The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz

I’m back! October was just busy. I’m sorry I didn’t post but I hope to finish off the year strong and post and read as much as I can!

Publication: January 14th 2020

Synopsis: Unlocking secrets is a dangerous skill.

Kalen is a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’ mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.

Review/Thoughts: I don’t really know what I was expecting when I went into this story. I don’t think I really had a set of idea of how I wanted it to play out either. That’s okay, I’m sure whatever idea I might have had or had come up with, wouldn’t have been as good compared to what story that’s actually held within the book.

I really loved Kalen. I liked how the author wrote about him using his ability, how it effected him and such. It was beautifully done and easy to follow the process. When he used his ability it truly felt like I had left the main story and, along with Kalen, looked into the past. I liked that there was consequences and side effects after each time he used it. I liked how that was a present thought throughout every more and choice that was made. They kept that knowledge in mind and worked around it. I loved when Kalen opened up about his family and past a bit. It was such a tender and touching moment that I had to read it twice! Definitely my favorite part out of the book.

Prince Cirrus was an interesting character, and I liked how he treated people like Kalen compared to how his father treated them. His friendship with Kalen was an interesting one to unlock’. In the beginning of the book you could tell they had a past and something happened, and I like how they rebuild their friendship and at the end end up having one again. Maybe not a perfect, or your typical, friendship but what one rarely is like the rest? Each is special in its own way.

One thing I liked about Luna was her appearance, mostly her silver colored hair, and her ability to resist any magic used against her. She made a nice addition to the team. I loved how she had her own little flaws and problems though. Like her sea sickness, a nice little touch. The relationship between her and Cirrus was nicely done. Slow and not instant. Bam! Up in your face! Just like that! They’re cute together. (And I’d love to see them actually stay together. I wonder how she would do as Queen someday?)

I wasn’t overly struck on Reign. And her romance felt to rushed. It felt like there was nothing there to back it up on. One of those ‘love at first sight’ moments, and I saw it coming but I kept trying to convince myself that it wouldn’t happen, but it did. I’m a little disappointed in that. Her whole love life was rushed and, in my opinion, not built upon anything. There was a few moments that could have contributed to it, and could have built a nice relationship given more time but it was pushed. I would have been fine if she didn’t end up with someone.

I liked the story, I truly did. It was nice and it had it’s own different feel to it that I can’t quite put into words. I’d give this 3.5 in stars. I would give it 4 but with Reign’s love life–relationship thing I won’t give it a full 4 and it’s not terrible enough to give it 3 so 3.5 is accurate. Other than that big gripe with Reign, I loved the rest. The cover is different and unique, and that sky on it is gorgeous!

~Till the next Chapter~

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