A King to be Claimed
by Brea Alepoú
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was an interesting premise for a book and one I'm looking forward to reading more of. In a world with gods and goddesses, the edoli are a race that have lived along side humans for thousands of years, not unseen - but unrecognized. There are different classes of edoli. Those with the power to bind others to them and amplify their power and the power of those bound to them are called kings or queens. The ones they bind are called keepers, and they have the ability to shapeshift, control the elements and are great warriors that are bound to their master/mistress through blood and the call, sworn to protect them to the death. Hunters are lesser edoli, bound to the Alpha keeper through blood, and are the hunters of the house - or clan - be it prey for food, or other edoli.
This is important to know, as the author doesn't really explain all this until almost half way through the story. There is an appendix of these terms, that might have been better served as a forward as I was a little lost while reading the first few chapters given that the author jumped straight into the story. That being said, the story was good, if a little too wham-bam-thank you Sam.
Titos, the main character, is a half-edoli weakling who has been shunned, ostracized and then condemned to death by his family and the queen of his house. He's never been able to bond with other edoli as blood makes him sick, and is considered not worth any value. In order to avoid being put to death for being weak he ran and has lived in the human world for years, avoiding the hunters sent to kill him. Until his luck runs out.
Cornered and certain death is imminent, Titos is saved by a powerful edoli, Seth, who tells Titos he heard his king's call and came to serve, that Titos is his king and a powerfully rare one at that. Titos, of course doesn't believe it at first but through a series of events, the acquisition of three more keepers, and an earth-shattering revelation about his past, Titos soon has not choice but to believe that he _is_ in fact a king, and one the edoli haven't due to the edoli council hunting them to supposed extinction.
Which means the threat to Titos is far from over. He's still being hunted by his former queen's keeper - his cousin - and sooner or later the council will come for him. It's a race against time for Titos and his keepers to build his power base, secure followers and prepare for the war that is surely to come.
The book has some issues with a relatively fast reversal of fortune, insta-love, and a few other tropes but for the most part I really enjoyed it and will be reading the next book in the series.
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