Published January 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
432 pages |
The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall:the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…
The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.
It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.
Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?
~ This review does contain spoilers AND a gigantic thank you to Escape Publishing for providing me with the opportunity to read this books ~
“It’s the beauty that helps us return from the harshness. If it wasn’t there, we would have nothing to live for.”
Scarlett Dawn | King Cave
I must admit that I am sort of bubbling with excitement to finally write this review. Is that something that people say? Well it sure is if you have ever read a Scarlett Dawn book. If I was an emoticon it would be the one with a gigantic toothy grin. You’re imagining it right now aren’t you.
So the second book in this series picks up right where the first one, King Hall, left off. We have the four prodigies escaping King Hall after the Coms attacked, and they are trying to save as many of their people as possible. They eventually are taken to King Cave where they are to regroup and begin to wage a war against the Rebellion. There was a traitor within their ranks, the man who attacked Lily ends up being the leader of the Rebellion, Antonio is able to see the future, Lily makes a deal with the devil, their are weddings and heartache, and good old fashion blood shed. It was a riveting sequel with so many things to love about it!!
I believe I have mentioned it before, but these novels do read like a TV show. And I actually enjoy it. It means that we as readers are able to focus on our lovely main characters and witness their relationships developing, whilst still appreciating the wider picture with the grim reaper working overtime.
For a large chunk of this novel..like maybe 80% of it, we focus on Ezra and Lily as their relationship blossoms into something so wonderful. They initially find comfort in each other as a support, whilst Jack and Pearl are mending their broken hearts. This quickly turns into something physical, whereby both agree to not get attached because they aren’t at a place where they would be able to manage it. And then it just turns into stop your heart, smile like you mean it, are you bending down on your knee for that reason L.O.V.E!! It is so fantastic and so well written their relationship growth that you just are in awe.
Towards the beginning Lily actually falls pregnant. It isn’t that I have an issue with this, it is just that I am unable to relate. I don’t have a child, nor do I wan’t one in the near future, so when I read stories where the main character becomes pregnant I tend to lose interest. Because I no longer relate. This didn’t happen to me in this one, and when the event reoccurs at the end of the novel to my surprise I was actually really happy with this turn of events.
In the final chapters the four all lose their memories because a law was passed that doesn’t allow cross races mixing, because they realised that if hybrids have children with humans then they turn into these weird, destructive creatures. Both pairs of royalty are now married, and it is because of the law that ensures married couples aren’t allowed to be separated from each other for more than two years, that there is hope they will be together once again. Normally in series when one character loses their memory, it just puts a damper on the whole series. This being said, with the way that Dawn has positioned the story I have really high hopes for the next book.
I’m looking forward to see how Lily responds to meeting Ezra again, but not really again, in the next book. And how her deal with Clarise actually pans out.
I love all of the elements in this series, and I could actually see it being a very successful TV show. Someone should snap the rights up!! This book actually made me laugh out loud, like within every chapter. And the one thing that was lacking in the first book (in regards to the New Adult genre..*wink* *wink*) was seriously in swing in this one!! You shall look forward to it, i’m sure.