Play the game to win the fight ~But not the war!
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Urban Fantasy
Book Length (Est.): 474 Pages
Brought back to life, Kira awoke to a world where she no longer belonged. She was one of them now…a mythlend, the scourge that she’d lived her entire life hunting. What was worse, she had become the species that she and a number of other mythlends had tried desperately to stop from being awoken…the Hunrati.
But they had failed.
By the time Kira had opened her eyes, the Hunrati were already living up to their reputation, torturing, massacring, burning cities to the ground like all indestructible killing machines do when they see themselves as gods; any resistance to their actions were therefore deemed futile within days of their first appearance.
Kira wanted to stop them, but she had become their prisoner when she attacked their Queen out of rage for what they had done, and as such, she was rendered incapable of using any of her abilities.
Trapped, alone, and not knowing what had happened to those she cared about, her only way out was to earn their trust. That meant getting close to the volatile and extremely attractive Pheres, and doing everything he instructed, regardless of how depraved it was. But how close was she willing to allow such a dangerous creature when he wasn’t the man she loved?
Better yet…how far was she willing to go before she lost her humanity completely?
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
This was such a long (and wonderful) book that I’m not quite sure where to start, so I’ll just dive right in. WOW! A lot happens and lucky for us it begins right where book one left off. Not so lucky for us…the ending. As I neared the 100% mark on my Kindle I literally hesitated before turning each page because I didn’t want it to end. And OMG I definitely did not want it to end there! Book three, please hurry!
Kira didn’t die, although at times she sure wishes she did. She is now one of the Hunrati and their ways go against everything she is. But the choice to submit to the queen and fully become one of them isn’t her choice and with the unwanted help of Pheres she’ll eventually get rid of the collar that binds her…only she’ll never be free.
“Liar, fuckin’ pants on fire, she thought to herself.”
Pheres doesn’t understand Kira and he doesn’t understand why he feels protective of her and jealous over her. Hunrati aren’t meant to become attached to a single person, it isn’t their way, but he’ll do anything he can to get her to want him the way she does the man she cries out for in her sleep. Only at the end of the day…he’ll always belong to the queen, as they all do.
“But this occasion, with this woman, he wanted to savor. He wanted to take his time, which he had never really done before, to see how it could be different.”
Kuron didn’t think Kira was alive, but without physical evidence part of him holds onto the hope, but he honestly never expected to see her again and when he does it’s definitely not how he imagined it.
“I don’t know why she chose you, but I respected her wishes,” he said, vehemently. “Maybe I gave up too easily. I should’ve done more to make her realize you would betray her and I was the one who cared for her.”
Emmerich’s fate is a little more of a mystery. He’s not dead and when he comes back it’s with a purpose that he doesn’t fully understand, but he has to help his people survive the Hunrati as it’s what Kira would have wanted. When he and other mythlends are forced into the arena it’s with great trepidation he does what he must, but in order to bring the end he must survive. Problem with that is the end isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. And Kira…he just got her back…will he lose her just as quickly?
“Then who do I have to challenge and claim you as mine?”
Kira is still the fighter she always was. She’s learning to adapt to her new surrounding while managing to keep a somewhat hold on the person she truly is. Pheres is a Hunrati, so what can you expect, but truth is I was really beginning to like him. Kuron is still going above and beyond because of his love for Kira and the thought that he could one day be by her side again. Emmerich, regardless of how he came back, is still the man in love who doesn’t want to live without the woman who stole his heart, but following through with what she would have wanted is as close as he’ll get so he’ll do it. There’s also the rest of the characters we either loved or hated from book one all winding their ways though this story.
One thing I did learn is never expect anything as it’ll definitely not happen the way you think. People die (yes, even the ones we like), people come back, people lie and betray and play each other, and don’t let me forget the sex…there’s definitely a lot of that too.
Sad part is usually there’s one guy who stands above all the rest that I’m cheering to win the girl, but in this case it’s so hard to lean one way or the other. I was really beginning to like Pheres. I’ve always like Kuron and he continues to do things that keep me liking him. And some part of me has always liked Emmerich. But honestly with the way The Ultimate Killer ends, I’m not sure if any of these three will ever get the Kira they each care for.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: This may be wrong on so many levels, but I laughed so hard when Pheres was in the room with the queen and Javan.
“Good Beast! Take it all in…you’re only halfway there.”
Halfway! There was no way he could take another inch of it.
My Favorite Moment: It was brief, but I longed throughout this entire book for the moment Kira would see Emmerich and Kuron again. That their entire interaction pissed off Decima was just the icing on the cake.
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