If it's got the word 'Vampire' in the title then I'm interested, couple it with HKW as being the author and before you know it - it's in my basket. ..Show More »/> This is a spin- off from The Big Bad Wolf series, but if you haven't listened to any of them it probably won't matter much as there are a few mentions of werewolf pack members. Yet another interpretation of how vampires came about and what they can do. Roman, the Vampire King, can't resist Evie who is 'hi hoing' it through life until she becomes a 'person of great interest' not only to Roman but an old enemy of his who thinks she's the key for his revenge. Apart from vampires (obviously) it's got Hunters, Werewolves, Witches, Warlocks, magic and all sorts of other supernaturals in it (sometimes too many) and they either help or hinder Roman.
A very enjoyable listen which was action packed and the plot was good - 13 supernatural Kings are going to find their Queens, but for me, I felt it lacked the dark sensual passion a vampire book should have (girls - if you loved and wrote vampire books and was saved twice by THE most handsome of all vampires wouldn't you say "bite me please"). If it wasn't for the very end then this seemed more YA than adult with only one not very hot or heavy sex scene.
Worth a credit? For me, I am looking forward to book 2 The Phantom King coming soon to Audible but it would help if HKW could make them a wee bit more passionate please please please.
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..Show More » 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!!
The potential is there but this book is all over the place. It bounces from character to character and rarely focuses on the main characters. In th..Show More »e end I have no idea who the main hero is (as a person) because so little time was spent on his character development. I find myself frustrated and never satisfied and in the end I just waited for the book to end.
The other two books all seem to have a lack of well developed characters as well.
I bought this series at a discount so I will finish it because it does have entertainment value but I would not recommend spending a credit or full price.
Fantabulous narration by Antony Ferguson. Superb performance.
The illustration shows a chess board. This excerpt explains the image: "Th..Show More »e 13 Kings are destined to meet thirteen very special women,” Damon said. “These women will become our queens. And just as they are on a chess board, each queen will become even more powerful than her husband."
So, there will be 13 queens, more powerful than their kings, banding together to fight the emerging dark power that only obscure in this book. Apparently, more sequels will be forthcoming. The author better get her story said soon; this is already book 4 and the big bad is too elusive.
I jumped into the middle of the series, because I have a thing for goblins. This plot isn't as suspenseful, nor as grim-dark, nor as engrossing as Dunkle created in her goblin king romantic adventure for young adults, The Hollow Kingdom. (I loved that book!) But this book is still fairly engrossing -- some parts are quite captivating -- and maybe a cut above.
Contents: One explicit sex scene (not a tender scene), some violence, a handful of religious swear words and other curse words (could do without that). I didn't notice any typos in the e-book that went along with my audiobook.
The writing style is fairly well developed. The dialogue is credible and at times witty. (My Little Pony, etc.) Thankfully, no guilt-tripping, and minimal mental reflection (down time). Nothing special in the romance itself. I didn't feel the love. But still, an entertaining listen, and some parts are engrossing. I liked the fire spirit. The death scene. The healing.
Quibbles: The 3rd person POV bops around far too much. The scene hopping is the biggest problem. It cost the book a full star. Also, I was a little lost in the first few chapters, because of a prequel-related scene (I didn't read the sequel).
I felt that Ramon the good vampire king and his queen Evie got too much press. The scene with vampire Rafael (Raphael ?) seemed out of context.
The ending wasted my time with a teaser for the next book's queen, as if I had not already guessed. I wanted the epilogue to be set some time in the future -- if only a week ahead -- showing Damon and Diana. These two main characters needed more press.