I love dark books as much as the next person. I love when an author takes the time to build a world that seems realistic, and isn’t sugar coated. That being said, Lana Pecherczyk starts off The Dreams of Broken Kings about as dark as you can start a book off.
Now please note, when I say dark, I mean it was incredibly dark. This book starts out with our Hero, Jasper, being a young boy. He and his mother are out and about bonding, and then his mother gets brutally murdered, something he witnesses. And if that isn’t bad enough, he is then hiding and staying in place to not be discovered and murdered himself, and the blood of his mother literally drips onto his face. Talk about traumatizing for a young child.
Lana does amazing at creating characters and I love that Ada was this strong, independent, and spunky woman who did not give a shit about her mate. And yes, he was her fated mate. I also sincerely appreciated that Lana didn’t take away her characters independence and personality just because she had a mate and fell in love. I find that happens a lot sometimes, and am not always thrilled when it does.
This book was really good, and my biggest complaint about it, is honestly the fact I did not realize it was part of a series before I started reading it. Now this is one of those romance books in a series where you can read them out of order and it doesn’t matter, but reading it in order does provide additional lore and background. So I am sad I missed out on that.
If I could pick one thing to change about this book, I wish it was explained more about how the humans got to where they are. It sincerely could have just been a throwaway line of “its super cold” or something else. And maybe this can tie back to my original complaint of I didn’t know this was a series and it gets explained somewhere else, but it was not explained in this book and it made me a little upset not knowing the history of what had happened.
Overall – I really enjoyed this book, but if you cannot handle some darker scenes do not pick it up. The opening chapter where the mother is murdered was brutal. While I did find I enjoyed this book, I will say again I was not thrilled to find out it was the third book in what is currently an eight book series. I like to read books in order and yes, I understand the title says “Fae Guardians Book 3” but I found this book on tiktok where it was not advertised as part of a series and the little snippet was good so I just grabbed it.
The Dreams of Broken Kings: Season of the Wolf (Fae Guardians Book 3) – Lana Pecherczyk
Cost* – eBook is $3.99 book is included on Kindle Unlimited.
*Cost is based upon what the book cost when book review is published