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The Knight of Disks (Villainess Book 4) by [Melos, Alana]
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Sometimes, it takes a villain to do a hero's job...

Mauler is missing, presumed dead.

Although Caprice is certain the cheery werewolf has shuffled off the mortal coil, his vampire partner Adira insists he's alive, lost in the forest which came alive around them and swallowed him whole. Their investigation into his disappearance awakens a force which was best left slumbering: Pangea.

When Pangea threatens her beloved city, the villainess Capricious Whim bursts into action, doing everything within her considerable power to turn the threat back... including working with the heroes. Amidst the push and pull of her many working partnerships, Caprice struggles with her enemies, her allies, and herself to organize the biggest strike force Imperial City has ever seen, but will it be enough?

This novel is for mature readers only and contains explicit descriptions of violence and sexual situations. It is dark fantasy/science-fiction centering on a villain as the protagonist and is not for the faint of heart!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twisted, funny, sexy, and full of action! 1 March 2017
By Bryce Calderwood - Published on
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Alana Melos is the author of two series which I really love, and this is one of them (Delilah Devilshot is the other). In this continuation of her supervillainess series, we continue to watch through the eyes of Capricious Whim, AKA Caprice, as she tries to keep her mind from falling apart while scraping through nearly impossible missions.

This is a story told from the bad guys' perspective. This is a series for everyone who thought the bad guys were cooler than the heroes and secretly wanted them to win. Caprice loves to kill for the thrill because she can read emotions, and she drinks in the fear and regret of those dying by her hand like a vampire drinks blood. And yet there's more to Caprice than even she knows... but she's starting to find out. Part of her has been locked away from herself and she's only now beginning to gain access to it. It's changing her in ways she doesn't like. This is progress from the previous book, but you don't get a lot of answers in Knight of Disks. I do know from the author herself that the entire series has many more books to go during which the grand chain of events will unfold.

For being comic book-like, there are a lot of deep and troublesome themes that come up in The Knight of Disks. What are you willing to risk for those you love? How deep does loyalty go? When is a person no longer the person you once knew? How does a villain have principles? Can you actually trust yourself?

Moments of levity throughout keep the story from getting too bogged down in its own heaviness. Much of this is provided by The Nacht Sirene, an ebullient and charming woman who comes from an alternate dimension of Earth in which the Nazis won WWII and ruled the world. There's also a lot of dark humor when Caprice interacts with her... prey, which I enjoyed.

It's hard to talk about specifics for this story without spoiling everything, but this entire series is a must-read: do not miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Villains have all the fun 21 April 2017
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Knight of Disks (Villainess Book 4)
Ruthless, blood crazed, meta-humans without remorse take what they want, whenever they want it. Emotional attachments only get in the way and screw everything up. In Capricious Whim's world, loyalty is hard to find and friends are a luxury she can't afford, but then again... well, it's complicated. The villainess returns and I couldn't be more excited. Caprice had enough problems already: she jumped out of the pan, into the fire, and rolled in the coals but, of course, Mrs. Melos felt a little gasoline could only make the story more fun. If you haven't discovered Caprice's world yet, it's way past time. Unlimited power, death, destruction, lust and possibly the end of the world await your pleasure and you still sit here wondering if it's for you. What's wrong with you? Alana's writing tears you from your book, tosses you into the abyss and beats you to a pulp. You feel every strike, all the pain and know what drives your heroes (I use that term loosely) to do the things they do. A wild romp you won't forget. Another five stars from me. Find out why villains have all the fun. I can only suffer, waiting for the next installment. Type faster Mrs. Melos! Type faster!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The enemy of my enemy is my friend...kind of... 19 January 2017
By KRI - Published on
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With the fourth installment of the Villainess series, Alana has once again proved herself a masterful storyteller. In my opinion, this book is the best of the series so far. With the first being an introduction, the second being heavy on the action, the third being heavy on introspection, the fourth book takes the best of all the previous and gives them to the reader. There is a whole lot of action. There is some much needed levity. There is soul searching and philosophy. All of these elements come together in a way that I can only describe as 'balanced'.

*attention: minor (very minor) spoilers ahead*

This book picks up right after the ending of the third. A rescue mission for Rory, even though Caprice thinks it's futile, is being planned. Caprice and her small group of compatriots head back into the forest to get him back. That decision sets up the entire book. The fallout from it not only affects Caprice and her friends but the city she loves as well. And this enemy is big and bad enough that Caprice has to go looking for more partners, even those that she would never have seen herself working with- the good guys. Within this main story, Alana skillfully weaves several subplots. Some involve Caprice and her newly rediscovered emotions. Some involve both old and new characters. To cover everything would give way too much of the story away, so I will list a few highlights:

Nosferatu makes a huge comeback in this novel and his character has not been watered down. He is still violent, still a predator, still evil.

Malech, the demon also makes an extended appearance. His showdown with Caprice is one of the more disturbing parts of the book.

The white hat, Septimus plays a bigger role in the book. His interactions with Caprice are very interesting, especially in the context of her re-found emotions and how he acts towards her. And how she reacts towards him.

Another strength of this book is Alana's ability to introduce new characters that are fully fleshed. A few new meta humans make an appearance and they are truly interesting and novel. Let's face it, most books about superheros or villains tend to focus on a few main powers- super strength, speed, the ability to fly, to mold matter or energy, being indestructible, and so on. These new characters (which I hope we see more of!) do not follow that template. Their powers are rather unique.

I don't usually comment on grammar, spelling, or things of that nature unless it is something jarring enough to pull me out of the story. Nothing like that happened while I was reading. Everything flowed and I was able to lose myself in this wonderful story.

Overall, this book was a joy to read. And anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy will love it. Frankly, even if you aren't a fan of the
genre, you will love it. As I said above, after reading this book, I think it is the best of the series so far. It is worth everyone's attention and I highly doubt you will be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was good, but I’m still left with a TON of ... 30 January 2017
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This was good, but I’m still left with a TON of questions. The Knight of Disks really only answered one question for me…. Rory. Caprice is still a hardcore and has a lot of personal growth. She is making friends but still reminding them who she is at her core. Although, I think she is a hero trapped in a villains body. LOL! Caprice would totally gut me for saying that.

So, this story took a left turn for me. It was good and exciting and had a lot of action, but it seemed like the story got a mind of its own and it was difficult to figure out where to go. I’m talking about the Green Meanie, Pangea. The story was all about her. Pangea this and Pangea that. Here a Pangea, there a Pangea, everywhere a Pangea. This little meanie was literally everywhere and was… well… a bit underwhelming. I wanted to know more about Caprice and what is locked away in her head. I feel that we are even further away from unlocking the mystery that is Caprice.

I guess I’ll have to wait for that. Anyway, Caprice the Villain makes a deal with a White Hat to save her city. Ahem… hero…. Well, she rallies the other villains for a once in a life time deal that is very difficult to pass up. The catch, you have to battle Pangea and you have to trust that the White Hats wont screw you over.

There was some sex in the book, but not a lot. And to be honest... I'm happy about that. I've personally been in a book funk and I really enjoyed the action/adventure of the story rather than the sexy side. But the sex that's in here, is really great. :) For me... the ending was anticlimactic. I was really expecting a lot more. Maybe that's the book funk still lingering, I don't know. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. This author is an instant buy for me. She is great with world building and I really enjoy every trip I have taken into her twisted mind.

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