18 Aug 2023

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE ENDLESS WAR by Danielle L. Jensen (The Bridge Kingdom #4) (Review)

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Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #4
Source: Audible Plus
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: May 25, 2023
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The electrifying fourth installment in the Bridge Kingdom series.

Newly crowned as king, Keris has watched, powerless, as his forbidden relationship with Zarrah is revealed. But when Zarrah is imprisoned by the empress, Keris knows there is only one way to save her: to ally with the kingdom he nearly destroyed.

Imprisoned on the dreaded Devil’s Island, Zarrah faces two choices: prove her loyalty to the empress who condemned her or die a traitor. Yet as she struggles to survive among violent prisoners, Zarrah uncovers a third path: a rebellion to overthrow tyranny entwined with a destiny she must fight to claim.

While the empress plots a war with devastating consequences, Keris and Zarrah must find their way back to each other. Yet their greatest adversary is the fiery passion between them. Unless they overcome the bitterness of betrayal, their love will not be the bringer of peace but rather the fuel that turns the Endless War into an inferno.

Content WarningsProfanity, violence, torture, cannibalism, explicit (consensual) sexual content, alcohol and drug consumption, character death, death of loved one, and references to past child abuse.

This was exactly what I wanted out of the end of Zarrah and Keris' story. A perfect ending for these two who are so in love with one another that nothing can stop them.

This book picks up right where The Inadequate Heir ended, with Zarrah being condemned by her aunt to remain on Devil’s Island until she can see reason, and Keris being torn between saving her and being the king his country needs.

The book's first part focuses on Keris’ plan to save Zarrah, and Zarrah’s effort to remain alive on Devil’s Island, among all the criminals sent there. The book's second part focuses more on politics as Zarrah and Keris must find a way to beat Petra before she catches them and kills them.

I loved Keris and Zarrah's story, the way that Zarrah learned to love herself and see herself as more than just the shadow of what her aunt wanted and tried to shape her into. Zarrah remains strong and determined to do what’s right for her people, but while I enjoyed her conflicted feelings and self-doubt at first because it made her appear more human and relatable, it became a teeny tiny bit annoying near the end.

There are times when I just wanted to shake her and tell her to get a grip because the lives of thousands of people depended on her and her decisions. Still, I liked her very much in this book too, and she is an inspiring leader, as are all female characters in this series.

This duology overall was spicier than Lara and Aren’s duology, but this book was more focused on the politics and the feelings of the main characters than on smut. There are a few smutty moments, but not as many as in The Inadequate Heir.

(Danielle, please give me a 4.5 story for Keris and Zarrah like the one we got for Aren and Lara!)

I don't even know what to say, I'm just so in love with this world and these characters. Please read this!!

Have you read this book? What was your favourite part?

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