Monday, February 29

Review: House of Kings by Keary Taylor

House of KingsHouse of Kings
By Keary Taylor
Series: House of Royals
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Alivia’s father left her a letter before he died, begging her to stay away from the King and the Royals. But it was a plea made in vain. She never could have run from this life, not when she might be Cyrus’ resurrected queen. The King has arrived in Silent Bend and with him, he brought the end to Alivia’s mortal life.

Uncontrollable bloodlust and an ever-shifting world rule her nights now. These twisted politics are deadly enough, but now her heart is the newest battleground. There’s no hiding from the one who hates everything she was born to, a spy who embraces everything she’s become, and a King who vies for someone she may soon remember. 

The games have begun. The House of Conrath is growing. Blood will be shed, the bodies will fall. Alliances will be tested and old enemies look like harmless children compared to the new ones rising from the shadows.

House of Kings is book three of Keary Taylor's House of Royals series. Alivia, born royal to the Conrath Estate, has been racing through a very haphazard induction to her throne. Nothing like learning on the job, one would say. She has been thrown into this world of spiteful and vindictive characters. There is a genuine problem finding loyal subjects in a world where everyone will turn on you for the right price. As a true sign of destined leadership she has been swimming in her fatal sink or swim initiation. Surprising Alivia's House of Conrath had seemed to develop a bit of normalcy in the conclusion of House of Pawns. I had said in my review for HOP every character is charming and valuable in their own fashion. This will be short lived as everything I had come to know in the two previous books was abruptly uprooted in HOK. This includes the beloved Alivia, as her character takes on a more dark and dismal personality. It was a bit unnerving to see the manic quality in her dialog as she ventures down this twisted path, but I think it is further expanding this already intricate and exceptional character. The King's arrival promised to complicate already difficult matters, and I was not disappointed. I am even more in love with this story upon concluding this third book, but it as left me yet again uncertain where this story will lead. I will continue to raving and praise Keary Taylor on her talented and creative story lines. This is an author that will always provide a story worthy of five stars. Her House of Royals series keeps you guessing, and teetering in limbo of anticipating with no possibility of prediction. Just when I find myself at the cusp of what I believe is the unveiling of the true direction for this story Keary proves why she is an author not to be trifled with. I never tire of her adventures and suspenseful roller coasters that will accompany every Keary Taylor title.
~The BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~

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