* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The previous two books, King Hall and King Cave, are one of my favorite New Adult fantasy books. Not only are they different from anything out there, since it's hard to find a New Adult book that is not contemporary, but they are super entertaining and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
King Tomb is so much different from the first two books in the series. From the very first page you feel how the mood has change. After the devastating ending of King Cave, I just knew things were not going to be the same, but it was still sad to see how much things really changed. Lily's and Ezra's lives are full of darkness and bleakness. They are so much different than they were before and it was heartbreaking.
What had me worried the most before starting this book was what was going to happen between Lily and Ezra. I was worried that their interactions were going to be limited and I wouldn't get the chemistry and passion between the two that we have gotten in the previous books. I'm glad to say, I worried for nothing. There were PLENTY of Ezra and Lily moments and every single one was awesome! From the fights to them falling for each other all over again, everything was pretty awesome.
The only problem I had with this book was due to Jack and Pearl. In King Tomb the author spoiled me by giving me a glimpse about the amazing friendship between Jack, Pearl, Ezra, and Lily. These four were a force to be reckon with when together. It was not only about Ezra and Lily's romance, but about this amazing friendship. So to see that there was very little of them in King Tomb was sad to see and I felt like the story was missing something the whole time.
Overall, I really liked this book. To see these character's story come to a full circle, and the fact that I have been there every step of the way, was great but a bit bittersweet. I heard that this series is going to continue with other characters, so I will definitely be reading those books.
The first two books in this series, King Hall and King Cave, were recommended to me by a friend and co-blogger, and, let me tell you, they had me hooked right from the start! I had a major book hangover after finishing book two, especially with the way it ended, and, by the time we received the ARC for King Tomb, these characters were still so very fresh in my mind, and I couldn't wait to dive right back into their world.
We see a very different side of a lot of these characters. It's shocking, seeing the way they're behaving now. It's as if they're completely different people. it's interesting to see how the relationships develop between the characters. There's a completely different dynamic there than in the past. And it's heartbreaking. Gone is the carefree group of young kings and queens, and in their place are people who are jaded, cold, and more than a little hallow inside. As someone who has fallen in love with these characters in the first two books in this series, I was incredibly sad for them, and as angry as they were that they had to go through this. Luckily, they're pretty smart, and we don't have to suffer for too long before pieces start to fall into place. But there are still plenty of complications to keep them busy. And, speaking of complications, this author definitely does not disappoint when it comes to drama and twists and turns! There were plenty of things that left me saying what the heck?!, things that I never saw coming.
One thing I was worried about before starting this book, was that we wouldn't get much interaction between Lily and Ezra, at least for a good portion of the book. And after reading the teasers that were released, I was even more worried that the interaction they did have would be full of insults and hurt feelings, and that I'd be heartbroken the entire time, cringing at what these two had become to each other. Fortunately, while there was definitely a strong dislike between Lily and Ezra during their first few scenes together, it didn't take long at all for them to start feeling that pull towards each other and start things off in the right direction.
We get to see Lily and Ezra basically fall for each other all over again. How fantastic is that? Things get just as hot and heavy between the two of them as before, and I think I loved them even more as a couple this time around.
While I did really love this book, I was still left wanting. I was really hoping for more of Jack and Pearl. They disappeared a lot during book two and, while I know this is Lily's story and not everyone's, their friendship and bond was something that really pulled me into this series, and I missed it. I also loved the few scenes with Lily, Ezra, and their baby. I would have loved to get more of those three together. There were also some things/characters that I felt were left unresolved, leaving me with several more questions-- Elder Venclair, Julia, Elder Ferrar, and that mysterious third task Lily was meant to complete. Another thing I would have enjoyed more of? That edge-of-your-seat action that had me so enthralled in the first two books. While this one absolutely had its fair share of drama, It wasn't quite as much of a page turner as the previous books in this series. Don't get me wrong, that's OK. I think I was just expecting something slightly different. Having said all that, I am certainly not one to complain about a book that focuses a bit more on romance than suspense, and I still couldn't put it down! If you haven't started this series, do so ASAP! It's incredible and so very addicting. If you have read the first book, or first two, then know that this installment is just as fantastic. I wholeheartedly recommend this one!
Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.