Title: The Rogue King
Series: The Rogue King Saga # 1
Author: Aldrea Alien
Published: April 22nd, 2014
Word Count: 65,000
Content Warning: Violence, Sex
Recommended Age: 16+
Outside is dangerous.
Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.
When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.
Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.
This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.
With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King
Shirain lifted her arms out towards the giant statue, the sound of her bracelets clacking together echoed across the ruins. ʺBehold our offering, Mighty Lord! Take his body as your own! Use him! Guide him in your ways so he may live to make you stronger!ʺ
The bowl slipped from his unfeeling hands to splash into the pond. Above, the statue's eyes glowed a deep red. Behind him, Koral heard Shirain continue talking, her voice faint and muffled. His blood grew hot, desire filling his body and fogging his mind. What had she done to him?
ʺYour gift is pleasing, dear child.ʺ The words tumbled out of a mouth Koral could no longer control. ʺThis body is young. Barely a man.ʺ Someone else flexed his muscles. His lips twisted into a cruel grin as his tongue ran over his sharp teeth. ʺHe will need much training.ʺ
ʺMy Lord,ʺ Shirain purred, giving him a low bow. ʺOnce more, you honour me.ʺ
Awareness of another's presence came crashing down on him, bringing with it an odd calmness. He knew little of magic or religion. Amelia's teaching on the subject had been sparse; most of what he had learnt came from the camp and no one had mentioned possession. Would he win if he tried to banish the intruder? Was this not his body?
A rough laugh escaped his throat as he unwillingly turned from the statue and waded through the blood to dry land. ʺHe fights me.ʺ
ʺHe showed promise as a fighter,ʺ Shirain said, sounding strangely proud. ʺI hope he pleases my Lord and proves more interesting to break than the others.ʺ
ʺYes, this will be… enjoyable.ʺ Again, his lips pulled back into something that resembled a smile in name only. ʺBy the time I've finished with him, everyone shall fear the very name of him—the name of Vengeance.ʺ
If you enjoy a good science fiction book the Rogue King will not disappoint you. This is a story about survival and finding yourself. When we are introduced to Koral, he is a child like creature living on a ship with humans he refer to as his guardians. One in particular seems to have a maternal attachment to him. We soon learn that not everyone is at ease with the existence of Koral and that his very being may have been engineered but for whom and why is unclear. Koral overhears a conversation to end his life and that is when he decides to take off. Being raised by humans, he is not ready for what he finds outside the ship and must learn the ways of the land. In the process of learning the ways of the land he meets new people he begins to care for only to have it all snatched away from him again. Koral goes through another season of loss when he is given away as a gift to an evil master. It is during this struggle that Koral decides the type of being he is going to be. He knows that he has done some wicked things but still tries to maintain some level of goodness. It all starts to seem like things are going well for him when he establishes himself as the Rogue King but it is not over. Koral, now Vengeance's past come back to haunt him and deals are made that set into motion a sinister plan being orchestrated by Lorric, the evil master he once served.The Rogue King has to battle the demons within himself, others who would try to dethrone him, and the push and pull of falling in love. This story has a full range of emotions weaved into the fabric of a land where the creatures are reptilian and the land itself is harsh. This story continues with some unfortunate double crosses and back-stabbing that will have you crying and screaming throughout the second half of this book. The Rogue King gets 4 stars and will leave you wanting more.
About the Author:
Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.
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