The Wizard King by Dana Marie Bell

The Wizard King by Dana Marie Bell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (210 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Lisianthus

She’s the Queen of his soul.

Heart’s Desire, Book 3

The time has come for Gareth Beckett to take his place as the king of the wizards. There’s only one problem. The woman who stole his heart, the one he wants as his queen, is missing. He casts the Beckett mate spell, hoping with everything in him that it will call his Gen home.

Genevieve Godwin is the daughter of the Beckett’s most hated enemy. She’s sworn to hunt down her brothers and end their evil before it can harm the man she loves, but a vision from her Goddess sends her back to Gareth.

Gareth is not about to allow Gen to leave his sight for a second time. But being the king isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. Not everyone is thrilled to have a warlock as the queen-consort. Between scheming courtiers, the threat of the Godwin brothers and Gen’s insistence that she be allowed to continue her work as one of Hecate’s Own, Gareth is about to lose his mind.

When the king decides to put an end to the threat against his mate, the rest of the magical world will sit up and take notice.

How I’ve waited for this story! It starts with a prequel that takes us back to events in the first book, and we experience it from Gen’s point of view with a bit of Gareth’s. I really enjoyed seeing that. It re-hooked me into the beautiful plot that Ms. Bell has crafted with intricate detail. That detail is so obvious because I was able to see how little things from before lead to so much more, and how intertwined this series is. She gives enough back story that I think it could be read as a stand-alone but I truly believe that the main story arc is best enjoyed while reading the whole series.

Gareth is lonely and ready for a mate, he knows that mate is Gen, but Gen has disappeared while she hunts down her evil brothers. I loved that Gareth knows he loves Gen, and is willing to do just about anything to make her his queen. I also really adored Gareth as the wizard’s king because he is willing and ready to change the way the program works when they won’t accept his mate. It shows just how deep his love for Gen is.

Gen has a job as a Hecate’s Own, her whole job is to serve the Goddess Hecate, and she isn’t sure if that and being Gareth’s queen consort are two jobs that really mesh together. Gen is a strong, capable and independent heroine who kicks butt and takes names in her own right. The fact that she is willing and able to drop everything for the man she loves, just makes her a real character to me.

The plot and the action are well paced and the story builds beautifully and hints at the next book in series, when I’m sure the main story arc will finally be wrapped up. The plot does advance in this story, and there are hints that the magic world will be changing in the future, and I look forward to it.

I cannot recommend this book or series more. I find myself enjoying the rituals and different ways that the different sects of magic users perform magic. It’s intricate and beautiful which shows that a lot of time and thought has gone into building this world. I will be waiting anxiously for the next book.


  1. A Neely says:

    Congratulation on the release. Enjoyed the review.


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