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The Inadequate Heir

Written by: Danielle L. Jensen
Narrated by: Summer Morton,Michael Pauley
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Return to the world of The Bridge Kingdom in this sensuous fantasy full of romance and intrigue that is perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Silver Flames.

A soldier raised as heir to an empire, Zarrah is motivated by two truths. The first is that the Veliant family murdered her mother. And the second is that her pursuit of vengeance will put every last one of them in their graves.

The Endless War between Maridrina and Valcotta has raged for generations, leaving thousands of Zarrah’s people dead and countless more orphaned. So when she’s given command of the contested city of Nerastis, Zarrah is prepared to do whatever it takes to destroy the Maridrinian forces who oppose her. And to kill the Veliant prince who leads them.

Yet a chance encounter with an anonymous, and handsome, Maridrinian causes Zarrah to question whether the violence she’s perpetrated is justice or a crime. And as she continues to meet the nameless man each night, she finds common ground - and fiery passion - in his arms.

But when identities are revealed, Zarrah must decide whether to embrace a chance at peace...or march to the drums of war. 

©2021 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Loved This!

Content Warning: Profanity, violence, torture, explicit (consensual) sexual content, suicide, alcohol and drug consumption, character death, and references to past child abuse.

I am usually weary of books that show the same time period from a different perspective because it feels "been there, done that," but that's not the case at all with this book. Zarrah and Keris are perfect and nothing will change my mind about that. Individually AND together.

This series and world are so intricate and detailed. While there is obviously heavy romance in this, there is a lot for fantasy lovers too. I absolutely love each time we come back and learn more about each of the countries and the politics throughout.

I can't wait to see where this goes next! So like, next book please!!

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Awesome

I have Just finished the third book and am now starting the fourth. I’m addicted !

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More sex than fantasy

I understand that not everyone is going to be reading for the fantasy instead of the romance, but I thought a lot of the sex scenes were gratuitous and overly graphic. The story would stand out more if the characters weren’t constantly interrupted by ridiculously contrived sex. I was so disappointed in this novel, because in all other respects the characters seemed to develop believably, and the world building is still excellent.

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Well written.

Story was good overall. I liked that the MMC wasn’t trained as a fighter. Was cool to hear the other side of the story though the multiple enemies to lovers in the same universe seemed repetitive.

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So So so good!

great story, great performance. I cannot wait for book 4! I hope we get too see a little bit more or Aren and Lara. I cant wait to see whats in store for Keris and Zara. Keris and Lara better get a moment or two together!

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incredible

this book was the best one so far. the first 2 are amazing aswell

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Awesome

Absolutely adored the characters, the world building and the anticipation of these stories, although I was told it was a finished trinity I was misinformed and wait impatiently for the next in the series!!

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Even better than bridge kingdom

I was happily surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about Keris and Zahra initially. However the plot and character development is even better than the bridge kingdom. Lara and Aren were likeable but Zahra and Keris were more engaging and more interesting. Definitely recommend. I just wish the male reader has a less severe American accent. It didn’t match my vision of Keris’ character at all and the pronunciation of some words just made me cringe.

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homedog needs to decide on a pronunciation

story. 10/10. best in the series so far i can only imagine reading it on paper wouldve been insane. HOWEVER listening to it was a journey because the male voice actor pronounced different words DIFFERENTLY throughout. like words he had said one way he would say a different way. danielle has done it again but these voice actors..have not

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4.5 stars

This book overlaps with The Bridge Kingdom and The Traitor Queen. It starts at the end of The Bridge Kingdom, when Keris travels through the bridge to go study philosophy (and we learn later that it was a ruse to gain access to the bridge), and ends a little after Ithicana manages to defeat Maridrina's fleet at the end of The Traitor Queen. Keris is the leader of Maridrina's forces in the city of Nerastis, while Zarrah is the leader of the Valcottans. Each side controls one half of the city, and all they have been doing for years is pushing each other, trying to attack and take back a few miles of land, only to lose them a few weeks later. Keris is fed up with death and the war, and while Zarrah is full of hatred toward Maridrina, she also wants what's best for her country and her people, and the war is only killing more and more people, without any true gain for Valcotta or Maridrina.

Keris’ ideals are far from his father's. He is tired of living in a nation at war, and tired of the useless deaths of his people and Valcotta's people, all because Silas and the Empress are both too stubborn to try to make peace with each other. Keris is brilliant, and secretly quite good with a weapon, even though he pretends that he is not a warrior. Despite seeking peace and being kind and empathetic, he has a ruthless side that comes out when someone he loves is threatened. He would not hesitate to start a war and burn a whole city to save those he loves, and I found that this trait made him a little morally grey at times, which I adored. He's sexy, cunning, fiercely protective, and also sweet at times. I really love him.

I liked being able to see more of Silas and Keris' tense relationship, and also see how Serin is the real puppeteer in the capital. He is a sadistic prick, but I have to admit that he is quite cunning and he seems to always have a contingency plan, and a way to get the upper hand. He is also good at manipulating others into doing his dirty work. Silas sadly was not very interesting, and what we saw of him was pretty much the same as what we saw in the first two books. He is selfish and obsessed with the bridge, and while I was a little surprised to see that he might not completely hate Keris, I was not very impressed by the rest of him.

Zarrah, like most female characters in this series, is strong, and brave, and she's a kickass warrior. Her goal in life has always been to kill as many Maridrinians as possible so she can get revenge for her mother's death, but she slowly comes to realize that killing everyone will not change her mother's tragic death, and most of all, killing everyone means killing innocent civilians, and soldiers that are fighting a war they want no part in. Both sides are full of hate, but no one really knows who started the war, and how it could ever end. They are just determined to fight forever if that's what it takes because abandoning the fight would make them look weak and would be a slight against their honor.

The romance between Keris and Zarrah starts off really well. I like how they kept on meeting, without knowing each other's true identities. I have to say though that things got pretty intense in the last part, and I think I would have enjoyed a little more of a slow burn. The smut was spicy and hot, and it was perfect, but they went from being attracted to each other, to still being attracted, but also being repulsed/shocked by each other's identity, to proclaiming their undying love and neverending devotion to each other quickly... Actually, it was not that quick, but as I said in my review of The Traitor's Queen, the time spent in the harem looks like a few weeks instead of a few months, so maybe it seemed faster than it really was. I still love their intense and forbidden love, but the intensity of their love declarations took me by surprise.

There is a lot of politics in this book, and the fact that the second part mostly happens at the same time as Aren's imprisonment in The Traitor Queen was very interesting, but it was also a downside for me. I loved seeing all the politics and scheming involved in Aren's rescue from Keris's point of view, but at the same time, some parts felt longer because I knew already what would happen to Zarrah and Aren. I have to say though that the ending was a little unexpected, and I am very eager to see what will happen next. I am hoping for some bonding time between Keris and Lara, and I hope that we will get to see them work together.

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