Title: The Alpha King (Kingdom of Askara #1)
Authors: Victoria Sue and narrated by Joel Leslie
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.
Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.
Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.
Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)
Now that is how you write a shifter/Mpreg book! I cannot express to you how much I enjoyed this story. This audiobook really has so much going on in only eight hours and sixteen minutes (215 pages), but not so much you’re overwhelmed. It really is just right!
Victoria Sue did a fantastic job with the world building. So much so, it was easy to visualize when Luca, Kit, Sam and the rest of the gang start their trip to Neira. Not to mention the character development and storyline was wonderfully done. Seriously, I was hooked from the beginning. With all the miscommunication, betrayal, an evil/horrible family members, sexy times, knotting and Mpreg. Really, what is not to love?
This is my second time with this book, and you know it’s good when you still get pissed at the same points in the story every time you read/listen to it. Really Luca, you are such an ass. Don’t you think you would learn from your first fuck up, but no you didn’t. Really?!? So, yeah this book is full of angst.
So, I can only hope that the next book is about Sam and Asher. Now, that should be an angst-apalooza, fo’ shizzle!
Narration: 3.5 stars (rounded-up)
Okay, now to break down the narration. This is my third audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie, and at this point I have come to a bit of a conclusion. That is, his voice sounds otherworldly, which I believe is better when used for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Now, I’m not saying that given more “data” my conclusion will not change because everyone knows the more information you have the better conclusion you can draw.
In regards to the characters, I do like his rough/textured voice; however, the female parts IMO were only okay. In addition, the voices for the council in the beginning, seem to fit the characters at first, but when the author lets us know that they were in fact not even a third of their age, it seemed way off. Meaning, IMO Joel Leslie made them sound older than they should have. Overall, it was an enjoyable audiobook that I would definitely listen to again.