The Rising King
By: Shea Berkley
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: 4.28.2014
Amazon link: The Rising King
Date read: 5.4.2014
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Summary: The summer before Dylan Kennedy's senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag's King, Dylan's father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that's in her, but every day he sees her control slip just a little more. Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic to stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong Baun hid it so no one else could use it. What Dylan doesn't expect to find on his quest are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.
I want to start off saying that I have not read the first two books in this series. I actually did this twice - selected two books from Entangled Teen, reading part of the book description and wanting to read it, then finding out that it was the third in the series. This book gives hints at the adventure that had happened before, retelling enough of the story that, if you haven't read the first one, you aren't confused, but leaving enough questions unanswered that you feel a need to read the first two (at 25% in, I had already purchased them).
The story was well-written, very interesting and powerful (the flip between 1st and 3rd person was sometimes jarring, but I understand why the author chose to tell the story that way). The characters were a lot of fun to read about and I really enjoyed them - except Lucinda is a tad frustrating to deal with (I believe that was the point). When things happened to them, it was very hard not to feel the pain they were feeling, the excitement, the fear.
The romance in the story is clean enough that I could, in good conscience, recommend the book to a younger teenager. It does, however, have moments of annoyance where Dylan's love for Kera (and vice versa) gets in the way of what goes on in the story (I guess that sometimes happens, though, huh?).
I definitely recommend and I can't wait to read the first two.
Favorite line: Broken promises have consequences.