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King of Flesh and Bone

By: Liv Zander
Narrated by: Auri Alden,Gregory Salinas
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Isolation, darkness, and rotting flesh, 

Surround me, suffocate me, 

But I am the vile ruler who controls it all. 

I long for warmth, 

Yet, all that I touch, 

Is cold. 

Then, she stumbles in to my domain, 

Lost and frightened, 

Alone and confused. 

And I terrify her even more. 

She calls me the devil, 

So I show her pleasure, 

Like only the devil can. 

I am the heat that stirs her flesh, 

The longing that trembles her bone. 

She begs her body to refuse, 

To escape my embrace, 

But I am her master, 

The puppeteer of passion. 

I am the King of Flesh and Bone. 

Welcome to my court, little one. 

King of Flesh and Bone is a full-length dark fantasy novel, the first book in The Pale Court duet. The two-part story features a ruthless man, the woman who can't escape his love, and a happily ever after. This world contains dark themes, violence, loss, and elements of horror some may find disturbing. What this book doesn't contain is a hero—because villains do it better.

©2022 Liv Zander (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great dark fantasy romance

Awesome story, great narration by both Auri Alden and Gregory Salinas. I own the ebooks of this duology and now love listening to the audiobooks!

This duology is very heavy with triggers so make sure you check the trigger warnings before listening to this book.

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Good book

I loved the fantasy aspect of the book. This is not a stand alone book. Can’t wait to start to second.

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  • 10-28-22

I liked it

This was an interesting take on Satan; the transformation he made with his wife, and the suffering he endured. Didn’t like story ending in a cliffhanger. Narrators did a great job.

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I warn thee; brutally honest review incoming.

I can't change my rating for some reason and it's not the correct number of stars, so just ignore it. I think the book overall is around a 3, just because of what I'm about to say. I liked it, sort of, but didn't love it. I didn't think that I would ever review a romance and feel like there were actually too many "intimate" scenes, but it really did feel that way with this book. It felt like they were nearly constant, and that's coming from someone that typically wants more of such scenes in their romance novels. I promise I'm not fickle, it just felt like over half of the book was sex scenes and the plot was just a side story manufactured so there was a reason for them to happen so often. I struggled to get through it at times, and almost stopped entirely when a week had gone by without finishing it because I could only bear to listen to so much of it at once without eye rolling. That being said, the plot IS interesting and unique in it's own right, and I do like it, but it felt greatly overshadowed by the sex. I really, really hope the next book has more plot and a bit less of the steaminess that this one had. I have to say though, I really dislike Ada so far. I like to imagine that is the author's goal at this point, and if so, they've achieved it with flying colors. She lives in another time period, yes, we get it, but STILL. She started out with the semblance of a backbone and it just deteriorated so quickly I was bored and tired of her by the middle of the book. The king of flesh and bone was the interesting one. But I just desperately wanted to see something real from her as a person in general rather than the entirety of the focus being on how other people perceive her/being a wife, and not being a mother. Oh and loyalty to a piece of garbage dead husband. And I need to say, her being a midwife... it's just a little bit too on the nose for me.

Okay, I'm being a little mean, maybe, but it's also true. Her character is the swooning, submissive female, regardless of what the beginning of the book wanted you to think about her putting up some kind of "fight" with this "man". Slight spoiler alert coming up: Some hope built up toward the end when she got the bone armor and battle ensues, but nah, she just gets hurt and limps back to Hemsdale. I thought at a few different points: "this would be the perfect time for her to ask Enosh (is that how it's spelled? the downside of audiobooks...) to teach her how to fight and defend herself, for her to stand up and say she needs to be treated as an equal" and I really truly thought she would recognize her worth as a person rather than just a wife, but I was wrong so far. The cycle she was in repeats itself in terms of men dominating her life and her giving up and just letting them do it, and man, was I ever disappointed by that. I'd hoped she would grow, but the ending of the book makes me think that it won't happen the way I had hoped.

