Sample Sunday | Audible Review → The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley

Posted August 28, 2016 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!, Audible, Sample Sunday

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The Best Audio Book I Have Listened To!

There is nothing better than listening to an audio of one of your all-time favorite books [my book review], except having that audio be your all-time favorite! Seriously, this was so well done, I have listened to it twice!

Tillie Hooper is THE BOMB! She presented this story in such a way that I felt every single emotion that Kristen Ashley wrote for her characters.

Normally, I struggle with narrators speaking the other sex’s lines. But Tillie Hooper does a phenomenal job as Dax Lahn. Let’s talk about Lahn. I mean, this Warrior King is the epitome of awesome. One of the best Alpha Males ever written, Dax Lahn is aggressive, ferocious, sexy and sweet. He doesn’t speak often, but when he does, he speaks a foreign language, Korwahk. Now, that is pressure for any narrator! But for a female narrator? I thought it would be impossible to convey his character in a way that didn’t make me cringe.

Her extraordinary characterization didn’t stop with Lahn, either. I was not distracted by the narration, rather, each character, whether male or female, was narrated so exquisitely, that I was wrapped up in them.

Another issue I sometimes have with audio books is the tempo. But again, Hooper did an exquisite job; it was not too slow, or not too fast, the tempo was perfect!

If you have read and loved The Golden Dynasty, GET THIS AUDIO. If you haven’t read The Golden Dynasty, GET THIS AUDIO.


The Golden Dynasty

Written by: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
Series: Fantasyland, Book 2
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:06-21-16
Publisher: Audible Studios


Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire – and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream; she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she’s installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, the Horde of the nation of Korwahk, and with one look at Circe he knows she will be his bride, and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.

Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture, and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its king; then she makes friends; then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people, and especially their savage leader.

