Monday, August 29

Review: House of Judges by Keary Taylor

Title: House of Judges
By Keary Taylor
Series: House of Royals #4
My Copy: Ebook from Amazon
BookWhisperer Rating: 
4 Stars

Alivia once led a House full of immortal vampires, but now everything has been stripped away. Her friends have turned their backs on her, convinced she betrayed them and their Born kind. Taken prisoner to the King’s Court, she awaits her trial. But the sins of her father threaten to blacken her chances of clearing her name.

Alivia toyed with King Cyrus’ heart—and now, he’s going to make her pay. Perhaps with her life.

Hidden in the belly of the castle, truths will come to light, and the surface of the King’s brutality and the horrors of the castle have barely been scratched.

Prepare to be judged…

One of my all time fave authors, Keary Taylor, continues her House of Royals series here with book 4. Alivia willingly danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight, and now she must pay for her indiscretions. King Cyrus has appeared slightly mild in the displays of his heinous games, but the real games are about to begin. Alivia has been teetering on the edge of viciousness herself, but this will be a character changing novel. After the end of House of Kings I had become quite concerned by the number of romances building in each novel. It seemed at every turn we were adding a love interest, and the whimsical ability of Alivia to love them all in some capacity steadily seemed to be diminishing the power of love.  Taylor corrected this nicely with the developments over this story. Books 1 through 3 have been the continuous building of Alivia learning of this new and frightening world, and then her asserting her place in it. House of Judges brings our character back a step, and has her reevaluating who she truly is. I look for the future of this series to take a superior role that will combine the ruthless queen and her honest human sides to create a royal house that will far surpass anything this vampire world has every seen. House of Judges overall was everything this series needed, but it was at a slightly slower pace. The suspense and power rush that we had come to love with the previous three books was lacking as Alivia's character takes this time to develop. While necessary this seems to be the calm before the story, and will require the dedicated fan to trudge the trenches before the rise. 

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