Book Reviews

Kingdom, Volume 1 by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy / Shifters / Vampires / Angels/Demons / Magic / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Interspecies / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 01-September-2017

Book Blurb

The Vampire Contract


A vampire guilty of murder on the run from justice to prove his innocence. A werewolf sent to retrieve him with one thought – that only the guilty run.

 

The Guilty Werewolf


Declan Finlay is hunting the guilty werewolf, his friend Connor. The incubus, Levi Tiernan, is his companion on the hunt. If Declan doesn't track and kill Connor, then Levi will.

 

The Warlock’s Secret


In a world where magic is rare, Joseph Jamieson is a holder of power. Orophin Tiwele, or Phin to his friends, is the son of the Elf King and has magic of his own. The rules say two supernatural beings with magic cannot be together and Joseph and Phin have lived by that rule despite their attraction to each other.

 

 

 

First Edition of 'The Vampire Contract' published by eXtasy Books, February 2013.

First Edition of 'The Guilty Werewolf' published by eXtasy Books, April 2013.

First Edition of 'The Warlock's Secret' published by eXtasy Books, June 2013.


Book Review

I really enjoy reading a collection of stories, so when I heard about ‘Kingdom’ by R.J. Scott I was eager to jump right in. Not only do I get three stories, but they're paranormal and fantasy, with shifters, vampires, and magic users - my faves! Plus, one of the characters in the individual stories has a tie, in some way, to another character in a different story, which meant I got to enjoy the worldbuilding times three!

The Vampire Contract
Micah has been accused and convicted of killing his human husband and Connor, a Senior Retriever for the Glitnir Court, has been assigned the task of bringing him back for his execution. The only problem? Micah didn't do it and how is he supposed to convince Connor without hurting him? Micah may seem small for a vampire but he has some hidden talents unknown to the court, and proves to be a more formidable foe to Connor’s werewolf strength than Connor thought possible. Granted, this isn't the only problem (oh no, siree), as Connor’s wolf decides to bond with Micah and then refuses to allow Connor to hurt the vampire. Oops.

Micah is heading to his brother, Joseph, for the proof he needs of his innocence, and he can't let Connor take him back. Of course now, Connor’s wolf only wants to mate with the delectable vampire, but Connor is having a little trouble with this idea. The longer they spend together heading to Micah’s ancestral home, the more time Connor has to review the file he was given about the vampire's crime, and wonder whether Glitnir made a mistake, or if there's something else going on. Connor doesn't like feeling this doubt but the more he learns, the more he questions whether the court is on the up and up. When Micah reveals that he and his brother are both members of the Resistance, supernaturals who are trying to change the ancient rules of their society, including the Glitnir Court, the Vampire Council, the Fae Alliance, and the Werewolf Coalition, Connor has no clue what ride he has just hitched his boat to.

‘The Vampire Contract’ is a great way to start these stories, and I loved how the author seamlessly moved into the second from the first. Micah and Connor are wonderful characters, plus being super hot together, and I greatly enjoyed this first story.

The Guilty Werewolf
Declan is a Retriever for the Glitnir Court and he's also Connor's best friend. Declan can't believe that Connor has gone rogue even though, after fourteen days, Declan had to return and notify the court that he hadn't found Micah and Connor yet. The court agreed to give him seven more days but the Fae Alliance members insisted one of their assassins shadow Declan and they work together. Unfortunately for Declan, Levi is the Fae Guard assassin assigned, the man he both hates and loves, and unbeknownst to Declan, Levi isn't thrilled to be paired with the man he loves but can't have.

Levi is an incubus descended from a long line of royalty, born for one purpose only: to be a Fae Guard assassin. He made the mistake of telling Declan his feelings regarding the Glitnir Court and its abuse of power. Well, that didn't go over very well with Declan as he has been drinking the same Kool-Aid that Connor has all of these years. They shared a heated kiss, Declan called him a traitor, and now they're stuck with each other for a week, with all the confusing emotions roiling through them both.

“Glitnir is rotten,” Levi shouted……
“You’re in your own world,” Declan hissed. “Without Glitnir there would be no peace between the supernaturals, we’d be back to the infighting and the wars.”
“You can’t see what is happening right in front of your eyes.”

It doesn't take Declan and Levi long to run into Connor, Micah, and Phin, an elf looking for Joseph. Of course, that could be because Phin has magic, and Declan and Levi, have been pulled into a trap. Declan can't believe his mentor, his best friend, could be mated to a murderer and spouting the same treasonous thoughts he has heard from Levi. Levi, however, is happy to have found them because he is ready and willing to abdicate the Fae Alliance for the Resistance, not only to help, but to get information on the murder of his parents.

‘The Guilty Werewolf’ is a great story within this collection, but there were times I was left scratching my head. I'm sure it was just me and I had difficulty connecting with these two characters, and understanding their place within this world.

The Warlock’s Secret
I was really excited to begin Joseph and Phin’s story since so much of the previous two stories involved either Joseph’s brother, Micah, trying to reach Joseph, or Levi, abdicating his position as a Fae Guard and assassin, in order to find Joseph and get the truth about the death of his parents. So basically, Joseph seems to hold the key to many revelations about the evil within the Glitnir Court, the Vampire Council, the Fae Alliance, and the Werewolf Coalition. There was also some history with Joseph, oldest son of one of the royal vampire houses, and Phin, pure blood elf, heir to the throne of the Second Kingdom, a relationship that is forbidden due to them not being the same species, and both having magic.

In an effort to obtain The Journal of Days, a vampire journal that mystically records all actions performed by vampires, Joseph foolishly opens a portal straight into Glitnir with Micah and Levi in tow. They find and remove the journal and Joseph is successful at getting Micah and Levi out, but Joseph gets trapped, jailed, and tortured at Glitnir. The journal prophecies that vampire twins, one having magic, will lead the army of change. Unfortunately, Ludvik, the leader of the Fae Alliance, and Cassius, the head of the Vampire Council, are determined to prove Joseph has magic and then try him for treason, and execute him before Joseph can unearth all of their secrets. Well, nobody counted on Phin getting in the way.

I struggled, again, with Joseph and Phin’s story. Believe me when I say it was exciting, action-packed, full of suspense, intrigue, and a whole lot of love. But, I had difficulty grasping the extent of the world the author built, and was a little disappointed that more clarification wasn't forthcoming. There was extensive backstory to Joseph and Phin’s relationship, but I only felt as if the author touched on that and then moved along to them finding their way back together. Keep in mind, please, this is completely my opinion only, and I'm pretty sure it was my fault for not grasping the depth of this world RJ Scott created.

I really liked the ending and how so many threads were tied together, but many are still left before this tapestry can be completed. I'm happy to say that I am looking forward to the next collection of stories as I feel confident that my doubts will fade. Joseph and Phin’s happy ever after has been a long time coming, but it was a hell of a ride! Now all they have to do is defeat Ludvik, who is using forbidden blood magic, and unite the two kingdoms again. Easy, right? Ha!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Collection/3 novellas, 310 pages/80400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook $11.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-1-RJ-Scott-ebook/dp/B0721NVF7Z