REVIEWED by Jen B.
SERIES: Kingdom of Night #2
AUTHOR: L.C. Davis
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 479 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2016
Duality is just a fact of life when you’re the hybrid offspring of a psychotic vampiress and an alpha werewolf. Remus Black is about to learn the hard way that the vampires aren’t the only ones who have designs on the hybrid prince of legend. When the Family, a legion of undead hunters who have lain dormant for years, starts killing supernaturals and targeting the people Remus loves, old bonds and new alliances are tested.
The Family is only one of the problems Remus must face now that he’s more vampire than werewolf and less human than ever before. Suppressing his wolf side was necessary in order to do what it took to save Victor’s life, but his nascent vampire nature has come at the cost of his relationship with Sebastian. Even more shocking than how easy it is to live without his humanity is the fact that he finds it restored in the arms of his destined mate’s brother.
Remus and his newfound pack are about to learn that surviving the harvest moon was nothing compared to the threat that looms with the hunter’s moon. Remus finds himself at the center of a war between the Kingdom of Night and the Kingdom of the Sun, but the battle raging in his own mind poses the greater threat. It soon becomes clear that Victor is bound to the vampiric half of his soul while Sebastian holds claim to the very wolf nature Remus must keep at bay to protect his fragile heart.
To stop the hunters and ensure the future stability of the pack, Remus will be forced to do the unthinkable and choose between Victor and Sebastian. Will his choice tear the brothers apart for good, or is his love the key to bringing them together and standing against the hunters as a united front?
This picks up right where Pendulum left off. Much is happening in this world, and it all seems to hinge upon Remus and his awakening as the true Hybrid. Unfortunately, that cannot happen until he actually chooses his mate, and being marked by both Vincent and Sebastian has made that rather difficult. There is also the issue of Ulric appointing his successor, but he can’t do that either until Remus chooses his mate, because that will also determine who becomes the successor.
So, needless to say, Remus is in kind of a rough spot. He still believes he truly loves and chooses Vincent, but Vincent isn’t convinced. He believes that while Remus still has Sebastian’s mark, it is possible that Remus will choose Sebastian, as it comes down to more than what the heart wants. But, there is a lot more at play here. What we thought we knew about Victor is put to the test in more ways than one. He uses his powers to sort of reset Remus’ memories thinking to do so will give Remus a fair chance at making the right decision as both he and Sebastian court him.
All while this is going on, the plan of the Hunters is brought into focus and the gang must figure out a way to unite with the vampires (including Remus’s mother) in order to be strong enough to stand a chance against them. Remus also learns more about Prentice and Arthur and that all isn’t what it seemed. His list of people he can trust is growing short, that’s for sure.
This is a fantastic paranormal series that focuses on the paranormal aspects, although there isn’t much actual focus on the shifting at the moment. I am thinking this will change a bit more when it comes time for Remus to awaken, unless the Hunters prevent that from happening. The romance and relationship is important, but it sort of takes a backseat for now, more so than the previous book. There are so many things at play here that kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was getting just as frustrated as Remus in trying to figure it all out.
With the exception of some misused names and typo errors, this is an extremely well written and engaging story with interesting characters and dilemmas that had me turning pages quickly, paying no mind to how long this was. I was not ready for it to end and am eagerly jumping into the next installment. Definitely recommended for lovers of creative paranormal and alternate worlds.