. . . his hand still tangled in her locks as she placed the wooden shiv beneath his jaw. “Don’t move.” He blinked slowly, and she snarled when his hands curled around her ankles. “It seems we are at an impasse, luv.”
The Hunt is the first novel in the brand new series, Twisted Kingdoms by Frost Kay who has already delivered the amazing and heart wrenching fantasy world of The Aermian Feuds. The dystopian wastelands of Dominion of Ash. And Sci fi episodic Novellas Mixologists and Pirates.
I’ll admit, going into Twisted Kingdoms, I assumed it would have the same feel and flavour as Kay’s similar genre Aermian Feuds. Surprisingly, from the very first few pages I knew I was stepping into a completely new world.
Told through multiple POVs The Hunt takes inspiration from the classic tales of The Fox and The Hound and Red Riding Hood. A slow burn romance in a dark fairy tale in a world of divided kingdoms. Home to Dragons, Giants, Mermaids, Shapeshifters, Elves and Men. Rife with rebellion, injustice and monsters wearing handsome smiles, The Twisted Kingdoms is a wonderfully dark and confusing land where its nearly impossible to tell friend from foe.
The story follows Tempest, an orphan lovingly adopted by the Kings’ Hounds, warriors and assassins to the Crown. As she completes her Trials to become the first female Hound the kingdom of Dotae has ever seen, she’ll continue to be tested as a woman in a Patriarchal society. Tempest definitely fits into the badass heroine category with her skills as both a warrior and a tracker, but by no means is she the best at all things combat. Accepting of her limitations, as well as keeping a realistic view on facing a much larger, male opponent. Tempest is both complex and flawed, beautifully written with a sense of realness that is refreshing. Fighting to uncover lies and secrets and facing the outcome head on. Even at the cost of her heart. Changing fundamentally everything Tempest thought she knew about the world and her place in it.
The Twisted Kingdoms was nearly impossible to put down. I ended up reading it late into the night. Thankfully, Tempest’s story will continue on and dive deeper into the kingdoms unrest in The Rook coming August 2020