Claimed by the Horde King by: Zoey Draven

Horde Kings of Dakkar Book 2

Captive of the Horde King Review

[Horde Kings of Dakkar Book 1]

She broke their laws. Now, he has come to punish her…

In my human settlement on the hostile plains of Dakkar, I am an outcast, a strange girl orphaned since birth, alone, and dreaming of a life I don’t have. I hunt to survive, though it is forbidden, though it breaks the strict Dakkari laws that we all must follow.

When my desperate actions catch the attention of a Dakkari horde king—a cold, powerful, and merciless warrior leader, with eyes like flint and a body like steel—he seeks to punish me…and he succeeds.

But then he does the unexpected.

Instead of taking my life, he claims me as his own.

He steals me from my village and brings me back to his battle-bred horde. There, I warm his bed. I make bargains with him on starry, cold nights. I look into his grey eyes and see not a monster, but a demon king who captures my soul.

But demons have a way of never letting go…and as the cold season descends upon Dakkar, I begin to wonder if I even want him to, even when it hurts.

Content Warnings: Malnourishment, whipping, mention of sexual assault, death of an animal, and explicit sexual scenes.

I loved book one with the Khal Drogo vibes but I have to say I enjoyed book two more since we get dual narratives! Getting to hear all of Elle and Seerin’s inner thoughts was so much better than just having a single narrative.

In CLAIMED BY THE HORDE KING, we meet Elle who has led a rough life. Having lost both her parents at a young age she’s grown up being treated as an outsider in her own village. Constantly on the verge of starvation Elle has had to barter for food by using her skills of hunting. Every human on Dakkar knows that hunting has been forbidden, from them, and the punishment is death if caught but Elle has no other way, that she’s willing, to barter for necessary food.

Seerin has always felt pressure to ensure his horde is happy and safe since he was made a Horde King. Traditionally one is only made a Horde King if they come from a line of Kings and if they pass a series of trials. Seerin’s mother, who was a sex worker, caught the eye of their leader and convinced him to allow Seerin to take the trials even though he lacked the traditional lineage. Though he passed all the necessary tests, which means no one could ever take his title from him, Seerin feels pressure to ensure he never does anything that could cause shame, or harm, to his horde.

Though Elle and Seerin come from different cultures and species, they’re kindred souls who share a lot of the same experiences of feeling othered by those around them.

I adored this story so much, seeing Elle and Seerin open up to each other, learn to trust one another, and fall in love made me so happy. If you’re looking for an entry into alien romance, or if you have a thing for barbarian alpha men, I highly recommend giving this series a try!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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