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A thirst for revenge . . . Ava is committed to vengeance against the man responsible for the death of her parents. The same man, the Queen's Herald, kept her prisoner for two years, until she escaped with Luc, a warlord bent on vengeance just as fierce as her own. He's forged a powerful army of people from all through the region, called the Rising Wave, to march on the A thirst for revenge . . . Ava is committed to vengeance against the man responsible for the death of her parents. The same man, the Queen's Herald, kept her prisoner for two years, until she escaped with Luc, a warlord bent on vengeance just as fierce as her own. He's forged a powerful army of people from all through the region, called the Rising Wave, to march on the Kassian royal family and smash its corrupt power under the weight of their anger. But for Luc, just as for Ava, his true motive is a lot more personal. A hidden magic . . . Luc suspects Ava has magical abilities, suspects he's benefited greatly from them, but he's no stranger to the burdens of power, and he's prepared to let her tell him in her own time-after all, she's his heart's choice and he will give her all the time she needs. Except time is running out for both of them. As they near the Kassian stronghold, forces from within their own camp and without will use every trick they have to stop both Luc and Ava and tear them apart. A secret laid bare . . . Luc knows Ava has a secret she's keeping from him-but what he doesn't realize is she has many. And when those secrets are exposed, everyone will have to grapple with the consequences. Ava is prepared to sacrifice her happiness and even her life to save the Rising Wave and Luc-but she would prefer to use her heart and her head to outwit her enemies instead.


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A thirst for revenge . . . Ava is committed to vengeance against the man responsible for the death of her parents. The same man, the Queen's Herald, kept her prisoner for two years, until she escaped with Luc, a warlord bent on vengeance just as fierce as her own. He's forged a powerful army of people from all through the region, called the Rising Wave, to march on the A thirst for revenge . . . Ava is committed to vengeance against the man responsible for the death of her parents. The same man, the Queen's Herald, kept her prisoner for two years, until she escaped with Luc, a warlord bent on vengeance just as fierce as her own. He's forged a powerful army of people from all through the region, called the Rising Wave, to march on the Kassian royal family and smash its corrupt power under the weight of their anger. But for Luc, just as for Ava, his true motive is a lot more personal. A hidden magic . . . Luc suspects Ava has magical abilities, suspects he's benefited greatly from them, but he's no stranger to the burdens of power, and he's prepared to let her tell him in her own time-after all, she's his heart's choice and he will give her all the time she needs. Except time is running out for both of them. As they near the Kassian stronghold, forces from within their own camp and without will use every trick they have to stop both Luc and Ava and tear them apart. A secret laid bare . . . Luc knows Ava has a secret she's keeping from him-but what he doesn't realize is she has many. And when those secrets are exposed, everyone will have to grapple with the consequences. Ava is prepared to sacrifice her happiness and even her life to save the Rising Wave and Luc-but she would prefer to use her heart and her head to outwit her enemies instead.

