[ download pdf ] The Golden DynastyAuthor Kristen Ashley – Albawater.co

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 her white throne of horns as their QueenDax 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 legendCirce 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


10 thoughts on “The Golden Dynasty

  1. Jilly Jilly says:

    The only thing that could make this book okay is if the author donated all of the money made on it to battered women s shelters to help the women who have suffered the atrocities that she is trying to glamorize in this book Rape is never romantic Domestic abuse is never forgivable Slavery is never acceptable.We start out with a hunt where women are in a corral and are set loose to run for their lives as men on horses hunt them down, rape them, tear off all their clothes, and then display th The only thing that could make this book okay is if the author donated all of the money made on it to battered women s shelters to help the women who have suffered the atrocities that she is trying to glamorize in this book Rape is never romantic Domestic abuse is never forgivable Slavery is never acceptable.We start out with a hunt where women are in a corral and are set loose to run for their lives as men on horses hunt them down, rape them, tear off all their clothes, and then display them naked in front of the camp as their capture slave wife She now belongs to him Let the raping begin Many of these women have been captured from foreign lands and have no grasp of the language, so they don t know what their new husbands are saying to them, just that they are in a living hell of captivity and rape with a savage.This is what happens to our hero, Circe But, Circe is lucky because she is raped and captured by the king, Lahn, who considers her his Golden Queen , so he sends in an interpreter to try to communicate with her This interpreter tells her that this is their warrior ways and she needs to get her crap together and start acting right or else things could get even worse for her worse, how So, Circe decides that her captor is kinda cute cuz, don t we all forgive rapists if they are cute, huh, girls , and she starts to like him And, it s all sweet love and happiness Stockholm Syndrome Style Until, he decides that she was bad by not telling him where she was for a while, and he backhands her across the face, knocking her into next week Bring in the magic interpreter She must explain that this, yet again, is just their warrior ways Plus, he s ho ot cuz, girls, if your boyfriend starts smacking you around, you just gotta forgive him It s just the way he is He s passionate You don t gotta leave him cuz he s got such strong feelings And, he feels bad He won t do it again unless you make him mad again, cuz he s passionate So, of course, Circe forgives him and true love travels on.This book is determined to degrade women in every possible way and act like it is somehow forgivable because it is all part of this savage culture But, here s the thing The author made up this culture She decided to create this culture of violence against women I just have to ask myself, Why And, why does everyone like it and excuse the atrocities in this book I just don t get it


  2. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    I gave up a world for youOne of my absolute favorites, especially by Kristen Ashley


  3. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    You know you ve struck gold when you ve found an author whose every book you experience becomes your newest favorite, and such is the case with Kristen Ashley Every single book I ve read, 21 to date, has become a keeper because the characters and their stories grab hold and just will not let go How is it possible that this happens time and time again, you ask Well, when I sit down to read a book and escape the crap that comes with real life, it s not the properly placed semi colon or comma tha You know you ve struck gold when you ve found an author whose every book you experience becomes your newest favorite, and such is the case with Kristen Ashley Every single book I ve read, 21 to date, has become a keeper because the characters and their stories grab hold and just will not let go How is it possible that this happens time and time again, you ask Well, when I sit down to read a book and escape the crap that comes with real life, it s not the properly placed semi colon or comma that makes me sigh, nor is it the perfectly structured sentence that brings tears to my eyes, it s the amazing characters, the characters who stop being just words on the page and become living, breathing people their lives, their stories those are the things that make me content Happy. That s what Kristen Ashley gives me.Every Single Time And this book, like all the others, has given me the very same The Golden Dynasty is the second book in the Fantasyland series, and nothing like any book I ve ever read ThinkGame of Thrones meets Braveheartin Avalon, and that s what you get with this book Vile barbaric customs and traditions, gods, goddesses, witches, magic, plundering, pillaging, executions, and loads of burn up the pages sex make this one of the most intense books I ve read, and Dax Lahn one of the most demanding, frustrating, bloodthirsty, brutal alphas of any Kristen Ashley book And, heaven help me, but I m in love with him Keeping in mind this is a primitive and, what we would consider a barbaric culture, I feel I should mention that this book contains graphic scenes of violence against women, and rape, while never shown on the page, is also part of that culture For those who might be concerned about this and wondering if they should read this story, I ll tell you this The heroine, Circe, does everything in her power to change these things, and is a true champion for the women in this story For these reasons, and many , I so admired Circe Her compassion, her strength, her capacity to love and I mean love hard, made her the perfect wife for Dax Lahn, whose world has no room for beauty, passion, or anything except leading his warriors, The Horde, and ensuring the survival and prosperity of the Korwahk nation.As gory as this story is, as cruel as its warrior king hero could be, this is one of the best of KA s romances, in my opinion The language barrier, the cultural and moral differences so much stood in the way of The Warrior King Lahn and his Golden Queen Circe getting their happily ever after. But they knew what they had, what they could have, and they ached for it, reached for it, bled for it and when they finally got it, it was a beautiful, amazing thing If you re already a Kristen Ashley addict, or interested in checking out her books, be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict s Support Group here on Goodreads


