Siobhan Ashdown was born of magic; it rides her blood like a phantom, tainted and dark and unpredictable. She is a warlock, and the power within her is unlike any before known to her kind. So it's no surprise that the most powerful of the demons who feed off of this warlock magic not only recognizes the enormous potential she represents but determines that he will possess her at any cost.
Even if it means war with the entire supernatural world.
Thanatos has ruled Purgatory as the Phantom King since time immemorial. King of a vast plane of solitude, he is a free spirit, a lone rider, a tattooed man of wind and dust and nonexistent boundaries. Then he turns around one morning to find himself face-to-face with Siobhan Ashdown, a woman with hair as red and wild as his soul, eyes like melted gold, and a spirit as elusive as his own. Time stops, the world tilts, and the fact that she attacks him right off the bat does little to deter his romantic convictions - or his desire to sink his fangs into her neck.
Thirteen Kings are severed by lust and greed, an ancient vampire and his rogue creation lay claim to what is not theirs, the whisperings of war begin to shake the foundation of the supernatural world, and primordial evil awakens from its slumber to slither across the land in this second installment in Heather Killough-Walden's Kings series.
©2012 Heather Killough-Walden (P)2013 Tantor
Firstly, any words that I am about to use in my review, quite frankly, won't be enough to express just how brilliant, awesome and mind blowingly (ok I know Spellcheck told me it's not a real word) fantastic book this was.
HKW's gifted mind creates for us a parallel supernatural world, fills it with interesting, amusing and some hot paranormal characters that are all brought to life by the delicious voices of AF and together the talented pair draw you into a multi layered plot that's filled with intrigue, romance, twists and turns with so many sub plots, some of which hint at an ultimate climatic battle between an evil entity and the handsome 13 Alpha Kings together with their (all hopefully found) soul mates and partners - the lucky lucky Queens (could be funny but no, they are all, presumably, of the female variety).
This book was an action packed, thrilling listen that was riveting and pulled you right in to the fast paced love story as Thane finds his Queen (Siobhan) but fate denies him the time to properly woo her and explain his paranormal life as she's thrown straight into his magical world containing Demons, Witches, Warlocks, Vampires, Phantoms and all sorts of supernaturals which leaves her confused, breathless, dumbstruck but...... ultimately happy with Thane (sensible girl). There is a lot of mutual 'tingling' attraction going on but the sex scene wasn't very graphic and it didn't need to be as it was emotionally intense.
Worth a credit? Well it's left me bereft - putting the feeling into words - it's like you're starving, so you order your favorite pizza, it's delivered, you open the box mmmmm delicious..... but you're only given ONE more slice - yes, it was a mind-blowing, mouthwateringly, delicious taste but you needed MORE and NOW!!! Luckily I don't have to wait long .... just 9 days (and counting) until the next King audiobook is released and I get to taste my next slice of Heaven which I've already pre-ordered. So, back to 'worth the credit?' well do you really think I'm going to say no after this review and I'm anticipating spending many many more until I reach the ultimate WOW factor and get the WHOLE pizza!!
Definitely not my thing. More of a romance novel than fantasy. I'd call it a starter book for Laura Hamilton. Never read any Twilight but I can only guess this is what it was like.
If you are not familiar with the worth of Ms. Walden then her writing style my be a little different for you as it was to me. But now after reading her second book in the series I understand her she writes and the follow of her material. The first book now clicks more solidly into place and I am truly anticipating the next book.
Compared to The Vampire King, I felt the chemistry between Siobhan and Thane was much more believable than Roman and Evelyn, so I enjoyed the book overall, more than the first one. In general, I thought everything she brought up in this one was more interesting than the first.
Ok so here's what I'm going to say about his performance and I will leave it at that: On an episode of Family Guy I saw one time, Peter and the guys cause a ruckus in a pub, and a British guy convinces them to leave using his "superior linguistic skills." This is how I feel, more or less, about British narrators. I mean, c'mon Ferguson, these are American characters so at very least...but everyone sounds British (ok so Steven (Stephen?) you gave a US voice, but it wasn't very convincing). So, on one hand, totally lame. American accents are easy. But, on the other hand, if it's one or other, I choose Brit v. American accent 8 times out of 10. I hope that helps.
I think part of what I like about this series is the potential. Theoretically there are 11 more opportunities for the author to build up a nice over-arching plot while getting some nice lurve stories at the same time. Hope she keeps it up!
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