Wendy reviews The Alpha Prince: Kingdom of Askara, Book 3 by Victoria Sue, Narrated by Michael Pauley. Audible.com release date July 18, 2018, 7 hours, 47 min.
The Askaran desert can no longer sustain the secret hybrid population of wolves bred from those sent there to die for their crimes. Justice knows the time has come to lead his wolves to a new life, but soon realizes his pack could never be governed by, nor swear fealty to, the cruel and despotic Alpha of Solonara – Darius – so he hatches a plan to fight and ultimately kill the Alpha, his heir, and take over the territory.
Cashel should not exist. It was unheard of for an Alpha-heir to be born an omega, and Darius has made every day a torment for his son. After spending years failing to breed another heir and desperate not to have to give his territory away to another pack, he finally turns his attention back to Cashel and a whole new nightmare begins.
Justice’s whole life has been about righting a wrong and delivering the very thing he was named for. Meeting Cashel and finding out he is his true mate sends his carefully constructed plans and promises up in flames. When he discovers Darius’s cruelty runs deeper than any of them imagined, he is faced with a last desperate choice between his love for Cashel or his loyalty to his people.
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I love this series and this audiobook is no exception.
The angst and suspense are evident right away in this one. I have to admit to tears within the first few minutes of the story. My heart hurt for the circumstances the characters found themselves in. The hybrid wolves living in secret and suffering from the lack of water and Justice, the new Alpha that wasn’t ready to take his father’s place and lead them to Cashel, the Omega that shouldn’t exist and has spent his life suffering at his cruel fathers hand. It’s quite the mix of elements that thread together to make a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
I’m also going to admit to wanting to shake sense into a certain character on more than one occasion. It honestly surprised me that Justice was given as many chances to get things right in order to save his pack. And his disrespect for his mate at every turn had me itching to kick an Alpha in the shin… hard. I’m glad to say that Victoria Sue didn’t let her strong, well written character fall from grace completely and he does redeem himself. Even with the way he treated Cashel, his concern was always for the safety and survival of his pack. He was just oblivious to what was right in front of him. That makes for an emotional roller-coaster, I guarantee.
Cashel just broke my heart and I love this character so much!
Sweet, gentle and with a quiet strength he pulled me into his corner right away. I have a soft spot for the oppressed, downtrodden character and Cashel was that and more. There were so many feels as he made his way to being the Alpha-heir and I’m glad I was able to take that journey with him.
The story is well written, the pace moves swiftly and of course there are lots of moments of danger and suspense, betrayal and emotion. The world of ‘Askara’ is complex and evolved and I’m in awe that it has so many facets to it.
I love his voice, it’s rich and smooth and emotes beautifully. He does a wonderful job with these characters and I never minded once that he was a new voice for the series. His performance was flawless!
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Victoria Sue fell in love with love stories as a child when she would hide away with her mom’s library books and dream of the dashing hero coming to rescue her from math homework. She never mastered math but carried on imagining heroes. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with a paranormal twist—but always with a happy ending. Is an English northern lass currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach.
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