Review: The Princess Knight by G.A. Aiken

Author: G.A. Aiken
Series: The Scarred Earth Saga #2
Publisher: Kensington
Released: November 24th, 2020
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Animal death, rape (mentioned)

4 kitties

I received a copy of The Princess Knight in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Princess Knight is the second novel in The Scarred Earth Saga by G.A. Aiken, a chaotic and brilliant adventure like no other I’ve seen.

It’s been two years since the events of The Blacksmith Queen, yet the war is still impending. Two sisters sit on two different thrones. One fights for love and all that is right. The other fights only for herself.

It doesn’t take a genius to know which sister Gemma Smythe declared her loyalty to. Even if Keeley and her can’t seem to get along for even five minutes. Still, Gemma walked away from the War Monks, to protect her family and stand by her sister’s side.

“Yes’,’ he finally stated. ‘She is a worthy champion.”

The Princess Knight was somehow everything and nothing like what I expected, all at the same time. I knew that Gemma’s story would be quite different from Keeley’s adventure, but I don’t think I could ever have imagined just how much.

Gemma is War Monk, a religious sect dedicated to taking down their foes. Naturally, that in itself says a lot about Gemma. But it is far from her whole story, as I quickly learned upon diving into The Princess Knight.

To put it simply: Gemma’s story was quite a bit graphic, but it was also brilliant and intense. It had touches of humor and romance, much like the first novel in this series. Yet it very much stood on it’s own as well, showing off all of the differences between two strong and fiercely determined sisters.

“All your scars, however, are ‘Not only am I lucky to have survived, but I destroyed everything that was in my way and salted the ground my enemies walked upon.”

I ended up really enjoying this read, not just for the insight into Gemma’s character, but for the fact that I got to see more of this world. It’s a world I would happily read a dozen more books about. So you can’t really blame me for hoping to see more from this series.

On that note – I can’t wait to find out who will be the main focus for the next book. Given the pattern established, I can only assume that it will be another one of the many siblings in this family. I have a few theories on who that might be. Granted, I may be wrong entirely about that as well. Either way, I’m very much looking forward to finding out what happens next.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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