Title: Prophesy (The King & Alpha: Book One)
Author: A.E. Via
Length: 294 Pages
Category: Fantasy, Paranormal, Shifters, Vampires
At a Glance: I definitely recommend this one to those who like paranormal stories focusing on the romance and not so much on the fighting.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him.
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over one-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
Review: Prophesy is a romance between a vampire and a shifter. But that’s not all… This is a romance between a vampire king and a shifter Alpha Zenith (who is basically the Alpha of all Alphas).
A few months ago, I read another book by A.E. Via, and I can’t say I was impressed by the story. This time, though, it worked! The characters where macho and possessive in this one too, but they were also creatures of some other universe. They were true mates and experienced things in a different way than humans do. They reacted on instinct and when it concerned their mates, their animals took over. I could get behind this logic, this explanation for their behavior.
So, we have Wick and Justice, who are destined to be together. This book was full of surprises, and there were so many things happening and so many potential plot twists that at first, I thought it was just the first book in a series set around these two (I mean, the series is called The King & Alpha). I was so excited believing that there was more to come from them. At the end, though, this book is a standalone, and the next four in the series are focusing on different couples. I don’t know how I feel about it yet. I read the whole book thinking it would be just the beginning, so I’m still trying to adjust to the fact that this was it.
Mainly, the story focuses on the mate bond between Wick and Justice, how a vampire and a shifter would manage to be together, how the rest of their species would see their bond, the process of getting to know each other and merging their lives. It has some action and a few fighting scenes, but, for the most part, it’s Wick and Justice exploring their newfound connection and discovering new things about themselves. Well, mainly about Wick…
This was a generally easy and quick read, with the story getting the attention of the reader and not giving it back until the end. I don’t know if I’ll continue with the series, for the sole reason that I want Wick and Justice to be the main couple and not just supporting characters, but I definitely recommend this one to those who like paranormal stories focusing on the romance and not so much on the fighting.
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