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4 Cededa stars Tineroth is real as is her king His people once called him Cededa the Fair, then Cededa the Butcher, and then they called him noOnly the carvings on Tineroth s gates remember him and not by name He drank the Waters and became the Undying King Imogen of Leids was raised on these legends, as they were known for thousands of years and yet when her mother on her death bed tells her to seek the very same legend, by revealing her the key to follow in search of the 4 Cededa stars Tineroth is real as is her king His people once called him Cededa the Fair, then Cededa the Butcher, and then they called him noOnly the carvings on Tineroth s gates remember him and not by name He drank the Waters and became the Undying King Imogen of Leids was raised on these legends, as they were known for thousands of years and yet when her mother on her death bed tells her to seek the very same legend, by revealing her the key to follow in search of the long lost city of Tineroth, King Cededa, corrupted by immortality and doomed to imprisonment in a city caught between worlds as he the Undying King, holds the answers to lifting her curse Can an immortal king truly help a woman who s been born as Death s handmaiden And that s the burden Imogen carries with her, her touch brings death, therefore she s never known what skin on skin feels like, she s never touched anyone in her young adult life and the notion that she could be free of that imprisonment fills her with an eagerness and resolvment to set upon that journey.What she ultimately finds isthan she ever thought possibleI saw the man within the king, Sire Even if you had no way of lifting my bane, i d remain grateful and happy to the end of my days that I met you, Cededa the fairshe s awakened in her senses, as her mere presence brings the same to the imortal man who craves to be just that, after the being depraved of all the senses for so longYour bane has been my blessing Those desires once dead for me are alive again I may be resistant to your curse, but I m no longer resistant to your touch I never thought I d hold Deathor beg her love and mercyBUT along with the resolution of her burden, she also finds the truth about her past and the ploy to keep her in bonds of her past and yet it s only on her to fight for what she truly wants, or better yet whoI will love you until we are both dust when even Tineroth is noand passes from all memoryEver since I have read Radiance and Eidolon, then Master of Crows series by Grace Draven, she became my one click to buy author I would jump in blind, no questions asked or whatsoeverthat s why making a decision to read The Undying King was the easiest one I have ever made.And I liked it, I liked it cause I love the way Grace writes and she, again, gave me another reason for an escape into her fantasy worldand boy, what a fantasy that was I loved her stepping up into theexplicit detailed description of sexual content which actually only made my rating of this novella higher, LOL, but seriously, she emphysized the sensuality of tenderness as she usually writes in that tone, it only made itpalpable What I wasn t pleased with, though, was the abrupt ending and not enough explainatory segments that I thought would be significant to the story and its development Therefore, i felt I was depraved of the full experience I usually get from her masterpieces.BUT I guess that s always the risk one takes while either writing or reading a novella considering all the segments one must be content with for the full impact.Forinfo and reviews visit Grace Draven does many things really, really well Her book covers are atmospheric and evocative true art Her main male characters have anti hero tendencies that cling much longer than normal, which adds drama and anxiety to an already good story Her female characters have quirks and a commonality that bring them to normal for the rest of us bourgeois human beings She has a knack for crafting cold, powerful men undone by their fascination for honest, appealing women Often there is this twi Grace Draven does many things really, really well Her book covers are atmospheric and evocative true art Her main male characters have anti hero tendencies that cling much longer than normal, which adds drama and anxiety to an already good story Her female characters have quirks and a commonality that bring them to normal for the rest of us bourgeois human beings She has a knack for crafting cold, powerful men undone by their fascination for honest, appealing women Often there is this twist or unapproachable element that bolsters the narrative, like the hero thinking the heroine has the look of an eel see Radiance , or in the case of The Undying King, the heroine has a deadly touch As soon as I heard that, I was intrigued by the exotic possibilities in a romance novel of a woman experiencing touch and giving touch for the first time Draven did not disappoint Deprived of another s unadorned touch all her life, Imogen drowned in the pleasure of his caress Of course, with an undying king and a woman whose touch brings death, the tension in the narrative is sourced from when these two diametrically opposed curses will meet Every step of the romance, every horror that is revealed, every new sensation experienced is in anticipation of this moment Yet, the tale didn t go where I thought it would My imagination wasn t broad enough or bold enough But Draven s thankfully was The novel wrapped a little quickly for my taste, but such is the tragedy of choosing to download