30 review for The Turncoat King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    MY FIRST 5 STAR BOOK OF 2021 🥂 - WOOHOO what a start! OMG it's already SO GOOD!!!! I have only 40% left and it's already a favorite book of 2021. To all my romance fantasy peeps - you must read this book!!! Also if possible start with the novel in Warlords, Witches & Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology it's the beginning of the couples relationship and how they met. I would highly recommend to start with the novella. Also for all of you who enjoyed Warprize you'll love this one :D Full review to come. MY FIRST 5 STAR BOOK OF 2021 🥂 - WOOHOO what a start! OMG it's already SO GOOD!!!! I have only 40% left and it's already a favorite book of 2021. To all my romance fantasy peeps - you must read this book!!! Also if possible start with the novel in Warlords, Witches & Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology it's the beginning of the couples relationship and how they met. I would highly recommend to start with the novella. Also for all of you who enjoyed Warprize you'll love this one :D Full review to come.....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This was like a combination of Warprize and Pathfinder's Way, only it wasn’t better than either of those. For one thing you *have* to read the prequel The Rising Wave, because otherwise this book will not make sense. Why the author didn’t just include it at the beginning of this book, I don’t know. And honestly that prequel (which really acts as the first several chapters of this book) is the best part of this whole story. I will say the way the heroine is specifically able to work magic was int This was like a combination of Warprize and Pathfinder's Way, only it wasn’t better than either of those. For one thing you *have* to read the prequel The Rising Wave, because otherwise this book will not make sense. Why the author didn’t just include it at the beginning of this book, I don’t know. And honestly that prequel (which really acts as the first several chapters of this book) is the best part of this whole story. I will say the way the heroine is specifically able to work magic was interesting and new, but it worked a little too well putting her solidly in Mary Sue territory. But comparing this book to Warprize, I thought the plot of this book was more interesting but it wasn’t as well written. Comparing this to Pathfinder’s Way, this seemed like a watered down version of that book, and I’d recommend you read that one instead. I’m sad I didn’t enjoy this as much because I really liked Dark Horse by this author. So I’ll give this author another try but won’t continue on with this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    I loved the characters in the prequel but I felt like the hero and heroine felt one dimensional in this book. The plot got a bit repetitive but it finally picked up towards the end. I personally loved the MCs and I hope the sequels make their characters more fleshed out, I love them as a couple, they both are very supportive of each other and you cannot deny that they love each other.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    I'm a little torn about my feelings about The Turncoat King by Michelle Diener. I liked it but not so much that I could give it a higher rating than three stars. A three star rating definitely isn't bad but of course when you read a new book by a favorite author you always wish it will be higher than that. I'm going to start with the things that I liked about this book. First of all Ava as a heroine. I always enjoy reading about the heroines that the author creates and with Ava it was just the s I'm a little torn about my feelings about The Turncoat King by Michelle Diener. I liked it but not so much that I could give it a higher rating than three stars. A three star rating definitely isn't bad but of course when you read a new book by a favorite author you always wish it will be higher than that. I'm going to start with the things that I liked about this book. First of all Ava as a heroine. I always enjoy reading about the heroines that the author creates and with Ava it was just the same. She was super badass and I totally loved her unique magical ability. Second, Ava's relationship with Luc. I just loved it. Their romance definitely didn't came without its challenges but I've been rooting for them since the start. This wasn't a super heavy romantic book but I just couldn't get enough about reading their personal moments together. Now for the things that I liked less about the book. I feel like I was more invested in Ava and Luc as characters and their relationship than anything else that was going on in the book. Not that those things weren't interesting to read about as well but it all just didn't capture my attention as much. Overall, The Turncoat King by Michelle Diener had both its postives and negatives. I do want to read the second book because I love the author and I want to see what else is going to happen with the characters and this world. *The Rising Wave series starts with the novella entitled THE RISING WAVE. Readers can find it in Warlords, Witches & Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology until March, thereafter it will be available as a standalone novella.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    The Turncoat King was a flipping fantastic read!! And this cover is gorgeous! Totally embodies Ava and Luc:) Picking up where Ava and Luc’s novella The Rising Wave (found in the Warlords, Witches and Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology) leaves off, this book was a page turner from beginning to end! I loved so much about this book-Ava’s magic spells were a wild ability that came in handy more than once. I loved Luc’s loyalty and leadership and enjoyed their relationship dynamics and how support he The Turncoat King was a flipping fantastic read!! And this cover is gorgeous! Totally embodies Ava and Luc:) Picking up where Ava and Luc’s novella The Rising Wave (found in the Warlords, Witches and Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology) leaves off, this book was a page turner from beginning to end! I loved so much about this book-Ava’s magic spells were a wild ability that came in handy more than once. I loved Luc’s loyalty and leadership and enjoyed their relationship dynamics and how support he was of Ava even when he didn’t know all her secrets. The supporting cast of characters were just as fascinating and I hope to see them again. Also, Ava’s revenge?! Her plan actually had me smiling because the twist never occurred to me and was very, very well played. I found myself reading this one at work during downtime and am ridiculously excited for the next book!! Congrats to Michelle for penning a fab read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephaniec

    Liked this...it a fantasy romance, on the lighter side, insta-love and magic. Hope book 2 is about them

