King Cobra by Naomi Lucas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️😳🥺☺️
The heroine: Daisy – she came to Earth to find lurker technology because it is the only thing that may help humans defeat the alien threat against them in space. Lurkers were a reptilian species that were on Earth hundreds of years ago until they revolted and started killing humans. The humans that didn’t escape in spaceships ended up dying in the devastation that followed and Earth was covered in radiation following the war with the Lurkers. Lurkers are now gone and the radiation isn’t a problem anymore, so those that came with Daisy on the ship are searching for technology.
The Hero: Zaku – He is King Cobra, part human, part cobra, he is the King and largest of the Naga species. He is the one that bartered with the humans that landed on Earth to exchange Lurker tech for two of the human females. Since the Naga females left years ago when they started dying in childbirth. Humans are compatible with the Naga and won’t die like the Naga females.
The Story: Daisy is one of the two females traded for technology by Peter, the leader of the expedition to Earth, though both her and Gemma find out later that Peter was only given spare parts and broken tech, not exactly what they were looking for. She and Gemma run and are chased by the Naga. She is eventually caught by Zaku and taken to his nest.
This book is quite different than the first book, though the characters did crossover in the first book so we got to see a bit of the events of this book in that story. In Viper we saw Gemma in Vruksha’s home which is in a cave system. The bed was made of furs, and though he had some technology, his home was still somewhat primitive.
Zaku lives quite differently. He lives in a mansion on a mountain, one side of his home is all made of shatterproof glass and his immaculate home is kept clean by robots and filled with technology, extravagance and human things like clothes for Daisy and even gems and jewelry. Her experience is quite different than Gemma’s.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. John Masterson and Elizabeth Hart are the narrators and are the same two that did Viper. John Masterson speaks with a bit of a stilted voice which is common for the narration of alien males. He also does a bit of a hiss at times which works well for Zaku. Elizabeth has a clear voice which matched Daisy and she was able to convey Daisy’s angst perfectly.
I have to say the sex is crazy and kind of gross. I don’t want to get into it but to say that there is a lot of ‘seed’. However, the story is good enough and original enough to make up for that. I love the house that Zaku has and I want some of those robots that come out of the walls to cook, clean and fix things.
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