Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday! This week Angela recommends:
For Crown and Kingdom by Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven
Still catching up on my TBR list. 🙂
This review will be for Grace Draven’s novella The Undying King, which I read first because I have all the love in the world for her fantasy romances. I did start Jeffe Kennedy’s novella but quickly came to the realization that it was best read in order within the Twelve Kingdoms series. And since I haven’t started that series yet, but fully plan to glom within the next week or so (I’ve already one-clicked the first book), I’ll get back to y’all with my review on that novella.
I’m including the artwork for The Undying King, which is gorgeous as always. Ms. Draven has been blessed by the cover gods and every time a new cover is unveiled I am struck momentarily speechless.
The Undying King is the tale of a young woman who is cursed to spread death through touch and a king who is cursed with everlasting life. She is sent on a mission by her dying mother to find the fabled king in hopes that he will finally end her curse, thus giving her a chance at a real life. Stories of Tineroth and their Undying King are legendary and Imogen assumes, all made up. But as her mother begins to weave a tale of caring for a half dead man and his debt to her, Imogen begins to believe.
Imogen and Cededa are exact opposites, yet strangely the same. He has lived a powerful, rich, long life, but has innumerable regrets and demons that follow him in his day to day monotony as he prowls around the city which has become his prison. He can not die, even when bitterness, regret and loneliness make him wish for nothing more. Imogen has lived a sheltered life, with only her mother for company and has never felt the touch of another being. She wants normality and an end to her loneliness. She represents death and the life, but it’s her touch that brings Cededa a new sense of awakening and longing for all the things that have been lost to him over time.
Any time I immerse myself in this author’s words I find myself unable to find a stopping place. I end up reading from beginning to end in one sitting. I can’t adequately describe how sensual and beautiful and magical her books are. While just a novella, The Undying King felt like a complete book. There was enough backstory, a wonderful world brought to life and two characters who were fully fleshed out. Their relationship built at a nice pace and I was able to feel them connect on an emotional and soul deep level. Even the ending was beautiful.
I highly, highly recommend anything by this author.
“You would make me your redeemer.”
How very wrong she was. “I would make you my wife,” he whispered in her ear. “My only wife. My beloved wife.”