REVIEWED by Jen B.
SERIES: Kingdom of Night #4
AUTHOR: L.C. Davis
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 273 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
BLURB: Lunar priest. Amateur monster hunter. Witch. It’s all in a day’s work for Hunter, a young werewolf bound against his will to serve the fallen moon goddess, Selene. With the goddess trapped in the aether and the end of the world narrowly averted, Hunter is still struggling to juggle his various roles within the Kingdom of Night, and the pack he isn’t even sure he wants to be a part of. Oh, and to top it all off? He also has to deal with the ups and downs of being transgender and having a destined mate with a complex identity of his own.
It’s been months since Clarence’s memories of his true nature as an angel returned, along with his angelic powers, but he’s still keeping secrets. Hunter is getting a little tired of hearing that it’s “for his own good” when Clarence’s double life comes back to haunt them both. Hunter soon realizes the mate he was destined for might not be the man Hunter thinks he is. To make matters worse, the leader of the Family, the deadly clan of supernatural monster hunters who decimated Hunter’s pack, shows up asking for…help?
Will Hunter be able to put aside the trauma of his own tragic past to help a sworn enemy and maintain a tentative treaty between the Kingdom of Night and the Kingdom of the Sun? Strange echoes of the past leave Hunter’s heart as torn as his allegiances. Then again, no one ever said being a holy man was easy.
This is a wonderful paranormal series that continues with a change in direction this time. Sebastian, Remus and Victor are around, but this installment focuses on Hunter, whom has been a strong player throughout this series. He has had a lot happen to him since we first met him and things don’t get any easier this time around.
While the previous books focused more on the vampires and wolves, here the main theme seems to be possessions. Clarence has been MIA but reappers again in another body. Hunter has joined Prentice (unwillingly at first) to find Arthur, but things don’t go nearly as they’d hoped for. Meanwhile, with Hunter now living without his mate (Clarence, long story you really need to read the previous books to understand), he is in danger of going feral.
There are so many things that happen in this story as it weaves and winds us toward answers and understanding of what has been going on. There are a lot of players aside from the main characters, such as various Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Angels, and they definitely seem to be playing one long petty game with the other creatures as pawns. Bonds are tested, relationships are changed, and I loved how everything played out.
This was a wonderful expansion on an already interesting series, and while it sort of veered off in a different direction, it definitely felt like it needed to be told to keep things in order. I’m already looking forward to the next installment and can’t wait to see what happens next as the players are all moved into another new position.
P.S. I love the cover! It is very fitting and exactly as I pictured Hunter as I read this story.