Dark King by C.N. Crawford – A Book Review

Posted August 13, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy / 3 Comments

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Dark King

(Court of the Sea Fae – Book 1)

by C.N. Crawford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Urban Fantasy, Romance
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This one comes out of nowhere and smacks you upside the head. Great Urban Fantasy, or maybe even a PNR depending on your view. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea.

Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away.

After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic.

But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk is starting to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes, too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power. Even worse… I could be forfeiting my life.

Thoughts on Dark King


I really enjoyed this book. It’s somewhat dystopian, but that aspect is only part of the narrative, meant to galvanize the world building and explain why things are the way they are. The crux lays in the past, a fallen kingdom with a disgraced princess and a people who just know she is to blame. Deftly done!


  • FMC is a survivor…. and even if guilt arises, she’ll make no apologies for it.
  • Undercurrent of ‘down with the patriarchy!’
  • It twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out and was rolling my eyes at the triteness of it…. she flipped the script and left me grinning.


  • The laws of the fae are still a bit murky, or their interactions with the human realm at least. Need more detail in future installments.
  • Some places didn’t transition quite as well as the rest, but not harshly.


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type



R to NC-17

Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range



4 out of 5 Stars

A fantastic start to a new and exciting series. Fast paced and plotted well, this gem is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published July 22nd, 2019

296 Pages

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