The Cursed King: Inferno Rising, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan of dragon shifters, spent half a millennium being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. The only reason he's alive is a curse—the man to kill Airk will be consumed in his own fire. Which is why Pytheios kept Airk alive, barely, unable to shift in his prison cage, driving the creature half of him into madness. Airk escaped, but he'll never be truly free. What good is a king who can never let his feral dragon loose, never fly, and never lead his people? He's better off dead.
Angelika Amon is the last unmated phoenix. The problem? She has no powers. Zip. Zilch. Angelika hates being dormant, especially now that her three sisters are blissfully mated to powerful dragon shifter kings and are very much part of the fight to take down the rotting king Pytheios, their parents' killer. What good is a useless runt of a phoenix in a battle to save the dragon kingdom?
Desperate to find some way to help, she offers herself to Airk as a mate—just for political leverage. But a dormant phoenix is no damn use to him, just like a dragon who can't shift is no use to her. Until Pytheios sets his sights on Angelika for himself . . .
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 48 minutes|
|Narrator||Sarah Puckett, Alexandre Steele|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 13 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #145,374 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The romance was hot and cold, kind of like the last one. I was a little concerned that the heroine having no powers would make her character less compelling, but her determination and actions were compelling enough to compensate.
Airk and Angelika’s love story has all the feels - expect to gasp, to laugh, to grit your teeth, and to cry. When Airk was just a boy, he watched his parents and the White King and queen be murdered by Pytheios, the Red King. Following the murders, for five hundred years, Airk was imprisoned in the Red King’s dungeon. He escaped at the end of the previous book. Angelika, one of four Phoenix sisters, did not inherit any of the phoenix’s powers. All her sisters have powers and have mated with kings. She still wants to do her part despite her powerlessness and believes mating with Airk will help the fight against the Red King but Airk refuses believing he’s too dangerous. Due to his imprisonment and torture, he’s never shifted and as a result his dragon is feral. Airk and Angelika have a bit of a roller coaster ride to get to their HEA. It is definitely a c’mere, c’mere, c’mere, get away, get away, get away angsty dance.
Sprinkled throughout this beautifully paced story of Airk and Angelika’s HEA, we are given first person glimpses into Angelika’s phoenix sisters and their mates’ relationships. Other secondary characters from the first three books make cameo appearances as well. Rather than being overwhelming or detracting from the main storyline, these characters are central to moving the story along. The conclusion of the book and the series was different than what I was envisioning but it was well crafted to bring the whole conflict (including the parallel Fire’s Edge series) to a beautifully satisfying conclusion.
This is 4th and final book in the Inferno Rising series. It is a stand alone but the series has a story arc that weaves the books together. To get the full richness of the story I suggest you read them all.
Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan, has spent hundreds of years being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. He may be free now but his dragon is no longer stable. When Angelika comes into his life, he wants her more than anything but is too afraid to take the chance.
This was a great conclusion to this series. Angelika has been the one sister we have barely learned anything about because she has been hiding with the wolves and hasn’t really shown any phoenix abilities. Angelika was a very compassionate woman who is determined to help unite the dragon clans and bring peace. I loved her dedication to helping people. She really cared about everyone, but also wasn’t afraid to kill someone if necessary. I liked that she was always supporting Airk, even when he was being dumb.
Airk is a man who has finally found his freedom but is still caged in a way. His dragon is unstable and he can’t shift because of it. It make him angry, antisocial, and, at times, very dumb. I liked Airk but I didn’t love how he was constantly pushing Angelika away.
The war against Pytheios finally ends. It was an action packed battle with a lot of casualties and near misses for both sides. I think it was a great ending and loved how the dragons gained allies and are changing for the good. I wasn’t surprised at all by how important Angelika ended up being in this battle because I always knew she was destined for more than hiding with the wolves.
Overall, this was a great ending for this series. I enjoyed seeing the four sisters fall in love and help bring together the dragons.
Trigger Warnings: Arik was held prisoner and tortured.
Steam: 3 flames
Genre: Dragon Shifters / PNR
And then there was one remaining unmated phoenix left. Angelika… can she tame the broken, feral dragon shifter, Arik?
Oh. My. Goodness! This book was everything I had been waiting for since I first picked up The Rogue King and watched as each phoenix had found it’s true mate… and the battle for the true High King raged on. Now it is Angelika’s turn, but what will happen to the last unmated phoenix that has none of the special phoenix gifts.
Arik is “Broken. Cast aside. Forgotten.” After over 500 years in the Rotting King’s dungeon, with his dragon trapped, he no longer feels worthy of affection, love, or tenderness. His dragon is feral and a risk to all those around him. He feels he is expendable and he has one mission, to end the rotting king's reign.
Arik and Angelika together… WOW! Angelika is calm to Arik’s storm. The soothing balm to his soul, if he would just take a chance.But can he risk his dragon taking control and potentially ending the only good that has ever touched him?
The Cursed King takes us to the final battle between good and evil and the series has been leading to this moment. All our favorites are in this book, the sisters Kasia and her mate Brand, Skylar and her mate Ladon, Miera and her mate Samael, all ready to battle for what is right.
Once I started this final journey, I was fully engaged until I turned the final page. I laughed, cried, and my heart swelled with joy and heartache.
I do not want to spoil anything so I will leave you with this,,, the Inferno Rising Series is an amazing tale filled with secrets, suspense, sisterly love, and steam and The Cursed King was a fantastic conclusion to a series I never wanted to end. If you are looking for protective dragons, and the strong women that fall for them, this is your series! A five star series and a five star book in my opinion and I recommend this without hesitation!