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series continues to be interesting but somehow things became a bit one note after a while. There were just too many assassination and kidnapping attempts. And the heroine’s powers were just too convenient and amazing. Plus, I really wanted the MCs to stop referring to each other as “lover”. Other than those things, this was a solid, fun read. It was actually pretty clean, content-wise, with only a few fade to black scenes, killings, and expletives. I appreciated it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Although this book reads just fine on its own, I recommend reading The Rising Wave story in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves Anthology, which details how Ava and Luc meet and escape from her cousin the Queen’s Herald. Luc has now rejoined the Rising Wave, his army that will march on the Kassians and stop their evil and corrupt rule, giving vengeance to the many people that have been harmed by them. For Ava, it is also very personal, since the Queen’s Herald abducted her and kept her prisoner for t Although this book reads just fine on its own, I recommend reading The Rising Wave story in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves Anthology, which details how Ava and Luc meet and escape from her cousin the Queen’s Herald. Luc has now rejoined the Rising Wave, his army that will march on the Kassians and stop their evil and corrupt rule, giving vengeance to the many people that have been harmed by them. For Ava, it is also very personal, since the Queen’s Herald abducted her and kept her prisoner for two years, had her father killed and kept her mother prisoner until his neglect starved her to death. She has magical skills that he covets, that’s why he will do anything to get her back. Ava uses her unusual magic, which involves embroidery with her intentions included in the working, to protect herself, Luc and a growing number of people she learns to trust in the army she has joined to be with Luc and to help him in his vengeance. I had a hard time putting this book down to rejoin regular life, it was so engrossing, and I hated to get to the end, although it was an awesome ending. With lots of action, intrigue, political maneuverings, and a lovely romance, this was a wonderful read. Luckily, there will be another book in the series, The Threadbare Queen, and I can’t wait to read it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Really enjoyed reading The Turncoat King, and will definitely pick up the next in the series when it releases later in the year. I'm glad I started with the prequel novella, which details how Ava and Luc meet, BONUS - both the prequel and The Turncoat King are available in KU (but if this comes out in audio I am one-clicking my own copy). I LOVE LOVE LOVE when a female main character can hold her own in a fight, and Ava has the skills and ability to do so - I just wish this had been showcased mor Really enjoyed reading The Turncoat King, and will definitely pick up the next in the series when it releases later in the year. I'm glad I started with the prequel novella, which details how Ava and Luc meet, BONUS - both the prequel and The Turncoat King are available in KU (but if this comes out in audio I am one-clicking my own copy). I LOVE LOVE LOVE when a female main character can hold her own in a fight, and Ava has the skills and ability to do so - I just wish this had been showcased more throughout the plot. Maybe we will see more of those fighting skills in the next book (I hope).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debrac2014

    I enjoyed this story so much I couldn't put it down! Good magical story! Great ending! I enjoyed this story so much I couldn't put it down! Good magical story! Great ending!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Princess Ava has one goal in mind: retribution against the Kassian kingdom and a man, the Queen’s Herald, who imprisoned her and caused the death of her parents. Ava escaped the two-year imprisonment with a Luc, a warlord who with his people and family also suffered under the Kassians until he fomented a revolution known as the Rising Wave joining together the armies of rebels from throughout their province to overthrow the Queen and her Harald. They have subjugated and abused so many captives c Princess Ava has one goal in mind: retribution against the Kassian kingdom and a man, the Queen’s Herald, who imprisoned her and caused the death of her parents. Ava escaped the two-year imprisonment with a Luc, a warlord who with his people and family also suffered under the Kassians until he fomented a revolution known as the Rising Wave joining together the armies of rebels from throughout their province to overthrow the Queen and her Harald. They have subjugated and abused so many captives causing them extreme loss and suffering. Luc and Ava are drawn together by more than their common goal of defeating shared enemies. Ava helped Luc to escape their imprisonment and tended his grievous wounds which is a tale told in the prequel, THE RISING WAVE. They agree to meet up again after she returns home to set some plans in motion to help ensure their success at overthrowing the Kassians. Luc knows Ava has some kind of powerful magic and is keeping secrets; however, he believes her heart to be true and feels she is his own heart’s desire. While they work together with Ava soldiering in a neighboring camp and functioning as a go between for Luc and an allied general, secrets are uncovered and spies are found as the army marches towards their goal. Ava knows she can do strong magic with needle and thread creating protective wards; however, she has had little training and is still learning the extent of her abilities. Luc and his compatriots had been enslaved for year to the Kassian Royals; they are still adapting to be a free people while willing to sacrifice all to win against evil. While Ava continues to help Luc’s people, not all of his close advisors are thrilled with her presence and influence. Luc is willing to trust Ava no matter the circumstances understanding that her powers and pure heart will turn the tide for their forces aiding him to victory. Although it is not necessary to have read the prequel in the WAR LORDS, WITCHES, AND WOLVES anthology, it does enhance this story though the salient facts are referenced in this work. Ava and Luc are compelling and well-drawn characters who will have readers rooting for them and their noble cause as well as the romance soulmate connection. Ms. Diener has once again written a fine Fantasy Romance with a cast of characters who will take the reader on enjoyable ride making them wish for the next in the RISING WAVE series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suz

