish) intentions, he may disregard his wife’s wishes, make decisions about his wife’s life and body without discussing it with her, and maybe - if he’s in a good mood - even do something she asks of him, and she should be grateful for his magnanimity.

I get that some people get off in this dynamic but I’m not one of them. But I can overlook it.

What I have trouble with is the highly dangerous concept that a man can hunt and rape a woman bloody, and a few days later she’s loving the orgasms he gives her. I have trouble with the concept that a woman should stay in an abusive relationship because “he won’t do it again.” I have trouble with a woman shamed into taking the blame for a man’s violent temper because she’s not sleeping with him. I have trouble with that same woman teaching other women how to cope with their own abusive husbands so that they can be happy in that relationship. I have trouble with the concept that a man should be able to imprison his wife so she cannot leave him because he loves her too much to lose her. These are... not entertainment.

I finished the book. Again, it’s a vivid world. It’s like a car wreck, hard to look away, hoping the people miraculously made it out unscathed. And...

Despite the abuse, she’s in love with him. He’s in love with her. He resurrects her broken spirit and they live happily ever after.

No.

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