Erryn reviews The King and his Vigilant Valet (Paranormal Princes Book 3) by Charlie Cochet. The book was published March 31, 2020 and is 131 pages. The audio was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released December 8, 2020 and is 3hrs and 48mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
The past has a way of catching up with you, even if you are immortal. I’ve spent thousands of years as the valet and companion to the powerful King of All Shifters. It has been my honor and duty to protect, serve, and advise him. I never intended to fall in love with him. My past is filled with death and bloodshed, but I never once regretted keeping Alarick safe. Now an evil I thought long gone has resurfaced, determined to kill Alarick and plunge the world into chaos. Saving Alarick means revealing the truth about myself. I don’t know what’s worse, failing to protect the king I love, or watching him turn away from me in disgust when he discovers what I really am.
As King of All Shifters, my powers are connected to the cosmos, and I have been around since the dawn of time. There are few things that can kill me. Unfortunately, one of those things has escaped its prison and is set to destroy me. The only weapon that can defeat this creature is the Scythe of Kronos, which has been missing for nearly as long as I have lived. When Jean and I set out on a quest to find the scythe, questions I had long ignored must now be answered. What is Jean’s connection to this evil? Why will he trust me with his life but not his secrets? As my most trusted valet, and my greatest friend, surely nothing that happens along this perilous journey can change what I feel in my heart for him. Or can it?
Okay, so King Alarick is old. The King of all Shifters is several millenia old. And so when I look at his picture, I have a hard time reconciling this. In my mind he’s much older looking. As is Jean. Jean has served as Alarick’s protector and companion for much of the time that the man has been in charge. Jean is blind, but well-able to perceive, anticipate, and meet his master’s needs. The other thing I didn’t understand is how one type of shifter can father other types. Alas, no worries, all is eventually revealed. I don’t want to spoil things, but I did learn about a few creatures I’ve never heard of. Thank you, internet, and some intrepid fellow reviewers who are smarter than myself.
This book, as with the two previous in the series, involves a quest. Alarick and Jean need to find the Scythe of Kronos. Knowing little about mythology, I went along for the ride. During the quest, Alarick comes to see his valet is also a friend and, eventually, a partner. And, of course, there’s a great battle. Because that’s what’s expected, right? And it’s proof Alarick has sired quite a few shifters in his time.
The book was good, and I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books make cameos. The series is narrated by Greg Boudreaux and I was glad because he always delivers a solid performance.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, releasing her creativity through art, or binge watching a new TV series. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.