Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: The Alpha Prince
SERIES: Kingdom of Askara Book 3
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 209 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2017
The Askaran desert can no longer sustain the secret hybrid population of wolves bred from those sent there to die for their crimes. Justice knows the time has come to lead his wolves to a new life, but soon realizes his pack could never be governed by nor swear fealty to the cruel and despotic Alpha of Solonara—Darius—so he hatches a plan to fight and ultimately kill the Alpha, his heir, and take over the territory.
Cashel should not exist. It was unheard of for an Alpha-heir to be born an omega, and Darius has made every day a torment for his son. After spending years failing to breed another heir, and desperate not to have to give his territory away to another pack, he finally turns his attention back to Cashel and a whole new nightmare begins.
Justice’s whole life has been about righting a wrong and delivering the very thing he was named for. Meeting Cashel, and finding out he is his true mate, sends his carefully constructed plans and promises up in flames. When he discovers Darius’s cruelty runs deeper than any of them imagined, he is faced with a last desperate choice between his love for Cashel or his loyalty to his people.
This had everything I have come to expect from a Victoria Sue book – a continuity of great world building in the overall series, characters that you find yourself rooting for from the start and writing that keeps the reader engaged. The Kingdom of Askara books could very well be read as standalone titles however I would recommend starting at the beginning and reading them in order to get the most out the series and the world the author has built.
Cashel is an Omega who has and still is living a life of nightmares. His father, Alpha Darius, is a cruel and demented man who is only interested in procuring an heir since his own son is such a let-down. With that goal in mind he has healers and god knows who experiment on Cashel with the hopes of getting him pregnant. Cashel has been raped, abused and subjugated by any and every Alpha his father can find – mentally and physically Cashel is almost completely broken and lives without any hope of things changing for the better.
Justice is the Alpha of a pack that is not wholly recognised and holds a lot of secrets. Their daily living is cruel and hard in the environment they have had to survive in. He needs new lands for his pack and he has Alpha Darius and his pack lands in his sight. His aim is to kill the Alpha that treats people so badly along with his son and heir but his best laid plans go up in smoke when he sets eyes on Cashel and realises two things – the first is that Cashel is no stranger to his father’s violence and the second is that Cashel is his true mate.
This book carried the world building and the newly formed relationship between wolf and human forward as they all had to unite to fight a common cause. Justice has a few stupid moments and I enjoyed seeing him having to grovel to a newly confident Cashel a few times. There was a little more focus on the general storyline over the romance in this one but I liked the dynamics of those involved and as always with this author I have been left hoping we get more stories sooner rather than later.