Captive of the Horde King by Zoey Draven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A roving band of warriors!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😠😘🤓🥰
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Luna – she is five years older than her brother Kivan and they live in a human settlement on Dakkar. They have been alone in the world since their mother died years ago. The humans live on Dakkar based on an agreement between the Dakkari hordes and the Uranian Federation, the agreement says they have to live by the Dakkari rule and have to honor their beliefs, one of which is that the land is sacred. So when Kivan burns the barren fields in an attempt to make them fertile again, the horde arrives and Luna offers her life in place of her brother.
The Hero: Aroken – he is the Dakkari Horde King that comes to enforce punishment on the settlers that burned the land. However, is surprised when a small human female offers her life in exchange for her brother. When sees her beneath her long cloak, he decides to take her to serve him and puts her on one of their great beasts and takes her with him to his home.
The Story: when Luna is taken to the Horde Kings tents, bathed and groomed by other women, she waited for him to arrive and assumed he would immediately take her to his bed. However after he returned he gave her a reprieve since she was sore from not being used to riding the beasts that the horde uses to get around. She was more surprised to when he tells her he will be making her his queen.
I have to admit, I didn’t really like Luna through much of the first part of the book. I guess it was her attitude. She gave herself up to the Horde King to save her brother, and sure if you do something like that you wouldn’t be happy about your new lot in life, but you would think she would at least try to get along and fit in a bit. However, she refused to eat, didn’t want to wear the clothes they gave her even though hers were threadbare and had holes. It seemed like she just wanted to act contrary for no good reason.
This book is told in dual points of view via Solo narration and was narrated by Lia Langola, who has a soft but somewhat deep voice for a female, which probably works best for solo narration. Though by the time I was part of the way through chapter six, I really wanted to hear a bit from Aroken’s point of view.
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