The Crown's Dog
by Elise Kova
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 tourment 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.
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.Fair warning: You MUST, at least, read Air Awakens before reading this one. There are details that are shared here that could spoil those books. Anyway, Elise does it again with a phenomenal story, bringing us back into the world of Air Awakens. Getting to see more of these particular characters has opened a whole new line of imaginations for me. Following Jax, Baldair, Erion and some others, is really cool. Knowing some of their troubles and secrets. Learning more about their characters and what they are like before Vhalla Yarl enters the picture. Truly happy to read this and so glad Elise revisited this world!