Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: The Crown's Dog (Golden Guard #1) by Elise Kova

The Crown's Dog by Elise KovaThe Crown's Dog
(Golden Guard #1)
by Elise Kova
November 22, 2016

Goodreads Summary:
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery of the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.


As a big fan of the Air Awakens series I have to say we're really lucky to be getting more from the world! I was wary at first to get a look into the pasts of our beloved characters but Elise gives us another fun-filled story with The Crown's Dog.

I enjoyed this glimpse into the earlier years of the heartbreaker prince's life. Baldir is so full of life. He's also a lot of trouble which was what landed them in the midst of a mystery surrounding an infamous pirate and her curse.
While the beginning of the book felt slow, the latter half really picked up. I was excited to see these three guys in action. They whipped up quite a storm and met some interesting new people. Who is Nox? I get the feeling like I should know?

Both Jax and Erion's views proved insightful. Certain behaviour and duties are expected of them but I love how that all goes out the window when they're with Baldir. I admire how Erion was always level-headed. Jax paled next to him. I found his self-condemning attitude to be a bit excessive and exasperating. Good thing Baldir and Erion have planted themselves firmly by him. As it stands, they're a very merry band of boys regardless of their personal woes.

Overall The Crown's Dog created an exciting atmosphere for the prequel stories. I've read the synopsis for the next Golden Guard book, The Prince's Rogue, and I really can't wait. Let the adventures continue!

4 Cats
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.

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