Series: King #1
Publication Date: 1st August 2013
Book Source: Escape Publishing & NetGalley
Synopsis: King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: human.
I really wanted to love this one, it had all the makings of a great fantasy series but sadly lacked in execution. The amateur writing style was often tedious to read making it feel much longer than 280 pages but Scarlett Dawn managed to win me over with her refreshing portrayal of friendship and loyalty.
In a world of Mysticals and Commoners there are four Mystic factions; shifter, mage, vampire, and elemental. Each group ruled by a King who names a new prodigy to become the future King or Queen.
These are Lily, (shifter but shhh she's a hybrid) Ezra (vampire) Pearl (mage) and Jack (elemental.) Kudos to Scarlett Dawn for creating a believable and lovable bond between these four. A friendship based on unwavering loyalty, support, shared laughs, tears, banter and sarcasm.
"Never mind. You guys won't understand. You're mated, and the only one that's not is a man-whore."
There's a lot of talk about sex, relaxed attitudes to sex, getting enough sex, sexual innuendo, some gag-worthy references to sexual fluids, some "getting your freak on" bahaha but once a Mystic is 'mated' take them off the market ... yeah I like that.
After all the death I'm looking forward to sweet revenge in the next installment, a show of power from the awesome foursome and fingers crossed Scarlett Dawn breaks more Mystic rules and gives us some Lily & Ezra 'action'.
Recommend: Could have been totally awesome but instead an okay read with flashes of awesome. There's definitely promise and I want to read King Cave so that's saying something.
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