I am so excited to share A Kingdom of Flame and Fury with you all today! Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
A Kingdom of Flame and Fury is the first book in Whitney Dean’s The Four Kingdoms series. Prepare to meet Queen Raven. She wasn’t born into the kingdom that she now rules. As a small child, she was chosen by the king to be his heir. No one understood why, but when he died she assumed the role that she was given. For years, she has harbored a secret...a dark secret. She has dark magic, something that the people of her realm fear. Yet, somehow her secret is spreading throughout her kingdom. Someone is telling the people that she has not only magic, but dark magic. She has managed to control her magic, but it is growing stronger and it’s craving for blood grows as well. Where is this going to lead her? Throw in a dark stranger who begins to stir memories in her, and her world is about to start unravelling.
A Kingdom of Flame and Fury is engaging from the very beginning. You first find yourself in a dark forest, and that will pique your interest and have you page-turning for more. Raven is an engaging character. She is a truly multi-faceted character, I mean this literally, too. LOL! I love and appreciate her mostly humble mentality when it comes to her being the queen of this realm. She tries to do her best for her people so that they have all that they need. She listens to them, and she intermingles with them as well, so that she can always keep her finger on the “pulse” of their lives and needs.
There is a nice variety of characters from her best friend, Cade, to an evil queen in another realm. This other queen has her own agenda, and your curiosity will drive you to find out...what is her end game? Why is she after Raven? The author will drop hints here and there throughout the book, but you have to keep reading to figure it all out.
Brace yourself for some steamy romance. I can never get enough of the steamy. LOL! Of course, the author teases you with it as well. Just when you think, in certain scenes, that things are about to get hot and bothered, it’s a total tease scene. You’re either going to laugh or groan with frustration. LOL! It’s all fun though so I’m not going to complain too much.
Whitney Dean packs a lot into this book, and when you come to the end you’re going to be chomping at the bit to find out what happens in book two. Good news! You can pre-order a copy now! So, after you purchase and devour book one, make sure you go ahead and grab book two so that when it comes out you can just dive in and continue the storyline.
I’m choosing to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with Raven as secrets come to light.
Thank you to the author, Whitney Dean, and R&R Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.
A Kingdom of Flame and Fury (The Four Kingdoms #1)
Publication Date: May 26th, 2022
Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Dark Romantasy
At ten years old, Raven was mysteriously willed to be the next ruler of Seolia, a kingdom nestled within the realm of The Four Kingdoms. Orphaned as a baby, she has spent fifteen years ruling over a kingdom she believes she did not earn all while hiding secrets: she possesses dark magic and she thirsts for blood. Now at almost twenty-five years old and with a sudden addiction to stealing life, Raven must fight through her new procured darkness to save her soul, but when a mysterious stranger arrives in her kingdom, she starts experiencing vivid dreams that detail who she truly is. As she slowly starts to unravel her story, what she uncovers at the end of the spool will change the course of her life and her kingdom forever.
A Kingdom of Flame and Fury is book one in a steamy and thrilling new fantasy series: The Four Kingdoms
This is book one of an epic dark fantasy adventure series and contains scenes of graphic and mature content. Reader discretion is advised.
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I was quiet for a while. Five drinks in and the thick liquid was replacing my blood. “I think I’m in love.” My words were slurred as they tumbled out. “She has purple hair.” Her hair was black, but I saw it when it was purple, and it looked so real.
Arthur chuckled as he cleaned out a glass left by another patron.
“Are soul mates real?” I had never believed in them, having spent at least fifteen years fucking my way through the female population of three of the four kingdoms. Nothing I felt ever resembled love. Or like. More like tolerance.
“Soul mates and twin flames are rare, and they’re both destined to be together.” He leaned his forearms down against the bar top and looked at me. “I think my wife was mine. I never looked at another woman like I saw her. It was something else.”
“What’s the difference between soul mates and twin flames?”
Arthur smiled at me, probably because he couldn’t understand what I said as I tipped back my sixth glass of rum. “Soul mates can be anyone. A friend, a lover, someone you met briefly.”
Raven wasn’t anyone.
“Twin flames are two halves of one soul. There’s an intense connection that can’t be replicated. There’s pain associated with flames, both people mirroring one another. When you find your twin, you can’t be apart from them without going a little mad.”
Mad, as in getting drunk in a pub mid-afternoon because I couldn’t be with her? If so, I was mad.
“How do you know so much about them?” He didn’t seem like the type who would believe in things like this. I didn’t think I could ever be one, either. Yet, here I was, getting wasted in a pub because I was wholly convinced that purple-haired demon was meant to be in my life.
“My wife did,” he answered. “She read often. A lot about how magic used to live in our realm. Mates and flames are a rarity, and they used to be treasured. When they existed, there would be celebrations for days. At least, that’s what her books used to tell her. I haven’t met any, nor have there been any pairings in a very long time. It always intrigued her, so she’d sit on one of these stools every night and tell me about them, or anything else she read.” There was a sadness in his voice as he recalled time spent with his wife, whom I assumed he lost. “Do you think your girl with purple hair may be one of those to you?”
I swished the rum around in my glass as I thought about his question through my unfocused mind, laden with alcohol. “Twin flame,” I said. “I think she’s my twin flame.”
And if they were such a rarity, I was determined to do nothing but treasure her.
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About the Author
Whitney was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and raised in Allen, Texas. She resides in a quaint little town in Arkansas with her husband and two children, along with her labradoodle, Simba.
Her love of reading came from the Harry Potter series when she was seven years old, and frequent trips to the most magical place on earth. Because of it, the fantasy realm has taken up residence in her brain for a very long time.
While her writings include real-life pain and angst, she is a fan of happily-ever-after's and always strives to bring that forth in her stories.
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