Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Audio Book Review: The Kings

The Kings

By:  Kimberly Loth

Publish Date:  December 14, 2016, Audiobook Release October 6, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 6 hrs 5 mins
Narrated By:  Angela Rysk

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  5th in The Dragon Kings series; 1st Book ~ Obsidian, 2nd Book ~ Aspen, 3rd Book ~ Valentine, 4th Book ~ Skye

Impression:  The prophecy is heard and seen come to pass.

Synopsis:
Sid and his friends wake from a nightmare of a prophecy to find themselves right in the middle of a war they didn't even know had arrived. All three kings plunge right into the fray knowing only one will survive.

Out of nowhere, the war takes a terrible twist when instead of attacking dragons, the white witch goes after human cities, slaughtering hundreds of thousands. The humans band together and declare war upon all dragons.

With the arctic and canyon dragons bearing down on the rest of the dragons and humans coming after them with new weapons, the war seems all but lost.

Will they win the war? Or will all the dragons be wiped forever from the earth?

Don’t wait to read this exciting conclusion to The Dragon Kings. Full of exciting twists and turns, be prepared for an ending that changes everything.

First Sentence:
Sid blinked his eyes open.

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Audible    (Box Set of Series)

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Angela finishes out the series for us as she returns to voice the final book. Angela brings the voices she's assigned to each character back for us. What sticks out in my head for this book is Aspen when she makes a point and tells she's the dragon queen. There was a strong feel to her voice here. Even Runa when she's excited or disappointed sticks out strong for me. There was one spot where there was a delay between characters speaking, but that would be a second longer than normal, nothing extreme. Thank you for carrying through with the series, Angela.

This story starts where Skye leaves off. And we get the prophecy!! Woot woot. We finally get to hear it as it is written. The story holds to the prophecy as well. We get to see how it all plays out in the end. Though, there is a small part that's different, who is prophesied to kill another does not come to be.

I listened to the whole story and remember getting Sid and Skye's POV. I think we get Val's too, but I can't remember now. Most of the story is with Sid or Skye that I remember. We do get to see through Aspen's eyes from time to time too.

Death is something that happens in this book, also in previous books, but it feels the characters are not as emotional when it happens. It felt like a lacking part in their empathy for me. I guess if you are going to rule, you can't feel strongly or show it to the world. I found I liked Skye's reaction to what they had to do to protect themselves, yes this is war but it fit.

I was bummed at the loss of life in this one, but the epilogue helps with that. There is one loss that I felt wasn't dealt with as I'd like to have seen how others reacted to it. I think there would be a rift with one person for what it.

This book brings an end to the series. It's hard but there is hope for the future as well. I wasn't sure what I expected at the end, but this had a few different takes to it. They work nicely.



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