King of Shadows is the first book in The Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker, and frankly, I would run over to Amazon and buy it before they decide to ban it. I don’t think that they will, but frankly, I didn’t think her last book deserved to be banned and it was, so what do I know? And do be aware that this is a duet, and we all know what that means.
Allianna is on the run. She spent 25 years living in the Shadow Realm as the ward/captive/prospective bride of the Lord of Shadows, Kian. But, she was able to slip into his mind and found out things that she shouldn’t’ve known, and it killed her love for him. Up until that moment, she adored him and was so looking forward to being his wife. And, the truth is, she still loves Kian, Lord of Shadows, who was there for her entire life. Who she doesn’t love is the demon, an actual demon escaped from Hell, who is living in his head. So she ran away and hid herself as well as she could. She’s living on the mortal plane, which is sort of where her heritage is. You see, she’s a half archangel and half mortal. If she hadn’t dyed her hair, she would’ve stood out because of her beautiful white blonde hair.
After 3 months away, Kian has finally come to claim his bride, so he takes her back to the Shadows, and he’s going to do a ritual for mating. Now, it doesn’t say anywhere outright, but I suspect that this marital rite thing that he wants to do is more demonic and Kian the Demon wants to do it more than Kian, Lord of Shadows does. It’s a pretty brutal sounding ritual, and Kian orders Alli to be prepared, including given some drug so that she’s pliant, not combative, and that the ordeal will be some kind of pleasurable. For a given subset of pleasure, I guess. In walks Islador, Kian’s Second, and Alli’s protector. He sacrifices himself so that Kian won’t do this ritual with Alli right now, because Isla knows that it will cause her to hate him.
I am completely torn when it comes to Kian. I mean, the Kian that we see is one I really hate. And I hate him more and more as the book goes on. This isn’t the bad guy that you love to hate or hate to love, who may have some redeeming features. No, this is the bad guy who is so unrepentantly bad that he comes up with new ways to be bad. There is no good in his actions. However, that Kian doesn’t mesh with the Kian of Alli and Isla’s memories or feelings. Also, I don’t know how much we see is Kian, Lord of Shadows vs. Kian, the demon, at least until we get to a certain point. I think that there is a possibility that I would like Kian. After all, anyone who inspired love from people like Allianna and Islador couldn’t be terrible. I can’t tell you for sure and I can’t even tell me for sure because, again, it’s hard to know who is who until a certain point in the book.
The last book of Kay’s that I put on here had one of my top heroines ever. I think that Allianna is going to join that company. She is pretty fucking awesome. She is incredibly strong, fierce, loyal, loving, and damned determined to do what needs to be done and what she thinks is right. And, oh, she may be just plain damned. I don’t know yet. I do think that all of her enemies should be wary of her, and tread very lightly. Frankly, I think that her allies should be somewhat wary of her too. There are some people who will have nothing to fear from her, but I’m 100% sure that those people are going to be incredibly few and very, very far between.
I like Islador. Not that I figured out how to say his name. Half the time when I say it, it sounds like Isildur from LOTR. The rest of the time it sounds like Ile-door. When it’s shortened to Isla, I think of Isla Fisher, and hear it in my head as Ila, with I like eye. Whatever way it’s pronounced, I really like him. He’s a good and honorable man. He really tries to do what’s best for his realm, his Lord, and his Queen, Allianna. He is very loyal to Allianna and to Kian. He’s also madly in love with Alli, and has been for pretty much ever. He won’t do anything though, since she’s bound to marry Kian, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love her and won’t do everything he can to protect her.
There is a lot of stuff that happens in this book. It’s incredibly layered, and there are so many things that go into pretty much everything that happens. If one thing were to change, it would totally change everything else. I really can’t wait to see how everything plays out and falls into place.
I love Alli’s meeting with her father and his associates. I’m looking forward to seeing how that will affect everything.
I also love Dhur. He’s so incredibly awesome.
OK, that’s all I have to say here. Go check it out, you won’t be sorry! Happy reading!