The Princess Who Defied Kings

Rated 4.78/5 based on 9 reviews
Betrayed by justice, what would you do? Princess Najika of the White Kingdom is no pampered princess, but when her wedding night with the Red Knight leads to a terrible crime, it shatters her world, banishing her to a place ruled by a man known to be mad and cruel. With pluck and courage Naji is determined to survive, but with a queen wanting her dead, she'll need all the friends she can get. More

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About J. Kirsch

I'm an avid writer, traveler, and dog lover. I grew up in Chicago, IL raised by two librarians with a sincere love for storytelling, and the rest has been one long and mostly memorable adventure. I have published 3 novels, 7 novellas and more than 65 short stories. My stories have been featured on The Book Cave, received praise from award-winning authors, and become bestsellers on Amazon and Smashwords. I currently live in Spartanburg, SC, where I have the privilege of working with amazing people who love books and storytelling as much as I do.

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sasha reviewed on July 21, 2015

Ate up this story in like two evenings. Very fun read. I can recommend who would like this book, being: 1) fantasy genre ppl and 2) anyone who loves an intimate 1st person POV with a sort of new adult coming-of-age perspective - while not being naïve - which was refreshing!! Will try some of J. Kirsch's other stuff.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
AnnieF305 reviewed on April 11, 2015

Addictive enough to read in a day, The Princess Who Defied Kings had an unusual combination of journeying/adventure and fantasy and magic, all stirred together with a relatable princess. She definitely does not have it easy people! I liked the mix of conflicts here too. Najika and her friends had personal/family issues to work out in addition to the more epic bad guys to deal with. I recommend it also 'cause I liked Najika's sense of humor & sass, if that's the right word. Memorable in the positive sense.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
chloesixfour reviewed on April 1, 2015

Very imaginative, with a princess who is stubborn as all get-out. Final verdict: good story. Would have liked to get to know Bronwyn better.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Lana8 reviewed on Feb. 25, 2015

Smoothly written. Girl faces a tough world of mayhem & magic, comes through it with a deft mix of ingenuity, making the right friends, and cracking more than a few heads. There's a lot to like here. Najika's personality was fun and the tension between the different kingdoms was interesting.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
DLCole reviewed on Jan. 28, 2015

A satisfying read. Medieval runaway with life or death stakes, gritty magic, fun characters. I will try more by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Matt Eliason reviewed on Sep. 18, 2014

I enjoyed it.
(review of free book)
GillianW reviewed on Sep. 15, 2014

The cover of this book grabbed my attention, and I wasn't disappointed. The writing style reminded me of Patricia Briggs crossed with some of the better fantasy authors out there. In tone the princess came across as more real, informal than you see in high fantasy, while also reminding me of some of my favorite paranormal reads.

The fantasy action/adventuring element is well done too. Najika and Drake's relationship seemed a little rushed, but Najika's journey and development -- under threat of death -- was about as gripping as it comes. I would challenge anyone to read the first chapter and try to put this book down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Debra Katz reviewed on Sep. 3, 2014

In too many stories the female lead is either vulnerable most of the time or totally built up into this nearly super-human action chick stereotype. A Princess Who Defied Kings by J. Kirsch is a welcome break from those molds and tropes. Najika was a well balanced character. I highly recommend this ebook if you like fantasy or what is increasingly being called "new adult" fiction, since it deals with coming of age issues from a 20-something protagonist's perspective.

Action, romance, magic, intrigue, what's not to like?
(review of free book)
Amy Rex reviewed on July 13, 2014

This book gets off to a thrilling start as Najika stands on trial for murder, albeit a murder pretty justified. From there the story never lets up. It held my attention - her escape from the prison caravan and then her eventual journey to the Black Kingdom…not to mention run-ins with ogres, trolls, and yes, even a dragon among other interesting creatures and characters. I'd give this book five thumbs up if I had that many hands. This is an adventure story I won't forget.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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