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King of Dublin

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fergus Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simple life in the Irish countryside. But with winter comes sickness, and Darragh must travel to Dublin in search of medicine. What he finds there is a ruined city ruled by a madman, where scavenging is punishable by death . . . or conscrip ...more
ebook, 375 pages
Published February 24th 2014 by Riptide Publishing (first published February 22nd 2014)
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Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written February 24, 2014

3.5 Stars - a raw, horrible, cruel dystopia, yet captivating - the love will always win, right?

I was both thrilled and surprised then in January when I at last got an M/M romance to ARC read. A one I asked for and really wanted. ~ I've really enjoyed the books by Lisa Henry I read earlier. Heidi Belleau's writing is new for me.

Before I even started to read King of Dublin, I heard and saw some critical comments. Easy frightened as I am, it was therefore with both fear (fo
Lisa Henry
Dec 03, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, it's my first collaboration with Heidi Belleau!

It has three of my favourite things: sex, violence, and Irish boys.

I hope you guys like it!

Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, kindle-archive, arc
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that this book was not quite what I expected it to be, and I enjoyed that. The characters were felt honest to me. I really felt for Ciaran. He had been such a naive idealist before he was captured it broke my heart to see what years of slavery had done to him. There were times I was frustrated by him, but I always understood the anger and the fear that drove his words, and actions. Looking from the outside he doe
Vanessa North
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to review for several reasons, but I'm going to give it a try. ;) One reason it is difficult to review is that the m/m fiction world, as diverse as it is, tends to be pigeonholed into being a subgenre of romance, even though some books don't really fit that mold. Other books are sort of shoehorned into that mold. I felt some of that with this book--which makes it difficult to review as a romance without taking into account that this story reads like two books.

Book one is
Emma Sea
Jan 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
The review that said, "Ugh, all the rape and torture" made me really want to read this.
Shoo shoo! Off my feed and out of my mind you go.:/

Our review can be found here.


2.5 stars

If you are looking for an bleak dystopian read, the King of Dublin, set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Ireland, delivers. It is relentlessly dark and disturbing. Unfortunately, the title leaves me confused about the intention of it all… is it a horror story or a romance?

This is a Mad Max-ian kind of world where a crazy, rat-bastard slum thug proclaims himself king of the mountain. Boru holds total dominion. He leads a gang of fellow thugs who keep a stranglehold on the starving peopl
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was kind of a quandary for me. It is really well written but the subject matter was what kind of ruined the book for me. I feel like the more books we see out there with non-consent, dubious consent, rape, torture and sexual slavery, the more we are promoting rape culture as a whole. I believe that everyone has the right to the kinks that they like but there was little positive in this book. I came away from reading it wishing for more positive. I wanted to believe that something good ...more
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
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4 Powerful Stars

Per Riptide - Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

dubious consent
explicit violence

My Review:

Powerful. Brutal. Hopeful.

Even if that hope is just out of reach.

I had the very fortunate pleasure of beta reading this during it’s writing process. It gave me chills then and is still giving me chills now. It’s visual, visceral and vicious. Before you pick this one up know what you’re getting into. The brutality holds no bars. Th
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, dmc, mm, bgirls

A review by The Blogger Girls.

I was pretty excited about this one when it came across my radar. Although I’m not generally a fan of futuristic stories, this one just drew me in. It takes place twenty years in the future where the world has all but been destroyed. People are doing what they can to survive, mainly in different groups or factions, while the main city of Dublin is run by the very brutal King Boru who rules by force and brutality.

King Boru’s treasured pet (treasured in his eyes) is C
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed, lisa-h, riptide, pba
3.5 Stars

A Very Dark World Desperate for Some Light... Review up on Prism Book Alliance

This was a mixed bag for me. I really struggled to figure out exactly why it missed the mark in some ways for me, and while in others, it was stellar.

The last third of the book is when I became fully invested and wanted more. The ending was fantastic. This is one those that could become a multi-volume universe.

I was provided an ARC by Riptide in exchange for my honest review.
Trisha Harrington
A book with Irish characters? Wohoo!
James Cox
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seriously dark and dirty but fantastic world building.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amber by: Cassandra
Ok, I like both these authors and I thought and Irish story might be interesting but this one just fell flat for me. Even if this is set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland I really didn't feel much of the country in this book. Yes there are Irish names and a little Gaelic thrown in but this could have really been anywhere. Then the reason for Ireland's demise is a little vague, a bad disease sometime in the past not to long ago wiped out a lot of people, but some countries are doing better. I just co ...more
Set in a future dystopian Irealand which is really exceptionally well portrayed. Speaking as someone who lives in present day (Northern) Ireland - it was great to find a book that used the geography and colloquialisms without ever falling into cliche. However, I struggled with rating King of Dublin because it has loads of really good elements but I found other aspects difficult to accept.

