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The Alpha Prince

Kingdom of Askara, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Kingdom of Askara, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

The Askaran desert can no longer sustain the secret hybrid population of wolves bred from those sent there to die for their crimes. Justice knows the time has come to lead his wolves to a new life, but soon realizes his pack could never be governed by, nor swear fealty to, the cruel and despotic Alpha of Solonara - Darius - so he hatches a plan to fight and ultimately kill the Alpha, his heir, and take over the territory. 

Cashel should not exist. It was unheard of for an Alpha-heir to be born an omega, and Darius has made every day a torment for his son. After spending years failing to breed another heir and desperate not to have to give his territory away to another pack, he finally turns his attention back to Cashel and a whole new nightmare begins.

Justice’s whole life has been about righting a wrong and delivering the very thing he was named for. Meeting Cashel and finding out he is his true mate sends his carefully constructed plans and promises up in flames. When he discovers Darius’s cruelty runs deeper than any of them imagined, he is faced with a last desperate choice between his love for Cashel or his loyalty to his people. 

©2017 Victoria Sue (P)2018 Victoria Sue

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absolutely the best one of three!

*Audible purchased, Jan 2020*

This is book 3, the final book, in the Kingdom of Askara trilogy. You don't NEED the other two books for this to make sense, but I personally think it would help a great deal. Just what I think, some others may say you need them. Luca and Kitt (The Alpha King) do pop up, near the end, though and it was fun to catch up with them both.

I said in my review of The Alpha Heir that THAT book was my favourite of the two, and that I had this one to listen to, and would probaby change my mind. Guess what?

THIS one is my favourite of the three!

Justice is descended from the wolves sent out into the desert to die for their crimes. Many generations later, and the desert can no longer keep their population alive. Justice doesn't want to leave, but he must, for his people. The Games that the evil alpha, Darius, in a close by pack organises is a perfect way to execute the plan that Justice has been years in the making, and alos to take down said evil alpha. Finding the prize of the games is the son of Darius, puts Justice on edge. He shouldn't be selling his son off. Then Justice meets Cashel and his carefully laid plans a decade in the making are thrown up in the air: Cashel is his mate.

Cashel has led a closeted life, being kept away from the pack, so much pain at his father's hands, he isn't really surprised that his father has sold him to whoever is big enough and strong enough to breed an heir for him. But when Cashel is paraded in nothing more than a lion cloth and a butt plug, he knows he really is in trouble this time. Justice is the only one of the competitors in the game who pays any attention to Cashel laps up that attention more than he should. But is Justice really the only way he can be free from his father's wrath? Can Cashel ever be TRULY free, to just be himself?

Like I said, my favourite of the three! So many twists and turns, some I saw coming, some really came out of left field! Loved that I was kept being surprised right til the end!

For Justice, he knows Cashel is his mate, he has that profound MINE moment. Cashel, though, not so much. His wolf has been so quiet for so long, Cashel wasn't even sure his wolf was still inside. he doesn't get that MINE moment til much later in the book, when his wolf comes to the surface following an order from his Alpha. Their attraction is powerful and deep, as only the matings on Askara are, and it isn't long before Cashel and Justice get some sexy time. hot hot hot!

Darius' madness goes deep, and his plans for an heir are deadly should his new *mate* produce a girl. His pack is suffering but it isn't clear, not for a time, just how far he will go to get what he wants, who he will KILL to get what he wants. Horrible listening, when things start to become clear. Horrible.

Michael Pauley narrates this instalment.

He did not narrate books one and two, and I was curious as to how close Pauley could get Joel Leslie's voices for previous characters. However, because its been a time since I listened, and because there is very little of Luca and Kitt and none of Taegan and Caleb, it didn't really matter if they didn't match. Not to me, anyway.

Pauley does a great job though!

He gets over all of Justice's worry about his pack, his people, his mate. He gets over all of Cashel's pain of what he has suffered at the hands of his father and his plans. Listening to what Darius was doing, planned to do, HAD done to cashel was awful, and it made me cry in places.

Pauley's reading voice is deep and even, and I had no trouble deciphering multi person conversations. I kept up with everything and everyone.

It's a shame these had to end, and maybe, one day, Ms Sue can write a follow up to these stories, just to catch up with everyone and with the Kingdom of Askara and how things how changed, hopefully for the better.

5 stars for the book
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5 stars overall.

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This was better than I expected and a pleasant surprise. I got quite absorbed in the story and it was better than other Victoria Sue books I’ve listened to.

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Loved it!

I loved this book and the narrator did a fantastic job with the Narration. I highly recommend this book. No I recommend this whole series!

