Friday, January 12, 2018

The Nightmare King by Heather Killough-Walden

When she was fourteen, Adelaide Lane made a choice that landed her in the ICU of her town’s general hospital. Her prognosis was not good. When against all odds she woke up, it was to find that she had re-entered life not only with physical and mental scars, but with the ability to see into the future.

For twenty years, Addie has used this power to do good in a world gone bad. It isn’t easy, and it’s often illegal. To make matters worse, of late she’s experienced a vision more horrible than any before – and she has no idea how to stop the event from occurring.

Adelaide’s life is chaos. What she doesn’t have time for is love, and she’s certain there’s no one on Earth who would have anything to do with her topsy-turvy life anyway.

Nick has only been alive for a few short hours. He is the Nightmare King, the sovereign of a race of incubi as old as time. When his previous form was murdered by a traitor amidst the thirteen supernatural factions, he was reborn into the handsome but notorious man, Nicholas Wargrave. Housed in a new body with a new reputation, he is instantly fighting against an ancient foe, the Challenger, a man who disputes his position as king every time Nicholas is reborn.

Nick not only has to get used to the new life given to him and withstand the Challenger’s attacks, he has to confront the Entity who issued his death in the first place. So he’s vastly unprepared when he comes face to face with the most beautiful soul he has ever beheld – and realizes the woman housing that soul is his fated queen.

Now his priorities are completely rearranged. Adelaide comes first.
The problem is, the Challenger feels the same way.

And so does the Entity who killed him.

The Nightmare King is book eleven in The Kings series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author, Heather Killough-Walden.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I KNEW IT!!! I knew HE was The Traitor King. And no, I don't mean the Nightmare King is the traitor – just that we finally discover the traitor's identity.

As for Addie and Nick's journey... I don't even know where to begin. I loved Addie's character – her social awkwardness made her easy to identify with, and that she didn't allow her wealth to change who she was at her core, her soul, is what makes her perfect for the Nightmare King. It's both beautiful and terrible that anyone had to endure what she did in order to be the perfect person to become queen – terrible in what she endured, but beautiful in that it truly made her a stronger person and more deserving of her fate. What we learn about the Nightmare King and the Challenger is just astounding. I'm not up on incubus legends, so Nick's portion of the story was extremely fascinating for me because whether the author drew from already established legends or created Nick's circumstances all on her own, I was riveted. I could not read fast enough to learn how Nick and Addie's battle with The Entity would play out because I was trying to savor each morsel of information along the way. And that ending... oh my goodness, I did not see that coming. NONE OF IT! And now I must wait for the next installment in the series, which promises to be an exciting one as even more secrets wait to be revealed.

I'd apologize for the vague review, but I wouldn't want to ruin The Nightmare King for another reader. It was excellent.

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 Nightmare King (The Kings #11) by Heather Killough-Walden for this post.

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