  4. Stacey is Sassy Stacey is Sassy says:

    Re read April 18, 2017 June 20, 2018 I don t think it could EVER be a bad experienceIt s my yearly visit and I loved it AGAIN I will be back So, Goodreads is telling me that I m re reading The Golden Dynasty for the 21st time Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but it might also be pretty bloody accurate I LOVE THIS STORY I was having a think on why I love re reading, or in a lot of cases listening to an audio for a re read, so much I think re reading is like being Re read April 18, 2017 June 20, 2018 I don t think it could EVER be a bad experienceIt s my yearly visit and I loved it AGAIN I will be back So, Goodreads is telling me that I m re reading The Golden Dynasty for the 21st time Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but it might also be pretty bloody accurate I LOVE THIS STORY I was having a think on why I love re reading, or in a lot of cases listening to an audio for a re read, so much I think re reading is like being a stunt person You know the layout, study the highs and lows and know when the scary parts are coming up You can brace all you like, but you will still feel the impact Sometimes those impacts will leave marks and other times you are so sure you re going to get hurt, you skirt around it at the last moment.Reading, or in my case, re reading for the 21st time still a little shocked at that , The Golden Dynasty is exactly like that I know when all of the bad bits are coming up and I prepare for the impact as much as I can, but still, manage to come away bruised and battered There are a couple of scenes that REALLY affect me I try to make sure that I m in the right place at the right time when the impact happens but I m not always successful There is this one scene at the beginning of the book that I HAVE to be at home for I need to give my full attention and make sure nothing can distract me or take away my attention from it Today, I was on the train when King Butt Head Balder visits Lahn and Circe Now King Butt Head s visit isn t really the problem but Lahn s reaction to the visit had left me a little teary Even after 21 reads I STILL CRY EVERY BLOODY TIME Obviously, I got my timing WRONGreally, really wrong.This will not be the last time that I bring out The Golden Dynasty to cheer me up For me, this is a book that will always take me to my happy place An epic read that takes you from the lowest lows to the highest highs I can brace all I like, prepare all I want, but the impacts will still move me, mark me and stay with me forever Another review view spoiler I finished up the audio for The Golden Dynasty on a high Today was a baking day for my son s birthday He turned thirteen and put a request in for snickerdoodles and a chocolate cake Luckily the boys were at school because it was a teary baking session and I needed to be alone to sniffle in private.As I predicted the narrator was AWESOME She does both male and female really well and I never hesitated in knowing when the characters changed The emotional scenes were done really well and I could hear the anger, frustration, hesitation and passion for each character The narrator deserves special mentioning for her interpretation of the Korwahk language It was like Ms Hooper had been using it for years with no hesitation whatsoever.I loved the audio and I m pretty sure this will be on my regular re listening schedule I can t wait forof this series to come out and I hope the narrator stays the same hide spoiler The below review is my first review of reading the book This is not an Epic review, this is just a tribute This review is a little spoilery so proceed with caution.I have an incurable condition called OCKAD aka Obsessive Compulsive Kristen Ashley Disorder It s self diagnosed, but I m pretty sure I ve got it How I diagnosed my condition was by studying my feelings while reading Kristen Ashley books I recognised an overwhelming desire to re read every book Kristen Ashley has written over and over again This is not a one off situation either It happens EVERY TIME How do I manage my condition with a lot of perseverance and a one click management program of buyingandbooks to distract me from KA Sometimes it works other times it s a losing battle I m okay living with this condition on the proviso that Kristen Ashley keeps feeding my addiction