ARC Review: King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn

Posted September 4, 2014 by Lucy in New Adult, Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review:  King Tomb by Scarlett DawnKing Tomb (Forever Evermore, #3) By: Scarlett Dawn

4 Stars


Series: Forevermore #3
Published on October 8th 2014
Published by Escape Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 209
Format: eARC
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From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the best-selling first Forever Evermore trilogy.
Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.
When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.
They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

You know sometime when a beloved series come to an end,and in your mind you pictured a certain ending. But the truth is you can never be satisfied, because you’ve wished the series would just keep going? That’s how I feel about King Tomb.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in the blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns into a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

King Tomb really took me on a roller coaster ride, at first I was so excited to finally learn about the gender of Lily and Ezra’s child. Then I was sad by the estrange relationship Lily and Anthony shared in the book. I was really looking forward to Lily and Ezra’s reunited. And I was quite surprised how it actually went about. Let’s just say there was nothing warm or happy about the reunion. But no worries, Ms Dawn didn’t torment her readers long. Ezra figured out early on that he was the father of Lily’s child and he and Lily were actually married. The ending though, I thought it was rushed and not entirely organized.

I think I would’ve liked this book a bit longer (but I am greedy when it comes to a story I like). I am not sure the actual length of King Tomb yet, since I am reviewing an eARC copy.

Since King Tomb was mostly focused on Lily and Ezra, so when it comes to other parts of the book, say the war, and how the way Philip Masterson goes down. These other bits became more like a background and an afterthought in King Tomb. The actions of “war” part was quite short, I think merely a chapter. Jack and Pearl were notably absent throughout the book, and
were only briefly mentioned in the very last part of the book. The “method” to hunt down Philip Masterson down was interesting, but it was still fairly short and quick, not to mention too easy. The lack of elaborations and explanations could make the readers easily missed the connection from King Cave. A small hint, it has to do with the deal that Lily made with “Clarice”.

Something I would’ve like to see, but was absent in King Tomb, remember the Vizoac (lions) from King Cave? Well, sadly they basically have no use in this war, at least not the way this book was written. In fact, they were hardly mentioned, which was quite disappointed since I’ve loved reading about them.

I am not entirely sure how I feel about Anthony’s surprised situation, I thought it seemed a bit forced and out of place. I don’t recalled even slight of possibility from the previous books. I get the wow, and surprise effect. But really, the situation was baffled and mostly weird, awkward for me.

So did it all make sense in the end? Well maybe, maybe not. I think it really depends on how you read this book, for me, I mainly focus on Lily and Ezra, everything else was secondary. And with that mindset, even though some of the theories and results seem vague and somewhat scatter, I get the idea and was okay with them.

I am sad to know there will be no more books about Lily and Ezra, but in a way King Tomb was a perfect ending to the first forevermore trilogy. I look forward to read the next new trilogy of the Forevermore series.

Fans of Ms Dawn will not be disappointed, you will find all the good stuff we like about Ms Dawn’s writing in King Tomb. If you are new to Scarlett Dawn’s book, definitely start reading today! Ms Dawn’s writing style really draws you in and take you on a ride along with all of her lovely characters.

Reading Order

4 Stars

About Scarlett Dawn

Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She
lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream.
She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.


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