    4+ That was fun! This is the first of Diener's fantasy romance that I have enjoyed as much as I enjoy her scifi romance. I liked both of the MCs and found the story, from prisoner to escapee to rebel to... well, read it and see - to be thoroughly enjoyable. A satisfying ending that left me looking forward to the next installment, too. 4+ That was fun! This is the first of Diener's fantasy romance that I have enjoyed as much as I enjoy her scifi romance. I liked both of the MCs and found the story, from prisoner to escapee to rebel to... well, read it and see - to be thoroughly enjoyable. A satisfying ending that left me looking forward to the next installment, too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    3.4 There were times when they book dipped into 2-star range and times when this book could be considered 4-stars. So, I've landed somewhere in the middle. The plot development was weak at times and struggled at not having magic solve all problems. When the book was good, was in the midst of a scene. I was easily captivated by what was occurring in the story. I author excels at pulling me into the moment and holding my eyes wide open. It's when I step back and think on the logic of things that th 3.4 There were times when they book dipped into 2-star range and times when this book could be considered 4-stars. So, I've landed somewhere in the middle. The plot development was weak at times and struggled at not having magic solve all problems. When the book was good, was in the midst of a scene. I was easily captivated by what was occurring in the story. I author excels at pulling me into the moment and holding my eyes wide open. It's when I step back and think on the logic of things that this story doesn't feel as well written. It was aggravating that Ava just comes in and solves every single issue her rebel army faces because she just happens to have the right information or her magic gets them out of the jam. She's not lacking in a willingness to work hard, but there was something lacking. She had been held prisoner for two years and lost all her family, so she's fighting for revenge. Losing everything though, that seems traumatic enough that I don't fully trust her and her feelings when she then, abruptly, commits her entire self to Luc. It's like some young woman's parents dying in a car crash and then she meets and hooks up with a guy at the funeral, and tells everyone a month later that they are getting married. Nobody would think that relationship is going to last. Ava basically does exactly that. On the same day she discovers her mother's bones and fights her way out of her prison, she hooks up with Luc. The next day, she commits to protecting him and spending her life with him. From that moment on, there is only a little more relationship development when Luc discovers her magic. Otherwise, that's it. They're in love and nobody (who is not spelled) questions the quickness and everyone trusts in the relationship. In some ways, all this makes it plausible to say that Ava does have something to lose in this fight against the monarchy. But then she never really has to see anything bad happen to Luc from being part of the rebellion. And of course, she has so much magic that there is not personal cost to working infinite workings. Okay, slight exaggeration, she does get worn out and has to see was she's working on. So she's limited to her caloric intake and the light of the sun/a campfire. Her lack of real stakes makes her just feel like a magical solution and less of a relatable character. Especially considering how little training she has, yet is brilliant and never fails. I also would've like to have been understood the rules of the magic of this world. Some magic users can craft pottery, and others have to craft textiles, but can the same same magic user choose both? It seemed that magical crafters were bounded by the length of time their casting would last based on what level of magic they were born with. Then apparently, there is magic that changes one's appearance, or magical fire creators... Ava only embroiders to create magical items, but is she just lacking imagination as to how to use her magic? The plot was set up so that everyone with magic hides away their skills so as not to be kidnapped and forced into creating items for someone else. That leaves a convenient way for the author to not have to explain how the magic works and handy magical items can just pop up at will within the storyline. I guess that is representative of most of my issues with this book: everything is one big convenience. Ava herself is the ultimate convenience. Despite the faults I see in the story, I cannot deny the author knows how to captivate me. Perhaps that just me, but it is why I went on to read this book after reading the prequel novella. The prequel foretold of all the issues this book had from a writing standpoint, but I was gambling in the potential I could see in the very opening scenes of the prequel. It hooked me immediately, but the ending