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The Elven King's Captive

(Fated Elves #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  50 reviews
An omega elven king is shocked to discover his alpha... is a human construction worker?

When Dustin stumbles into Casersis and touches his magic amulet, Dustin’s hint of elven blood starts a magical chain reaction that puts him in mortal danger. The amulet’s power begins to rewrite his DNA from human to elf, and if humanity finds out, he’ll become a science experiment at be
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published February 5th 2021 by Magelight Press
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I received an ARC from GRR and this is my honest review.

First book I've read by this author and there was a lot I liked:

- Omega-verse: I'm a sucker for an omega verse universe, and being Elves is cherry on top.
- Self lubricating omegas.... HELL YES! I love that.
- The Elf king, who is older than time, is an omega, and the human with the elf blood is the Alpha. Loved the role reversal.
- I appreciated the fact that there wasn't talk of love and mates and these kinds of feeling in the beginning
Diane Dannenfeldt
This is a new to me author and I can't wait to read more by her. I'm normally don't read books about elf's, but the blurb on this one kind of grabbed me. Dustin is human and poor and life is not easy. The way they are treated by the upper class is horrible. I want to "see" more of the elven world. On the way home from work, Dustin literally runs into Cass and he inadvertently touches Cass's necklace and something starts to happen. Cass decides that he is going to take over Dustin's life and star ...more
Sera Grigori
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
(I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.)

2.5 stars, rounded up.

I want to preface all of this by saying that this book was chalked full of potential. I loved the premise of the futuristic world and the fantasy elements tied into it. I loved the idea of an ancient, ousted king desperate for love and acceptance. I loved this different and interesting take on the a/b/o thing, including the transformation between species.

However, I also feel like this book fell extreme
Jacquie Stewart
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it

I was loving this until about 70% in when Dustin and his attitude took the shine off it. He had to do the one thing everyone told him not to. Was being kept in the castle that bad?
I really liked Cass and felt sorry for him. He tried to make things nice and had been alone for so long. He couldn't seem to do right for doing wrong
Coline Peterson
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book intrigued me from the moment I read the blurb, so as I opened the first page and read to the very last I was enthralled, drawn into a totally new dynamic between humans and elves in a totally new universe. I really enjoyed this story about how working through all the difficulties that Devon and Casersis faced not only being from two different races, then adding different backgrounds and life styles to prove that love can win at least for now.
Jacqueleen  ♡
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time with my review for this book. I think if I had read this BEFORE I read the novella Soulbond: The Omega's Assassin which introduces us to this universe, I may have enjoyed it a bit more. I kept looking for the things from the previous book that I loved in this one, like the connection to a soul mount. The novella ended too quickly for me, I wanted so much more, where The Elven King's Captive dragged in the middle a bit. The same thing was discussed in different ways over an ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Casersis is an elf. Forced out of his home, living with humans for time untold, accepting his fate. Dustin is human, until he’s not. Being changed into an elf against his will by Casersis’ magic. It’s not how he saw his life playing out but he is powerless against the fate that brought them together. As they bond he’s more confused than ever.

Alpha and omega happening here. Dustin is the alpha which put an interesting twist into the story. Some angst but just mostly confusion between what Dustin
Joyfully Jay
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

The Elven King’s Captive sounded quite intriguing from the blurb. It’s set in a futuristic world, something rare for an omegaverse story. It is also a features elven heroes, again, something rare for omegaverse. I was also intrigued by Cass, who is insanely wealthy, powerful, and older than time itself, being the omega, while the 20-year-old Dustin who is new to this world is the alpha. So there were so many interesting elements built into the set up here, but un
I really enjoy Vesper’s writing and find myself intrigued by the worlds she creates. While I really did enjoy this new world and the characters, it just didn’t quite grab me the way I’m used to with Vesper’s works. I think it spent too much time on the will they/won’t they and rebasing of the same arguments, and the world building fell to the wayside. I’ll definitely continue the series because the potential is there and I know Vesper will ultimately make me fall in love.
P Leslie
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review, m-m
I’ve been looking forward to this book but sadly, it didn’t quite meet my expectations.

The story dragged a lot and there wasn’t much going on. Cass and Dustin kept having the same conversation over and over again and sadly, it became rather tedious. The characters and their bond wasn’t developed sufficiently. Dustin went from being wary and timid to becoming a dom in the bedroom which took me by surprise.

This book was hit and miss for me.

*I voluntarily read this book. All opinions stated are
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I’m totally in love with Casersis, and I kinda like Dustin. Actually I’d like to throttle Dustin sometimes, but I do understand his dilemma.
Excellent world building and Mpreg is possible according to the blurb we won’t be seeing it in this series which for me is a bit of a bummer, but it’s not my book...
I will still recommend this book for those who enjoy fantasy. Happy reading
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up

This is a book that has a little bit of several genres, and it works out pretty well! First, you've got Elves, so Fantasy; add a futuristic touch here and there for some Sci-fi; and, last, but certainly not least, it's Omegaverse, AO in this book, where mpreg is possible, but not portrayed here. Vesper creates vivid imagery for this atypical example of AO dynamics.

Casersis, the Evin king, is an ageless omega far from home. His character is well developed, and we learn much ab
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love, Dustin and Casersis from The Elven King's Captive by Devon Vesper. It's the first book in the Fated Elves series. The 73,000-word non-shifter omegaverse novel is set in a world where mpreg (male pregnancy) is a fact of life. However, this series does not end with a baby or pregnancy. So those of you who don't like mpreg can still read this one. Dustin is an alpha and has been on his own since he was emancipated from his foster parents at the age of 16, and because of life exp ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first book by this author so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. These two main characters stole my heart though. Cass may be old and a very important/wealthy person in Shadetree but he is terrified that Dustin will reject him. He is very high handed in his ways and has trouble understanding things from Dustin’s perspective which definitely causes them issues in their fledgeling relationship. All Dustin wants to is be given options, to be asked. He doesn’t understand what is happeni ...more
Emily Pennington
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Transforming Dustin . . .

A change begins when Dustin stumbles into Casersis, an ancient elf, and touches his magic amulet by accident. Dustin has a small amount of elven blood that is triggered by the amulet to start a magical reaction in him. The power of the amulet changes his DNA from human to elf, which could put him in danger if humans find out and use him as a science experiment.

The story becomes different now from what we usually read about elves. Casersis was a king and is used to getti
caroline wilson
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it

This was a hard one to review as I did come to enjoy the story but at the start I was a bit lost. It's fantasy, but set within the modern world but I don't know if it was because of an influx of information and I became muddle and therefore it took me a while to grasp but once I did everything fell into place and I could start to enjoy it and it's detailed world.
Dustin I could of slapped a few times, yes the world of elves etc was new to him but he was like one of those heriones in tv shows,
"The Elven King's Captive" marks my first e-book foray into a magical fantasy world involving elves of the non-Christmas variety, and it wasted no time capturing my attention and imagination. It's as much a story about alphas/omegas and fated mates as it is class difference and self-identity, with a touch of Beauty & the Beast.

I really felt for Casersis and his profound loneliness, and for the angst and conflicted emotions he and Dustin feel over Dustin's transformation from human to elf. Their
Zinnia Rodriguez
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy for an honest review.

Dustin Juniper is a regular guy. Working construction to earn enough money to get into community college. That is until he accidentally bumps into Casersis and touches his amulet. This triggers a transformation in Dustin. Casersis is a couple of millennia old exiled omega elven king. He was exiled from his realm by his son for not accepting his son's chosed mate. Casersis has spent many lifetimes alone, longing for companionship, his own soulmount, and he b
Szidi ☼
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings with this book. First when I saw it, I wanted to read it, but I had a feeling that it wouldn't be as good as I wanted it to be. So I put it aside. Then I saw this book recommended all the time and everyone said good things about it, so I thought, yeah, probably my mind was playing me and I should read it, so I picked it up and started to read.

The first half of the book was really good, and I really enjoyed the story and the characters too. But after a while it got boring a
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of the book for my honest review.

