Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Savage King by Michelle M. Pillow

The Savage King

by Michelle M. Pillow

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
652183,505 (4.43)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
Michelle M Pillow is actually one of my first author with scifi romance and I've read most of her books (Dragon Lords, Lord of Var, Galaxy Playmates and Zhang Dynasty)in my early days during university and surprisingly I really enjoy it with my current rereading. Mostly since I've been reading depressing crap lately that made this pulpy indie romance an enjoyable experience. That and the fact I've recently found out about the continuation of the Dragon Lord series that I'm plowing through some of my old Pillow reads to fill in my reading challenge.

"The Savage King" is a direct continuation from the fourth Dragon Lords series. Unlike that series, Lord of Var is set in a linear timeline as the series goes on. Its quite a standalone book but you'll miss some key point of the story that tie up the four dragon lords books together. The book started with Agent Ulyssa Payne who went undercover and hitch a ride with the Galaxy Bride agency to track down a crime boss but due to the events in the Dragon Lords series, she was left stranded on the barbaric planet. But the Var King Attor accidentally found her and kidnap her to add her into his collection. Lyssa was unwillingly held captive inside Attor's harem for days until she found a chance to escape but she fell upon the arms of Attor's eldest son, Prince Kirill.

I always did like Lyssa and Kirill's interactions in this book. Lyssa was a spunky independent secret agent and Kirill was an alpha barbaric sexy warrior shifter prince slash king who doesn't know how to handle a girl and Lyssa isn't any kind of girl. As usual, this leads to a lot of interesting scenes between them.

Unlike a lot of novels, Lyssa isn't one of those fake strong action girl character. She's not the ones majority PNR writers love to write and gave up with the strong girl halfway and turn her into witless girl drowning in a puddle who can't handle a very masculine character. It is a sexy romance novel so naturally there will be some bed action but Lyssa is still the spunky independent girl she is until the end of the novel. She fought hard against her captive (no Stockholm syndrome here, she really did get herself into the mess on her own), she try to reason with Kirill on most thing he couldn't grasp on woman psyche and at times frustrated by him and also found herself self-conscious about falling in love. She can fight on her own against any opponent but if you're in a planet where every guy was either a dragon or a cat shifter, thats hard. Personally, I don't really care much about too much character depth with a romance novel but there's some part about Lyssa that hook me on. (So was most of the female characters written by Ms Pillow)

As a bodice ripper character King Kirill is quite a lovable guy on its own. He had some issues with his father's upbringing but luckily he's quite a normal guy with normal issue. Besides, the first time Kirill and Lyssa met where she basically paw all over him, he noted that she's been drugged by an aphrodisiac. Instead of taking advantage of her, he let her go to sleep it all out. Of course there's a lot of sexy moments between them and a lot of misunderstand, but here's the thing, Kirill respect her as a woman. She's a strange unconventional girl but nobody is romanticising abuse here. This isn't a captive romance fantasy with paperthin characterization. All of the characters in the book was in some way a character of their own, you get all the four couples from the Dragon Lords series and then you get some introduction with Kirill's brothers and I do have some favourites like Falke and Jarek. Although I didn't really care about the overwhelming amount of pregnancies in the book but you got to be cheesy at some point right?

Its been years but I'm glad that I found myself liking the series again. Var series have always been a favourite of mine more than Draig series. I think because I got sick of all the bodice ripper werewolf/vampire PNR indie books I've been reading that I went back to my old favourites. The world need more scifi romance and also, tiger shifters. I need more tiger shifters. ( )
  aoibhealfae | Jun 2, 2014 |
I started this book and then put it down. Don't know why but I wasn't into it. Nevertheless, I picked it back up and I'm sure glad I did. The story was very good. You would think with the title "Savage King", the king in the story would be just that-savage. But King Kirill is not. His father ("King Attor"), who dies early in the story, was savage & ruthless but Kirill is nothing like his father. However, Kirill has to live in the footsteps of his father, fighting to prove he is nothing like his father and his own internal battle of proving he is a better man than his father. Agent Ulyssa Payne is the main character in the story but she really is overshadowed by King Kirill. She is bitchy, and feisty but it is King Kirill that shows her she is truly more than her agent status. I never expected to do a review of erotica but I really like the story and the characters. It's not just steamy sex! ( )
  Readingfanatic1 | Aug 4, 2010 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Futuristic Romance A girl with a mission.. Agent Ulyssa Payne is on a mission. It's her job to make sure the Medical Mafia leader doesn't leave the planet of Qurilixen. But, when her target is killed by his own daughter, her mission is over. Now, she's stuck on a barbarian planet for three months until the Agency comes to get her. Getting kidnapped by King Attor, she's left in the Var harem to await his return. But, when the King dies in battle and doesn't come for her, she's stuck dealing with his son, the new savage King of the Var. This is one complication Ulyssa didn't need. A royal complication.. The Var Princes were raised by a hard man who put no stock in love-especially love with one woman. Bred to never take a life mate, these men will do everything in their power to live up to the dead King Attor's expectations and never fall in love. Kirill is a man who must do his duty, only he didn't expect to do it so soon. When his father dies, he knows it's his destiny to be King. What he didn't expect is the troublesome mistress that's now his to deal with. Like The Dragon Lords series by Michelle M. Pillow? Come meet the Var! This book picks up where the Dragon Lords left off. However, you do not have to read the series in order. Warning: The Var Princes were raised by a hard man who put no stock in love--especially love with one woman. Yeah, we'll see how that works for them. Contains adult content.… (more)

LibraryThing Author

Michelle M. Pillow is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
55 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.43)
4 8
5 6


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,261,906 books! | Top bar: Always visible