I really enjoyed this story. It wasn't insta-love, it was a hate so deep that it turned into love. Isn't that the saying, there's a thin line between love and hate, and that's exactly what was between King Motes Lazuli and Serenity. They hit many milestones together, even though she is with the king by force, he is the lesser of two evils once she gets to know him. They have to deal with corrupt politics, all the while trying to undo the damage King Lazuli has impacted on the world as a result of his actions, the most being greed. I loved how the author stayed true to the characters, she never turned them into anything that they weren't, they only gained certain quailites. They were still the wicked people that they were, just with a little more empathy which came with maturity. It's always good to see a character evolve and for you to experience that evolution instead of them being one person one minute and another character the next. Serenity is truly a definition of a bad ass. She's feisty, strong, and doesn't take anything from anyone including the king. She is very true to herself. While King Lazuli is arrogant, assertive, controlling, and a man who always gets what he wants. The first book is called the Queen of all that Dies and it's a thrilling tale with suspense, love, hate, and passion, matter of fact the whole series is consisted of this. It's a tale of how love can really conquer all.
I would definitely prefer that these books should be made into a TV series. There is so much story to tell. I would classify this series as magical realism. Because these things could really happen, it's really not all that unrealistic. Laura Thalassa did a great job describing the post war era, what it was like, how the land looked, down to how the people looked and how they were all suffering. I would definitely put it on a premium channel, no commercials and actually have the book as is and not tone it down for cable television. I'm defintely advocating for this series to be on TV especially in this genre. This could really be the next big TV show and I'm just waiting for a producer to find this gem. So keep your eyes peeled and your ears open. Until Next Time!!!
Serenity Freeman- Maddie Hasson
King Montes Lazuli- Stephen Amell