ARC Review: The Cursed King (Inferno Rising, #4). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Cursed King by Abigail Owen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He will burn. She will rise.

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Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan, spent half a millennium being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. The only reason he’s alive is a curse— the man to kill Airk will be consumed in his own fire. Which is why Pytheios kept Airk alive, barely, unable to shift in his prison cage, driving the creature half of him into madness. Airk escaped, but he’ll never be truly free. What good is a king who can never let his feral dragon loose, never fly, and never lead his people? He’s better off dead.

🐉

Angelika Amon is the last unmated phoenix. The problem? She has no powers. Zip. Zilch. Angelika hates being dormant, especially now that her three sisters are blissfully mated to powerful dragon shifter kings and are very much part of the fight to take down the rotting king Pytheios, their parents’ killer. What good is a useless runt of a phoenix in a battle to save the dragon kingdom?

🏔

Desperate to find some way to help, she offers herself to Airk as a mate — just for political leverage. But a dormant phoenix is no damn use to him just like a dragon who can’t shift is no use to her. Until Pytheios sets his sights on Angelika for himself…

❤️‍🔥

The Cursed King

Action, romance and steamy goodness!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💛🖤🤍❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👩🏼🧑🏼‍🦱👩🏼‍🦱👱🏻‍♂️👱🏻‍♀️

The heroine: Angelika – One of the quadruplets born of the Phoenix and the White King before both were murdered by the evil Red King Pytheios. Angelika’s three sisters are now mated to the Gold King, Blue King and Black King. Unlike her sisters, Angelika is dormant and has no Phoenix powers. Though she wants to join the fight agains High King Pytheios.

The Hero(es): Airk – He was next in line to the white throne after Pytheios killed Angelika’s father and Grandparents. Pytheios would have killed him as well but for a curse that said whomever killed Airk would be consumed by his own fire. So instead Pytheios put Airk in his dungeon near the top of Mount Everest and kept him there for over 500 years in a dragon steel cell where he couldn’t shift.

The Story: Airk escaped the dungeon in the last book when one of Angelika’s sisters was taken captive and put in the dungeon alongside Airk. Now Airk is staying at Mount Ararat with Samael the Black King, Queen Meira and the black clan. They want him to talk to villages from the white clan to turn them away from Pytheios so they can help fight against the false High King. Angelika wants to help.



I love the way they travel using mirrors as portals, she is able to move (or move people) anywhere in the world as long as a mirror is handy. It is Angelika’s sister Meira who has that ability so she always has to be present when someone is coming or going through a mirror. Angelika’s sister Kasia has the sight. Kasia gets visions like their grandmother used to. Their grandmother was the one who told the prophecy about Airk which got him locked in the dungeon for 500 years instead of killed. Skylar has the power of teleportation and is able to teleport anyone but herself long distances.

I really like the fact that though Angelika is either dormant or human and has no Phoenix powers, she is able to use her wits and her personality to help the fight against the Red King as much if not more than any of her sisters that have phoenix powers. She is strong in her own way without any powers to help her.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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