Jan 8, 2014

King Cave

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall: the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within...

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave. 

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation. 

Their friendship saves them both...but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It's not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra's life as well?

There is nothing like having the first book you read in the New Year be one of the best books you have ever read. Blood pumping action, steamy sex, heart wrenching tragedy, swoon worthy romance, and sarcastic comedy – King Cave was just the all-around perfect read for me. If you’re a paranormal fan this is a must read. If you’re not a paranormal fan, this is the series that will convert you.

I can’t say too much about the plot without giving away major spoilers and I refuse to be the one to ruin this book for anybody. I will say it picks up directly where King Hall leaves off, with Mystical Prodigies Lily, Ezra, Jack, and Pearl leading their factions (Shifters, Vampires, Elementals, and Mages respectively) to safety after a violent attack by the Commoners. The Prodigies must face a very real possibility of ruling during a full scale Mystical/Commoner World War.

King Cave is told in Lily’s voice and follows her struggles to do right by friends, her followers, and herself. In Lily’s time of need she draws strength from her best friend Ezra. When the bond between the two future rulers begins to worry their Elders and followers, Lily and Ezra have to worry if the biggest threat they face actually comes from inside their own community. 

Oh my God, the bloody feels and angst in this book are off the charts. The chemistry between Lily and Ezra sparks with their every interaction. Each scene the two shared consumed me so much that I went back and reread them after finishing the overall story to get to experience them a second time. 

When I finally stepped away from King Cave I was in such a funk my husband asked what was wrong. I mumbled “book couple, too upset” and he just shook his head and went in his office. The heaps of heartache and agony heaped on this pair wrecked me. And the ending… OH MY GOD THE ENDING. While perfect it is one hell of a doozy of a cliff-hanger. I will use a line from Lily to highlight my feeling about it:

“Pain needs to be remembered.” 

King Cave should not be read as a stand-alone, you’ll need check out King Hall first. Both are five star reads for me and I recommend them without reservation.

I love King Cave, I love Lily and Ezra, and I am going to be a hot crazy mess waiting for the next book in this series. Like I may be stalking author Scarlett Dawn until it comes out. I apologize to her in advance.

Happy reading.

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