The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova
(Golden Guard #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 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.
What I thought
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let me start by saying thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is the first book in the Golden Guard Trilogy, which is a prequel to the Air Awakens Series. The Crown’s Dog is about Jax and I was here for it. I found my love or Jax in Water’s Wrath and this story just solidified my soft spot for him.
This story begins three years after Jax becomes conscripted by the crown. This story tells you how he became part of the Golden Guard and you see how much the events that lead to his really affect him. In the Crystal Crowned, a good bit of years has passed and he has been able to build up a shell so it seems almost cold when you hear it then but in this book, you get more raw emotion and you see things from his perspective.
This book is full of little details that explain some things in the Air Awakens books more than once I was like “ahh now that makes more sense”. Don’t get me wrong they is nothing missing from the Air Awakens book these little tibbits are like little easter eggs.
As a bonus in this story, you get to see the creation of the Golden Guard.
Even though the books in this trilogy are prequels I would read them after the Air Awakens series. They could spoil some things for you that happens in the last two books (Water’s Wrath and Crystal Crowned).
I can not wait to get my hands on the next book in this trilogy!
My Rating: /5