Adriana has returned to her kingdom and ascended the throne as the rightful Demon King. However, she finds her home on the brink of war. Heartbroken and drained from a forbidden love, Adriana must find a way to assume her responsibilities, stop a war, and somehow unravel the family secrets that threaten to destroy her world. It’s a tremendous feat, but one she may be destined for.
Title: Demon King
Author: Kassandra Lynn
Publication Date: 20th January 2016
Series: Yes. It is the second book in the Demon Kingdom Fairytales. The third book is due to be released in April 2016.
Whoop! I received the second book in the post a few days ago and I was so hyped! Didn’t expect it so soon!
Thankfully, Aldric doesn’t appear again. I don’t think I’ll need to introduce the characters again, since I’m assuming that you’ve read the first book if you’re reading the review of the second. Adriana seems to have fallen into immaturity again and any character development in the first book disappeared. She’s back to the annoying, selfish, weak little princess that’s dreaming of love between a demon and a Saviour Blood. (Both races are mortal enemies.) The thing I like most about this book is that Sadi appears more!! If you haven’t read the first book yet (which you should have or you seriously shouldn’t be reading the review of the second book,) Sadi is the captain of her personal guard. There’s a lot more character development for Sadi and exciting new developments for the plot with him. Though I have to say, a lot of it was pretty predictable. The relationship between Adriana and Keldrin remains undeveloped. There’s no kisses, no deep talks about their relationship, there’s nothing which is a bit of a disappointment. Their forbidden relationship started to sound like a really bad twist on Romeo and Juliet.
This book starts to pick up a bit more. Adriana is crowned briefly before she’s kidnapped pathetically. The majority of the book centres around Adriana’s moping over her and Keldrin and avoiding war. And oh my word, this book ends in exactly the same way as the first. The series uses a very unique concept of Wiseman, Saviour Bloods, Warriors and Demons though what’s newly introduced in this book is…seriously…fairies. It’s not even a unique take on them either. They have wings and they use wands. I couldn’t take that part seriously. Like, compared to everything else, it just seems out of place.
As with the first book, Kassandra’s writing style is blunt and does not contain long descriptions of anything. The book does not have drawn out descriptions and details of Adriana’s surroundings and neither does it contain dramatic battles with herself or monologues. I’d have quite liked to see some to be honest. This made her writing quite boring at times and it hindered the book’s potential in my opinion. The book is quite short and the concept of it is quite nice, but the writer’s skill couldn’t quite bring it to be a masterpiece. Again, this book is read like a child’s book. It’s simple fast paced and short, making it a very quick read. It’s perfect for if you’re looking for a quick read, but don’t want to be lumbered into a long novel that’s gonna take a big longer because like me, you may be quite busy and being in the middle of a really good but long book may mean that you won’t be able to bring yourself to put it down.
Being the second book of the series, I was expecting a lot more character development. I did not get that. Although I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t particularly hooked and I felt no attachment to any of the characters. I’ll definitely read it again and I’m looking to read the third and final instalment in the series. It’s a very short book -being less than 200 pages- which makes it a perfect book for a light read.
Rating: 3.6 Stars – See my rating system. Not too sure about this. It had great potential but the turn of events didn’t really seem right.
Owned: Yes! The author herself contacted me, and sent me a copy! An important note: This book seems to be unavailable in the U.K as a physical copy. Amazon has the ebook though.
Recommended for: Children, teenagers and those that can’t stick with a long novel. This book is short and fast so it is good for those that are trying to read more.
What do you think of this? Have you read any of the books in the series, and what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you’d read?