4-4.5 stars(arguably LOL)
September 2012 Update
5 months later and I think I got my thoughts on this one sorted. LOL
What to say to an author? One who makes you fall for a hero who does all of the following:
* says "bow to your king" while he is pounding away at the heroine
* makes it very difficult to escape him and has actions that border along stalkerific
* is dangerously aggressive, which means the heroine experiences some KRAZY and initially unforgivable sh*T!
This is what you say: "Mrs. Ashley, did you put some voodoo in that book or use some psychological technique? Because I think I've been hypnotized!"
I needed to reread this book with the help of some lovely ladies on an extensive buddy-read thread in order to digest the wild and contrary ride that is The Golden Dynasty.
In the end, I would say read the book
Just check all [notions of cute chivalry, roses and politically correct/modern-day ethics of feminism and equal rights for women] at the door before you enter.Within the Fantasyland series, The Golden Dynasty is like a strong uppercut to the jaw that is preceded and followed by a hug.
Check out discussion questions for this book here:The Golden Dynasty -9/10/12 (Buddy Read)