What good is being king if you can’t burn your own rules?
Ethereal Foes, Book 4
In the two years since Jentaron hatched, he’s grown into an adult blue dragon full of the knowledge of his royal predecessors. He’s a true king, even if the other denizens of the Ethereal, those demons, havoc, angels and the like, continue to test him.
But he’s got heavier worries. Namely, an unspeakable danger that threatens all life as the planet knows it. He can feel it, can sense that he’s got a bigger role to play than just pissing off the Ethereal.
With the blood elves and havoc making more trouble than usual, magic no longer flowing freely in the Abyss, and angels massacring everything demonic they can get their holy hands on, the Balance has reached a tipping point. Time to take charge before the rules change.
What’s a dragon to do but create his own chaos? He’ll take a mate or two, instill fear where needed, and finally return dragonkind to the Ordinary—the human lands—where a dragon will decide the fate of the worlds.
Because he’s king, and he says so.
Warning: Contains a dragon king challenged by a devious demon and an alluring, not-so-human human. Expect carnal hunger only a king can satisfy, and heat only a dragon can generate.
I’ll start off by stating that I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. While it is possible to read it as a standalone, I think you’ll enjoy it way more if you have already read the other books.
I signed up to review this book as I was intrigued by the description of the world; it sounded really interesting with all these different creatures. I wasn’t sure if the author could pull it off in a cohesive manner, but major kudos to Marie Harte because she did deliver, and it does work. She skillfully weaves all the various fantasy creatures into the plot and she has created a very unique, captivating setting. The world building was my favorite part of the book.
This book gives new meaning to ‘fast-paced.’ Jeez, there is so much going on, and so much information to absorb, that I almost had literary whiplash. Marie does a superb job of explaining the world and the characters for those of us (i.e. me) who are not familiar with the series. This is necessary in order to keep track of what is going on and who everyone is, but it is a bit of an information overload at times. I had to stop a couple of times and remind myself who certain characters were.
Character development lacked a bit of substance, but if you’ve read the other books you are most-likely already familiar with the majority of the players. I wasn’t and the characters felt a little one-dimensional to me.
Ella wasn’t skeptical of the fantasy world she was thrust into at all, and that wasn’t very believable. Also, for someone who professed to not liking sex much, her transformation was a little incredible. However, I could overlook it because we have a soulmate set up which I enjoyed. The sex scenes were well written and the chemistry between all three was pretty scorching.
The end-of-the-world plot was eclipsed by the romance and it frustrated me that the King was more interested in getting laid than stopping The Hunger. It all felt a bit rushed and anti-climactic at the end.
I enjoyed this author’s writing style and I’d happily check out more of her work.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that will appeal to existing fans of this series or Fantasy/PNR fans in general.
Actual rating 3.75 Stars
Thanks to the publisher and Barclay PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.