King Of Flames (The Masks of Under) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Lydia was content with her life up until a mysterious tattoo appears on her arm and the corpse she was autopsying tires to grab her. Her friend and co-worker Nick also has a tattoo appear and the two end up fleeing when a giant masked man begins chasing them. Eventually, both are caught and Lydia wakes up to find herself in a place filled with masked monsters. A small group of humans have been selected to travel to Under a world parallel to Earth but where no one is born and very rarely dies.

Lydia has captured the attention of King Edu but he is not the only one. While asleep/unconscious Lydia meets the mysterious Aon who warns her that if she mentions him to anyone in Under she will find herself in grave danger.

This book isn’t my typical fantasy. I prefer more urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy but I gave this one a go and it was fairly interesting, the word building is robust and the new to me author has devised a new world full of unique characters. I won’t be sticking with the series but that has nothing to do with the execution. It simply wasn’t to my taste, but I would recommend it to fantasy fans who like a kickass heroine and complex world building. It ends on a cliff hanger and to be frank this entire book is devoted to word building with a limited character or story growth.

I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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