Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

Posted November 21, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise KovaThe Crown's Dog by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #0.1
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 22, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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Book one in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy.
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown's dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le'Dan, a nobleman's son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax's discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir's old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela's truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela's trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair's summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax's past may not be the only things haunting them.

I received this book for free from Free for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sometimes wishes do come true.

I loved Elise Kova’s Air Awakens series, which ended last year in a very satisfying conclusion. The world is complex, with tons of characters that I wanted to know more about. There was one person I loved most. He is snarky and sarcastic. He seems incredibly confident and full of himself but when you look past that you can see how fragile he truly is. This man is broken; full of guilt and self-loathing. I love to fix things.

Of course, I’m talking about Jax, the main character of this delightful Air Awakens prequel. The first five books spent all their time focusing on Aldrick and Vhalla. In the Prequels, Elise is focusing on different characters, who were in the other books but not centrally. I loved seeing Baldair before he grew into a confident ruler, Erion before he was settled in his role and Jax so soon after his terrible crime.

The story itself didn’t disappoint either. This one shot is the perfect addition to the series. Three teenage boys are raptured with the idea of finding a lost pirate treasure. Erion, Baldair and Jax, are the perfect team to take up the search and work to solve the mystery they discover along the way. This is a quick paced and easy to read story. As always though, the characters drove it. I loved their easy camaraderie and deep bond. This was an incredibly satisfying and well done origin story.

You don’t have to read any of the Air Awakens books before you pick this one up. You can read it cold. At least, I think you can. I also read this book with all of the required knowledge, so I can’t be sure. While you can do it, I don’t think that you should. I might be prejudice, but I think that you will be sorry if you do. Context clues explain anything important. The magic system, the world, people’s relationships to each other, and even the history are defined in small and inconspicuous ways. Still, if you haven’t read the first five books (that come after), you are missing out.

Other Air Awakens series reviews:

Air Awakens
Fire Falling
Earth’s End
Water’s Wrath
Crystal Crowned

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Elise KovaElise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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