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Audio Book Review-The Blood King by Abigail Owens

by | May 22, 2022 | Audio Book Reviews, Book Reviews | 1 comment

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

Ruthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne at all costs. And now, with war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle. Luckily, the fates have dropped Skylar Amon right into his lap.

Except he may have met his match.

The feisty Amon sister has no fear — of him or any other dragon shifter — is brash, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around. She doesn’t believe in the whole destined mates thing and believes all dragon kings to be dangerous. But if it means taking out the High King who murdered her parents, she’ll put up with Ladon… temporarily.

But the fates have other plans. And when Skylar disappears in the middle of a battle, Ladon will burn down the world to find her.

My Review

First Impressions

the Blood King is the second book in the Inferno Rising series and this book features Dragon King Ladon, and Skylar Amon. And this book has a blend of tropes that are featured and I was so intrigued into seeing how these two would work together because Skylar is a badass phoenix and too stubborn for her own good, and mix that in with a royal dragon alpha and you know that the tension is going to be real. I actually really loved this one here. I was so intrigued by what is implemented and the setup of their story. You also get plenty of more serial plotlines dealing with our villain of the story. I was so intrigued by the chemistry that is built but we also see the other Amon sisters which were also fun. It was such a fun time to get back to this series as I had a fun time with the first book. I am really curious to see where this author will be taking this series as the built-up so far has left me intrigued.

Summary

Our story sets off with our heroine Skylar Amon, who thought that she needed to rescue her sister, but ends up realizing that her sister is with her mate willing but truths come to light during an altercation with Ladon, and there is an agreement made for a marriage/mating of convenience and that they could be destined mated. Ladon knows that he is taking a risk by mating Skylar, as if his instincts are wrong, then he will end up burned alive. But there is something strong that is pulling him to Skylar, and he knows that they are meant to be together. But as Skylar and Ladon learn each other and start to build a budding trust, but right when they are ready to fulfill their mating and destiny, Skylar is taken in the midst of a battle. She will have to use everything she is capable of to survive, and we see the determination of King Ladon to find his mate and fully complete their mating and embrace their future together.

What I Loved

There were some great qualities to this book that really worked for me so well. I was so fascinated by this pair but I also was intrigued to see where their story would build to. They have some fun altercations with each other in the beginning. They are both such strong personalities, and are also trained fighters, and boy do they get into it which only builds their fiery chemistry. I was so fascinated by this pairing, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Skylar at first, but her character ended up really working out for me so well. I was also intrigued to see the way in which the sisters would get together and be reunited and who the other kings would be that would end up with the other two women. Which to be honest the personalities of the younger sisters I relate better with so I am very fascinated to see how that will work out in the end. The romance that is developed in the Blood King is where they have powerful chemistry, but they have to work on the relationship and build that level of trust. I really wanted to see them come together, but the built-up sexual tension was done just right and I just wanted to see more of them together. We also get introduced to future characters that will play prominent roles in the books to come up next from what I can tell.

The Narration

I really had a fun time with the duo POV narration. Whenever there is dual POV, I do love it when they use two different narrators and I felt like these two have great magic together and really worked so well to adjust to their personalities and bring everything in focus and really made the level of intensity and world building so visualized,

Overall View

The Blood King is a thrilling adventure that brings strength of characters, building of intrigue into the plot building, and a mating bond worth protecting and will fire up the reader into wanting to cheer our characters on.

Book Details

Title: The Blood King

Author: Abigail Owens

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Audiobook

Source: Hoopla Digital

Length: 11 Hours & 27 Min

About the Narrators

Alexandre Steele grew up in the American Midwest, attended a prestigious American university, then honed his craft as a journeyman actor in Europe, the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Along the way, he developed a passion for Eastern philosophy and martial arts, which lead him to leave the road to pursue more ardent study. He now makes an annual practice of silent retreats in remote locales and continues to pursue his twin loves of live performance and voicing sultry stories in the intimacy of the audio booth.

While living in the Midwest, Sarah Puckett found a way to incorporate her love of acting through audiobooks. Professionally trained in acting and narration, she has brought her brand of sweet and sultry narration to multiple genres, including romance, fantasy, mystery, and young adult. Her emotionally driven performances are raved about in reviews, and her passion for books keeps her invested in each story.

Book Links

Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Kobo| Goodreads| LibraryThing| Storygraph| Literal Club| Audible| Anyplay

Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4

Story Itself: 4.25

Character Development: 4

Writing Style: 4

World Building 4.5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 3.75

Pacing 4

Plot 4

Narration= 4

Cover Art 4

Ending 4

Book Ratings

Rating of the Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering cup of tea—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warmin’ by the fire- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Inferno Rising

The Rogue King-Pub 2019 #1 in the Series

The Blood King-Pub 2020 #2 in the Series

The Warrior King-Pub 2021 #3 in the Series

The Curse King-Pub 2021 #4 in the Series

About The Author

Multi-award-winning author, Abigail Owen, writes adult paranormal romance & upper YA fantasy romance. She loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of HEAs! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.

Abigail attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing) and an MBA. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own swoon-worthy hero, their angelic (mostly) kids, who are growing up way too fast, and 2 adorable fur babies. 

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