MYTH OF OMEGA : Reign Trilogy by Zoey Ellis
Reign to Ruin (Myth of Omega #4)
Whilst this is numbered as book #4 of a series, it is the first book in a stand alone trilogy. However there are references to characters and events from the first trio of books (Crave Trilogy), so you may wish to read those first though it isn’t strictly necessary.
An intriguing and twisty story with some very dark undertones.
This was my second read through of the book and I definitely enjoyed it better. Some of that may well be because I’ve now read book 3 (I’d somehow missed that out last time and only read books 1 and 2). Yes judge me as you want – I totally deserve it 😄.
For a chunk of this story Malloron didn’t appear to be quite as bad as the very unpleasant character portrayed in the first series of books. Strangely he started off as not too bad – yes he lied to Amara but he was almost respectful in the way he treated her. Well at least in his mind he had treated her really well. I liked how the politics of the region played into his treatment, view and expectations of her and how her naivety of the Western culture made it difficult for Amara to understand him.
In the hope of finding out some of his secrets, perhaps rescuing innocent children and also protecting her fellow omega’s, Amara makes an arrangement with Malloron. An arrangement which gives him use of her body, though really he has ulterior motives in mind. Can Amara find the information she seeks and keep herself safe too?
Unlike the first time I read this, I quickly found myself caught up in Amara’s story. I think I’d left too long a gap between reading the books last time and had lost some of the feel of the world. There are lots of dark elements in this story, though some of this was implied rather than experienced. I’m thinking in particular here about the treatment of the slaves as they were trained for and also served in the pleasure chambers.
Whilst I really liked Amara, there were times when she came across as quite naive. She didn’t believe Malloron over some things, like tainted food, yet at other times totally (and foolishly) trusted him. She also seemed to totally forget her mission at one point, though this was in part due to the manipulations of Malloron.
The chemistry between this couple was intense whilst the sex scenes had an element of BDSM about them. Whilst they weren’t really safe, sane or consensual at first, both parties found them an enjoyable experience – as did this reader! Most of the time Malloron treated Amara fairly well, even when he “punished” her at the end (and this was more mental than physical) he could never truly bring himself to be truly cruel to her. If dark and/or kink isn’t always your thing I’d still recommend the book since they were both fairly mild and minor in this.
Malloron is a deliciously depraved individual, the sort you love to hate to love. I’ve still not made my mind up if he is evil, or makes unpleasant decisions and choices for the greater good. I definitely liked him more by the end of the story than I did at the start, but there is still some way to go before he redeems himself.
There is lots of intrigue in the story and the twist at the end was TOTALLY unexpected. I can’t wait to see how this continues, I can’t even begin to imagine where we will journey next.
Reign to Ravage (Myth of Omega #5)
Zoey Ellis has created one heck of an amazing story with her Reign Trilogy.
She has my emotions ping ponging back and forth, one minute I liked Malloron, then I hated him, then I pitied him, then I sort of understood him then I wanted to throat punch him. Oh my word that man is frustrating, every time he seemed to be turning a corner – bam! – he messed it all up again. And then had the cheek to blame others for his shortcomings and short sightedness. Drocco is a sweet and caring guy next to this alpha-hole.
Amara felt much stronger, more determined in this story. Her suffering and heartache was endless and yet she was so happy too. This poor omega was subjected to so many trials and tribulations and just as she was getting a grip on things – wham! – a wrecking ball swings in out of left field and knocks everything sideways. I had zero idea how the story would progress and was constantly surprised by what DID occur. The tenebris reveal suckerpunched me as hard as it did Amara – all the clues were there but like her I was blind to the truth.
I did find the timeline of events a little confusing and ambiguous BUT I’m fairly certain that was in a large part a deliberate reflection of Amara’s perception and confusion. Her loss of vision and hearing left her adrift and unaware of so many things for quite a while. Along with Malloron’s manipulations of her and her lack of contact with others, it was no wonder she became so lost.
There were some amazing moments where Amara and Malloran connected on a deeply visceral level and I was easily able to believe in the feelings between this pair. Sadly neither of them truly understands or accepts the other yet – we have a long way to go in this magnificent story. I’m diving straight into the final book right now, Malloron needs to really earn some forgiveness!
Reign to Rule (Myth of Omega #6)
A very satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve gone from hating Malloron to liking him to hating him again. Knowing some of the awful things that befell him as a child, though, it is easy to understand his lack of trust.
There was just so much story in this book, from the battle with other rulers, to the rescuing of the children, and the betrayal by those who should have been close to the couple, well there was always something happening. Always some mountain to climb. And through it all we had two enemies with trust issues being brought together by the bond of being true mates.
I loved how unpredictable the story was, and I was totally blind to
some most of the foreshadowing in the book. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough, and yet at the same time I didn’t want to ever finish the story. Particularly since Malloran and Amara are my new favourite Alpha/omega couple.
A fantastic omegaverse fantasy story series that I highly recommend.