Short Take: “King’s Bounty,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5

King’s Bounty (Livi Talbot) is sort of book 3.5 in Skyla Dawn Cameron’s “Livi Talbot” series. It takes place after Emperor’s Tomb [review], and is a novella about a short adventure that takes place locally to where Livi lives in Canada. While it probably isn’t necessary to the series, I would absolutely read it in order. Not only is it a great little adventure, but who would voluntarily turn down the opportunity to see Dale West babysit six-year-old Em for a night??

We get to see more than usual from West’s viewpoint, which is really neat. Normally we see his actions through Livi’s eyes. He clearly has a ton of fun babysitting Em, and it brings out a whole other side to him.

Livi and her date are having a perfectly nice evening until they get kidnapped. Trace Diaz seems nice, he doesn’t mind that she keeps checking for texts from West in case anything goes wrong with Em, and Livi’s genuinely having fun! At first it seems like he isn’t going to handle the situation they find themselves in at all well, but Livi’s able to poke and prod him into rising to the occasion.

This is a really fun little novella, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the series.

After a final glance at the mirror, I opened the front door. “I should be home by ten or eleven.”
Spoiler alert: I was not.

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