Narrator: Joel Leslie
Book: The Alpha King
Publication date: May 23, 2017
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes
Reviewed by Meredith
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 25th 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?
The Alpha King is the first audiobook I ever listened to. I’m the type of person who gets distracted easily. I chose The Alpha King for two reasons, one because I already read the book and figured that would help if my mind began to wander, and two, because I freaking LOVED the book.
If you’ve read the book you know how outstanding the characters are and the brilliance of the world building. Add Joel Leslie into the mix as the narrator and you pretty much have a cinematic masterpiece for your imagination. His voices were outstanding. Each character with their own distinct voice. It’s impossible to wonder who’s talking and I never once felt lost or confused. On top of that, my mind never wandered.
The story has to be amazing and it is. Together this was beyond outstanding and only added to my love of this book! I recommend both the ebook and the audio. You won’t be sorry!
Victoria Sue it the type of author that no matter how sure you are of the happily ever after she will make you work for it. She will tear your soul out, light it on fire, and wait a good long while before extinguishing it. In The Alpha King it starts off with pain. Luca’s pain. He’s stabbed and poisoned but it’s Kit who steals the show and does so throughout this entire book.
Kit literally sacrifices his own life because of a vision. What Kit endures for years just to better the world is amazing. His strength, courage, and perseverance is by far the greatest of any other character in this book.
Luca, the Alpha King, is powerful. His orders shake the earth, make his enemies cower, and his pack fall to their knees. But he would be nothing without Kit…. Literally. You know the saying, Behind every great man there’s a woman rolling her eyes? Yeah well I was rolling my eyes at Luca a lot but the strength he has is because of Kit. I will admit I wanted to beat the crud out of Luca at one point. I really did and I have to tell you just to deal with Luca shows you Kit’s abilities.
This story is suspenseful. A lot of surprises, a bit of mystery, a lot of heartache but there’s also joy, life, magic, and extreme loyalty. This book deals with diversity. The author chooses the wolves and the humans to get the point across of our great divide in this world. How overcoming and working together will always be better than separate. Just because someone is different or possesses a threat does not mean they should be wiped out, judged, or made to feel like less. I adored that part of this.
This story is also about family. About creating one of your own and accepting those who wonder in and burrow themselves into your heart.
This is a fabulously creative and entertaining story built on the foundation of emotion. I very much recommend it.
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