Updated: Jan 21
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
The King must have his Queen....
Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.
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RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Exciting
The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the third novella in the Wicked series, and continues immediately after The King left off, continuing Brighton's, and Caden's story.
I loved The Queen. I love all three of the novella's that have come out in the Wicked series, actually. The story is original, intriguing, and action packed. With a dash of humor, and a sprinkling of romance and sex, The Queen is an awesome addition to the series. I think my only issue, is the story feels incomplete. It ends very open ended. We could be left to form our own conclusions, or, Jennifer has another set of novellas planned (as The Queen is the final book in The Summer King Novellas)
The Queen's core characters have remained consistent throughout the series. This novella covers a very short span. Maybe two weeks, so there isn't much to look at for character growth, except perhaps them all learning a lesson on honesty. Brighton and Caden's relationship remains one of my favorite couples from Jennifer's work. Brighton's sweet and kind persona, mixed with her courage and strength, is a wonderful match to how Caden acts when he is King, and when he is only with her. He is kind, and fair, but is brutal when he has to be. Very much like Brighton. We get way more Tink in The Queen, which is great, considering we barely saw him in The King. We get a little bit on Ren and Ivy, and in the epilogue, which I assume is around two years in the future, we get an update on our favorite couples from this series that puts a smile on your face.
Ultimately, whether The Queen was the end for the series as a whole (PLEASE, JENNIFER, NO. I NEED MORE TINK!), it is a great addition to Wicked's universe, and an excellent ending for Brighton and Caden's story. I am left hoping for more stories ... maybe with Fabian and Tink? Maybe with the newest character introduced in the epilogue? That would be pretty cool! Just saying <3
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Caden holding Brighton and waking her up from her nightmare.
Tink and Brighton's reunion
Brighton telling Tink she is pregnant
Tink being real super honest with Brighton about Caden
Caden and Brighton telling each other how they feel for one another, and Brighton accepted Caden's proposal
Brighton confronting the fae responsible for her kidnapping and poisoning
Caden and Brighton making up
The. Epilogue. From Caden's POV. Loved. It.
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Luce: "A child of a King would be incredibly strong, even at this stage and inside a human incubator."
Brighton: "Human incubator? Can you please never refer to be as that again?"
Luce: "You're his mortuus."
Brighton: "Why would you say that?"
Luce: "It's the only reason he would be willing to forsake his entire Court. That goes beyond love, beyond what most of us can even fathom. It's a connection of two souls and two hearts. It's rare for any fae to find their mortuus, but to do so with a human? I ... No one can know what you are to him. That kind of information is far too dangerous. You're safe here, but if it were to get out -"
Brighton: "I know."
Luce: "Fate can be so cruel sometimes."
Brighton: "It really can."
Luce: "You've survived what I am sure many have succumbed to - too many to count. And to put my people before your own needs, to sacrifice what you must feel for the King for people who will never know what you were willing to give up? That makes you as brave as any warrior, if not more."
Luce: "I don't know if it will be enough. I feat that what is done is done."
Brighton: "What do you mean?"
Luce: "I don't think you'll be able to walk away from the king. That there will be anything that you can do to cause him to choose a Queen that is not you. You're his mortuus, the other half of his soul, his heart. And it is very unlikely that he'll give you up. Ever."
Caden: "It's okay. I'm here. I've got you. I've always got you."
Caden: "Your name is Brighton Jussier. Your friends sometimes call you Bri. Tink calls you Lite Bright. I call you my sunshine. Do you know why? It's because I saw you smile once, and it was like the sun finally rising after centuries of nothing but night."
Caden: "I missed that little catch in your breath. I missed the taste of you on my tongue."
Brighton: "Please come in."
The door didn't open. Confused, I looked at Caden, who sighed.
Caden: "It's okay. You may come in, Tanner."
My brows lifted
Caden: "I'm the King."
Brighton: "I don't recall asking you to stay with me or giving you permission."
Caden: "I don't recall needing either of those things."
Brighton: "Are you serious? Of course, you need my permission to stay at my house."
He glared up at me
Caden: "Under normal circumstances, yes. But when it's to keep you out of harm's way, I don't."
Brighton: "Yeah, that's not some unspoken law or something. And even if it were, I don't need to follow it. I'm not fae. You're not my king."
Caden: "I know exactly what I am to you. This isn't up for discussion."
Brighton: "That we can agree on, because you're not staying with me."
