K: The Awakening
K.R. Fajardo
Fantasy Romance

“Fifty years ago the Shadows betrayed me, left me to wither slowly into nothing, chained deep inside a hidden mountain cave. Meanwhile they took control of my kingdom, killing or enslaving any who would dare oppose them. But I am a patient woman … and immortal. The Shadows should enjoy their reign of terror while they can, in the meantime, I will continue to stare at these dark walls plotting my revenge. After all, it is only a matter of time, and I have all the time in the world.” K.

In the small town of Vicaris, Mikel and his daughter Citera live in and run a small clinic. It’s often chaotic and overwhelming, but neither of them would have it any other way. But their desire to help those in need, regardless of race or status, has often made them a target of the harassment by the Shadows forces.

Even so, when their Full-blood friend Rigar shows up at the back door of the clinic with the emaciated body of a young woman, Mikel doesn’t hesitate to bring her inside. And when they find out only minutes later the Shadows forces, including their henchman the Enforcer, are heading their direction, Mikel bravely puts his life on the line to protect the mysterious stranger. 

Unbeknownst to Mikel, this young woman is the immortal queen the Shadows have been searching for decades to find. And it doesn’t take long before Mikel and his friends find themselves thrust into the midst of an ancient feud that will eventually decide the fate of Vanteria once and for all.

Uncaged Review: It took me awhile to really get into this book, but I hung in there and around 40% in, things started clicking into place. There is still a lot of unknowns, even at the end of the book, but it has great world building and an original storyline. There are a lot of characters to keep up with, but the author does a good job with the cast. This is marketed as a fantasy romance, but there is not much romance in it to speak of – maybe that will be more defined in the coming books. All in all, this is a good start to a series although at times it felt a little too drawn out, but I’ve also found many first books in series the same way. It will be interesting to see where the author takes us in the upcoming books.. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars