Guestreview by B.A Brock
TITLE: The King’s Fate
SERIES: Corvidae Guard #1
AUTHOR: Rissa Blakely
PUBLISHER: Self Published
RELEASE DATE: June 7 th, 2016
In a world where Fae and Vampire will forever be at odds, a Vampire wins the crown, ruling the Fae Realm for the first time in history.
An Incubus, Leolin Kyffin, and his barren Succubus, Louise Bach, plot to end King Zachariah Orsova’s life, allowing them to rule the Fae Realm.
Through Louise’s encouragement, Leolin walks into a female Vampire’s dream and mates with her, breaking Zachariah’s law. His hope is to create what he thinks will be the most powerful half-breed known to the Realm.
When Zachariah kills the Succubus, Leolin vows revenge, sacrificing his half-breed son, Monty Saxon, and using him as a pawn to tear out the King’s heart, hoping to make him feel the pain of death while living.
When Leolin walks into Zachariah’s dreams, he fills his mind with unimaginable thoughts and desires. Doing the same to Monty, he secures his devious plot, patiently waiting for the precise moment Zachariah and Monty will be brought together as one.
The choices Leolin makes all add up to delivering a fate worse than death to his half-breed son and the King of the Fae Realm. Will Leolin avenge the murder of Louise? Will Zachariah and Monty survive, or will they be left suffering in the end?
I read the blurb for this story, and it seemed like something I’d be into, but I didn’t like it. I’m sorry. However, I don’t want to spend an entire review moaning about what I disliked, so let me highlight what I think would work for some people who are interested in this genre.
First of all, even though this series is technically MMF, and technically the main character falls in love with a man, this didn’t strike me as a gay work. So, if you’re the type who likes two men together just for the sexy time, then this may float your boat. That being said, don’t be surprised if there aren’t any realistic gay relationships depicted, and don’t let the lack of socially current gay issues catch you off guard–if there are any gay issues, they are incredibly cliché. Just enjoy it for what it is: a Ménage Supernatural Erotic Romance.
The novel has heavy paranormal and supernatural elements to it, all sort of thrown together, so if you like vampires and witches, but you dislike the heavy drama and tropes that can come with those particular races, then this may be for you. In this novel the vampires and succubae had typical powers to some extent, but not completely. For example, an incubus could impregnate people in their dreams… which frankly was fascinating.
Something I will mention I found absolutely distracting was the use of “male” instead of “man” in the book. I understood the author was trying to avoid “man”, because her protagonists were actually supernatural beings of some kind and not men, but the overuse of “male” (instead of “people” or something more gender neutral) was highly distracting, and came off as downright sexist and inappropriate at times. For instance, when one of the characters would refer to another as an “educated male”, there were some sexist implications that the women in the story weren’t educated. And to be honest, there was a depressing lack of strong female roles in this book (there were a lot of slave girls), but because I could have been confused over the time period (was this a historical fantasy setting?) that aspect of the worldbuilding may have made more sense. Unfortunately, it wasn’t addressed to my satisfaction.
Read this book if you like the author, the supernatural, or ménage with a very low socially relevant impact, otherwise leave it. That being said, one of the aspects I love about being a reviewer is talking about books I disliked, with people who loved them. I find it truly wonderful how we can all have different tastes in literature, and I’ve often changed my mind about novels based on what others have said, so if you loved this book, please tell me! I’d enjoy talking with you.