Audiobook Review: Emperor (Galactic Kings, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emperor by Anna Hackett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When an experimental starship test goes horribly wrong, a scientist from Earth finds herself fighting for her survival, and her only lifeline is a wild, powerful alien king.

Waking on an alien world, wracked by pain, Dr. Poppy Ellison is confused and adrift…until his voice calls to her in the darkness. The big, wild, enthralling man reveals that she’s been infected and is turning into an alien shapeshifter. Poppy has always been smart, practical, and boring, but with her entire life turned upside down, there is no one she can trust…except for this alien wolf.

Emperor Brodin Damar Sarkany is king of Damar and its shapeshifters. As wild as the forest city they call home, the Damari can be volatile, always fighting to control the wolf inside. Brodin uses his immense strength to keep his people in check and protect them from the most dangerous evil of all—his war-mongering father. He can’t afford the distraction of a small, tantalizing woman from Earth, even when everything about Poppy sings to the instincts of both man and wolf.

As his father’s ruthless warlord attacks, innocent children are at risk, and Poppy knows she has to help by mastering her new, emerging abilities. She must also face the shocking passion that explodes between her and Brodin. But as Poppy and Brodin hunt down the enemy, they uncover a plot that could mean the destruction of all the Damari…if they don’t stop it in time.


Superbad villain!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🖤💚❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😠😘🤓🥰
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Dr. Poppy Ellison – she is a doctor and works for Ninotech, a large corporation on Earth that specializes in experimental space technology. She was currently working on a wormhole drive project along with her pilot friend, Mallory when something went wrong and the ship spun out of control, breaking apart. Her half of the ship crash landed separately from Mallory, on an alien planet, Poppy was found and taken to Damar when it was found they could help her more.

The Hero: Emperor Brodin Damar Sarkany – He is brother to Overlord Rhain Zhalto Sarkany from the first book. They each have their own planet that they rule over. Brodin is king of Damar, and all the shapeshifters on the planet. Like Rhain in Overlord, Brodin is at war with his father who has his own planet but is waging war on his son’s in order to try to get them to join him. Though he is a brutal tyrant, so Brodin wants none of that, like Rhain.

The Story: Poppy wakes up to a burning pain and she doesn’t know who or where she is, though she is in a bed and there are people around her talking about her “transformation”. They know that her name is Poppy and that her pain levels are about as high as they can be. She had been experimented on by a warlord sent by Brodin’s father and she was infected by Damari blood. The last thing Brodin needs is a weakness right now, so he tries to keep away from Poppy.

I love the premise of this one. The idea of waking up on an alien planet with new powers, is certainly a fun one and different than most alien romance. Though at first I didn’t really like the story, but I kept listening and it got better and better. The witch that Brodin’s father sent to wreak havoc, really was a baddy and did some horrible things. It really held my interest and I loved the suspense and action throughout the story.

This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Vivienne Leheny and Stephen Dexter. Stephen Dexter is one of my favorite male narrators and has a deep husky voice and is great at portraying emotion through his voice. Vivienne Leheny has a low voice for a female and she seemed to overact a bit too much for my liking, her emotions seemed too overblown to be genuine.


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