Series: The Last King: Book I
Vol #: 1-3
Author: A. Yamina Collins
Audience: Adult Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: DeeBooks Publishing, LLC
Pages: 230 pages per episode
Date Published: February 8, 2014
The Last King, Book I by A. Yamina Collins is an 11-part serial novel. A modern-day fantasy romance about a young woman innocently caught in a war between two age-old nemesis: God, and immortal beings whose ancestors ate from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.
Twenty-eight year Emmy Hughes has never quite fit in—she’s six feet tall, dark-skinned, and daydreams of being Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. But when she is badly injured in a car accident that kills her mother, Emmy does not dream of fantastical worlds anymore—she just wants her shattered life to be normal again.
Unfortunately, normalcy is the last thing in store for her once she meets Lake George’s newest arrival, Dr. Gilead Knightly. Granted immortality from a line of people whose Great Ancestor marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of Life, Gilead has been alive for centuries and has met everyone from Nubian kings to Napoleon.
But Gilead and his eccentric family are also hunted beings because God considers the Edenites’ possession of immortality to be theft. And for thousands of years He has dealt with their transgression by sending each of them a “Glitch” —an unsuspecting human meant to retrieve this stolen “property” of immortality and kill them off.
When Emmy discovers that she is Gilead’s Glitch, she is not only thrown into a world of immortals who eat bone marrow, panthers who read minds, and a family whose blood is made of pulsing gold, but she finds herself the target of Gilead’s vengeance: he must get rid of her before she gets rid of him.
Easier said than done. Because Glitches are not only an Edenite’s greatest threat—they’re also their greatest love.
Some people do not understand what a serial book it is. Let me make this clear it is a portions of a whole that is released at a time. To me this makes me get hyped up more for the next session in the storyline. Each of these three I have read are amazingly written and flawless in my opinion.
In the first one I immediately fell in love with Emmy and my heart went out to her because of the way her world was turned upside down. Of course everything is started to unfold on why she always felt different when a new arrival comes into her life. The characters are unique and original, which is why I enjoy this story so much. Throw in some paranormal with a slight case of vengeance and this is a great start to a novel in the making.
Oh my I think the author is trying to kill us in volumn 2. That was my exact thought when I was reading this. You slowly start getting more answers but still many questions are formed in my head and I definitely want more. Dr. Gilead as we see more of him we can see he has a fight within himself over what to do with Emmy. He knows that she is his weakness but can not really do what is needed. Characters are introduced to add more into the story and even gives you some humor added. I really enjoyed this and looking forward to the next one.
Throughout these volumns you are engulfed in Emmy’s life and to me it felt like I was right next to her. To me this is how you should feel in any great book and the author has not failed. There have been some things unfolded and answers questioned but the good doctor still has that urge of knowing what he needs to do and what he feels for Emmy. I love seeing the way this story has so far unfolded and look forward to keep reading these as they are released.
If you enjoy the world of paranormal, Gods, and also tied with a Romance aspect then these are definitely for you.
Book Review from Black Pearls Magazine Online
The Last King by A.Yamina Collins, a Science Fiction Romance, is a marvelously layered story filled with drama, suspense and memorable characters. The author, a masterful storyteller, brings to life a story about a line of people who cannot die because their ancestors marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the tree of life. God, however, considers this act, and the subsequent immortality that came with it, to be theft. God wants their immortality returned and he deals with their transgression by playing a cosmic sort of chess game with the Edenites!
The Last King is part fantasy, romance, religion and history. What an interesting mix for an 11 part series. This was my first time reading a serial novel and I have to say this one was excellent! I can’t wait to read the other chapters to this phenomenal storyline. I highly recommend this serial novel to the readers.
—Reviewed by Ella Curry, publisher of Black Pearls Magazine Online
EXCERPT FROM THE LAST KING, EPISODE # 2
CHAPTER 8 – Her
Kill her, a voice in his head tells him.
Yes, of course, he responds. That’s what I have to do. And how should he do it? Should he follow her home when the lecture is over, come up behind her in her driveway, or wherever she lives, and snap her neck like a twig? Whatever he does, he needs to be cruel. He needs to teach her and the One who sent her a lesson. Yes, that’s it. He will do to her what his brother Micau did to his own Glitch: something so physically twisted that it would make the ears of any human who hears about it and finds her remains, shutter.
Slowly he starts to straighten up and just in time. The door to the auditorium swings open suddenly, and out it walks. He cannot make out her whole face because her hands are covering her mouth and nose, but he can see her big eyes, and the alarm in her face. Two other people are following it – following her, and making a commotion behind her.
“Hold your head back,” one of them is saying, trying to still the bleeding woman’s franticness.
But blood has already seeped onto her white dress, and Gilead can hear her saying, “Not again, not again,” as she rushes past him. Not again. So it’s happened before. Gilead thinks. Of course it has It happened the other day, while Gilead was standing outside the restaurant, didn’t it? She was somewhere around the vicinity that night, near the boardwalk, wasn’t she?
In a moment, the woman, looking a bit disoriented no, disappears into the bathroom and Gilead closes his eyes and bites his lower lip.
Now he knows why he missed the fine print on the flier, and why he had a desire to come to this lecture in the first place.
Gilead curses under his breath; curses Him with everything he’s got.
Her? He thinks, in disgust. Against the greatness of me? That simple-looking thing?
Opening his eyes, he takes the opportunity to move toward the exit as a few more new comers enter the building. It’s all Gilead can do to appear as normal as possible—he stands up straight and forces himself not to clutch his stomach.
Outside, he takes in several quick breaths of air, and doubles over again.
Why should he fear her?
“I will break her,” he mutters to himself. “If I have to rip off her whole face, I will break her.”
Something about him saying this brings him a feeling of relief. He is clear-eyed and focused for a moment, even self-assured, for he knows that once he makes up his mind about reaching a goal, it’s as good as done.
He will kill her tonight, somehow.
But before he can contemplate how to execute his plans, he cups a hand over his mouth, rushes toward a nearby bush, and vomits onto the leaves and branches.
( Continued… )
© 2014 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, A. Yamina Collins.
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A. Yamina Collins is the author of the quirky short story collection The Blueberry Miller Files. She has written for publications such as New York Resident magazine, Our Town and the Manhattan Spirit. A graduate of New York University, she lives in Manhattan. The Last King is her first novel. Check out her blog at Yaminatoday.com.
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