Do you remember the 1st time you read a book like Animal Farm or 1984 where you got wrapped up entirely in the story and then about halfway through you were hit with just how big the real-world under-current in the story is? That’s how I felt reading, “A Queen’s Pride,” by N.D. Jones.

Two pages into this book and I was already attached to the characters. A powerful, loving family, rulers of a nation of shape-shifting humans who are in a meeting with humans who are asking for way too much. The human politicians sit down with the leaders of their neighbor country and say, “Give us your northern territory.” And the shape-shifter rulers say, “That’s ridiculous, our borders have been set for the past 200 years without war or conflict. No.” And the humans are floored by the very reasonable response they were given.

And that’s where things start to kick into high gear.

“A Queen’s Pride,” is full of action, adventure, epic battles, heart-wrenching tragedy and redemption that will have you to attached to your book until the very end.

Then after (or maybe even during your read) it will hit you. How powerful this book is. How beautifully and seamlessly it approaches the topic of racism. I really don’t want to spoil the twists and turns of this book with details about WHY I think this book is a new classic for the fantasy genre. But I will say this, any book that can build such powerful characters, put them through hell, and still allow for a full arch to find balance and peace once more while approaching the heavy topics of racism, colonialism and grief the way it does, is a book everyone should read.

About the Book

A Queen’s Pride, Feline Nation, Book One, by N.D. Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Tagline: Revenge Is Best Taken with Claws

Lies. Murder. Vengeance.

For centuries, humans descended on shifters’ lands, killing and claiming. They devoured all in their path–gold, God, and glory their battle cries. From the flames of destruction on the Zafeo continent, two nations emerged–the human territory of Vumaris and the feline nation of Shona.

No more wars.

No more bloodshed.

Eight decades of peace.

For eighteen-year-old Asha, traveling to Vumaris with her parents, lion alphas of the Kingdom of Shona, should’ve been a simple matter. Recommitting to an eighty-year-old peace treaty between their countries should’ve been easier still. Yet, greed and corruption know no boundaries of time and place. So when a group of mercenaries converges on Sanctum Hotel, hellbent on kidnapping Asha and assassinating her parents, her family trip turns into the bloodiest night of her life.

Will Asha lose those closest to her heart–her parents and Ekon, a young bodyguard she loves. If so, will she forgive her enemies or seek divine retribution?

Only time will tell, and it’s running out for Princess Asha of the Kingdom of Shona.

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“A Queen’s Pride,” is full of action, adventure, epic battles, heart-wrenching tragedy and redemption that will have you to attached to your book until the very end.

3 thoughts

  1. Thank you so very much, not simply for spotlighting my new release, but for “getting it.” You nailed the overarching themes beautifully, which touch me to my author’s core. I appreciate the read and review. 🙂


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