Publisher: St. Martins Press
Expected Release: April 30, 2019
Series: Dark Kings #15, Dark World #35
Requested and Received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the publisher St. Martins Press, in exchange for an honest review.
I felt this book was a solid 3 stars for me. I want to start off by saying this book does not work very well as a stand alone it is number #15 in a series and so has 14 books worth of back story and experiences that the characters have gone through, as well as 14 books worth of buildup of an ongoing secondary plot line.
In all honesty one of the things that kept me from just loving this book itself was that there was a lot of references to the stories before, almost like the author might have been trying to make it to where the story could stand alone? I just felt like an inordinate amount of the story was diverted into details from stories past which if a reader had read the books prior to this one would feel was a little repetitive. I am all for some backstory but with 14 prior books of backstory that is a lot of story to incorporate this late in the game. Another thing that kept me from hitting that 4 star was the fact that V and Claire’s story seems to kind of take a back seat for all the plot building needed to continue the ongoing secondary plot line. Their story actually seemed a little rushed to me and I wished we had more time to really get into their story.
Claire, our FMC, is a nurse by day, and secret dating blogger by.. well all the other time she has. Perplexed by the art of love and basically at her wits end of the dating scene, Claire is just about ready to start collecting cats.. That is until some meddling dragon kings decide that she is a potential candidate for a broody King who needs a purpose and a date to get him out of the past and into the present. Vlad has spent so much time obsessing over his lost sword, and now the fact that it doesn’t work, that life is passing him by. Becoming more and more depressed, the dragon kings team up to set him up with Claire. Meanwhile a war is brewing and the evil Light Fae Queen has begun to put her plans into motion for way more than world domination. As the kings discover how far her treachery is reaching they scramble to come up with plans to thwart her. Unfortunately in the process, Con goes missing. The kings must team up with every potential ally in an attempt to take her out. Little do they know she has allies of her own with their own devious plans..
There was a lot of buildup for this battle with “Ubitch,” but unfortunately the story ended before we ever really got anywhere so here we are left on the cusp of what is shaping up to be a battle of epic proportions.. Hopefully in the next book we can get more answers, instead of reiterating all the questions we already have.. maybe we will even get to bring home some dragons? I’m down!
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