a novella approx 137 pages rather than a full novel.A special shout out to the artwork design by Isis Sousa, which embodies the beauty of Cededa the Fair and the coldness of Cededa the Butcher Fabulous.4.5 rounded to 5 stars 3.5 Dark and haunted fairytale with antiheroes, tortured souls and cursed characters instead of heroes, with hot and sexy romance in the middle and enough bloodshed, death and dark magic to chill your blood after Classic Draven.Great worldbuilding for such a short story Haunted ruins of lost Tineroth captured my imagination.Recommended for darker fairytales and fantasy romance readers. I liked it I didn t love it, but I liked it The story was interesting and so were the characters, however, I felt like Grace Draven only scratched the surface The world, the future, questions of why magic and such I have many questions, and I was a bit disappointed in the ending Also, I wish we had gotten a epilogue or a another book featuring Imogen and Cededa And things and people, felt a bitunconnected to me Like I had I was meeting them, seeing things without me seeing it them O I liked it I didn t love it, but I liked it The story was interesting and so were the characters, however, I felt like Grace Draven only scratched the surface The world, the future, questions of why magic and such I have many questions, and I was a bit disappointed in the ending Also, I wish we had gotten a epilogue or a another book featuring Imogen and Cededa And things and people, felt a bitunconnected to me Like I had I was meeting them, seeing things without me seeing it them Overall, the story was still enjoyable, simple and a quick read Though understanding the writing and its meanings was a bit confusing Was the king beautiful Or scarredHis people once called him Cededa the Fair, then Cededa the Butcher, and then they called him no Quick basic facts Genre Adult Fantasy RomanceSeries StandaloneLove triangle view spoiler No hide spoiler Cheating view spoiler No hide spoiler HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler Favorite character King Cededa of TinerothWould I readby this author or of series I m not sure.Would I recommend this book series Sure, it a quick read.Will I read this again in the future Who knows.Rating 3 stars 3.5 5 stars I never thought I d hold Death, he whispered in the darkness Or beg her love and mercy What an absolutely beautiful and fantastical novella This is only my second of Grace Draven s books and I am already obsessed with her writing style She has woven the perfect blend of fantasy, curses and romance into such a small amount of words It s safe to say that Ms Draven is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors Imogen knows that she has been cursed into being death s hand 3.5 5 stars I never thought I d hold Death, he whispered in the darkness Or beg her love and mercy What an absolutely beautiful and fantastical novella This is only my second of Grace Draven s books and I am already obsessed with her writing style She has woven the perfect blend of fantasy, curses and romance into such a small amount of words It s safe to say that Ms Draven is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors Imogen knows that she has been cursed into being death s handmaiden If someone was to touch her bare skin, they would die instantly and this as been her life for as long as she can remember In her last dying moments, Imogen s mother informs her of a way to break the cursethe undying king His people once called him Cededa the Fair, then Cededa the Butcher, and then they called him noOnly the carvings on Tineroth s gates remember him and not by name He drank the Waters and became the Undying King Cededa, the king of Tineroth is trapped between worlds with only the company of his ghosts and past brutalities Tineroth is a sort of magical world that cannot be seen by outsiders unless they have powerful magic or are guided by the king himself He is almost completely forgotten and his to many, his existences is merely a fable Imogen has been told that only him cursed with immortality can save her from the curse of death.This was such an interesting and intriguing story packed into such a short book I hardly ever read novellas or short stories because I m always worried that the story will be rushed and unsatisfying I m glad that I chose The Undying King to bring back my love for novellas because it was super exciting, action packed and completely satisfying With that said, I still wish this book was a full length novel or even a series because it was just so interesting I want to hearabout Cededa and his story as well as the newfound relationship between him and Imogen This author has such a way with creating beautiful characters and magical lands that just keep me hooked.I was a little confused at the start of the novel and had absolutely no clue what was happening We are just thrown in the middle of a story and are expected to keep up with all the new information we receive It s so hard to understand an entire magic system and grasp a completely orginal world in such a short amount of time I felt overwhelmed and as if the author had just info dumped in the first one or two chapters I think that if this were a full novel, the information would have beenspread out making the book much easier to get into.I had a bumpy start in the first couple of chapters but after that, I was completely captivated by the story As soon as Imogen set off on her journey, I felt as if the book becameconsistent and much easier to follow By the time she reached Tineroth, I was 100% invested