King Hall – Scarlett Dawn

Summary:

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. 
 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life. 
 
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution. 

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A good friend read and reviewed this book, and her review really made me want to go and read it. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of the book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I was glad I did. I have a thing for a good series with a paranormal storyline. This is the first book in the Evermore series and boy does it start off with a doozy. I was instantly gripped and had to force myself to put it down to do mum stuff.

The world that dawn has created was so believable, I often found myself wondering if the were mysticals really living down the road. The way she she has completely woven the history of the mysticals, including all the different factions, their kings, and how each ‘race’ operates within their own faction. It was extremely authentic and the way this was woven into the story made the world come to life the more I read.

The characters were well rounded and realistic. They weren’t perfect and all knowing which gets annoying after a while. Each of them had flaws and insecurities, in particular Lily. She’s the perfect lead character for this story as she’s a strong shifter even though she’s seen by many as not quite right. Shorter than a regular mystic and without the extra strength many of them have. Also, having been raised in the world of the commoners (humans), she’s already different. Couple that with the discoveries she makes as the story moves on, it’s any wonder she’s able to deal with all she faces without completely losing it.

The other characters are just as well written, and the dynamic between them is fantastic. After an instance of excruciating tragedy, our 4 mains manage to band together in a way that the Mysticals have never seen before. The banter and humour that passes between them honestly made me laugh out loud at times, which is quite rare. In particular, Jack. He’s an average teen ‘sowing his wild oats’, and struggles to deal with the fallout he often creates. Couple that with Ezra’s ‘shenanigans’ with members of the opposite sex, it’s any wonder that Lily and Pearl, the 4th in our motley crew, are able to look them in the eye without laughing constantly. Considering the many dark aspects of the story, it amazing that the 4 of them don’t merely succumb to the horrors they see and experience.

Couple the characters with a fast paced plot, King Hall is literally unputdownable. You HAVE to keep reading to find out how our heroes and their friends, family, and the rest of their factions aqre going to deal with the latest tragedy and set back.

The only criticism I have is the complete and utter cliffhanger we are left with. In times like this, I wish the rest of the series was already available so I could have dived right in, but unfortunately, it’s slated for a 1 Januray 2014 release date. I don’t think I’ll be able to cope with such a long wait. (See, not a true criticism).

Definitely a must read!

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