I loved the vortex of violence and madness (of Boru the self-proclaimed King of Dublin) of secrets and truth
Alicia Nordwell
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
If dubious consent is not your thing, don't read this book. If violence and insanity are not your thing, don't read this book. If non-consensual sex is not your thing, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. There is a great story for those who can handle graphic content and enjoy dystopian stories, though. This pushed the very edge of my limits to read. It bugs the crap outta me though, when people who don't like that content drag down a book's rating, when they were warned! So, I'm warning again, like many oth ...more
Thomaidha Papa
5 Hearts
Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

...This story takes your breath away… literally. I picked it up and I was entranced by its beauty. Yes, of course it was dark and brutal. Yes, it made me cringe and it made me scared shitless at some points, it caused me agony from fear for the characters, it enraged and made me furious and most of the time I wanted to rip Boru’s heart and stomp on it. And good God it made me live this story with an intensity that had me panting and tearing up and t
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it

Sadly, very disappointing...

You can read our review here

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Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These two really know how to handle a dark and gritty storyline, and then leave you with tears as the finish comes. Dystopian fiction makes me think about the future, our future as humanity...and this book really pushed the limits. I loved it!!
Very dark, but also sends a powerful message. Full review on booklikes and my blog.
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

This was a hard book to get through. I think it took me about five days of picking it up, putting it back down and taking regular breathers for me to finally finish it. The subject matter is what was difficult. I read the blurb and have read these authors before, so I had an idea of what I was getting into by picking it up, I just didn’t realize how difficult it would be to have such content set against such a bleak, depressing
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have not received compensation for this review, it's freely given.

This book is set in dystopian world where millions of people have died from a pandemic, the economy has crashed, & the world has become somewhat primitive again. Dublin, Ireland is now ruled by a psychotic self-proclaimed king.

Darragh travels to Dublin seeking medicine to help his village survive another winter where he's detained by the King's men. H
This was pretty uncomfortable for the first few chapters, but once I got into it I just stayed up all night and finished it, around 5:30 eyes were so blurry, I actually went to my office twisted a 28" dell into portrait so I had 1/2" type? so I became pretty committed to finishing this book,

Pretty tired guess I will need to write a few notes later
4.0 Stars

Oooh, boy. This one was rough.

Not the writing; that was really good, really evocative. It was the content. Well, the first half of the content.

If you like non-con this will be right up your alley. Luckily, the story takes place in a dystopian future Ireland and as such I was able to compartmentalize it or else I'm not sure I'd have gotten through that first half. But it's a totally believable future, one where a mysterious plague wipes out a huge swath of civilization, and a country th
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was brutal - though I expected nothing less. I was very happy with the ending and could see a sequel happening to tie off some ends.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
I received a free uncorrected copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Despite being almost 400 pages long, I read KING OF DUBLIN in about a night, staying up until five in the morning to finish the book. This novel is dark and gritty and I needed to finish it fast. This book contains hardcore themes like sexual slavery, rape, dub-con, gang rape, humiliation, public sex, loss of virginity, death and graphic violence.

KING OF DUBLIN is set in a apocalyptic Ireland where there is little o
M.L. Pond
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published over at Reading Speculative Queer Romance.

It's been a long time since a novel emotionally gutted me like King of Dublin. It's dark, it's bleak, and you are definitely advised to read the associated warnings on the publisher's site.

The novel opens with survivor of the pandemic, Darragh, who has until this point struggled to carve out existence in his small home village with a few other survivors somewhere in the south of Ireland near Cork. But he's left his vi
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, romance
I was so excited for this book - the summary looks fantastic and so, SO interesting! It had all the makings of a story I'd love: m/m romance, apocalyptic, a twisted king... but it just failed to deliver. Don't get me wrong, I read the whole thing. The writing flowed well and so did all the conversation, but the it was incredibly slow. It dragged on for ages and I just got bored. The plot was straightforward, but I think I would've found it a lot more interesting and engaging if the character dev ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really don't have to think twice about giving this five stars. I could barely put it down and it was truly an emotional rollercoaster for me - that ended with me wearing a silly, happy smile. I would have hugged and kissed my kindle if I wasn't so paranoid about getting smudges on the screen. ;P

That being said, the story was perfect for me, but certainly not for everyone. It's very dark and cruel at times, and there's a lot of non-con going on that will make you shudder and squirm (at least it
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. It is split into two parts, "Book 1" and "Book 2" and the first book tells us about how our MC's come to be and how they meet. There was a lot of things I found hard to read in this book; subject matters that made me uncomfortable and the King's cruelness is palpable. Book two gives us a little more info from some of the past and then delves back into the story where book one ended. There were parts of the book I kind of rolled my eyes at while reading...mainly some of t ...more
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