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Summary

Death marked her from her very first breath.

Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it's a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war.

Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she's thrust into the care of the King's Hounds - the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother's memory, Tempest throws herself into training.

But becoming the first ever female assassin isn't enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom's most feared enemy - the jester - a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness.

Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom.

Enter the world of the Twisted Kingdoms at your own risk where monsters wear pretty masks, good and evil are at war, and fairy tales don't exist. If you love fiery heroines, sexy villains, enemies-to-lovers romance, pulse-pounding action, mafia undertones, and dark fairy tales, you need to discover the new series readers are comparing to Holly Blacks's Cruel Prince and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.

©2020 Frost Kay (P)2020 Frost Kay

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great story

I'm pretty sure if I could id have been tempest in another life. badass and take no prisoners. I enjoyed the story and the details. good narration. I'd recommend this listen.

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Intriguing

This is quite an intricate story that I found I had to concentrate on but, it was well worth it.

Tempest is a magnificent badass with sass! Everything she think she knows just keeps unravelling throughout the story leaving her unsure about where her loyalties lie. The beautifully written characters are brought to life by this very talented writer. The superb narration grabs you attention from the first sentence.

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The Hunt

Wow this is an incredible story. It kept my attention and had me hooked from the beginning to the end. It had a few interesting plot twists I was not expecting. Tempest was an orphan after her mother died and was raised by the Hounds. She had to pass 3 trials to become the king's first female Hound. Her first task was to gain intel on the shifters. At the end of the book she uncovers more secrets about the Hounds and the men she was raised by. Tempest is going to have to make a very hard decision. This book definitely leaves you wanting more. Zachary Webber and Cris Dukehart did an absolutely fantastic job narrating. Can't wait for the next book!

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Really good

I enjoyed listening to this and love the way Tempest takes no bull from anyone including her king who’s a sleaze. When she’s tasked to go and kill the enemy and bring his heart back she finds out more than she bargained for and she has to evaluate where her loyalties lie. Can’t wait for book 2 to be in audio and am hoping both narrators are doing book 2 as they were really good.

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  • Dani @ My Heart Is Booked
  • 23-02-21

Exciting Fantasy that will keep you guessing

The Hunt, Book 1 in The Twisted Kingdoms series by Frost Kay, is a fresh and exciting take on the tried and true enemies-to-lovers trope. Tempest (great name for this firecracker with blue hair btw) lost everything in a childhood tragedy only to be raised and trained by the King’s Hounds – the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Though she earns her title as the first female Hound, Tempest soon learns that her life is not her own. She takes on an impossible task, hunting down the kingdom’s most feared enemy, in a last ditch effort to secure her future.

From the start of the book, I admired Tempest for her fortitude and spunk. It is refreshing that she doesn’t have time to consider courting, instead focusing her efforts on training and revenge. Though her unremarkable appearance (aside from the blue hair) is mentioned several times, Tempest sure has her pick of suitors by the end of this book, not that she has much say in the matter. Surrounded by enemies at every turn, this book was bound to feature some hate-to-love or no romance at all. Luckily, the former prevails, but what is so refreshing about this take is that Tempest continues to cast doubt on all parties throughout the book. She doesn’t trust anyone but her own eyes and ears. Even the men who raised her are suspect. As such, the romance is barely there in this first installment, but it is a satisfying slow burn nonetheless. The tension alone has me itching to get my hands on book 2.

Aside from the romance, the pacing is quick and exciting without feeling rushed. I loved the world building, the characters, and the turmoil that leaks into every page. The building conflict between the not-so-noble King and the shifters who threaten to upend his system, batter Tempest’s wavering loyalties. I was constantly second-guessing characters’ motives. A couple of truth bombs dropped later in the book, had me clinging to my headphones (audiobook), desperately seeking answers.

For those who enjoy enemies-to-lovers fantasies with a bit of mystery, The Hunt is an exciting start to a new series that promises great things for it’s sequels. The audiobook is narrated by Cris Dukehart and Zachary Webber, who’s phenomenal voices bring this story to life.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Kinsey
  • 03-06-21

Not my thing

I couldn’t finish this book. “Strong” girl is actually a Helpless girl and describes every man she meets like they are all the sexiest man around and she can’t control herself. I’m just not a fan of that type of female lead

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  • Katie
  • 02-02-21

Really good

I really enjoyed this book 1 of the The Twisted Kingdoms series. Tempest is struggling to find where she truly belongs in this twisted kingdom and uncovers truths that makes her second guess everything she believed in. I can’t wait to hear how her story continues! The characters in this book are well defined and the story intriguing with a good bit of action that keeps you involved.

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  • Donna (BookDragonGirl)
  • 23-06-22

A great beginning to a fairytale series of mish-mash retellings!

Oh my goodness! How did I not know about this series!!! I love retellings and this is such a great one…well, at least the first book in the series is!! It’s a bit of a mish-mash of fairytales, definitely Red Riding Hood and The Fox and The Hound, but I feel like there’s more. It continues in book two, so maybe I’ll pick up more there. If you like retellings, you’ll love this!!

The narrators were great, and they really brought the story to life!!

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  • Sarah
  • 12-06-22

Characters

I love the characters and interactions. Voices are perfect. I hope the rest of the series will be recorded

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  • Krystal Jane
  • 10-06-22

Exciting yet uneventful at the same time

A unique yet not so unique story about a badass chick (who realistically also isn’t so badass). Definitely a slow burn. Don’t get me wrong, I finished it all in one day so it was engaging, but the book ends just as the plot actually starts really. It was just meh but it was still good. I’m stuck between giving it 3 or 4 stars. I just wish I didn’t need to spend another credit just to hear the other 75% of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-22

Your Next Read!!!

Outstanding book! Between the character development and the writing consistency this book delivers a fantastic story with a little bit of everything! Highly recommend!!!

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  • Kaycee Bertrand
  • 25-02-22

Good story

The story was pretty good, but the women narrator honestly sounded computer generated at the beginning. I got used to it or it for better the more I listened though. And honestly, the story is rather short

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  • Amanda Davies
  • 22-01-22

A definite Treat!

The storyline is great, characters are well explained and easy to love or despise or semi like... I enjoyed the journey and the games and the character building. And its actually a slow, slow burn... but those are the best relationships in books because the anticipation and guessing is so much fun before finding out and fist pumping your elation in the end or yelling "WHAT??!" if the outcome surprises you! Truly a treat this book was and I'm off to read the next and hoping its just as Amazing and Intriguing!

Oh! The narrators did a wonderful job. At first it took a moment to get used to the cadence and sound of the female narrator but after a few pages I was drawn in and enjoyed the story. I also LOVE when the author chooses a female AND a male narrator for the opposing povs. The male voice was nice to listen to also, and he brought the male characters more depth and his inflection and cadence was on point. All in all, a job well done!

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  • Brittany Johnson
  • 10-06-21

amazing start to the series!

wow! I was totally all in with this book on the first chapter! I'm loving the characters and Tempest is kick butt!