Reign to Ruin continues in the same Omegaverse as the Crave series, but follows different characters. It can possibly be read as a standalone, but it’s probably easier to understand if you read the MoM series first.
The story starts out slow, but the dynamic between Malloron and Amara is intriguing, gaining momentum for the story and making it difficult to put down.
In the previous MoM books, King Malloron learns that there are Omega spies within his castle, but he doesn’t know why they’re there. He isn’t thrilled that there are people within his home that are deceiving him, but he isn’t necessarily threatened either. Even more, Malloron’s excited, too, but not because he’s an Alpha looking for a mate. No, there’s a secret reason he needs an Omega and he’s beyond pleased when he discovers Amara, a beautiful servant he suspects is an Omega.
There’s a rumor of Malloron’s kingdom capturing children and holding them hostage in the Red Dungeon, and that’s where the Omega spies come in. Amara is one of the Omega leaders and she’s determined to find and free the imprisoned children she believes are being kept as slaves. Working as a servant, she has seen the horrors and results of Malloron’s pleasure chamber, and is sickened when he sets his sights on her, leading to her pushing away and Malloron refusing to let her go.
Malloron is not a good guy, but compared to his personality in the first three books, in Reign he’s more of a Malloron-light. He’s selfish and crosses many lines, but he’s not as dark as I expected. (He does own slaves (most of them are sex slaves), but it’s often just mentioned and never shown, so it’s easy to ignore and forget about.) He was really taken by Amara and although he doesn’t treat her like gold, he still treats her fairly well for a captive and he acquiesces to most of her demands. Amara was strong and fought Malloron on everything, but she was a pretty crappy spy. I think with such a proud character I expected her to be better at her job.
I liked the story and plan on reading the next one, but my biggest issue with the book was the amount of editing errors. Even for an ARC it was rife with so many mistakes that it often impeded my ability to understand what Ellis was trying to say.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.