with alpha male, sexy, macho man, bossy heroes.How to write a review for an epic tale like The Golden Dynasty I have no bloody idea how to do it justice This book brings out the most intense feelings in me about subjects that I would normally abhor On the surface it s about a bunch of blokes who seem to care only about their own needs and which woman or slave will serve it best These guys are into fighting, raiding, drinking, partying and having sex To find their wives and partners they make it a game The Wife Hunt Let s find the prettiest chicks in the world, dress em up and tell them to run for their lives The men then chase them down, fight off other contenders, which could end in their death, snap a chain around their neck and claim them Sounds great doesn t it No Well, the first part of this story is a little hard to take, I ll grant you that The fact that the claiming doesn t always get explained to the women makes it so much better NOT Once their claimed , the blokes then take them back to their cham tent and do a littleclaiming Some of these lucky ladies knew beforehand what was going to happen, but others don t and have to deal with foreign words, actions and living arrangements.So, initially you start this book thinking How on earth am I going to fall for a hero who claims if you haven t cottoned on yet, I mean rape his heroine and then keeps doing it over and over again Well after awhile, his claimings takes a turn and becomes a little , shall we say pleasant The story comes to life as we get to know the characters and can t help but fall in love with them.Circe is from Seattle and wakes up in an alternate universe smack bang in the middle of the Wife Hunt She has no idea how she got there but learns pretty damn quickly that she better get her head screwed on and run We see through her eyes the horrors of the event and what she must survive Circe soon realises she s not returning home and must learn to live in this place and find happiness where she can Luckily, she makes friends and learns their language which helps her settle into her new life.Dax Lahn is king of his people He has not joined the wife hunt before because he hasn t felt an attraction to any of the women gathered When Circe is paraded before him, he feels an instant connection He chases her down, fights off his competitors and claims her as his own Unfortunately, his queen does not know of his people and doesn t jump for joy and accept him wholeheartedly like he d hoped Lahn must learn patience and compromise to gain affection from Kah Lahnahsahna My Tigress.This story is about struggling in a new world, learning to accept people for who they are and what they stand for and adjusting your expectations We see a man who is also a king learn that the old ways are not always the best ways We meet some wonderful characters in Diandra, Narinda, Bain and Zahnin We also meet some truly awful characters Dortak and King Baldur made my skin crawl with their evilness and greed that jumped right off the pages view spoiler How Dortak s life was ended was gruesome and somewhat severe I took extreme pleasure in reading his suffering I m not that type of person normally but the extreme hate I had for this character made me want to see him suffer hide spoiler The Golden Dynasty is part of a series Each couple in the book before and books after are connected by the quest to bring peace and goodwill to their universe Luckily the heroines have friends to help and husbands who at first can be brutal, but learn to be loving.This is one of the most intense books I have ever read My feelings were like a rollercoaster I wanted to hate Lahn for his handling of things, but realised they were part of his culture and he didn t know any different I loved the friendships formed and the connections made between the people and their Golden Queen The communication difficulties had me laughing at times and made me appreciate the difficulties Circe faced learning the Korwahk language I was sad whenever Dortak s bride made an appearance as I knew the abuse she faced would be unbearable I became frustrated at the warriors for what they made their wives put up with, which contradicted the love and appreciation they show them But overall I just felt awe that Kristen Ashley s The Golden Dynasty let me escape for just awhile and live in Fantasyland