in the story and couldn t turn the pages fast enough.I was extremely surprised with romance in this book Instead of if being rushed and unbelievable, the author was able to creat a genuine and believable connection in such a small amount of time I loved the scenes between Imogen and Cededa and felt their chemistry immediately Imogen, due to her deadly touch, had never felt intimacy until Cededa Due to the king s own curse, he was able to withstand Imogen s touch and even become awakened by it Imogen discovered the pleasure of human touch and it made every interaction between them so muchsensual and erotic because she was only now discovering these pleasures.I was complete taken aback by the sex scenes in this book As a lover of romance, I am no stranger to erotic scenes but I just didn t expect it in this book I thought this was going to be a totally clean romance but, whew, I was definitely wrong I definitely blushedthan once in this book Why are you here, Imogen Because you re here She planted soft kisses on his cheeks, his hairline I want to stay You are home to me and so is Tineroth This was great Better as a novella I think than a full scale novel I m not an enormous fan of fantasy romance I ve only read one Juliet Marillier book and this is my first by this author, so I m not really qualified to make this next statement But.this was like a Juliet Marillier, but briefer and with sex. This story, THE UNDYING KING by Grace Draven, was gifted to me by Beanbag in protest of the outrageous prices professional publishers are charging for their books She s chosen a few of her very favorite INDY published books to share with some of her Goodreads friends She explains her unusual form of protest beautifully, here Beanbag s Review of J.R WARD s Blood VowA glimpse of what she has to say But some of us are just plain tired of being played for chumps and something that might seem l This story, THE UNDYING KING by Grace Draven, was gifted to me by Beanbag in protest of the outrageous prices professional publishers are charging for their books She s chosen a few of her very favorite INDY published books to share with some of her Goodreads friends She explains her unusual form of protest beautifully, here Beanbag s Review of J.R WARD s Blood VowA glimpse of what she has to say But some of us are just plain tired of being played for chumps and something that might seem like just a few bucks give or take well there s that one last straw that breaks the camel s back Frankly, it s insulting, and my money goes where I want it to go Because while authors may not be their readers bitches thank you Neil Gaiman for that one , readers are not authors bitches either Please take a moment to visit her review of Blood Vow to read for yourself all that she has to say *DOWNLOAD E-PUB ↜ The Undying King ⇹ 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 mature audiences and contains graphic descriptions of physical intimacy The Undying King is part beauty and the beast retelling, part fantasy romance and it all adds up into a great read Friends have been recommending Grace Draven s books for years but it was only after reading Phoenix Unbound that I realised how much I d been missing out Now after enjoying this book too I m planning on working my way through the rest of her backlist as soon as I get a chance.Imogen has spent her whole life living with a curse and unable to have skin to skin contact with anyone wi The Undying King is part beauty and the beast retelling, part fantasy romance and it all adds up into a great read Friends have been recommending Grace Draven s books for years but it was only after reading Phoenix Unbound that I realised how much I d been missing out Now after enjoying this book too I m planning on working my way through the rest of her backlist as soon as I get a chance.Imogen has spent her whole life living with a curse and unable to have skin to skin contact with anyone without causing their death Her mother helped her live in isolation but on her deathbed she offered Imogen a glimmer of hope telling her that if she could track down the Undying King he would be able to cure her The Undying King is living with a curse of his own though, he achieved eternal youth but ended up imprisoned alone in a lost city Most people don t even believe the legends any but Imogen is desperate and she ll take any chance she can for the possibility of a normal life.I really enjoyed this story and found it easy to root for Imogen and Cededa, I liked the hints of beauty and the beast but that it was still completely it s own story The world building was good but I have to admit I wanted a littleof that side, this is a relatively short book and as a stand alone it didn t have a lot of time to delve into a detailed new world I was also hoping forat the end, it finished a little abruptly and left me wishing for a sequel It was still a great story though and I have very high expectations for this author s other books If you re looking for a nice short read, you can check out Grace Draven s novellas.The Undying King is a fun read but it leaves me hanging and wanting forI wish this is a full length novel because Grace Draven fucking knows how to create a fantasy land filled with characters that leaves a mark into you If you re looking for a nice short read, you can check out Grace Draven s novellas.The Undying King is a fun read but it leaves me hanging and wanting forI wish this is a full length novel because Grace Draven fucking knows how to create a fantasy land filled with characters that leaves a mark into you