Get ready to dive back into the captivating world of The Bridge Kingdom with “The Inadequate Heir” by Danielle L. Jensen. This sensuous fantasy is a thrilling read, perfect for fans of bestselling novels like “From Blood and Ash” and “A Court of Silver Flames.” Brace yourself for a tale filled with romance, intrigue, and a quest for vengeance.
Zarrah, a soldier raised to be the heir of an empire, carries two fundamental truths in her heart. The first is the painful memory of her mother’s murder at the hands of the Veliant family. The second is her unwavering determination to seek revenge, even if it means burying every member of the Veliant family.
The Endless War
The Endless War between Maridrina and Valcotta has inflicted immeasurable loss upon Zarrah’s people. Thousands have perished, leaving countless children orphaned and aching for justice. When given command of the contested city of Nerastis, Zarrah seizes the opportunity to destroy the Maridrinian forces and their leader, the Veliant prince.
A Chance Encounter
In a twist of fate, Zarrah crosses paths with an anonymous and remarkably handsome Maridrinian. This encounter causes her to question the violence she has unleashed upon her enemies. Is her pursuit of justice truly righteous, or has it become a crime? As she continues to meet this mysterious man every night, she discovers unexpected common ground and ignites a fiery passion in his arms.
A Choice to Make
When identities are finally unveiled, Zarrah faces a critical decision. Will she embrace the chance for peace or succumb to the drums of war? Witness Zarrah’s internal struggle as she navigates a treacherous path, torn between love and vengeance.
“War is easy, it’s peace that is the challenge.”
At first, I was hesitant about the changes in point-of-view that Danielle L. Jensen introduces in this series. Falling in love with characters, only to have their perspectives altered, can be frustrating. However, Jensen’s masterful storytelling won me over once again. The characters in “The Inadequate Heir” captured my heart, proving Jensen’s unrivaled skill. And let me tell you, Jensen writes the best enemies-to-lovers relationships, hands down! She even surpassed the remarkable tale of Aren and Lara from the previous books.
“You told me once that if you truly believe in something, you should be willing to suffer for it, to die for it. Well, I think that if you truly believe in something, you should live for it.”
Like its predecessors, this book is a thrilling adventure filled with political intrigue, romance, and war. There’s never a dull moment, and I found myself unable to put it down. In fact, I am about to embark on my second journey through the story. I might just listen to all three books again, as Jensen’s writing captivates me every single time.
The only reason I couldn’t give this book a perfect 5-star rating is that the level of intimacy has increased compared to the previous installments. While the scenes were tastefully done, the abundance of detail was a bit too much for my personal taste. But don’t let that deter you! “The Inadequate Heir” is still an extraordinary read that will leave you craving more.
As with the earlier books, “The Inadequate Heir” is currently available as an audiobook on Audible, with the release of the physical book scheduled for May 24, 2022.
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