  5. Aestas Book Blog Aestas Book Blog says:

    5.5 stars I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS BOOK Kristen Ashley never ceases to amaze me with the beauty of the books she writes Seriously, this story is just magical


  6. Candace Candace says:

    Of all the books in Kristen Ashley s Fantasyland series, The Golden Dynasty was by far my favorite I love dark, controversial romances that make you love them in spite of all reason This was one of those stories I spent as much time cringing as I did smiling, but I couldn t have asked forI loved this one If you ve read many of Ms Ashley s books, then it goes without saying that the hero is an over the top Alpha Dax Lahn, King of Suh Tunak and the Horde of Korwahk, was pretty inti Of all the books in Kristen Ashley s Fantasyland series, The Golden Dynasty was by far my favorite I love dark, controversial romances that make you love them in spite of all reason This was one of those stories I spent as much time cringing as I did smiling, but I couldn t have asked forI loved this one If you ve read many of Ms Ashley s books, then it goes without saying that the hero is an over the top Alpha Dax Lahn, King of Suh Tunak and the Horde of Korwahk, was pretty intimidating, even by her standards In his world, the men are warriors that are prized for their physical dominance and ability to take what they want, including a wife As they roam around raiding villages, they murder, rob and rape They are barbarians.Circe goes to sleep in her world, but wakes up in a parallel world She has no idea of how she ended up there, unlike Finnie who agreed to trade places with her otherworldly twin in the first book A quick assessment of the situation has Circe, rightfully, terrified She has awoken to a real life nightmare.Along with several other women, Circe is caged Provided only scraps of clothing, she is told that she has been selected to participate in a great Korwahk tradition What tradition The wife hunt.The wife hunt is exactly what it sounds like A group of women are rounded up and dressed in skimpy outfits Then, after being displayed for the Horde warriors, they are releasedand hunted The men track down the women, overpowering any other warrior challengers, and claim their wife right then and there To say the least, this is a horrific, traumatic and uncivilized tradition.This is how Circe comes to be Dax s wife Understandably, she hated him Their relationship developed gradually Eventually, it turned into something beautiful This was a story that appealed to baser urges.As primitive as Dax could be, he revered his wife in his own way This was something that Circe came to recognize and appreciate Granted, she was farforgiving that I could have ever imagined possiblebut it is fiction and a romance, so you knew it had to happen to move the story along.Even as the feminist side of me thinks that I should be appalled by this story, the honest part of me has to admit that I was completely addicted Circe came to wield a great deal of power in her own way, capitalizing upon the great deal of admiration that her husband had for her It certainly wasn t a politically correct type of story, but it was beautiful in it s own right.I fell in love with Dax, right along with Circe Here was this super tough, barbarous bad ass, who truly couldn t understand why his behaviors were so off putting to his new wife Even as he was determined to dominate her, he was saddened to think of his actions crushing her spirit in any way He wanted her to submit to him, while loving the fight and her spirit.If you are looking for a romance with a hot headed Alpha hero, then look no further This book will not disappoint It is by far, my favorite of the books in this series On the other hand, if you are sensitive to darker subject matter, like rape and physical violence, then you ll want to steer clear of this one It is full to the brim with controversial topics All thereason for me to love it, but I know that isn t the case for many readers Be forewarned.Check outof my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com


  7. Christy Christy says:

    MORE than 5 stars It s no secret I am a huge KA fan Love her books Some are good, most are great, and a few are exceptional This is an exceptional read Such an amazing story Loved every single thing about itI went to bed in my bed in a world I understood and I woke up here in a world that was entirely foreign to me, everything about it, and not one thing about it was good And now I was running for my lifeCirce is just a girl from Seattle who woke up one morning surrounded by MORE than 5 stars It s no secret I am a huge KA fan Love her books Some are good, most are great, and a few are exceptional This is an exceptional read Such an amazing story Loved every single thing about itI went to bed in my bed in a world I understood and I woke up here in a world that was entirely foreign to me, everything about it, and not one thing about it was good And now I was running for my lifeCirce is just a girl from Seattle who woke up one morning surrounded by Korwahk warriors and many other women who are getting ready to be hunted It is the way of the Korwahk, how they choose their brides And Circe gets chosen by none other than the King of Suh Tunak, Dax Lahn Dax Lahn is not just a alpha male, he is the alpha male He s a warrior, a savage, a king Circe is freaked She can t understand Lahn they speak a different language and she doesn t know how she got there or how she is going to get home With the help of a translator who later becomes a friend, Dax Lahn and Circe start to communicate Lahn is crazy about Circe He loves how fierce she is She is his true Golden Queen It takes this couple some time to finally click, but once they do, it s a true and beautiful love They are both devoted to each other Even though their cultures are completely different, they both attempt to make concessions to make one another happy The love they share is deepIf you re given the opportunity to look deep enough, you can see a person s spirit in their eyes but usually, they are guarded, kept safe Not you, my tigress, the night of your claiming, even in the moonlight, I could see your spirit shining from your eyes You hold your spirit close to the surface for all to behold and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seenAs I said before, Lahn is THE alpha male He is PERFECT Being an extreme alpha, we know he s going to be rough, stubborn, protective and possessive, but when he brought out the sweet side, I loved him even I am your husband, I will keep you safe and I will do it by keeping my feet on this earth, breathing the air and being there to make you feel safe Do you understand this Out there, King Lahn is a fierce warrior but in here, my Lahn kah Lahn is sweetCirce was a fantastic heroine She was also strong and tough, but so funny, feisty and quirky She was soft, but she also had what it took to be a Queen I loved how possessive she got over LahnHe is my kind, he is a warrior, he is my husband and I am proud to say about all he is mineA story about two people from two totally different worlds A beautiful love story that was just epically good There is some drama, angst, a lot of action and romance These Fantasyland books have me looking forward to the day my other world twin decides to switch places with me hehe Anyway, this is one of my absolute favorite KA reads A MUST READ Yes, I know this casting is very unoriginal, but I simply couldn t see ANYONE else as Circe and Lahn


