The Blood King is book 2 in Abigail Owen's Inferno Rising series, directly following (as in the last scene of book 1 is the first of book 2) The Rogue King. Though you could slog your way through and understand the premise of the series as well as gather the events of the last book, this series really should be read in order. They would not standalone well as they are essentially telling one story from the four sisters' perspectives. Besides, Rogue King was phenomenal-you should read it. The book is done in third person omniscient style (for those whom that matters *cough:me:cough*) and from multiple characters, though mostly the leading two. The tone of the book was very different than that of Rogue King in that our two leads' personalities were so vastly different than Brand and Kasia. It carries on the serious undercurrent of the world situation, but Ladon and Skylar are far more the doers than the dreamers; guardians and fighters more than planners and leaders. Ladon, the Blood King himself, is a hard as nails, die hard warrior who has known nothing but fighting for his cause (freeing the blue clan and all dragon shifters from the oppression of the rotting king) in his half a millennia of life. He is dedicated and driven to a fault, and the addition of Skyler to his life throws him into a tailspin like he's never known. Skyler, for her part, is the daredevil of the quadruplets. The 'crazy one' as she herself puts it with a heaping helping of daring and a dash of recklessness thrown in for good measure. She's a perfect match for Ladon's stubbornness and determination, that's for sure. That very similarity causes them both headaches as well as provides middle ground. The pairing is an interesting one for me: far from opposites attract, this is a fine example of rock meeting hard place and finding a kindred spirit instead of an obstacle. Don't get me wrong, they were definitely their own obstacles and their relationship was hard won, but they did finally win. Unlike with Brand and Kasia, the bonding happens early in the book and the story is much more about the pair finding their way to making that bond whole and real and becoming a true partnership. The opposite of the first book, but well done and done in such a way that it felt right for our couple. I enjoyed the book and found myself very happy that the two of them found each other and made their own way in the end. I don't think I loved either as much as Brand or Kasia, but we all have our favorites. ;) I am dying for the next installment (Meira's book) and will hate waiting a year or more to see it! The overarching story progresses significantly (great points to the author for managing to spread it out well and not leave a book lacking in that arena) and we find more reasons to hate the Rotting King, as well as meeting new allies and interesting persons. Also: more lovable hellhound time. Who doesn't love that? If you're into contemporary parallel worlds (happening alongside modern times, though in secret), stubborn characters with more pride than sense sometimes, steamy romance, great sibling relationships, powerful dragons, amazing paranormal creatures, and a story that will leave you begging for the conclusion to come sooner, this is definitely a book for you. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I'm really enjoying this series. I liked book one and was eager to read book two and it was even better than the first one! There is plenty of tension, drama, action, emotion and heat to grab and hold your interest. Ladon and Skylar have blistering chemistry and believe me when I say that the sparks and sharp banter really fly as these two clash together epically. Emotional baggage and turmoil play a huge part in this story and that held a lot of appeal for me. I though those things helped to create a romance that had a rich depth to it. Can't wait for book three! I am freely posting a frank review.
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Oh I am loving this new series about dragons. I really got into the first book and this is just as good. There is so much tension and action in these books. I love how strong Skylar is. She has been trying to protect her sisters forever. There is another side to her she fears showing. Landon the Blood Kind is immediately drawn to her as they are destined to be mates. The problem? Skylar doesn't believe in all that nonsense. But she can't denied their chemistry. Sparks fly from these two and I love the bantering between them. Plenty of emotional baggage to work out until we get our HEA. I found I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was gonna happen next. As for the next book, please hurry I have to know how our next phoenix handled her situation.
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