- Book Title: The Alpha King
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Victoria Sue
- Publisher: Victoriasue.com (January 26, 2017)
- Book Length: 250 pages
- Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Werewolf, Mpreg
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
The hardest part of writing a review for me is..where do I start?
I don’t usually read a lot of paranormal, I sort of started my MM reading with a full onslaught of shifter stories. These days I like to pick one up for a different reading experience. This book truly delivered.
The author did a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life and letting me feel like I belong in the world that she created, The Kingdom of Askara. When an author creates a world that is unlike the one we live in it has to be realistic enough and the details have to be distinct enough to make me believe I’m there. The author did that for me here and I was completely comfortable.
The characters in this story were so compelling. I don’t mean just the MC’s I mean all of them. The author was able to give the supporting cast a voice and also a certain sense of who they were which gave the story a deeper depth and added to the believability of this fantasy world that I just spoke about. There is a part of this book that was instrumental to the how the story progressed and it involves miscommunication or better put, it would be, no communication and only assumption. I sort of hymmed and hawed about how I felt about this. In the end I liked it. With everything that was granted Luca so unexpectedly, I understood his insecurity when it came to trust. My first impression of Luca was, he’s a dingus butt, sort of clueless and a dumbass. Thank goodness as the story moved forward he was shaped into a respectful and confident Alpha King. I really enjoyed his journey of maturity. Kit on the other hand was always the level headed and his emotional character stayed pretty even throughout the story. When he did express adverse emotion it was because Luca was being a dingus butt.
Here is one of the reasons that I gave this a 5 star rating. I’ve rarely if ever seen this in a shifter story. I am pretty much ensured that any shifter couple are going to be possessive. And that is very much the character bond here. Here is the difference for me and I don’t know if it was intentional on the author’s part or not. As the reader I was emotionally attached to Luca and some of the supporting characters, I never really felt that with Kit. When I finished reading this and I was going through my whole introspect of the story it dawned on me that Kit wasn’t there for me to get an attachment with, Kit was Luca’s. Kit was there for Luca, it was Kit that helped Luca shape himself into the man he became at the end and Kit is what pushed Luca into my emotions. Like I said I don’t know if it was intentional or not but for me it was bloody brilliant. An exceptional way to tell a story.
Since the author included Mpreg in the synopsis I guess I don’t need to say spoiler alert. I enjoy an Mpreg story if told respectfully and I think it was done well here. The story revolved around the changes in Kit’s body from swollen ankles to his self induced emotional break that he was fat. There hasn’t been a male omega pregnancy in centuries so the characters were totally unprepared for how the birth was even going to happen and whether or not it would follow in Kit’s human or Luca’s shifter incubation periods. They didn’t even know how the baby was going to come out, priceless.
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 twenty-fifth 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?