The Princess Who Tamed Demons

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
She may be as tough as dragon scales and recently ascended to the status of Queen, but that doesn't mean Najika's hardships are over. Barely surviving a horrific assassination attempt, Najika befriends Linn, a fellow foreigner. Together they discover that the attempt on her life was part of something bigger. Can they unlock the mystery and piece together hidden motives before it's too late? 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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venetiangirl reviewed on Feb. 22, 2016

Great characters, fun story, sweet side-romance, adventure with a triple-twist at the end. The strong dialogue and lean style of writing worked for me. If you could take something between Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, - more complex than The Hobbit but not such a beast to read as LoTR- then that's where I would peg this well written fantasy with its heroic queen/sleuth...which was itself a unique twist I haven't seen in most fantasy books. I also really loved hanging out in Najika's head and seeing everything from her POV.
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chloesixfour reviewed on Feb. 18, 2016

My best friend said I would this book because of the strong friendship cooperation dynamic and she was right. I have to agree with the previous reviewer to a large extent. I appreciated how Najika doesn't rely on the more clichéd methods of support to overcome her enemies (i.e. a strong politically connected husband) and instead has to use people skills, brute force, and rely on a friendship forged in not-exactly-ideal circumstances. There was a great tension from the relationship standpoint, and the best part was that the author achieved it without the need for melodrama or romance. The simple friendship comes across as genuine in the background of a desolate, intrigue-plagued land. And 1 final side note, I liked the mini stories-within-a-story that Linn tells Najika. It was a way that you could see a glimpse of this exotic world and culture by being shown rather than told what it was all about!
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GillianW reviewed on Feb. 15, 2016

I'll admit when my book club chose this as one of our e-book picks for Feb. I had my doubts. The cover looked too romancy and we usually pick mystery or fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised with the opening chapter, the way the story wove magical elements seamlessly into the flow as Najika tries to figure out what's going on. The idea of this vulnerable young queen having to use her wits and a fledgling friendship to overcome a variety of obstacles just really made this a pleasurable read imho. If you want a quick-paced mystery adventure with a strong theme about the power of friendship, I can highly recommend The Princess Who Tamed Demons.
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sasha reviewed on Feb. 13, 2016

I enjoyed reading this because it reminded me of Mercedes Lackey's books- that dynamic of, not sure how to put it- quirky and interesting rapport between some of the major characters. The mystery wasn't predictable at all, and the fantasy elements were compelling without being over the top. There was one character where I would have liked to know more about what happened to her. At the same time the last chapter did provide a good foreshadowing of a future book on the horizon. I'm hoping that this isn't Najika's or Linn's last adventure together. (Not to mention, I need to see more of the Black Knight. Come on! He didn't play nearly a big enough role for my liking)
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Lana8 reviewed on Feb. 12, 2016

Very fun read. The back-and-forth between Linn and Najika was amusing as they embarked together to try to figure out who nearly murdered her and why, and there were twists I did not see coming (though now that I look back on some of the bread crumbs it makes more sense to me!!). I also got the feeling that Linn and Najika's relationship was based on something in real life, it had that sense of depth to it.
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DLCole reviewed on Feb. 11, 2016

This is medieval fantasy meets mystery -- two sides of a coin I don't see all that often. I read most of this book in the better part of a day. I liked that Najika didn't let herself get too intimidated by being in a foreign country, and at the same time the story had this very realistic theme of cultural clashes, which speaks to the current religious, geopolitical conflicts we see today in the real world. The side elements, a little romance, some family elements, also fleshed out this story into something more than just a mystery set in an unusual desert kingdom...I can't say I've liked all the other books by this author. This one was well worth my time though - definitely my favorite of Kirsch's works.
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