The Red King by Kate Hill

The Red King by Kate Hill
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (130 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Torn from her beloved convent home, Delia is forced to marry Areus of Lortia. The contract states she must deliver an heir within a year or the marriage can be annulled. Delia vows to control her fate by ensuring there will be no child–until she is mesmerized by Areus, the proud, virile warrior king.

Areus agrees to marry Delia to gain her father’s army to continue his fight against Hypatios, the mad prince of Zaltana. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with a convent-reared mouse, but from the first, Delia rouses his lust and touches his heart.

Their life together hangs in the balance as the war with Zaltana advances and Areus discovers Hypatios is far more than just his sworn enemy.

The Red King was a surprise.

Delia is forced to marry the Red King. What she doesn’t expect are the rules for the contract between her and the king. Neither does she expects to fall in love with him.

However, all is not well as Lortia is in the brink of a war from which her husband may not come back alive.

Lortia has been keeping back Zaltana advances but now their king has sent the Mad Prince to take over Lortia and kill their king. The one way to stop this battle and save innocent lives will reveal a secret that would heal and bring hope not only to Lortia but to Zaltana, as well.

I loved how the plot was written. All was not revealed in one go. This book surprised me. I had an expectation of who Hypatios was but I was wrong…very wrong. Though Hypatios is not the main character, the ending depended on a lot on who he was. Was he a cruel and mad man or was he just misunderstood or something in between?

That being said Hypatios and Areus are two sides of one coin. It was interesting to read how different but also how very alike they are.

Areus is a powerful and strong king who falls in love with his wife. This is a fantasy, but the relationship and love between this couple is real and shows through. Loved reading the passionate and love filled fantasy.

I’m looking forward to reading more of this author. Reader’s looking to jump in on the beginning of a fascinating and exciting new series, in a vividly depicted world, should give this one a try.

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