His smile was slow, predatory.
Caden: "Then you're staying with me."
Brighton: "No, I'm not! I'm staying here until I can go home at the end of the week and sleep in my own bed -"
Caden: "I like where this is heading."
Tanner made a choking sound
I stepped forward
Brighton: "By myself. I'm going home at the end of the week. By myself."
He quirked a brow.
Caden: "We'll see."
Tanner: "Aric is dead, and if what he said was true, which is unlikely, no Summer fae would seek to harm her, especially not here."
Caden: "I will rip the skin from any fae who even has the smallest inkling of looking at her in a way I do not like."
My eyes widened
Brighton: "That's a bit excessive."
Caden didn't take his gaze from me.
Caden: "That's your opinion."
Brighton: "That's a mentally healthy opinion."
Caden: "You know damn well that it's not excessive."
Caden: "And that is why we need to be extra cautious. I will not allow harm to come to you. Not again. Never again."
Brighton: "I can protect myself, Caden."
Caden: "Didn't say you couldn't, but why should you have to do that by yourself?"
Brighton: "Because I always have."
Caden: "But things are different. You have me now. You have all of me."
Tink: "I could've done something. I could've looked for you. I could've found -"
Brighton: "No one was able to find me. Not even the King until ... until he did. You would've just been worrying and -"
Tink: "And that's what I should've been doing. You're my Lite Bright. I'm your Tink. I should've known. And I may or may not punch Ivy when I see her."
Brighton: "Don't punch Ivy."
Tink: "Not even a little?"
Tink: "How about a love tap?'
A sob settled in the back of my throat as I shook my head no.
Tink: "What about when I'm tiny Tink-sized with teeny-tiny fists?"
I choked on a laugh
Brighton: "Ren would still skewer you with a toothpick."
Tink: "I'd punch him first. He had it coming since I had to unexpectedly see his junk in Ivy's kitchen."
Brighton: "I've missed you."
Tink: "Of course, you did. I'm awesome."
Tink: "He said you killed him. Aric?"
Brighton: "I did."
Tink: "Is there anything left of his body?"
Brighton: "Um, no. He sort of just disintegrated, like most Ancients."
Tink: "Not even ashes?"
Brighton: "I don't think so."
Tink: "I'll ask the King."
Tink: "Because I want to take a shit on his remains."
Brighton: "Oh my God. That is so disgusting."
I laughed again.
Tink: "I know. It's the most disrespectful thing I can think of."
Tink: "It could be that post-traumatic syndrome thing that sometimes causes people to hoard things in their houses."
I arched a brow
Brighton: "You watch way too much television."
Tink: "But I could be right. You experienced some trauma. Hearing voices, reliving the events is pretty common afterwards, according to Dr. Phil."
I stared at him.
Tink: "After I saw Ren's junk, I kept seeing it. Sometimes, it would talk to me -"
Brighton: "You're a mess."
Tink: "You have the love and devotion of a King. Granted, he's not human, but who in their right mind would swipe left on him?"
Tink: "I'm offended."
Brighton: "Are you now?"
Tink: "Yes. I'm Tink. We're roomies. We have joint custody of Dixon."
My brows puckered
Brighton: "We do not have joint custody of your cat."
Tink: "Not true. He sleeps in your bed. That means we have joint custody whether you're aware of it or not."
Brighton: "I'm pregnant."
Tink blinked slowly
Tink: "With a baby?"
Brighton: "What other thing would I be pregnant with?"
Tink: "I'm going to be the godfather."
Kalen: "Thoughts and prayers for that child."
He leaned in, resting his forehead against mine.
Tink: "You know what I think?"
Tink: "I think you'll make a good mom. After all, I'm one hell of a test run."
Ivy: "Are Fabian and Tink still out in the courtyard?"
Ren: "Yeah, I have no idea what they're doing. I should probably go annoy them."
Tink turned on what had to be his favorite movie, oblivious to Fabian's long-siffering sigh, Twilight.
Tink: "Do you ever wonder why Bella couldn't just have both Jacob and Edward?"
Tink: "I mean, Edward has been alive for a while, so he's gotta get bored with the same old, same old. And Jacob is a wolf. I'm sure both have seen and done stranger things. Plus, sharing is caring."
I stared at him and then gave a shake of my head.
Brighton: "No, I've never thought about that."
Tink: "You have boring thoughts then."