This is the second book in G.A. Aiken’s The Scarred Earth Saga. The series takes place in the same world as her Dragon Kin series.
I loved this book just as much as I loved The Blacksmith Queen (first in the series). It is laugh-out-loud funny in the same slapstick way that Monty Python movies are funny. Just over the top, bizarre, hilarious creativity and imagery. It’s a fantasy story with a minimal hint of romance (super minimal). There are a ton of characters- a family of blacksmiths (sisters star in the first two books of the series), centaur siblings, dwarves, witches, warlocks, war monks, virgins, deadly assassins, demon wolves, magic, and two warring kingdoms.
In this story we get to know Gemma better, a War Monk, and Quinn, one of the centaurs. I 100% recommend starting with the first one in the series to get everyone’s back story. This might read ok as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Also, content warning, there are tons of battles and killing and all out brawls in these books- and somehow (for me) it’s okay and actually really funny because it’s so over-the-top.
Thanks to the NetGalley and the Kensington Books for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.