Regardless of the time period, women were not unequivocally docile and submissive, they just often allowed men to think so. And my fingers are crossed that Ada comes to see how much these foolish men underestimate her and uses it to her advantage. Oh, and I also really hope she stops hyperfocusing on having a kid and that being the only source of worth she has to offer. Asking your partner after every single time you "get jiggy with it" whether you're pregnant is so off-putting and cringe to me. Again, maybe I'm being too harsh, sorry, but it just irked me something fierce. Now, I know I went a little full-on with this review, but I just wanted to be truly honest about how it felt to hear this book so others understand what to expect. This might be your cup of tea if you want something really smutty. But I could end up being entirely wrong about all my criticisms in the end if they're rectified in the second book, so we'll see if I have to come back and edit this review.

Oh and by the way, I can't believe I almost forgot but the narration was excellent, minus the whispering from Gregory Salinas. Love these two narrators, and they did a great job, but it was tough because I already had to listen to this book with headphones on or the volume turned down low in my car, so having to replay scenes because he kept whispering was a little frustrating at times. I guess he was probably told to do so, but I think that whoever told him to do that should have listened to the book first before standing by that decision. Anyway, on to the next one, let's see if my expectations are destroyed or reinforced!

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reading slump OVER

I am in love with both books. I have been in a rutt lately and this snapped me out. even the light parts were dark and the reflection all characters had to do internally shows they are not what they are projecting. well maybe still 😉. the FMC thinking she is just the MMC thinking he is lost .. ugh and the spice.. the spice....
if you do not like dark fantasies, a bit of morbidity graphic detail do not read.
I cannot wait for more from this author. I have a new fav to add and hope she continues and releases soon. the writing flowed well the characters have good background and substance. just damn. I have bought the paper hard copies which I never do but these can't be lost to the "finished" Playlist tomb

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An Interesting Adventure

This is a new author to me, I've never read or listened to any of Liv Zander's books before this one but I quite enjoyed it, the narrators did a wonderful job, I could hear the emotion in their voices as the story went on and the story was very original and creative. It's told in dual POV which I liked, first we learn about Ada and the things she's been through and the things she's going through at the beginning of the story. Then we're introduced to Enosh and we learn his story, though we don't learn the stories of his brothers, who are also gods, like himself. Enosh is the King of Flesh and Bone, he has ultimate control of all the bone around him and can call upon a troop of corpses should the need arise.

Ada is a midwife in a small village when we first meet her and she's wanting to keep her late husband in the ground and help a woman in labor, I forget why but one night a year the dead rise from their grave beds and Ada is determined to keep her late husband in the ground. Ada is called 'unwoman' by the villagers because she'd been unable to give her husband a child and they all believed she was cursed.

The story is really creative and has a lot of interesting characters, some of whom are more devious than they first seem. Whenever a member of the Pale Court angers either Enosh or Ada, as punishment they're weaved into a throne of bone and are stuck there for eternity. And we learn that Ada becomes a fearsome queen with a powerful king at her side.

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Started slow

This story needed up being a good one but the beginning was very slow. I loved the that female protagonist was strong willed and not a whiny blubbering sissy.

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Removed a star for the end

Not a cliffhanger per se but quite an unintelligent end in my opinion. The story was good up until the ending which didn’t make sense to me

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interested to see where it goes

Despite the overall terror and bleakness of the world, the romance between the two main characters is intriguing. This story is not for the faint of heart, and the overall judgmental. I would like to see the complexities of the relationship way more fleshed out, but this is the first book. Only complaint- there’s not a lot of diversity between male characters voices, and the attempt at the baritones made me giggle. otherwise great performance by the narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-22

needs more TWs

straight up romanticising r#pe within relationships and DV. i tried to give it a chance, got halfway through and couldn't do it

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  • Sheridan
  • 09-21-22

Unexpected

I stumbled over this book, having never heard of it before, I decided to give it a go. It’s reaaallly well written and the story was actually interesting. I will likely go and see if this author has any other books, as I thoroughly enjoyed it in a whole. It is a very dark read however, and wouldn’t recommend to people who have suffered child loss or been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.