To start off, it took me a while to get into this book, usually I can tell if a book will be a nonstop read or a pick up once in a while read. This book fell somewhere in the middle. Though the book already gave a preview of the two main characters dynamic, I would have been really confused if Vesper didn’t. Sometimes the omega acted like the alpha and the alpha seemed like the omega, only after getting through 25% of the book did thei
Brandyn L
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
ꌚO ᗰᗩᑎY ᑕOᑎᖴᒪᎥᑕTᎥᑎᘜ ᗴᗰOTᎥOᑎꌚ

**review was written as i read**
Ordinarily I absolutely adore Devon Vesper’s works, but I have a few issues with this story. This second book takes place in the human
world instead of the magic realm and there are more than a few jolts and jerks where the two worlds are different {of course}, but the human realm isn’t “our” world, and this wasn’t made known beforehand. Almost immediately we have oddities and idiosyncrasies that apparently the reader must already unde
Jocelyn Friedrich
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Omg. So this book was worth staying up till 2:30am to binge read it. I liked Dustin. He's got grit, sticks to his morals, is intelligent, fiercely independent, and has been given a shit hand so far in life.

Cass is MILLIONS of years old, was a king, and now lives on the human plane. I got why Cass was how he was, but I didn't like him individually. I do like that Dustin is slowly bringing on changes in him so he might get to where I like him. You also can meet him in Soulbound (which is another a
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

There are so many intriguing things about this book:

A world that mixes futuristic and fantasy elements
A unique take on a/b/o dynamics, including power structures and species identity
A character who, in theory, is fascinating: an elven king without the power or love he craves so intensely.

I love all of this: my only quibble is with the execution, which, while it builds a fantastic world, allows the central relationship to stagnate almost from the beginning. Dustin and Cass have chemist
Susan Marie  Beattie
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Fated mates

Exiled elven king Casersis accidently exposes construction worker Dustin to an elven pendant that rewrites Dustins DNA to elven.

Casersis doesn't tell Dustin and just drags him about town getting him new clothing and taking him to dinner. At dinner they run into Casersis' nemesis Erastus.

Casersis needs to keep Dustin's elven status quiet and keep.him protected so his first action is to basically put him on lock down in his home.

Dustin hates it, they spend a lot of time arguing. They
Chelle Britton
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
In the Elvin King's Captive readers are introduced to Dustin, the captive, and Casersis, the elvin king.

And wow, what an introduction.

This is the first book in a series that seems like it going to be quite an emotional roller coaster. Dustin is a average guy in a city that seems to only care about the rich. And Casersis is a rich man Dustin quite literally runs into. An boom! Its the beginning of something wonderful and kind of dark at times. Going onto detail will just spoil the story, so if y
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
All ears

Beth was my favorite in this book. She stole the show with her attitude, gumption and caring nature. All our lives would benefit from having Beth in them. Although there was bit too much flowery language for me, I did really like the premise of this world. Elves, magic, mystery, it’s a fantasy I’d love to live in. Casersis, or Cass, frustrated me with his need to protect and hold on so tightly but one thing’s for sure, you’d never doubt you were cherished with him around. Dustin is a tro
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
This book by Devon Vesper is an intriguing start to a new multi-book series. Ms. Vesper has a gift for creating unique and creative worlds and interesting and compelling characters. I found the premise and machinations of this world intriguing, especially the whole idea of transforming into a different species. There is some alpha/omega structure here, although sometimes the roles seemed reversed, which threw me a little. I have to admit, this book was a little slow in places for me, but I know ...more
Ida Umphers
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that elves are not usually my favorite characters in stories, but this world completely enveloped me from the first and I loved the elven characters. I enjoyed the way the author handled the changes Dustin undergoes and the way he begins to discover how his new reality works. It was unexpected that the character that was changing was to be the alpha in the relationship and I appreciated that twist. I was prepared to find it hard to accept that he would fall in true love with someone ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Roller coaster of emotions

What a ride. I enjoyed reading about these guys and getting a more detailed look at Casersis and his life. To see the dynamic between him and Dustin is very intense. There were many tears and some laughs. There were parts that simply broke my heart. I did not realize that this was a to be continued book when I started it, so it does leave you on a state of anxious energy not knowing how these things will turn out. I did really enjoy them and I wished for the best for t
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! I love the idea of magic and elves in a modern, futuristic world. The romance has its ups and downs, as all relationships do, that does not feel very natural at first, but becomes better as the characters figure it out and open up to each other. The plot is easy to understand, the way the reader is introduced to this new world is done organically, and it’s really nice to see Casersis and Dustin grow closer. I actually teared up a few times when they had some of their wors ...more
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