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A thrilling third instalment

This is book 3 in the Kingdom of Askara series and I have to say I'm enjoying each more than the last, they just keep getting better and better. In this book we have intrigue, betrayal, unlikely alliances and again one of the main characters is so unjustly done to by one of his own. Poor Cashel, his father desperately needs him to have an heir and so he's used by many to try to impregnate him. What he endures is truly awful and he will have you practically weeping for him. Justice is the alpha of his pack and he believes he has one path in his life, but this is thrown into utter disruption on meeting Cashel. The twists and turns have you forever enthralled and the angst and the love have you desperately trying to hang on to the end to see how this all plays out.

We have a new narrator for book 3, Michael Pauley. I know some people get put off when a new narrator is introduced part way through an established series, but please don't be. He does an excellent job with this book and because each instalment can be read/listened to as a standalone with new characters each time, you don't have to listen to already established characters with already distinct voices being newly narrated, if that makes sense, that's why this worked for me. It felt believeable and the voicing of the characters was great. Pacing and timing was spot on and I enjoyed him narrating this story. This shifter series is thoroughly enjoyable and I think even more so when Victoria Sue's world is narrated into life. I totally recommend this book and the entire series.

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Loved it.

I’ve loved all 3 books. This story of the 3 is my favourite. My only slight issue is that I really loved the narration of the first 2. This one was good but in my opinion not as compelling as the others. It’s took awhile to get used to the narration. By the end though, I did enjoy aspects of the narrator. Excellent story though that translates well to audible. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant book and Narration

I was absolutely captivated by this audiobook. What I absolutely love about this series is the way that all the books are completely different and strong in their own right. For me there is a fairy tale feel to this story. Cashel is hated by his father and treated so cruelly that my heart hurt for him. Being used and abused for his father’s schemes yet remaining so pure hearted. He is his father’s heir but was born an omega and that makes him worth nothing to his Father. But as we learn as the story progresses Cashel not just any omega. His father never looks beyond the fact he is not an Alpha so never learns what his son is capable of. Justice is exactly what every good Knight in shining armour should be, strong and dependable riding in on his white horse to save the day. Where it is different from a fairy tale is that Cashel is no simpering maiden waiting to be saved but just as strong as Justice in his own way. One of the best shifter series by far.
Wonderful narration by Michael Pauley. He perfectly portrayed the arrogance and vindictive nature of Darius, Cashel’s father. Whilst giving Cashel the purity his character needed. I loved Justice’s growly voice absolutely perfect. His style of narration suits this book in the series. A series I totally recommend.

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Wonderful book, and good narration

I’be read this in paperback so I know I loved the story - Cashel and Justice were a great pairing and their tale made for a great read (even if Justice sometimes needed to just listen!). Michael Pauley did a good job of the audio - his narration of the dialogue worked really well with each character uniquely different and fitting for how I interpreted their persona. I wasn’t quite so keen of the non-dialogue elements, but the two were clearly distinct and so worked well together. The sample gives a good representation of the whole tale though and this is just my personal preference. Overall, it’s a great story and well worth a listen.

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A good narration .

I have listen to few narrations by Michael Pauley and fine his style flows well at an even pace. He also has the kind of deep voice that is suited well to portraying strong alphas, while also lending itself to the more gentle characters in this book.
An excellent choice for bringing this story to life.

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Justice and Cashel

I loved Micheal Pauley's narration.. Victoria Sue has an amazing imagination Askara is wonderful. So glad Cashel found his mate.

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So good!

I have adored this series! If you have liked the previous books, you'll love this one also. I really enjoy how Victoria manages to create characters who don't recognise their own strength. I loved Justice and Cashel and really enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. Highly recommended.

Michael Pauley is especially good for this book. I have to say that I am not a fan of his narration at all - I have always found it too over-acted and cringeworthy, particularly sex scenes or any form of distress. But I didn't struggle with that at all while listening to this audiobook which says a lot! He managed to portray Justice and Cashel so well and told the story incredibly well. I'm impressed!

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  • 25-07-18

Kingdom of Askara #3

Told in a dual POV, this was brutal to listen to at first. I mean that literally – Cashel, an Omega born to a brutal dictator Alpha has been beaten, tortured, and experimented on. When his father, the Alpha of Solonara – Darius, sets out a series of games with the winner getting Cashel to breed we meet Cashel’s mate, Justice and the stakes have never been higher.

Michael Pauley takes over narration duties from Joel Leslie, who voiced the first two books in the Kingdom of Askara series, and I thought he did a terrific job. Strong character voices, a great grasp of adding emotion to the scenes and good timing set up this audio to break your heart and then slowly give you hope.

