The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.
Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.
Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.
Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)
Review by Morgan
(Book reviewed previously here on this site.)
This looks like another amazing start to a fascinating series!
If you’re a fan of the author or the genre (mpreg) you’re probably familiar with Victoria Sue’s Sirius Wolves series (reviewed here: ) This is very similar in style and feel and has a lot of those same elements. It’s vaguely historical but also dystopian so possibly future? It was hard to tell, but most of it feels like the past.
We have a ruling class of shifters who enslave humans and two destined lovers who will “save the world”.
What I liked: I loved the amazing new powers Luca and Kit tap into upon bonding. I loved the “predictions”. I loved their relationship and commitment once it was established.
What I didn’t like: The world building. It was overwhelming. There were names and places and rules and all sorts of information literally dumped on me in the beginning and throughout the book. Even with all that, I was still sometimes confused about motivations of key players and definitely lost track of all the people. I didn’t like the fact that most of the conflict between our MCs revolves around them not talking to one another about how they feel (even when they share a mind link!). That made me crazy! Most of their angst was a “misunderstanding” that could have resolved quickly had they just said what they were feeling.
I think that fans of mpreg will want to read this, as will fans if the Sirius series. If you’re new to mpreg, this is a good book to try because Victoria Sue is a good writer and her stories use mpreg, but that isn’t the sole reason for her MCs to get together.
I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Is there anything Joel Leslie can’t narrate? I mean it! He’s just so versatile and has so many talents! He’s truly a joy to listen to. He asked me the other day if I got tired of his voice (joking of course) and I told him that was impossible because he voices all his characters differently and it’s not like listening to the same person over and over.
This story is a great example of this because there is such a variety of characters and he moves between them effortlessly.
4.5 of 5 stars
Review by Mary
My first MPreg story and my first book by Victoria Sue. The world building is excellent. In the Kingdom of Askara Werewolf’s rule and take humans as servants or slaves beaten and controlled in all aspects of life. Luca is betrayed by his brother and left for dead. He is rescued by Kit, at the detriment to himself. Kit tells him that he will be the Alpha King. Years later they meet again and sparks fly. I’ve never really been tempted by MPreg stories but I like the way this one is done.
There is so much here, betrayal, politics, espionage, fated mates, jealousy, love, misunderstanding, kindness and passion. An enjoyable shifter fantasy that has a fairy tale qualities. I quite enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next book.
Joel Leslie the ultimate showman brings all these aspects alive. Listening to him being an elder statesman one minute and a young girl next is magical. Perfect intonation swept me along with the story, many times I had to just stop what I was doing and listen spellbound. Definitely listening to this story again.
5 of 5 stars
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