  8. Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ says:

    Re read for probably the 5th time 3.25.146 STARS I gave up my world for you, Lahn I sat at your side through things people in my world would find loathsome and I did it with my head held high I even felt pride that I could endure, that I could be a good queen to you I didn t know how to be a queen but every day I walked amongst your people giving them my time and my ear and my attention, hoping that was what I was supposed to do Everything I did in this fucking place, even before Re read for probably the 5th time 3.25.146 STARS I gave up my world for you, Lahn I sat at your side through things people in my world would find loathsome and I did it with my head held high I even felt pride that I could endure, that I could be a good queen to you I didn t know how to be a queen but every day I walked amongst your people giving them my time and my ear and my attention, hoping that was what I was supposed to do Everything I did in this fucking place, even before I fell in love with you, was for fuckingyouI don t care how many times I re read this book Every time I read it, it s not just as good, it s better This is my go to KA book for whenever I m in a slump No review, no words, nothing will ever do this book justice It s amazing, incredible, EPIC, out of this world GREAT If you have read it, you know exactly what I mean And if you haven t I really don t know what you re waiting for Dax Khan is the alpha to beat all alphas I m not even kidding Not slightly exaggerating He s just THAT good.I could sit here and regurgitate the synopsis or plot for you, but really that would just kill the experience that is this book And trust me, this is one of those books that needs to be experiencedHaving said that, this book might not be for everyone There are moments in here that were very tough to stomach violence, rape, forced seduction You have to take into perspective that this is written in a land that is MUCH different, it s primitive, it s savage, brutal, and unlike anything you can imagine You have to be prepared to go out of your comfort zone to truly enjoy this book This is just one of those KA books that will wring a multitude of emotions from you There are 3 scenes here that never fail to hit me right in the feels.Ms Ashley s writing is really what makes this story incredible She is able to paint a picture for the reader through her writing, that you experience everything along with the characters Circe is transported to a land much different from her own, and straight into a wife hunt She is forced to get used to their traditions, their ways and their language The way that the language barrier is written is pure genius, because the reader gets to experience learning it along with Circe It s just pure utter brilliance.I m a fan of The Game of Thrones show, and I love that KA was inspired by Drogo and Daenerys to write Lahn and Circe Read only if you ve seen the first season of the show view spoiler I love that KA gave us a HEA that I so desperately wanted for the couple in the show hide spoiler Beautiful Incredible Fantastical 6 star read


  9. Kristen Kristen says:

    December 29, 2013 Update I decide to give this book another try and I m so glad I did Even though I still struggled with the rape scene at the beginning of the story, I believe this to be Kristen Ashley s best work It s not my favorite but it s brilliantly and superbly written I m so glad I gave it another chance April 12, 2012 DNFI did not finish this book due to personal reasons Because there is no disclaimer at the beginning of the book, I feel the need to let potential readers kno December 29, 2013 Update I decide to give this book another try and I m so glad I did Even though I still struggled with the rape scene at the beginning of the story, I believe this to be Kristen Ashley s best work It s not my favorite but it s brilliantly and superbly written I m so glad I gave it another chance April 12, 2012 DNFI did not finish this book due to personal reasons Because there is no disclaimer at the beginning of the book, I feel the need to let potential readers know about some of the content within the story If you are sensitive to rape and or repeated scenes of forced seduction, which, in my opinion, is a glorified term for rape You might want to read this book with caution April 18, 2012 Update I am aware that certain readers have a profound dislike for Kristen Ashley and her work I sincerely hope that my comments about this particular book will not be used to exploit their cause While everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion about a particular author and or book, I would be distressed if my comments about this particular book were used to hurt an author whom I love and for whose storytelling I have profound respect and admiration


  10. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    5 STARSThis is seriously in my top 5 of all time EVER books I loved it I can t even write a review about it because I would butch it DAX LAHN, I love you.