A fiery, action-packed novel, The Rogue King kept me on the edge of my seat! I finished it in one day, completely hooked by the characters and world Abigail Owen created. This is the start of a companion series to her Fire's Edge series, and this go-around, not only do we get dragons but we also get a phoenix! The worldbuilding, as always, is impeccable, and Abigail continues to impress me with the amount of detail she puts into it. It's not overly complex and doesn't take over the story - instead, she subtly inserts important pieces of information throughout the story so that the reader doesn't get lost.
Hidden away for 500 years and hunted by Pytheios, the king of the Red Dragon Clan, Kasia doesn't know who to trust. But she must trust someone when she begins to erupt in flames every day and can't control her fire. She's in pain every time...and then there are her visions of a man who will comfort her and take the pain away. Brand Astarot is a rogue mercenary, hellbent on revenge for the deaths of his family, and he has a new mission for his king, Ladon - bring him the woman. Simple when Brand's reward is finally being part of a clan and removing his status of a rogue forever. Not so simple once he meets her - and now he must decide if his need for revenge is stronger than his need for her.
I loved the dynamic between Kasia and Brand! Kasia was feisty and independent, and she held her own against Brand's stubborn arrogance. Their interactions were comical and, at time, downright sexy. I couldn't help but want more and more as I was reading. While I was frustrated quite frequently when Brand insisted on taking Kasia to his king, even when their romance heated up, I was happy to see him continue to be protective of her and want the best for her. Even though his idea of "best" was far from what she felt she needed, and she certainly didn't hesitate to tell him. I loved how strong her character was and she was constantly toe-to-toe with Brand and his king. Very emotional, full of dragon politics, and lit up with sexy times, this book checks all my boxes for paranormal romance!
I can't wait to see where this series takes us! Ladon's book is next, and I can't tell you how excited I am for that.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**