Victoria Sue is the Queen of putting her characters through hell and back, but making sure they always come out the other side. Maybe a bit battered for it all, but stronger definitely for it. The Alpha Prince does contain some pretty graphic descriptions of torture, but there are also threads of hurt/comfort, with good character development, and a really good pace. The happy ending here is hard won, with plenty of action taking place, and plenty of gasp!worthy moments.

While The Alpha Prince is the third installment in the series, it actually runs concurrently with books one and two The Alpha King and The Alpha Heir, so it could be read as a standalone, however, I think as a listener you’ll get more pleasure if you’ve listened to the others before starting.

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  • Danagirl42
  • 01-08-18

I'm a Fan

You write beautiful werewolf books, action and a love story all in one this just make my day

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  • Keith b miller
  • 26-07-18

it is so worth it

I love this series it is one of my favorites there is no words that I can say to describe how I feel only that i love it all

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  • Lisa Guertin
  • 25-07-18

Awesome!

To say that I always enjoy a book by Victoria Sue just doesn’t cover the gamut of emotions that she challenges her readers to experience. The Alpha Prince is no exception. While I was a bit concerned with how the new narrator for this series would do, I’m quite happy to say that Michael Pauley did an amazing job. I think he is an improvement over the previous narrator who did a very good job as well.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 17-07-18

OMG!!!

I wasn't such how I would feel with the change in narrator until I saw that it was Michael Pauley. So I couldn't wait to hear his take and I wasn't disappointed. First this book to me was the most emotional for me. Victoria Sue has away of ripping my heart out and then putting in back together with this book. Then let's add Michael Pauley narrating the story. OMG!! Just amazing! If you have listen to the first two books get them and then get this one. This is whole series is amazing and I can't wait for more!

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 14-07-18

Oh my, how I love this series!

I read this story in ebook format when it first came out and now I just finished listening to the fantastic audio version of it. Michael Pauley does a great job performing The Alpha Prince and listening to it brought back all of the wonderful feelings I had for this book when I first read it. Below is my review of the ebook.

The stories in this series just keep getting better and better. The books are connected and yet I think they also stand-alone very well. For maximum enjoyment, though, I'd recommend reading them in order.

Justice is the Alpha of his pack. He has sworn to give his people a new place to live where food and water are plentiful. He and his pack will kill the evil Alpha Darius and move to his lands.

Cashel is the son of Alpha Darius and he is an omega. Darius is furious that Cashel wasn't born an alpha therefore he has no heir. It's become Darius's obsession that Cashel's body should be altered so he can birth a pup to carry on their line.

I've said it before; Victoria Sue likes to torture her "boys" but she always gives them an HEA. While no rape actually happens in this story, there are scenes where it nearly happens to Cashel. There are also fairly graphic depictions of fights; lots of blood. While I don’t necessarily enjoy reading those things, they are integral to the story and not just gratuitously thrown in for shock value.

Once again, Victoria Sue's wonderful prose had my emotions all over the place. I laughed and cried and felt lots of things in between the laughter and tears.

I did a beta read of this story for the author and hated putting it down to take care of things in real life. A copy of the audio book was provided to me but this review was given freely and not influenced by the author.

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  • Jason Carter
  • 14-01-20

Ugh!

I couldn’t even get past the first chapter, it was a brutal listen after having Joel Leslie do the first books. No performance can surpass his, I’d rather read this book in my spare time. Definitely an exchange!!!

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  • Loyia T. Lopez
  • 23-06-19

SURPUB. ☆☆☆☆☆

This complete series was superb. Victoria Sue is a beast with her writing and telling a story. The whole series was intelligently written, and her creativity and imagination, Wow. What a talent. Michael Pauley is exceptional with his voice acting and narration. I definitely recommend this series!👍

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  • Claudia Poly
  • 26-05-19

this series is awesome

This series gets better and better - Cashel was born Heir... but as an omega, he was mistreated by his father for his whole life!
Justice destiny was to right all the wrongs done to his people... but when he meets he prince and finds out he is his mate, he has a hard decision to make... choose revenge and hate, or give his mate a chance of the only happiness he ever knew...
awesome book! Great narration - loved it

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  • Rachel_Emily
  • 28-08-18

Great narrator for this story! loved it!

I read this when it first came out and I just loved it, and it was so great getting to listen and fall in love with this book again. The world building, the characters, and all the emotion and angst between Justice and Cashel were just toooooo good and so beautiful. I would say that this book stands very well on its own, but why wouldn't you want to read the other two books in this amazing series?!

The narrator for this was perfect! First of all, he's just an excellent narrator and I pretty much love everything he reads, and his voices for Justice and Cashel were perfect. I always look forward to whatever this author thinks of next, she writes such different stories.

I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review.