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Royal Pawn (Jacky Leon) Paperback – July 13, 2021
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- ASIN : B099C2ZLZN
- Publisher : Independently published (July 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 422 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8536488805
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.06 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #264,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've given this book five stars, but I'm not sure I'll continue this series after one heartbreaking event in this book. I feel it was needless and cruel. It really upset my day.
First, there appears to be information in this book that gives away information about the next Kaylia novel, Legends.
Second, and worst of all for me, she kills off a major character needlessly. I can't say she didn't warn me as her author's blurb says she like to make people cry. I know some readers will like the heartbreak, but I don't. There is enough heartbreak in the real world.
As was hinted in the last book, the consequences of Alina finding out who gave the gift of mindspeak finally comes to a head. There is so much to say but all of it would take away from pertinent parts in the book. We get a little look into the cost of coming out for the werewolves. It breaks your heart a bit.
The fae, their convoluted lives and polices are at the forefront of the story. Jacky and Heath find friends and new allies in the most unexpected of places. This was about levels to relationships, the levels to love, what ppl do for love and the different consequences that may come from that.
There were some serious bums in this series. I really wanted to reach in and pimp smack a couple of characters. There was a person here I really really would have liked to push their ungrateful behind in front of a deranged werewolf. And I will stop there.
All in all, this did not disappoint. You had a story, drama, action, a lil bit of a "good time" and more questions. That ending tho! Can't wait to see where things go next and I'm glad we don't have too long to wait.
I’m too lazy and am still reeling from those last chapters to give a cohesive summary, but I think the book’s description does a good enough job of that. What I will say is that we’re left on a familial and supernatural cliffhanger that I am simultaneously dreading and waiting eagerly to find out what happens next with. I love the family Jackie has built in her teritory, and watching the bonds between her were-family deepen. Even with things ending in a bit of chaos, there is still so much love in Jackie’s world to keep her grounded. Love, support, and secondary storylines I enjoy watching play out. I’m happy for the people Jackie has in her corner, but also knowing the title of that next book.. she just can’t catch a break.
I just hope that the event foreshadowed in that last chapter happens somewhere in the midsts of the chaos that’s sure to come.
I[‘’m also now curious about Kaliya’s storyline in a way I hadn’t been before. And I’m excited about the short story with Zuri. (She’s definitely my favorite of Jackie’s siblings.)
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This is the sixth book of a continuing series. It crosses over with characters and events with a spin-off series set in the same world. Though the previous books in this series are required reading to understand this book, you probably don’t need to read the spin-off series, though reading it would make your understanding of the characters involved more in depth. There is no cliffhanger, as the story ends at a natural break in the plot.
With Jacky’s position in the supernatural world, she has more influence and impact on people and events than her age should dictate, but she is her father’s daughter and because of that and his love for her, she will always be more important than would normally be expected. It also makes her a target because everyone knows that Hasan, the oldest werecat in existence will tear apart the world to protect his youngest daughter.
In this book a royal Fae decides to use Jacky for his own ends and uses her relationship with Heath to blackmail them both into protecting his human wife. He knows that Heath and Jacky have others to rely on to help them protect his wife and if worse comes to worse, he will have the aid of Hasan.
There were certain things I didn’t enjoy about this book, namely how Jacky and Heath were manipulated by circumstances and by magic. They had no defence against either and it felt very one-sided. They were puppets and not particularly strong ones. Very few of the fae characters in this story were particularly tolerable, let alone likeable and they just left me cold. I didn’t particularly like the woman they were protecting either. In the past books in this series it felt like all the trouble Jacky got into was worth while because she was protecting people and ideas and in this book she was powerless and being used for something she didn’t care about.
There was also things I really enjoyed about this book, as always KN Banet writes fantastic plots and worlds. I loved reading about the fae and the different realms. Just because I didn’t like the fae, didn’t mean I didn’t like reading about them (I’m weird like that sometimes). Cassius and Sorcha were introduced to me in the Kaliya Sahni series and they have always been likeable, so it was nice to read about them in this book, even if things were difficult them. I hope that we read more about them in future books. My hope is that with the scope of this amazingly complex world the author has created, one of the series will be about the fae and we’ll read more about them.
One other really good thing about this book was how Heath and Jacky were in this book with each other. There relationship is growing in depth and strength and despite it getting them into trouble they are not prepared to leave each other. As always the romance is not the main focus of the plot, but it is important and their emotions are a vital part of the story.
The plot was complicated and fast moving and the book was over very quickly, despite it’s number of pages. KN Banet always manages to suck me into her books and only lets me go when I hit the acknowledgments at the back, this book was no exception.
Once again, I’m left hungry for more books in this series as I really love Jacky as a character. She’s brave, strong and at the same time vulnerable. Her humanity is still with her as she was changed 10 years ago and sometimes the emotions she brought with her into her new life have the power to hurt her still. Her love for Heath and his daughter is tender and strong and she will defend it with everything she has. In particular, I enjoy her struggles with providing the right kind of support and advice to the teenager when she isn’t Carey’s mother and she doesn’t want to step on Heath’s toes and say the wrong thing. As much as she wants to support Heath’s decisions as a parent she also wants to make sure that Carey has someone she can always be honest with. It’s a fine line to walk and I really enjoy that aspect of this character.
I can’t wait to read what happens in the next book as though there is no cliffhanger, there are will definitely be consequences for how this book ends.
I have adored Jack's character arc throughout this series and watching her grow into the woman she was in thi shook was very rewarding. She finally knows exactly what, or who, she wants and she is prepared to fight for it.
As usual, the world building is rich and immersive and we get the added bonus of a cross over with the other tribunal series. I don't want to say too much on that, as there is so much spoilery action that happens, but I loved seeing these characters in a different context.
For Jacky and Heath fans, this book has them on a mission together, so with each other the whole time. There are also some wonderful developments with them, too.
Basically, Banet is the Queen and I adore this series!
I am already looking forward to the next book and the continuing story of Jackie & Heath plus all of the other characters connected to their world.
The mark of a great book for me personally is if I lose time to it, I read this in one day, I ignored life & jobs etc , just sat & read and enjoyed 😉