Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Book: The Savage King by Michelle M Pillow

Title: The Savage King
Series: Lords of the Var (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi, Romance
Release Date: 1st May 2011
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Kirill wasn't quite as prepared for Kingship as he thought after the death of his father, King Attor, even less so when he comes across a woman, Ulyssa, who he just can't get out of his head. With his father having driven into his sons that a woman is just a distraction, he has more to overcome that Ulyssa's stubborness. Ulyssa was sent to Qurixilian with a mission; to take out Doc Aleksander, but when Nadja does that before she can, she is left stranded for months...

A word on reading order...though this is book 1 in the series, I'd highly advise reading the Dragon Lords series first (well at least books 1-4) as I personally thought that the events of The Savage King make a bit more sense with the details from the previous books, not just because of the events surrounding Princess Nadja, but also because then the mystery of Gena is solved!

Of all the solutions for Gena, I didn't see this one coming! She was found annoying by all of the other characters that have been introduced, and came across as shallow and self serving...yet it turns out she wasn't. It was an interesting plot twist and not one that I saw coming.

I loved reading about what was going on on Qurixilian, though this series has already taken a slightly different tone. The main male characters have switched from the Dragon-Shifting Draig, to the Cat-Shifting Var, who has different styles, personalities and traditions. This means that actually there felt more time for the MCs to fall in love, it also meant that it wasn't just the female party that had to be convinced that love was an option!

At some points I did want to bang Ulyssa and Kirill's heads together! It was clear they cared deeply for each other after the first week or so, and yet neither of them accepted that they were anything more to each other than lovers. It didn't help that Kirill had his father's conditioning to over take.

I also felt that this gave another look at the universe in general that these characters live in, and the political dynamics going on, which I find super interesting as well as adding more dimensions to the story!

I'm looking forward to continueing the Var Prince's stories! This book held promise for the rest of the series!