MtSnow and Wendy coreview The Alpha King by Victoria Sue. Published by Victoria Sue on May 23, 2017. Narrated by Joel Leslie. 8 hours 16 min.
Note: We were given a complimentary copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years. Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his 25th birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now – this moment he has waited a long time for. Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined. Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years. Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death?
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Wendy: I read this book when it first released and absolutely adored it. I was so excited to get the opportunity to listen to the audio version and co-review with MtSnow.
Victoria Sue just writes the best M-preg shifter stories. I was seriously on the edge of my seat so many times throughout this book! She knows how to make an Alpha work for his HEA that’s for sure lol.
Speaking of the Alpha, Luca… man… right away he was in trouble. Poisoned and left for dead. I really felt for him. I felt for him because he was suffering, then I felt for him because of the injustice that he and his fellow werewolves lived with. I felt for him when he was struggling to find his way as the Alpha King and I was so happy for him when he claimed his mate, Kit. Then I had some periods where I wanted to shake him because he was just completely blind to what was in front of him. But that just goes to show you how invested I was in this story. Like I said earlier, Victoria Sue really knows how to make an Alpha work for his HEA. I had some real nail biting moments lol.
Kit… I ADORE Kit! I wanted to protect and make sure this character knew nothing but happiness. He had an awful lot of moments where he didn’t have any happiness and when I listen to a character that starts out in a book as a child and he’s been abused, well… my protective instincts just come right out. Even when he was that young, abused child, he was strong enough and smart enough to know what needed to be done and then do it. He was a selfless character throughout the book and the perfect Omega. The sizzling moments between him and Luca made me melt. They had great chemistry together.
The world that Victoria Sue writes here is amazing! It’s complex and unique and you can tell that she really gave it a great deal of thought. It was very well written and had wonderful depth. The characters and politics were pure pleasure to learn about.
Narration: I think that this is only the second book that I’ve listened to with Joel Leslie as the narrator. He reads with such emotion and I imagined the characters Luca and Kit sounding just the way he speaks for them. It really sounded like he very much enjoyed portraying these guys.
Mtsnow – I loved this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a shifter novel, and this one was a great way to get back into the game. This author is new to me, but I am definitely a convert after reading this one. I’ve not really been familiar with mpreg, but it worked quite well in this story.
The Story – First off, I will say that the pairing of our MCs started off a bit awkwardly, and it didn’t seem that Luca, as soon to be alpha, had much depth of character. In fact, he seemed rather clueless at times. I actually was quite angry with him, as he didn’t seem to understand how he was hurting Kit with his actions and assumptions. I mean, to be given the gift of a true mate was rare indeed, and he just didn’t get it!?
And Kit, as a human, well, I admired how he was so mature for his years, and so loyal, sweet, kind, loving and he seemed to be just what was needed to bring the luck and good energy back into the pack. And the flashback was a fantastic addition to give us as readers a glimpse of younger versions of both our MCs. I was sad how he was treated physically though. But it was necessary to help us as readers understand how divisive their society had become, and the roles played by all species was interesting, and due for a major change.
There is a lot of pain and heartbreak in this book, but it’s a great beginning to a series, and it is so nice to read a shifter story with such a well written plot line. The journey and the battles fought, as well as the glimpses of how daily life was within the pack were reminiscent to me of fantasy stories I read as a kid, and were very enjoyable to delve into.
Narrator – I actually listened to this book in one sitting. Joel Leslie does his magic, and he emoted so well that again, I forgot who I was listening to, and just enjoyed the ups, downs, excitement and intimacy of the story. He was a perfect choice and I hope he continues for the rest of the series.
9 of 9 pots of gold equivalent to 90% recommended or 4.5/5 stars
Victoria Sue… Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail. Loves her wolves! Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach. Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on Facebook.