was the let down as it was so abrupt. I was hoping this full-length novel would have more time to develop things and then paired with some enthralling writing, it would be a winner. Turns out, the development is still only at par. It doesn't exceed expectations, nor impress. It is just enough to allow me to enjoy myself whilst reading, but I don't care all too much whether I end up reading the next book in the series. I think I might, but I won't fight too hard get my hands on a copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    This was a wonderful read! I love the way this author develops her MCs (main characters). They are smart, strong, resourceful, kind, loyal, funny, and emotionally intelligent. The type of people I'd like to be friends with IRL (in real life)! This story follows Ava and Luc, whom we first met in a short story that was part of the Warlords, Witches & Wolves anthology. As this story enfolds Ava and Luc reunite and work together toward their common goals. As with real people, both characters bring st This was a wonderful read! I love the way this author develops her MCs (main characters). They are smart, strong, resourceful, kind, loyal, funny, and emotionally intelligent. The type of people I'd like to be friends with IRL (in real life)! This story follows Ava and Luc, whom we first met in a short story that was part of the Warlords, Witches & Wolves anthology. As this story enfolds Ava and Luc reunite and work together toward their common goals. As with real people, both characters bring strengths and weaknesses to the relationship, one of those strengths being the emotional intelligence they both display when determining who is best suited to deal with an obstacle. The maturity these characters display when making tough decisions, helps them build an incredible relationship that is based on respect, and trust (of course there is attraction and love there too :-)) Ava has magic and has been cautioned to keep it a secret. She has seen firsthand what others will do to get and keep her type of magic. While keeping her abilities secret will help keep her safe, she is mature enough to understand that in some circumstances, trusting another is the right path. I really love that even though she had some worries about revealing herself, she did not put herself above everyone else. She was able to clearly see when something was the right thing to do, and then do it. She did not spend time running in circles in her head and dithering while other characters suffered, she took action and did what needed to be done. This story left me with a warm happy feeling, and I would say a happy ending. The good guys are winning and the bad guys got their comeuppance. Even though there will be another book to continue the tale. I feel like the author has left them in a good place, which consequently leaves me in a good place. :-) I would recommend this story to anyone (especially if they enjoy tales that include magic, kick arse MCs, and a good overcomes evil vibe). :-) Oh and..... I bought and paid for this book. Oh and and... This book can be read as a stand-alone. It is a full and complete story with no cliffhanger :-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    DON'T start this book until the prequel novella The Rising Wave is read (in Warlords, Witches & Wolves as of 1/26/2021). I will admit this cover caught my eye. I'm disappointed between that novella and what happens here. Where is the heat level that was shown in book 1 compared to here? I really don't like that entire content is changed for this book. I'll have to debate if I'll be back for the next book in the series, because it still was an engaging read considering a lot of indie fantasies ha DON'T start this book until the prequel novella The Rising Wave is read (in Warlords, Witches & Wolves as of 1/26/2021). I will admit this cover caught my eye. I'm disappointed between that novella and what happens here. Where is the heat level that was shown in book 1 compared to here? I really don't like that entire content is changed for this book. I'll have to debate if I'll be back for the next book in the series, because it still was an engaging read considering a lot of indie fantasies have been duds lately for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    Read the first chapter and a half and it feels like I've picked up a book in the middle of a story (or one that follows a cliffhanger). When this starts Ava and Luc have already escaped from being kidnapped and already fallen in love. I just feel like I missed so much important stuff and I don't want to feel like I'm playing catch up. Read the first chapter and a half and it feels like I've picked up a book in the middle of a story (or one that follows a cliffhanger). When this starts Ava and Luc have already escaped from being kidnapped and already fallen in love. I just feel like I missed so much important stuff and I don't want to feel like I'm playing catch up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindap

