Thursday, 16 April 2015
Book: The King of the Unblessed by Michelle M Pillow
Series: Realm Immortal (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 1st March 2009
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Merrick is the King of the Unblessed, the necessary evil such as mischief and tricks, but he's been distracted by the beautiful Lady Juliana. Juliana is due to be married, but her heart yearns for freedom and adventure. Merrick siezes his chance and tricks her into an adventure, not quite knowing the games that will play with his heart. King Ean of the Blessed knows that he may have to fight his brother, particularly when King Lucien of the Damned starts playing them off against one another...
King of the Unblessed weaves together a world that is rich both in setting and in mythology. There are several different mythological creatures that are introduced in this book, and I thought that in some cases it was really refreshing to see different takes on these creatures (such as Dark Eleves, I've never read them like they were in this book).
The setting for most of the book (King Merrick's castle) was rich and described with interesting details that didn't feel like they were detracting from the rest of the story. The same was true of both Merrick and Juliana's clothing, which often shifted to suit their emotions and situations. Not only did this make for a good setting, but it added another level to the magic in the book as well.
The relationship between Merrick and Juliana was certainly complicated to say the least. They were honest with their attraction for one another, but slow to come to terms with the idea that maybe there was something else between them. That made their romance itself quite slow burning, even if the physical aspects of their relationship happened quite quickly.
The side characters in King of the Unblessed also got a fair bit of page time. Most notable was probably the interactions between Mia and Lucian (which have me intrigued to say the least!) and between Hugh and Tiana, which was partly a set up for book 2 but also made me laugh at several points.
King of the Unblessed was a great read, with romance elements woven into the fantasy. Well worth a read.