Book Review: The Kings Men by Nora Sakavic
Okay wow, wow, WOW! The Kings Men is the last book in the All For The Game Series and is by far my favorite! I thought the first two were so good, but this one takes the cake! Getting to see all of the plot lines come to fruition was so incredibly satisfying.
As always I feel I should do a *trigger warning* for this series. For this book, in particular, violence and sexual content.
Now for lets discuss!
1) We finally get to see Kevin's character evolve!
I cannot even begin to explain how relieving and satisfying Kevin's character arc is in this book. I was constantly so frustrated with how spineless he was. Always hiding behind Andrew and Neil. But wowza! In the last 1/4 of the book he finally starts to come into his own. From finally admitting who his father is, to getting over his fear of the Raven's and Riko, and securing a future for Jean. He's still the cranky, single minded guy that we love to get frustrated at, but he really grew up as a character and I was so freaking happy
2) Andrew getting the support he needs.
I also touched on this a little in my review of The Raven King, but I was so glad to see how Neil, in a way, manipulated a better situation for the "Andrew's lot", but also for the team as a whole. He got Andrew and Aaron to reconcile, which was huge! I was waiting and waiting to get some closure with them. Then that opened up for less tension with the rest of the team and, by extension, allowed Neil to be there for Andrew even though, of course, Andrew would never actually acknowledge how Neil was helping to fix things.
3) The romance.
Is that too strong of a word for Neil and Andrew? If it is, I DON'T CARE! I've been waiting and waiting for them to acknowledge that their relationship has always been more complex than just a friend or a teammate. I would read a whole other book on just the two of them and how they fare after then end of this book! Their banter had me laughing out loud and I love how their inside joke on percentages lasts throughout the entire book. *swoon*
4) The ending.
Lets be real. If you've read this series then you know that each and every one of these characters are extremely messed up. Some more than others, of course, *ahem* Andrew *ahem* BUT really we know that each an every one of them has a messy life. So I really liked that the author didn't try to wrap up this series in a happily ever after. I liked that it gave some hope for the future, but didn't wrap everything up in a pretty little bow. That would have been unrealistic for these characters in my opinion.
I'm so glad I picked this series up! I have Tumblr and Bookstagram to thank for this and I also can't believe that we get to read this awesome series for like $3. This is incredible to me. It was such a wild ride and I already want to reread them, which is always a good sign for me. It shows how epic a series was that I can't get it out of my head!
Some Favorite Quotes (there's a lot this time):
- "'Let Riko be king' Kevin said... 'I'm going to be the deadliest piece on the board.' 'Queen.'"
- "Honesty suited Andrew because he was an instigator at heart and his opinions were often unpopular."
- "You were supposed to be a side effect of the drugs."
- "You are a pipe dream."
- "Is your learning curve a horizontal line?"
- "If you always got what you deserved, you wouldn't be a fox."
- "The next time one of them says you're soulless I might have to fight them."
- "Don't ask for the truth if you're just gong to dilute it."
- "Fight because you don't know how to die quietly. Win because you don't know how to lose. The king's ruled long enough-it's time to tear his castle down."
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