SOMETIMES LOVE DOESN’T CHANGE THE WORLD. SOMETIMES IT CHANGES ALL OF THEM.Rhuun, the half-human and wholly-reluctant prince of the demons, has finally reunited with his fiery Lelet. It’s too bad they must hide behind a facade of icy indifference to fool those who are determined to keep demons and humans apart…by any means necessary. There is more at stake than bringing the miracle of rain back to Eriis. It’s not just sand and lost royals poised to come through the newly-opened Door. Something ancient is hungry, and fat, complacent Mistra won’t stand a chance. Even worse, whispers and shadows speak of blood magic that could destroy not just The Door, but all Doors—forever—barring the way home for lovers and enemies alike. Will the love Rhuun and Lelet have moved worlds to share be the very thing they must sacrifice to save their worlds? Full of her signature blend of exquisite world-building, sly humor, and poignant prose, The River King is the gripping conclusion to Kim Alexander’s critically-acclaimed Demon Door saga.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 +
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is the fourth and final Demon Door novel. Readers have followed half human demon Prince Rhuun of Eriis as he grows from a lonely misfit born without magic, to his trip to the forbidden world of humans, Mistra. They've met Lelet, a spoiled heiress looking for an adventure who becomes a fierce warrior. Now their love may bring the rain back to Eriis and save both worlds.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The books follow both Rhuun and Lelet from their childhood, so I got to watch them grow up along with readers. Rhuun is deeply kind, has severe social anxiety, and a drinking problem. Also he can't tell a joke. Lelet is impulsive, passionate, and would jump off a cliff if she thought it would save a friend. I don't feel like I came up with them, I feel like they grew off the page.
Rhuun was feeling pretty good about things, on the whole.
Ilaan, as always, could see right into his heart. "You seem awfully happy, considering your position."
"My position? Probably no worse than this time yesterday. In fact, I'd call it a good deal better." Beyond having Lelet back by his side, other than Ilaan coming home to him, Rhuun supposed there were a few things he'd have to attend to. "We know about this Auri, for instance."
Auri. Who in the space of this one conversation had gone from his rival, his replacement, Lelet’s ‘good, honest man,’ to the puppet of Yuenne: Ilaan’s father and Rhuun’s oldest, first enemy. No, Auri wasn’t a good man in the least, but a liar and a dangerous adversary.
"Thanks to you," added Lelet. "We really are grateful." Despite her words, she looked like she wanted to set something or someone ablaze. Her hands twitched and sparked. She turned to Rhuun . "What are you going to do?"
"I think it's more a question of what the two of us intend to do." He paused. "Auri wants to kill me. I think I'd prefer he didn't. He wants you, and that's out of the question. He wants the High Seat of Eriis, apparently he's under the impression they've removed the 'being from Eriis’ clause. As much as I'd love for him to have a whack at it, I feel like we'd better stop him there as well. What else was there?"
"Well, your mother." Lelet poured herself another cup of coffee.
"And your uncle," said Ilaan. "What is it with your family?"
Ilaan wasn’t wrong. His mother had lied to force them apart and handed the crown to his uncle, his strange and distant Uncle Araan, whose desires remained obscure. “Um, I believe we can also throw your father into the mix, speaking of families." Ilaan looked away, and Rhuun wished he hadn't spoken. Things were better between them, but they weren’t good. "You mentioned a plan?"
Ilaan smiled. "It'll be terribly unpleasant for both of you, and mainly works to achieve my goals. Just so we're clear."
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