Friday, January 19, 2018

The Dragon King by Heather Killough-Walden

Millennia ago, in the time of dragons, love and hate colored the very air monsters breathed. Ancient sorcery coursed through powerful wings like blood, pumped by hearts of magic, and timeless beasts of lore soared over the landscape, terrible and wondrous.
Amidst these beasts of yesteryear, a forbidden love bloomed. A child was born of this love.
But misfortune struck, and a murder rocked the world of the leviathans, tearing the family apart. Years piled atop this monumental death, legends faded and myths were twisted, and time made labyrinths of memories long gone.

Now, in the heart of one of America’s busiest cities, thrives a young woman with no last name. Evangeline is from a time before human tradition and provincialism. She is strong, born of legendary parents, and trained by the hard luck of solitary existence and sheer willpower.
When she learns that she has a fate beyond her control as queen to one of the Thirteen Kings – she rebels. Eva refuses to yield despite the king’s tall, strong bearing, vivid gray eyes that see through her, and voice that commands the very elements.
She refuses him, not only because of who she is – but because of who he is.

The catastrophically charismatic Dragon King bent on claiming her is none other than the man who murdered her father thousands of years ago.

But a primordial sleeping force has awakened to finally wreak dark havoc upon the world, and a Traitor to the Kings has returned to hunt Evangeline down. As her life spins out of control, Eva learns that not even her beliefs about the Dragon King are guaranteed. Nothing is black and white. And ultimately, Eva finds herself trapped: Between cruel, heartless evil on one side – and the love of an ancient, dark, and beautiful man on the other.

The Dragon King is book twelve in The Kings series, and follows The Nightmare King, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Killough-Walden.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I don't even know what to say about The Dragon King except that Heather Killough-Walden never fails to deliver in this series. This is perhaps one of the more violent installments in the series (or maybe I need to read the previous books again) as the Traitor proves exactly how sadistic he is when he manages to kidnap Eva. Even knowing that this is a romance and knowing that the King will claim his Queen, I worried as to whether or not Cal would be successful in rescuing and claiming Eva, as well as worried about what state she would be in after she suffered at the hands of the Traitor. Knowing that a happy ending is coming and seeing it play out after seemingly impossible odds are two different things and the author managed to tie me up in even bigger knots than usual in The Dragon King.

As with previous installments, there are more revelations about the Entity's plot and he makes great strides in his plan to bring down The Kings and their Queens. Jaw dropping strides. But there is even more going on than I anticipated, and Killough-Walden not only made this installment an action-packed adventure that kept me up late two nights in a row, but she set the stage for what I'm assuming will be the final book in the series and it's gonna be epic. And that ending? Oh, what a wonderfully frustrating cliffhanger ending that left me gasping for breath even as I wanted to scream in denial.

Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling e-book author of the Big Bad Wolf series and the October Trilogy. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archaeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let's go, Pens!)

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Angela reviewed her personal copy of The Dragon King (The Kings #12) by Heather Killough-Walden for this post.

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