King of Prey is book one in the King of Prey series by Mandy M. Roth. This was my first book by Mandy Roth and now I’m wondering what the heck took me so long!
King Kabril, King of the Buteos Regalis is a bird shifter, specifically a hawk. His kingdom has been suffering. There have been no new children born in years. The streets no longer carry the sounds of children’s laughter. Morale is low, people are unhappy. It is prophesied that King Kabril must go to the human realm of earth and he will find his mate there. After he is accepted by his mate, the rest of his kingdom will once again bear young. Humans are looked down upon by Kabril’s people. For one thing, they don’t have wings. Another is that their life spans are so short. But if this is the sacrifice Kabril must make, he will go, along with his trusted advisor, Sachin.
Rayna Vogel is a photographer. She loves to photograph wildlife, specifically birds. She has lost her grandmother and has sold her home. She decided to be neighborly and take over a dish to welcome them. She can’t believe these two beautiful men she sold the house to. Especially the one named Kabril. There’s just something about him.
Thus begins Kabril’s somewhat hilarious attempts to woo Rayna human style. He falls for her right away and knows she’s the one he wants, but she has to fall in love with him as well.
“I choose this one. She is most pleasing to the eye and…will birth fine sons. She will make a perfect queen.”
At the same time, danger from Kabril and Sachin’s realm has followed them to earth and this will put Rayna in danger if it is learned that she is important to him.
I loved this short book. This is my first avian shifter story but no matter what sort of shifter it is, there is something so sexy about beautiful wings popping out of a man’s back. Kabril and Rayna’s courtship was so cute but what will happen when she finds out that Kabril is holding back some very important details about himself from her. That he’s not human at all. Will Rayna accept him as her mate and save his kingdom? I can’t wait to read book two, Sachin’s story. I definitely want to continue the series and hope to read much more of this author’s work.