Title: Prophesy Book II: The Bringer of Wrath (The King & Alpha Series, Book 2)
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: May 22, 2019
Page Count: 267
Reviewed by: ParisDude
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Shifter and Vampire True Mates story.
Alek’s older brother, Justice—the Alpha Zenith—was the first shifter to mate with a vampire in many generations, and it was believed the rare, fated pairing would stop at him. But, it hadn’t. Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov was second beta, next in succession to the most powerful shifter in the world. He was proud of his title and he took his duties seriously. It was all he had. Until his true mate literally showed up on his doorstep.
While his brother—the overachiever—excelled at having a vampire as a mate, Alek wasn’t that optimistic he would. He wasn’t averse to love, and he’d often thought of how different his life could’ve turned out if he’d ever experienced the emotion. His life was a mess and he’d worn a mask of stability for a majority of that time, only showing his siblings and pack what they needed to see—a strong Volkov alpha. Not the damaged man he was, with a tortured soul and a rogue wolf.
Alek dropped his heavy head in his hands. Now, for some reason, I’ve been granted a true vampire mate. And not just any vampire. The intimidating Belleron Liatos. Lord High to the King and the leader of his army.
Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos had come to the states for one reason—his best friend and Vampire King, Chadwick Bentley. He certainly didn’t come to be pounced on by a wolf that could act independently of its master. Not only was his destined cherished a complicated and confused man; but he was also unaware of the powerful presence that lurked in the shadows of his soul. Bell didn’t know he’d be the key to unlocking an exceptional triad that would play a critical role in fulfilling the prophesy.
This story DOES NOT contain or even mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is M/M paranormal: If you DO NOT like alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their destined beloveds, than this may not be the novel for you.
Wow—if I found the first book of this series complex, not to say complicated in its world-building, book #2 is its equal in every way. No, correct this: the author even added a supplementary layer of complexity by introducing tortured wolf-shifter Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov. As suspected, he is one of the two main characters from whose POV the story is told alternately, together with Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos, Lord High of the vampire king Chadwick Bentley.
In book #1, they have met and realized they were each other’s True Mate and Beloved respectively (two words we get to read once again much too often for my taste). At the beginning of this book, they spend their first night together, but without truly ‘mating’ (shagging, that is; pardon my French). That leaves their unique link incomplete, even though chemistry levels already rise to an awe-inspiring first peak. But. Alek has a secret, a rather open secret in fact as all the other shifters seem either to know about it or have even witnessed it at one moment. Let me see if I get this right: shifters are part human, part animal (wolves, mostly), and these two layers coexist peacefully inside them; they are, as the name indicates, able to shift from one to the other without trouble. Alek, for reasons that are slowly revealed in this book, has an added third layer. He’s part human, part wolf, and part… demi-god. A demi-god called Wrath, and the name gives it away already: this is not a part you’d want to provoke. Not even Alek, in fact. For his main problem is that his three parts have somehow ‘split’ inside him, so that life is a constant struggle between the three for who is allowed to be present. Until now, Alek and his Wolf have succeeded in subduing Wrath by collaborating.
And then, the news of a vampire rebellion over in England is broken. Bell as Lord High volunteers to fly over and crush it. Which makes Wrath go over the edge. He comes to the surface, apparently alarming everyone, even his True Mate, then is rushed off to a safe place somewhere in the forest (you see, the whole thing of three layers acting as if they were three persons, but all in one person, who in turn can be either in human or in wolf form… yep, and they talk with each other, too…). Of course, as Wrath has guessed, the English rebellion is an ambush; Bell is caught, and then…
That’s the thing that saved the whole book for me (and no, I won’t tell you what’s going on after this point, hehe). There’s a good, solid plot that got me hooked, despite all that way-too-complicated world- and character-building. I needed to know how all of that ‘mess’ A.E. Via creates in the beginning turns out (‘mess’ in a good way as in ‘keeps you reading on with bated breath’-mess). So, yes, good plot. I’m still no big fan of the overwritten style and the repetitions (one more ‘mate’ or ‘beloved’, and I’d scream); and the proof-reading must have been postponed until after the sending-out of the ARCs (one more time: as a rule, there’s no comma after ‘but’ and ‘or’, except in very particular cases). I think there’s still too much ‘explaining/telling’ going on instead of the more engaging ‘showing’. People seem to be constantly pointing out that ‘they act this or that way ‘as a wolf’ or that ‘their wolf’ makes them do certain things. That wouldn’t be necessary if we simply guessed or knew these things, by the means of a different approach to story-telling. But well, as I said: the story, i.e. plot, is very good in itself; it provides suspense, tender moments, hot scenes, so all in all I couldn’t say I totally disliked this book.