Author: Liv Olteano
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 234 Pages
Category: Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Liv Olteano has given readers a complex and diverse paranormal shifter world.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….
When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.
Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.
Review: A King and a Pawn wraps up the three book Leader Murders series. This is in no way a standalone, and each book must be read in order to understand the entire story.
Olteano’s world in this series is complicated and difficult to understand, but it is lush in detail and there are a ton of events going on in this book. I was very interested in this book to see where Liv Olteano would take this wonderfully complex and diverse world, and I wasn’t disappointed in this matter.
The author tackles the hard subjects in this series, and handles them with aplomb. The entire series has running themes of consent, dominance and submission of both the sexual and non-sexual variety, and many others. In this story, Bert has self-esteem and body issues. But he knows it and he owns it. He’s a rather flashy character, and I was a bit put off by him at first. He seemed to be older, more settled in the previous book than what is portrayed here, but he only had a small bit of screen time in book two. I eventually grew to like him.
Will was the classic definition of a fey being, and I loved that we saw more of Olteano’s take on this legend. As the two men learn more about each other, they find the evidence needed to solve the Leader Murders, and the outcome is a doozy. It was convoluted and it took me a few minutes to absorb what had happened, but I wasn’t surprised to have such an intricate ending to such an involved storyline.
Liv Olteano has given readers a complex and diverse paranormal shifter world that will stay with me for a long time.
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