King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.
“Welcome to Ruler’s purgatory. It’s the special club you love to hate.”
I happened upon this novel by chance. I was merely browsing the books available to request for an advanced copy and saw that the second one in this series was up for grabs. After reading a quick summary I was like, well this sounds interesting and right up my ally. So I bought it for 87c …and for 87c it was rather great. Again 87c..bargain find. Just saying.
Welcome to King Hall, a place where Mystics learn their craft before transitioning into adulthood at the age of twenty-two. This fantasy world is run by four rulers, one from each faction of the Mystic world. After a tragic event our main character Lily finds herself the next shifter prodigy, whom will one day be in charged of all the shifters in the world…it is sort of a big deal. Mystics are known to the real world, or the “Coms”, and a rebellion has begun to prevent the integration of Mystics into the human world. Whilst death is at their door, Lily along with the other prodigies begin training for the Awakening and to become the next Kings and Queens of the Mystics. A romance story at its core thrown in with an interesting world with many layers, Dawn has created a riveting introduction to a brand new fantasy new adult series that is to lust over.
To me, personally…obviously, the story read more like a TV show rather than a movie. I believe this distinction is important. Why I think this is because at times there could be weeks or even months that had passed between each few chapters, and the events within these chapters at times discussed another event or had a revelation about a character that it just seemed like you were checking in each week for the next episode. This is by no means a bad thing, let me assure you. But it did meant that certain feelings, such as grief, wasn’t long lasted and the characters weren’t always in this state of depression because months had passed. Does that even make sense? ahh….trying to explain myself has always been a problem. It does also mean at times that it was a bit slow with not much really happening, besides good old character and relationship development.
I found this world to be incredibly interesting, even within the intricacies and customs of each Mystic faction. Dawn had really thought out the unique elements of each Mystic and the characters truly lifted off the page. At times the book did feel more YA then new adult, just because there was lots of mention of adult themes without actually seeing it..your all going to think i’m a pervert. I’m not. Others have mentioned this too..if that makes it an better LOL.
There were a few things that I found a bit confusing, and I still don’t feel that I truly grasped the concept of them. Especially in regards to the Awakening. I believe it is a time that the rulers actually awaken the power inside their factions, which is an incredibly painful process. Honestly I felt like it just wasn’t truly explained, and that since the story was building up to whether Lily was going to actually be able to perform the Awakening with her being a hybrid, it just didn’t seem like a big deal because I didn’t understand what it truly meant. I still don’t…
As a main character at times Lily could be incredibly frustrating, and there were certain elements to her history that were revealed that didn’t make sense given her current character. All in all though the supporting characters kept me reading, because again each character was for the most part well developed and clearly thought out. The friendship between the four prodigies was so great to read about. You don’t really get to see such solid friendships that are well written and stand out.
I am excited to read the next one..because I did end up receiving it for review. YAY! And I also like this world…a lot. Maybe a bit too much. And I also am maybe, sort of, most likely, hoping that two characters get together…they better.