Reasons why being the Harbinger is hard, a list by Faith Blackwell.
One: waging war against an enemy whose favorite pastime involves war is pretty much impossible when you have no idea what you’re doing. Two: there’s no manual, no easy how-to guide to show you how to save the realm of the Second and all its races. Three: when you’re fighting confusing feelings involving your supposed arch-nemesis, everything just feels so much harder.
Faith Blackwell is the Harbinger of Humankind. The savior of the Second, fated to fight the Dread King Dracyrus. With her fellowship of men guarding both her heart and her body, it should be simple. But with the Elves suspecting her of murder and no army at her back, she has few options.
The Well inside the Cave of Memories holds the answers to the riddle of why the Harbinger and the Dread King are fated to fight each other until the end of time. The only problem is no one has ever heard of the Cave of Memories, so finding it will be a challenge.
Once Faith has the answers, once she knows the truth, everything will change. When the truth comes to light, her destiny is not what she thought it was. Maybe Dracyrus is not her enemy after all.
Faith isn’t a hero. She won’t do whatever it takes to win, but she’ll do what’s right—even if it means giving up. Surrender has never tasted so sweet.
The Dread King is a steamy reverse harem fantasy with hot scenes involving an irreverent heroine and her group of men.
I’ve been following this series since before the first book was officially released so I’m a bit biased when it comes to it. I can’t say it’s something phenomenal and I can’t really put my finger on what fascinates me about it so much. The fact remains – the moment I learned The Dread King was out I had to get my hands on it.
I was warned that it ends on a cliffhanger so I dreaded the end but to be honest it wasn’t that awful. I quite expected something like that to happen at some point so the biggest surprise was that it wasn’t something truly nerve wrecking. Is it frustrating? Yes! Is it something worth whining and threatening the author with inventive forms of torture? Nope. So enjoy the book without fear of the future.
I debated how to rate this book and changed my rating several times before finally settling on a 3.5 (GR really needs a better rating system!). One of the main reasons why I wanted to rate it 3 stars instead was the lack of proofreading. There were a lot of grammatical and spelling mistakes which spoils the experience. It’s a jarring way to push a reader rudely out of a book. In ARCies I tolerate it as I assume the it was send to me prior to going to the editor or due to tight timelines the advance readers and the editor work simultaneously. In any case I assume that the finished product is mostly free from those issues. When I buy a book I expect a better quality.
The two other things that made me consider the lower rating are plot related. The first thing is mostly my own mind misleading me and ultimately the reason why I went with 3.5 instead 3. The title of the book is The Dread King so I expected more time spend in his head or dealing with his history and why he hates humanity so much. While the later was explored it was a tiny part of the book and left my curiosity mostly unsatisfied.
The second thing that annoyed me was Finn. Yes, it was obvious that he would end up part of Faith’s little group of boy toys from the get go but I was hoping that Ms. Wondrak will defy the established paths of the genre and the annoying jerk will remain the observer. Even in this book he acted like a spoiled child that ruins everything for the others just because he can’t have it. You don’t reward children for such behavior but for some reason we let grown men get away with it and even think it’s cute. It reinforces toxic behavior patterns and it really set my teeth on edge. Just talking about this makes me want to revise my rating once again.
Now to what I liked. Faith is slowly (excruciatingly so) starting to act less whinny and more maturely. Considering the time frame I can’t expect a drastic change in her way of thinking so I’m happy with what I get. As the years go by it’s getting harder to relate to younger heroines and as one of my friends pointed out even at 18 I acted way older so that’s not helping either. Anyway, Faith is showing signs of improvement. The revelations at the end of the book about her family’s history and meeting the Malus tribe were fascinating. It seems that Penelope will have some explaining to do if she ever shows up again. And I believe she will. Along with Christine. I would love to see the meeting between them and Faith’s group of guys.
Talking about family, boy Light’s mother is a menace. I feel bad for Light. No wonder he has trouble dealing with society and other people. His mother is a crazy hillbilly that thought that raising her kids away from others of their kind i a brilliant idea. I shudder just thinking about it. Thankfully Jag was a curious cub and found and befriended Light. I can’t imagine what kind of insufferable jerk he would have been otherwise. I do hope that Light has it out with his mom in the next book and that she doesn’t hurt Cam. Poor Cam, I so wish he will become a more integrated part of the group and let Faith in. He deserve some love and to stop seeing himself as a monster.
Based on the ending of The Dread King I can expect a very interesting start to the next book and I can’t wait!