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Korwahk/English Dictionary
Words, phrases, and conjugations
For use with The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Ahno—(v) To like
Aka—(pro) Others
Ana—(adv) Then
Anah—(n/adv) Tonight
Anka—(n/adv) Tomorrow
Anla—(n/adv) Today
Ansha—(adv/exc) Here
Ato—(v) To bow
Bahsah—(n) Wife
Bahsan (n) Husband
Bel—(adv) Soon
Boh—(adv) Now
Boonahn—(adj/adv/n) Better
Chah—(adv/pro) A lot
Cham—(n) Tent
Cuun—(n) Tour
Dahksahna—(n/title) Queen [of the Korwahk Nation]
Dahno—(v) To wake
Danho—(v) To forget
Dax—(n/title) King [of the Korwahk Nation]
Daxshee—(n/place)—The traveling encampment of the Dax [king] of the Korwahk Nation
Dohno—(adj) Good
El—(determiner) A; an
Et—(conj) If
Fahnahsan—(adj) Happy
Fahno—(v) To smile
Fahkah—(adv) Enough
Fahzah—(adv) Always
Farzah—(adv) Never
Fauna—(n) Doe [also used as endearment]
Gay—(adv/prep) As
Gahn—(conj) But
Gahsee—(adj) Hungry
Gahso—(v) To be hungry
Geenheeso—(v) To boss (around) [different than order or command, not formal or official]
Gingo—(v) To drink
Goyah—(expression) Good-bye/Farewell
Hahla—(adj) Pure; true
Hahnee—(adj) Liquid
Hansahnalo—(v) To love
Jahnjee—(n) Protector
Jahko—(v) To do
Jahno—(v) To have
Juno—(v) To play
Kay—(pro) I; me
Kay tingay—(expression) I’m sorry/I apologize
Kah—(possessive) My
Kahna—(possessive) Mine Keeta—(n) Things
Kut—(n) [slang] Bitch
Kuvo—(v) To understand
Lahn—(n) Tiger
Lahnahsahna—(n) Tigress [female tiger]
Lapo—(v) To be
Lee—(determiner) The (not used with a title)
Leeka—(n) Skin
Leenyahso—(adj) Skilled
Linas (n) Eyes
Lino—(v) To see
Lipa—(n) Hair
Liros—(n) Legs
Lisa—(n) Mouth
Loh—(prep) on
Loolah—(n) [familiar] Mama
Loot—(conj) And Lornya—(n) Robe
Luh—(prep) To
Luna—(n) Body
Luto—(v) To sit
Marko—(v) To allow
Mayo—(v) To go fast
Me—(excl) No
Meera—(adv/prep) Between
Meena—(excl) Yes
Na—(pro) You
Nahna—(possessive) Your
Nahrahka—(expression) You’re welcome
Nayeeso—(v) To own
Neenkah—(adj/adv/n/prep) Inside
Neeso—(v) To rest
Pahk—(n) Fire
Pahkah—(n) Firepit
Pahkan—(n) Torch
Pahnsahna—(n) Spirit [Soul]
Pahnsahnak—(n) God [Mythical not Biblical]
Pahnsahnalla—(n) Goddess
Pahnso—(v) To live
Poyah—(expression) Hello
Punto—(v) To end
Quaxi—(n) Paint
Rah—(n) Gold
Rahna—(adj) Golden
Raylo—(v) To be quiet
Ruhno—(v) To take
Sah—(pro) This
Sahka—(adj) Healthy; well
Sahna—(adj) Beautiful
Sahnahso—(v) To let
See—(pro) That
Shahsha—(expression) Thank you
Shalah—(expression) Please
Suh—(determiner) The (used only with official titles i.e.; Suh Tunak; Suh Xacme)
Suh Tunak—The Korwahk Horde
Ta—(pro) We
Tahko—(v) To leave
Tahna—(possessive) Our
Tahnhan—(n) Command
Tahno—(v) To command
Tan—(pro) Us
Tee—(pro) It
Teenkah—(adj) Little
Tela—(adv) What
Tera—(adv) How
Tooka—(adv) Again
Tooyo—(v) To fuck
Tooyo—[As expletive]—Fuck you!
Trahyo—(v) To sleep
Trooya—(n) Name
Tunahn—(n) Horse
Tunakan—(n) Warrior
Tunakanahsa—(n) Female warrior
Tuno—(v) To ride
Unahyo—(v) To melt
Uvo—(v) To give
Vato—(v) To win
Vayo—(v) To come
Veeyo—(v) To go
Wahlo—(v) To start
Weyko—(v) To promise
Xac—(n) [slang] Cock (penis)
Xacme (n) Eunuch
Xaxsah—(n) [slang] Cunt (vagina)
Xacto—(n) Group of female slaves that are owned by the Korwahk Horde and serve only warriors.
Yahka—(adj) Well; good; fine
Yo—(prep) For
Zah—(pro/possessive) Her
Zak—(possessive) His
Zakah—(n) Raw, distilled spirit (alcoholic beverage akin to inferior/rough whiskey)
Zan—(pro) Him
Zo—(prep) From
Zooko—(v) To want
Zut—(prep) With
Verb Conjunctions
al— imperative with “must”
ay—present tense
an—future tense with “will”
ee—future tense with “to be”
un—past tense
Glossary of Parallel Universe
Places, seas, regions in the Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland Series
Bellebryn—(place) Small, peaceful, city-sized princedom located in the Northlands and fully within the boundaries of Hawkvale and the Green Sea (west)
Fleuridia—(place) Somewhat advanced, peaceful nation located in the Northlands; boundaries to Hawkvale (north and west) and the Marhac Sea (south)
Green Sea—(body of water) Ocean-like body of water with coastlines abutting Bellebryn, Hawkvale, Lunwyn and Middleland
Hawkvale—(place) Somewhat advanced, peaceful nation located in the Northlands; boundaries with Middleland (north), Fleuridia (south and east) and the Green Sea (west) and Marhac Sea (south)
Keenhak—(place) Primitive, warring nation located in the Southlands; boundaries with Korwahk (north) and Maroo (west)
Korwahk—(place) Primitive, warring nation located in the Southlands; boundaries with the Marhac Sea (north) and the nations of Keenhak (southeast) and Maroo (southwest)
Korwahn—(place) Large capital city of Korwahk
Lunwyn—(place) Somewhat advanced, peaceful nation in the farthest reaches of the Northlands; boundaries to Middleland (south), the Green Sea (west) and the Winter Sea (north)
Marhac Sea—(large body of water) Separates Korwahk and Hawkvale and Fleuridia
Maroo—(place) Primitive, warring nation located in the Southlands; boundaries to Korwahk (north) and Keenhak (east)
Middleland—(place) Somewhat advanced nation with tyrant king located in the Northlands; boundaries to Hawkvale (south), Fleuridia (south), Lunwyn (north) and the Green Sea (west)
[The] Northlands—(region) The region north of the equator on the alternate earth
[The] Southlands—(region) The region south of the equator on the alternate earth
Winter Sea—(large body of water) Arctic body of water that forms the northern coast of Lunwyn, filled with large glaciers

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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