Review of The Reluctant King (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 5) by Rachel Higginson


Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.Avalon is summoned to fight in order to save his people once more as the Kingdom is threatened by a brand new evil. In addition to reigning in a kingship he doesn’t want, he is fighting against the very people he has fought so hard to protect. They are determined to throw away their newfound freedom and their newfound leaders.

In this war and in this kingship he feels alone. And for the first time he feels hollow. That is until Amelia Cartier shows up, invading his every thought and shaking up his carefully controlled world.

Now he faces yet another battle—making Amelia his queen.

I was so glad Rachel Higginson decided to continue this series.  I love the characters, but felt like Endless Magic left something to be desired.  The Reluctant King is Avalon’s story, which I was interested to see.  After taking down a corrupt monarchy and being elected King, which he didn’t want, I wanted to see how things progressed.  I was not disappointed!

Avalon termed himself a lifelong bachelor, so it was interesting to see his life change so drastically.  Eden and Kiran, along with all of the other characters, were still a big part of this book.  I don’t want to give much away, so I’m not going in to detail as to what this book holds.

The series starts from the view of Eden, Avalon’s twin sister, and stays that way through book 4.  This is a story of immortality and magic, with love and war.  It has happy moments as well as heartbreaking moments.  Even though I’ve read the previous books a couple of times (I always re-read when a new book in a series comes out), I still teared up in some areas.

The books are well written, but there are minor grammatical errors that can be overlooked.  The character development is outstanding, and you fully understand where each one is coming from.  I am so excited this story has not ended, and I’m looking forward to Relentless Warrior (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 6).

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Highly recommend this series!


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