Audiobook Review: The Savage King (Lords of the Var, #1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Savage King by Michelle M. Pillow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shapeshifter Romance

Part of the Dragon Lords’ Series Universe of Books

​Cat-shifting King Kirill knows he must do his duty by his people. When his father unexpectedly dies, it’s his destiny to take the throne and all of the responsibility that entails. What he hadn’t prepared for is the troublesome prisoner that’s now his to deal with. 

Undercover Agent Ulyssa is no man’s captive. Trapped in a primitive forest awaiting pickup, she’s going to make the best out of a bad situation…which doesn’t include falling for the seductions of a king.

The Savage King

King Panther!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💙💚💜🤎
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🤐🤫🫣☺️🥰

The heroine: Ulyssa – an undercover agent with the HIA (Human Intelligence Agency). She was sent to the Qurilixen world as one of the prospective galaxy brides. She thinks the brides are misguided and she doesn’t believe in marriage. Her mission is to try to stop the sale of biological weapons.

The Hero: King Kirill – he is a black panther shifter. After his father dies, he is stuck with the situation his father put the planet in, with the two shifter houses nearly at war. He is also stuck with his father’s large harem and has to do something about all the women there.

The Story: The Qurilixen world is a population of shape-shifters. The Draeg take up half the planet and are Dragon shifters and the Var take up the other half and are cat shifters and it seems that the planet is on the verge of all out war. Radiation on their planet has made it so females are rarely born, which is the reason brides are needed. Though when her mission is complete, she finds that she is stuck on the planet without an exit for three months and she is caught by one of the cat shifters and put in the kings harem.

I didn’t really like Ulyssa. She was too brash and petty and had a hugely overinflated view of herself. Though I did like Kirill. He was sexy and had a huge responsibility on his shoulders and wanted to do right by his people. Though I did really enjoy the conflict between Kirill and Ulyssa and the fact that both of them are determined to be done with each other eventually but can’t seem to fight the attraction for the time being.

The book was told in dual points of view and narrated by a single male narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo. He did a fine job reading, but his voice didn’t really match the main characters, he has a softer voice which is better when he does the female voices, but not optimal for the alpha male protagonist. Points removed in the narration for not having two narrators and not having duet narration (where the male does the male parts and female does the female parts in every chapter). The story ended up being much better than I expected.


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