    5 Stars Absolutely loved this story!! Like both Ava & Luc's characters and relationship. Although not everyone within Luc's faithful circle gravitated toward Ava right away she was never treated as lesser. She was definitely a strong character and could hold her own. Enjoyed the magic, the military planning and stealth warfare. Can't wait for The Threadbare Queen! 5 Stars Absolutely loved this story!! Like both Ava & Luc's characters and relationship. Although not everyone within Luc's faithful circle gravitated toward Ava right away she was never treated as lesser. She was definitely a strong character and could hold her own. Enjoyed the magic, the military planning and stealth warfare. Can't wait for The Threadbare Queen!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mari (Smut Duchess)

    4.5 An excellent story with smart, thoughtful characters. Looking forward to the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    Makes no fucking sense unless you've read a novella found in an anthology apparently. An anthology I do not have. Makes no fucking sense unless you've read a novella found in an anthology apparently. An anthology I do not have.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ImABookAddict

    unique and interesting I love reading fantasy romances. Some of my favorites include TA White's Pathfinder series and Zoey Draven's Horde King series. While this book didn't have the same action and emotional impact as the Pathfinder series, I still found it interesting enough to finish in almost one sitting. The H and h were sweet. The conflicts were minimal. The world-building was decent, but I wish there had been more of it. Some parts were glossed over like the Chosen and Ava's family's magic unique and interesting I love reading fantasy romances. Some of my favorites include TA White's Pathfinder series and Zoey Draven's Horde King series. While this book didn't have the same action and emotional impact as the Pathfinder series, I still found it interesting enough to finish in almost one sitting. The H and h were sweet. The conflicts were minimal. The world-building was decent, but I wish there had been more of it. Some parts were glossed over like the Chosen and Ava's family's magic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Interesting magic set-up, will read the next. However, didn't really 'draw me in' & the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue. Interesting magic set-up, will read the next. However, didn't really 'draw me in' & the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy R

    This book is five stars worth of awesome! Michelle Diener has written one of her best with this one! This story weaves intrigue and romance beautifully. I could not put it down! I suggest reading the prequel though so you can great a better understanding of the dynamics of the major players. Ava and Luc are strong, well written characters...the plot has so many twists and turns, you are kept enamored with the story. Download and enjoy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elation

    Page turner Non stop action, sweet romance and interesting characters. I read this in one sitting. Can't wait for the next booj Page turner Non stop action, sweet romance and interesting characters. I read this in one sitting. Can't wait for the next booj

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars I strongly recommend first reading the prequel story in the anthology Warlords, Witches, and Wolves as it contains the story of how Ava and Luc met. Frankly, I think that should have been a part of this first book as it not only shows how the two met and fell in love but also contains important background information without which the story feels incomplete. It is why I bumped the rating down rather than up. That said, I enjoyed this story and will look for any others to follow.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Lusty Literarians

    The Turncoat King is an enchanting fantasy romance. Ava and Luc first meet in the The Rising Wave, which is a novella that can be found in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves anthology. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that I read that novella before I read this book. (In 2020 I read and reviewed 2 other stories in this anthology, so reading a third was no hardship and I quite enjoyed The Rising Wave) Having said that, you do not need to read that novella prior to reading The Turn The Turncoat King is an enchanting fantasy romance. Ava and Luc first meet in the The Rising Wave, which is a novella that can be found in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves anthology. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that I read that novella before I read this book. (In 2020 I read and reviewed 2 other stories in this anthology, so reading a third was no hardship and I quite enjoyed The Rising Wave) Having said that, you do not need to read that novella prior to reading The Turncoat King, but I highly recommend that you do. That story centers on how they meet and start their relationship. I enjoyed The Turncoat King immensely. Ava has a unique magical ability. She can magically infuse her intentions into any sewing that she does. She uses her power to reunite with and assist her "heart's choice" Luc in his quest to overthrow the current monarchy and right the wrongs that are done in the kingdom. I absolutely ADORED that Luc and Ava are each other's heart's choice. They have an incredible bond with one another and I think they are one of the most romantic couples I've ever read. While their relationship is very sweet and romantic, the story line of this book focuses mostly on revenge, espionage, royal intrigue and war. I actually felt like I was part of the Rising Wave war party as they journeyed across the land. This story is told in 3rd person POV. While this is the start to a new series, this book does not end in a cliffhanger, which was nice. Also, all scenes were "fade to black", so if you're looking for a romance with no smut then this is perfect for you. I usually hate FTB, but in this story I didn't mind it. I'm giving a 1/2 start deduction because I would have liked to see more depth to the characters in this story. We don't know much about their backgrounds and at times it was hard to visualize them. I could picture Ava's stitching well, but the characters not so much. I'm putting this series on my "to watch" list and I look forward to the next book's release!

