The Reluctant King

The Reluctant King

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by Rachel Higginson

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Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.

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Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.

Avalon is summoned to fight in order to save his people once more as the Kingdom is threatened by a brand new evil. In addition to reigning in a kingship he doesn't want, he is fighting against the very people he has fought so hard to protect. They are determined to throw away their newfound freedom and their newfound leaders.

In this war and in this kingship he feels alone. And for the first time he feels hollow. That is until Amelia Cartier shows up, invading his every thought and shaking up his carefully controlled world.

Now he faces yet another battle--making Amelia his queen.

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Rachel Higginson
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The Star-Crossed Series , #5
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Meet the Author

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am Obsessed with it!

Five other things I'm obsessed with right now:
1. My Kuerig Coffee Machine. Genius.
2. 90's music. Oh man, I might not have understood the 80's but the 90's speaks right to my soul.
3. Chocolate smelling body wash. Who doesn't want to walk around smelling like a bakery?
4. E-Readers. Probably my favorite invention of all time! Well, other than indoor plumbing....
5. Bubble Blast. Way better than Angry Birds. Way too addicting. And Way fun!!!

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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Avalon and Eden have defeated Lucan and are now ruling their people with freedom and peace.   Eden is happily married to Kiran and just returning from a two year honeymoon.  Avalon is use to being a  warrior and leader and is bored and lonely. When the kingdom is threatened, Avalon is called to fight to save his people.   When he meets Amelia, who is in his every thought and causing him to lose control of his own world, he realized he isn’t lonely anymore. The Reluctant King is written from Avalon’s point of view, which I love.  It was great to have all the characters back from the other books in this series.  Jericho, Kiran, Eden, Sebastian, Sylvia, and everyone else that I missed reading about were back.   Watching the connection between Avalon and Eden stay strong and true, having Eden and Kiran be happy and in love are all of what I hoped for at the end of Rachel’s  last book in this series.  The fact that Avalon found love made this novel even better, with a happy ending for Avalon that I was hoping for.  Rachel Higginson truly outdid herself.  With each book in this series I become more and more enraptured with the Star Crossed Series.  I am anxiously awaiting the next release.  If you have not read this series you are seriously missing out on a great set of books.
Deanna24 More than 1 year ago
I am so happy I finally got to read this book! Seriously, The Star-Crossed Series is my favorite book series of all time and I am so thrilled that the story continued after Endless Magic. It definitely is a little weird now that the story is focused around Avalon and Amelia and a whole new threat to the kingdom (not weird like I don't like it, just weird because I am familiar with Eden's POV). I was so used to Eden and Kiran (more like addicted since I have the hugest crush on Kiran!), but it was great to get beyond their love story and see what is happening with everyone else. (Although I admit that my favorite parts of the book were whenever Eden or Kiran was around. They seriously are my most favorite couple of all time!) I just can't believe that everything happened so fast. I'm just like...WOW...stunned. Not to mention anxious to know what is going to happen next. This enemy is way more frightening than Lucan ever was. Lucan was insane, no doubt, but he maintained order and structure; Lucan still had sense and reasoning. This new guy, Terletov, is unpredictable and uncontrollable. There is no order, there's only chaos. I kinda can't wait for the other two books to come out just so I can read them and be content with knowing how it all ends; and then I can actually go back and reread the books again and again without having to stress so much. Seriously though, it is so wonderful to get to read about all my favorite characters again! I've missed them so much! And I always wanted to see more of Avalon. It's funny seeing Amelia change from being this sweet little girl in Eden's eyes to this wonderful woman in Avalon's eyes. I always loved both of them. They make a good couple. And their names both start with A's which I think is super cute. Avalon and Amelia. :) So cute. Can't wait for the next book! (But if I am being honest it is really Sebastian's book that I am looking forward to the most! I love him so much and even though he was in this book, I need more of him! I miss him! Sorry Jericho. And Avalon. But Sebastian wins! Unless Rachel decides to write a book from Kiran's POV, which won't happen. But if it did, then Kiran would win.