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The Dark King and the Eternal Dance (A Villain's Ever After) Kindle Edition
An unwanted proposal. An unexpected curse. Will Rayna, and her eleven sisters ever be free of the Dark King and this eternal dance?
Rayna is not usually the boldest of her sisters. However, when her eldest sister, Faelynn, seems ready to abandon her own happily ever after and accept the Dark King’s proposal, Rayna knows she must act and take drastic measures before someone gets hurt. Measures that just might cost her her heart.
Drake’s reputation as the Dark King precedes him—a reputation he doesn’t quite deserve. When the opportunity arises, Drake seizes the chance to barter for Princess Faelynn’s hand. Weaving his magic, he establishes a weekly ball to court his intended. After six months of rejection, something must change. He never anticipated finding Princess Rayna in his castle disrupting his quiet life.
Will he change directions and acknowledge his heart before it is too late? Or will he live up to his reputation as the Dark King, shattering more than one happily ever after?
The Dark King and the Eternal Dance is one of twelve short novels in A VILLAIN'S EVER AFTER, a collection of stand-alone stories featuring villainous twists on some of your favorite classic fairy tales. Read the series in any order for magical adventures and fall in love with villains as you've never seen them before. Who said villains can't have happily-ever-afters?
- ASIN : B094YZPTHM
- Publication date : September 24, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2328 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In a misguided attempt to give Faelynn the time to get to know him better, he sets up a nightly ball each week. This leads to the worn slippers we know all about.
I loved Drake (the Dark King) and Princess Rayna who strives to save him and Faelynn from a match that’s wrong for them both. I loved the twists to this story, the magic, and the swoon worthy romance.
I have a few unanswered questions and hope desperately for a sequel.
Content: clean (kisses, no language, no violence)
A couple of kudos and commendations:
As someone with a fair amount of background in literature, I'm very happy this novella is as light and charming as it is: many authors when attempting to rewrite the Hades/Persephone myth make their stories very dark, which is such a shame. I studied the classics and Greek mythology in University, and Hades/Persephone is one of the few myths where the deities' choices are surprisingly reciprocal. The main reasons people have this misguided notion of kidnapping, etc. are the most famous translations which were done by British male scholars in the late 1800s and early 1900s (John Edgar, Hugh Gerard Evelyn-White to name a few). A more direct translation of Hesiod's Theogeny is perhaps a more accurate representation of the Homeric Hymn, and doesn't add the negative lens some of the early modern and more contemporary scholars put in place. But anyway, I digress!
The fact of the matter is I love Rayna's agency in this story. She is a wonderful heroine because she is so very relatable: observant, helpful, quiet, compassionate, but often overlooked. I believe many readers (including me) can identify and associate with her. Every choice she makes is her own, and it's inspiring (and so, so nice) to read a story where a character's choices can be and are beneficial to both them AND their loved ones. Too often a protagonist's choices are selfish and stories punish them for their decisions—an exhausting trend. Therefore, Rayna's decisions benefitting all was a wonderful and unexpected surprise, and it's a powerful nod to the mythological Persephone's own agency in deciding to stay in the Underworld with Hades.
Drake is adorable, and I just wanted to hug him. He's a grumpy curmudgeon of a king, but in an incredibly charming way he is sincerely trying his best. He is misunderstood largely due to his, well, large appearance and dark demeanor, and Rayna (our observant heroine) is able to see past that. I adored their interactions, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much by the end of the book.
I am looking forward to this author's future works, but in the meantime, bravo Ms. Adamson on a stunning debut!
Once I got passed a chapter or two, I was intrigued. The love interest and the king were delightful to read about. The connection worked well and you could see the growth of both characters.
I enjoyed the talk of how the silver trees with golden leaves and diamond flowers were not just cool trees but every part of them had a meaning.
I’ll be reading more of this author in the future. Now on to the next Villain story.
There are a few rough spots in the writing, as though thoughts or events are skipped over (thus the 4-star rating), but it doesn't detract from the overall flow of the story.
I am glad this author is continuing this as a series. I will be glad to read more from this world. I would love to read more of Rayna & Drake's story, too.
There is a plot point that feels unresolved; What was Lord Hagan doing when he used magic on a paper from the desk in King Drake's study? Was he being duplicitous in his handling of the taxes?
Top reviews from other countries
Drake has a terrifying exterior, but Rayna helps bring his true self into the light.
Strongly recommend this!