  26. 5 out of 5

    OneDayI'll

    All it takes is a single thread out of place Ava has done what she came to do for her county, before setting off to help Luc get vengeance for his. Only problem is, the quickest path to him would put her much too close to those she just escaped. And she's pretty sure she already has a tail from the attempt made at her grandmother's. Two enemies is too many for a single seamstress. Lucky for her, an army is approaching. The Rising Wave has made allies and she can hide among them until the armies m All it takes is a single thread out of place Ava has done what she came to do for her county, before setting off to help Luc get vengeance for his. Only problem is, the quickest path to him would put her much too close to those she just escaped. And she's pretty sure she already has a tail from the attempt made at her grandmother's. Two enemies is too many for a single seamstress. Lucky for her, an army is approaching. The Rising Wave has made allies and she can hide among them until the armies merge. Now to find some thread in a column of soldiers to protect herself with so she can get back to Luc. Spoilers ahead. This was a lot more fun that I thought it'd be. The Rising Wave definitely needs to be read first. It's vague, but you get the character introductions. This one hits the ground running. Ava is amazing. Her 2 years of captivity did not slow her down at all. Assassination attempts are handled rationally. She isn't a Mary Sue, doesn't display TSTL tendencies, and isn't a narcissistic hand wringing ninny. She isn't so wrapped up in her hormones that she forgets the plot, either. Luc is not so bent on his plans that he isn't flexible. He wants to take down the evil on and behind the throne so that no others ever go through what the plains people did. He's alpha without being domineering, protective without possession. He doesn't "allow her", he accepts her, uses her strengths, and doesn't browbeat her for her secrets. I love the little glimpses we get of the various cultures as the armies merge together. I'd like a little more, but the Cervantes are still recovering after the Chosen camps. We finally get the background on those here. And info on the Kassian royals. Even the villains are well written. And there are many. It would seem like this was the end of the series, as the original story arc is wrapped up, but there's another matter that needs to be handled. One she got a clue of, but hadn't realized how far things had gone pear shaped until almost at the end of this story. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how Ms Diener carries us forward on this new journey. PS: Censor is to block something, usually sensitive, from others. Censure is the reprimand or somehow expressing disapproval- tone of voice, gestures, ... Censor is used a few times where censure would be the correct term. And that's the worst thing I could find. The editing was very well done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alannah

    LOVED THIS BOOK! AN EXCITING START TO A NEW SERIES! I admit to a bias with this author, she is a favourite. I love her Class 5 series and it's a hard act to follow. However this book caught me from the first chapter. Hidden magic, revenge and secrets, and a noble cause. It's a powerful read. I highly recommend you read, The Rising Wave, which is a novella that can be found in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves Warlords, Witches & Wolveshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... This is where Ava and Luc LOVED THIS BOOK! AN EXCITING START TO A NEW SERIES! I admit to a bias with this author, she is a favourite. I love her Class 5 series and it's a hard act to follow. However this book caught me from the first chapter. Hidden magic, revenge and secrets, and a noble cause. It's a powerful read. I highly recommend you read, The Rising Wave, which is a novella that can be found in the Warlords, Witches & Wolves Warlords, Witches & Wolveshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... This is where Ava and Luc meet, and is an important prequel to the story. The author writes strong, independent women who are fiercely brave, but what I love most about this book is the way she writes couples. They learn together, work together, fight together, trust each other, and the love simply shines. Luc is an excellent partner for Ava, I was invested in both of them from the beginning Personally I find that a delightful change from thuggish 'tough guys' who put the heroine's through an entire book of self doubt! I found all of the characters in this book to be three dimensional people, who felt like friends by the end of the book. This book took me on a fabulous journey, and I can't wait for the next book in this series! * I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dragana

