Time to swoon over Queen of Gods by Scarlett Dawn & Katherine Rhodes!! I just love this series so far — book 3 comes out August 14th!! PLUS, can we talk about how freaking gorgeous the cover is?! Ahhhh
This book goes through two POVs, so we have two separate MCs.
First, we have Gwynnore who is a vampire that has awoken from her rest for the last two hundred years. She is greeted by her friend Adelie in her crypt in Morocco, ready to feed and deal with the pull she is feeling. She has awoken from her slumber early because the Overlords have summoned her as a candidate for Queen Novitiate. The candidate to complete the five trials will become Queen Novitiate or Queen of the vampires. Her besite Adelie brings her a whole slew of humans to feast on so she can take their blood and their memories. How else is a vampire to get the updated slang?!
The overlords are surprisingly some of my new favorite people… err vampires. No sparkles here for the overlords and they are definitely not eating mountain lions (sorry Twilight, you still hold a special place in my heart). Lord Belshazzar (dear lord what a name), Lord Xenon, Lord Cato, Lord Otto, and Lord Pippin make up the truly terrifying, hilarious, and sometimes annoying group of overlords that hold the candidacy for Queen Navitiate. Lord Cato is Gwen’s father, a true dick that hasn’t been a big part of Gwen’s almost one thousand years of life. Lord Pippin, Gwen’s last love and a man who chose the crown over her. Lord Belshazzar is just a swoonfest, an absolute swoonfest. We don’t know why yet, but the swooning will come. The others are funny in their own right and bring their own essence to the story. Especially when they test Gwen’s patience 🙂 I kept picturing as the Volturi from Twilight then as a host of completely gorgeous gods of men. I’m still not completely sure of what they look like in my head. All I know is that Lord Belshazzar and Lord Pippin are HOT.
Gwen is truly my favorite character in this book. She is a kickass biatch that gets in trouble for her mouth and sassy attitude. She is also the type to kick ass first and ask questions later. Qualities that may drive the overlords crazy but make her the perfect candidate for Queen. The trials are dark and truly push Gwen to her limits. One moment it seems she is being hazed and the next she is having to do the unthinkable. Her story was hilarious, SEXY as hell, and completely heartbreaking at times.
Our second MC is a druid named Kimber. Druids are magical people that live in S’Kir protected from the vampires by a large magical mountain raised centuries ago – I know, I know. I feel silly typing the words ‘large magical mountain’ but the mountain has magic! This was at times difficult for me to grasp. It is strange that I can completely get behind vampires, shifters, and Harry Potter but a magical mountain. I just don’t know. Maybe if there were Hobbits climbing up it, just maybe.
Kimber is a teacher as well as an acolyte at the temple where her people worship the Lost God. Her story has a very Jane Austin ‘Pride and Prejudice’ feel in terms of the way they speak and act. Being through her point of view we see S’Kir as this very peaceful place where the temple masters are respected, and everyone accepts the beliefs. As the story progresses and the people of S’Kir learn of Kimber’s ability to speak with the mountains magic we see just how naïve her beliefs are.
This book is classified as Reverse Harem, I spent a lot of time waiting for the reverse harem to happen. Where are all the men?! Gwen has some fun times with two different guys so for all intents and purposes the fact that it is seen as ‘okay’ could be deemed reverse harem. But not reaally. So for all of you hard-core reverse harem fans (i.e. me) I want to warn you that this book is not Reverse Harem. WAIT. Don’t leave me yet, because I have read the 2nd book in this series as well. THAT book is Reverse Harem. There is also a third book that will be released this month (yay!). So you just gotta hold on, I promise you it is WORTH the ride. Plus, it’s a really good ride 😉 PERFECT SEGWAY TO THE SWOONING.
As we have two MCs there are plenty of opportunities to swoon. Gwen as I mentioned before is forced into very close proximity to her previous lover Lord Pippin. There is also Lord Belshazzar. Oh. Em. Gee. Lord Belshazzar is such a dark character that is a complete asshole. Also a complete dream boat. What can I say? I have a thing for bad boys, sue me. Plus when he tells her to call him Bel… Gahhhhh. I. Just. Can’t. Even. ❤ There is also the candidate for King Novitiate. We don’t get a huge amount of information about him in this book (the 2nd book is more focused on him). But we know him as the Original Druid that Gwen used to crush on when she was a teen. We all have that guy. We can only hope that we are as badass and as sexy as Gwen when we are reintroduced to our childhood crush. FAT chance, ammirite?
When Kimber discovers the magic within the mountain speaking to her she is with a friend of her, Elex. Wrapped up in the magic of the moment – pun intended – they share such a swoony moment. Elex and Kimber are just so absolutely adorable together while still having the hot steaminess of Gwen and Lord Belshazzar. I feel like you can get two completely different types of love in romance books. There is the hot and heavy love full of steamy scenes and just complete electricity. Then, there is the love that is just so dreamy and just makes you feel all gooey inside. Think on one side Rachel and Paolo and then on the other Rachel and Ross. Both two very awesome types of loves but very different. This book lets you experience BOTH. #swoon
I truly love this book and enjoyed it so much. I had difficulty with Gwen being my absolute favorite character throughout the whole book and struggled finding the same love for Kimber. I finished the book so excited to start the next and loved that one EVEN MORE. I think that having to explain two completely different worlds makes the first one sometimes a struggle as there are so many characters and moving pieces to each story. I feel like the majority of people reading through the Queen of Gods will end like me absolutely loving it. For those DNF (did not finish) readers I ask you to finish the book. Try again. You will not regret it ❤