The Bookdragon Nomad

bookdragon (noun): a person who consumes(reads) books so vigorously like their lives depends on it.

If anyone is a tease, it’s you,” he gritted out before tipping her chin up and nipping at her bottom lip. “You’re temping my beast, love. Last chance to flee.”

The Heir
All hail the assassin queen. Becoming the depraved king’s consort was never the plan–neither was being tossed in the turbulent waters of the Crown’s court–but Tempest was trained to roll with the punches. Even if it means getting her hands dirty and betraying what her heart wants the most. But being the king’s betrothed is no protection. One wrong move, she finds herself in more danger than she ever imagined. Surrounded by too many corrupt…

 

Winter is here, and war is coming. Not long ago, Tempest was using all her skills to navigate the Jester’s Dark Court, but she was barely prepared for the machinations of the Royal Court. Now Tempest faces far more danger than she has ever been up against before on her own home turf.

Manoeuvring between her roles of Queen-to-be, assassin, spy and rebel, Tempest has a lot going on for her and not a lot of time to bring down a deranged king who is always one step ahead while steering clear of his equal sadistic, more reckless son.

Pyre too has many obstacles he must overcome to achieve his goal of finally end the suffering of his people and avenge the family he’s lost at the hands of King Destin. Overcoming deep set trust issues is the main focal point for Pyre and is crucial to be able to work with Tempest rather than both working separately using different means to achieve the same goal.

Being the last book to follow Pyre and Tempest, I personally would have loved to see them working together in espionage and other similar missions. We only ever really see them completely on the same page on the battlefield. Both being characters who’s main strengths lie in stealth and undercover activities, I think we missed out on seeing them working tandem on infiltrating another big player in the Twisted Kingdoms such as The Hinterlands. That being said, while often many series overstay their welcome, I think both Pyre and Tempest have been retired too early and there was still more facets we could have explored with these two.

It is always a bittersweet moment when you finish the last page, the last paragraph, the last few words printed on the page of the last instalment of a wonderful story. Saying goodbye to the amazing main leads of the Twisted Kingdoms, Tempest and Pyre, no word of a lie, hurts. You know you have discovered a great storyteller when their characters do not just live for a moment on the between the pages but plague your mind at the most random times of the day.

Learning that while this is the end of Pyre and Tempest’s story, the Twisted Kingdoms Saga will continue for another 3 – 5 standalones, is cause for celebration and this book reviewer has already preordered the next in the series, The Beast, set to be released late this year.

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