    First of all, definitely read the novella The Rising Wave first, because it's not really a prequel. It's like the author took the first chapters of the story and published them separately. IDK why. Sadly, this book was not as good as the prequel novella The Rising Wave. LIKES: ✔ Magic based on embroidering. ✔ Good pacing. DISLIKES: ✘ In The Rising Wave you could really feel the toll magic took on Ava. After all, embroidering is not a quick process. Here, it feels like it's instant. She for one night First of all, definitely read the novella The Rising Wave first, because it's not really a prequel. It's like the author took the first chapters of the story and published them separately. IDK why. Sadly, this book was not as good as the prequel novella The Rising Wave. LIKES: ✔ Magic based on embroidering. ✔ Good pacing. DISLIKES: ✘ In The Rising Wave you could really feel the toll magic took on Ava. After all, embroidering is not a quick process. Here, it feels like it's instant. She for one night or day embroiders multiple items of clothing. :/ ✘ I wished characters had more depth. ✘ Their romance was kinda instant. Overall, it could have been better, but I am rounding up 3.5 stars rating to 4 stars for the originality of the magic system. Looking forward to the sequel The Threadbare Queen.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a book 1 in a series but read like a book 2. I found out there is a prequel novella. No matter, there is enough back story included that I got enough background of what happened in the novella. Took a bit to orient myself in the world though as there are several kingdoms introduced really early so you have to sort friend/kingdom from foe/kingdom. And honestly I like that the couple are already together and in love when this starts. I liked the magic concept in this. The heroine is a spell This is a book 1 in a series but read like a book 2. I found out there is a prequel novella. No matter, there is enough back story included that I got enough background of what happened in the novella. Took a bit to orient myself in the world though as there are several kingdoms introduced really early so you have to sort friend/kingdom from foe/kingdom. And honestly I like that the couple are already together and in love when this starts. I liked the magic concept in this. The heroine is a spellcaster who casts her spells through embroidery and knitting. She embroiders protections, suggestions and compulsions into clothing or through knitting. They can make the wearer better in battle, do things they wouldn't normally do etc. And she can even se suggestions into a person's skin if she is sewing up a cut. Also girlfriend is kinda badass in that at one dire moment, she manages to actually sew while her hands are tied. So yeah. This is a novel where people are at war. I love that the hero's army is referred to as The Rising Wave. So there is lots of war/battle talk but it is well balanced with the different personalities and relationships of all the characters. Lots of really good supporting characters that surround our intrepid couple. Interesting world. Good ending. Really interested to see what happens next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MommaT

    Fantasy romance The Turncoat King is the sequel to novella The Rising Wave, published in the  Warlords, Witches, and Wolves Anthology.  The novella was fantastic & I didn't want it to end! The MC Ava, secret magic weaver & princess, & Luc, Commander of the rebellion force The Rising Wave, are imprisoned together,  but escape and in process become lovers. Ava's magic is unusual & I loved learning about it with her. The Turncoat King picks up shortly after the end of the The Rising Wave, and shows Fantasy romance The Turncoat King is the sequel to novella The Rising Wave, published in the  Warlords, Witches, and Wolves Anthology.  The novella was fantastic & I didn't want it to end! The MC Ava, secret magic weaver & princess, & Luc, Commander of the rebellion force The Rising Wave, are imprisoned together,  but escape and in process become lovers. Ava's magic is unusual & I loved learning about it with her. The Turncoat King picks up shortly after the end of the The Rising Wave, and shows Ava enroute to rejoin Luc & by extension, The Rising Wave army, while trying to escape and outwit the Queen's Herald's minions. The Turncoat King picks up shortly after the end of the The Rising Wave with fade-to-black romance, intrigue, deadly royal secrets, & traitors, all within a growing army bent on revenge. The Captain/Turncoat King & Ava both want revenge on the same monarchy for different reasons, fighting well together, she with her magic & fighting training, & him with his warrior knowledge & strategizing  ability, it makes them a fearsome pair. I enjoyed the war camp community & activities, such as storytelling and contests of strength and agility. Overall, the action, magic, supporting characters, & espionage make it a fun fantasy read!

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