Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: The Alpha King
SERIES: Kingdom of Askara Book 1
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
NARRATOR: Joel Leslie
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 8 Hours and 16 Minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.
Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.
Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.
Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)
When it comes to Victoria Sue and werewolves I feel like I repeat myself every time I write a review BUT in my opinion no one does wolves like this author does. You don’t just get a quick and easy time in her stories with lots of sex and an alpha shouting mine, mine, mine. You get incredible world building and really likeable characters that you quickly become invested in – there is a lot of story here folks and the audio is just as alluring as the ebook and once again I couldn’t put it down. In this one you also get a lot of angst as Luca is not the sharpest when it comes to his new relationship and he lets Kit down a few times before he starts thinking things through.
Luca is an Alpha who has come of age and needs to pick an omega mate. This is done at the choosing ceremony but none of the omegas on show hold his interest. When he stares into the eyes of a young enslaved human there is recognition and an immediate desire to keep the starved and beaten young man safe. What starts as a good deed turns into an event that will go down in history as the Alpha heir meets his destined pure omega and becomes King.
The choosing of his mate is actually the easy part even though it’s not gone quite as planned. There is no denying who Luca has become and the wolves are quick to fall to their knees and recognise their King. There are those who protest however and the wicked witch in this story is definitely Luca’s mother who starts scheming almost immediately. Although there is never any doubt that Luca and Kit should and will be together there are a few hiccups caused by Luca’s stupidity and aided by his mother’s scheming that leave Kit nursing a temporary bruised heart.
It doesn’t take Luca long to come to his senses but with this pair there seems to be drama after drama. Pregnancy is the last thing that this newly mated and unsettled pair were expecting but it is met with cautious excitement once Kit is home and safe and on the road to being well once again. I think I said when I first read this story that I didn’t feel like it was finished and that Luca and Kit had more to share with us and I still feel that way after listening to it this time – there is definitely a lot more to come and I can’t wait for the second book in this series to be published later this year.
Joel Leslie has fast become one of my favourite narrators and I enjoyed his telling of The Alpha King immensely. When you get a narrator who gives you clear and distinguishable character voices that mesh with how you imagined them sounding it really adds to the story being told. Listening to his narration here was an absolute pleasure.