The stories are told in whispers, even after so long: of a man whose fair rule soured when he attained eternal youth. Imprisoned by a sorceress wife in a city out of time and place, he has passed into legend. Few believe in him, and fewer would set their hopes on his mercy. But Imogen has no choice. To break the curse that’s isolated her since birth, she’ll find the Undying King–and answer his secrets with her own…
^^Author Note: The Undying King is intended for more mature audiences and contains graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.
Worldbuilding: The Undying King has a wonderful, complex magic world with a fairy-tale like fantasy air to it, complete with necromancers, magic, curses, immortal kings, a heartbreaking dead city (Tineroth) full of ghosts – fascinating!
Characters: Imogen was a sweet, delightful creature, who was also brave, and loyal. I liked how she took care of her mother, her courage in following the magic path to the lost kingdom and its scary king. I loved her courage when it came to Cededa, to staying by his side too. I really liked her and rooted for them as a couple.
Cededa was a very interesting character: a warrior, a ruthless king, a compassionate king as well, a tender (and passionate! xD) lover. I loved the fact that he owned up to his past, to his mistakes.
Plot: The virgin romance, doomed lover scenario was very entertaining, sweet – and though I don’t usually go for sweet, this was a tortured kind of sweet and I freaking loved it to bits.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. I really loved the writing style, fairy-tale-like. But I also have a feeling I’d love Grace Draven’s writing in any genre – she has that kind of storyteller gift.
Curb Appeal: I read the novella as part of For Crown and Kingdom, and the cover is awesome for both that, and the novella in itself. Hooking blurb. Impulsive buy material for my fantasy romance cravings.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Undying King to lovers of fantasy romance, the virgin romance trope fans, and to fans of good writing. Plus, when packed with Jeffe Kennedy’s novella The Crown of the Queen, it’s an obvious win-win situation. I reviewed the novellas as separate because the review copies got to me at separate times, but I read them as part of the For Crown and Kingdom duo and I totally recommend it and each of the novellas.