Title: The Alpha Prince (Kingdom of Askara #3)
Author: Victoria Sue and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 11th 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Mpreg
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
The Askaran desert can no longer sustain the secret hybrid population of wolves bred from those sent there to die for their crimes. Justice knows the time has come to lead his wolves to a new life, but soon realizes his pack could never be governed by, nor swear fealty to, the cruel and despotic Alpha of Solonara – Darius – so he hatches a plan to fight and ultimately kill the Alpha, his heir, and take over the territory.
Cashel should not exist. It was unheard of for an Alpha-heir to be born an omega, and Darius has made every day a torment for his son. After spending years failing to breed another heir and desperate not to have to give his territory away to another pack, he finally turns his attention back to Cashel and a whole new nightmare begins.
Justice’s whole life has been about righting a wrong and delivering the very thing he was named for. Meeting Cashel and finding out he is his true mate sends his carefully constructed plans and promises up in flames. When he discovers Darius’s cruelty runs deeper than any of them imagined, he is faced with a last desperate choice between his love for Cashel or his loyalty to his people.
Told in a dual POV, this was brutal to listen to at first. I mean that literally – Cashel, an Omega born to a brutal dictator Alpha has been beaten, tortured, and experimented on. When his father, the Alpha of Solonara – Darius, sets out a series of games with the winner getting Cashel to breed we meet Cashel’s mate, Justice and the stakes have never been higher.
Michael Pauley takes over narration duties from Joel Leslie, who voiced the first two books in the Kingdom of Askara series, and I thought he did a terrific job. Strong character voices, a great grasp of adding emotion to the scenes and good timing set up this audio to break your heart and then slowly give you hope.
Victoria Sue is the Queen of putting her characters through hell and back, but making sure they always come out the other side. Maybe a bit battered for it all, but stronger definitely for it. The Alpha Prince does contain some pretty graphic descriptions of torture, but there are also threads of hurt/comfort, with good character development, and a really good pace. The happy ending here is hard won, with plenty of action taking place, and plenty of gasp!worthy moments.
While The Alpha Prince is the third installment in the series, it actually runs concurrently with books one and two The Alpha King and The Alpha Heir, so it could be read as a standalone, however, I think as a listener you’ll get more pleasure if you’ve listened to the others before starting.