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book and revisit all the characters i had grown to love so much from the series. But Avalon didnt seem like himself, and every interaction wit he other characters left me with unanswered questions. The bieggest of all being, why would you write a new book, introduce a etire new element, then end it without resolving ANYTHING other than the feelings between Avalon and Amelia?! I was just let down by this watered down version of the series, and it seemed like some fan tried to pick up where the series ended without writing a good ending. Which probably killed me the most that it was so abrupt and unresolved. So if you wantt, to waste your money taking a sucky trip down memory lane that will end with you yanking your hair out, go right ahead.
SweetBowe More than 1 year ago
I love the Star-Crossed Lover series I can't wait to read the next edition to this mind gripping novel series that I'm completely and utterly obsessed with. I love the author and the way she can bring me into the book where the outside world can't reach me. Once I start reading I just can't stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avalon was my favorite character in this series, so I really enjoyed seeing his further adventures in this beautifully written novel!
ldd6853 More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that Rachel Higginson decided to give Avalon his own story. In the Star Crossed series, he has been one of my favorites, from the very beginning.  From start to finish I loved this book. Once I started reading it, I  had a hard time putting it down. The story line between Avalon and Amelia was one I really enjoyed.  I can't wait for book 6 and I really hope it is about Jericho. ;) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so excited Rachel.Higginson decided to continue this series!! I have fallen in love with Avalon's story, and cannot wait for more!! She has created an awesome world and I love watching the characters live unfold! I cannot wait to see what comes next! Thank you Rachel for another AMAZING book!!
Halyna More than 1 year ago
Excellent  spin-off of one of the best paranormal series!  Loved Avalon in the previous books and he didn't disappoint me (though I cannot say the same about Amelia) It was great to hear from many favourite characters from the previous book and the end promises a great sequel and even more encounters with heroes I've grown to love! To put it briefly - a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I like how it shows you into Avalon's world and it's a continuation of the last series!!! You get to see the past characters all grown up and dealing with new and more mature problems!!!! Overall, a great read and, of course, I cannot wait see what is next!!!!!!!!!
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okreaderOK More than 1 year ago
I recommend all of Rachel's series.  She is a great author.
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I'm half way through and so far it's a good book. The only problem I've had is avalon's sexism. Its written well but the ereader version of this book is slightly hard to understand because sometimes words are left out and sometimes the word gets cut off and then continued on the next line. Its a nice insight on life after the victory, and you get to remeet old charachters and avalon's point of view is funny. Overall i would recommend it, but not to somebody who greatly dislikes sexism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone has found the next book please tell me what you searched under to find it!!!! I have been searching since the second i finished The Reluctant Kingand have had no luck. The whole serries is so good and especially now that we are seeing Avalons side of life. Cant wait for Relentless Warrior!!!!!!!
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I love the Restless Magic series, and this continuation is even better! We get to hear the story from another point of view...a man's point this time. It is refreshing, and still has all of the suspense and sizzle that the first 4 stories had! LOVED it and cannot wait for the next installment! Definitely an enjoyable read!
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CColeman1 More than 1 year ago
Finally Avalon gets to tell his story and we get to see inside his head! I am so happy that he finally has his own story and we got to see him fall in love, and to see him fall in love with such a strong female!!
emeeks More than 1 year ago
This is a novel for anyone who misses the Star-Cross clan. I really liked being in Avalon's head instead of Eden's. It was a refreshing change. I did think it ended a bit abruptly in comparison to the rest of the Star-Crossed books. I wasn't ready to be done with Avalon yet! He was so enjoyable :-)
jewelSD More than 1 year ago
Avalon is such a strong character in all the books, his match is met in Amelia. I love their chemistry. You couldn't ask for a better partner for Avalon to fight for his kingdom, and protect his people.Another page turner by Rachel couldn not put this down.