[Book Review] Kelraz the Vicious – Cara Wylde

Title: Kelraz the Vicious
Author: Cara Wylde
Published by: Independently Published
Publication date: 14th June 2022
GenreOrc Smut
Pages: 88
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Orc Mates

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Blurb/Synopsis

When the orcs invaded the human dimension, no one could stop them. War raged for years, and now the monstrous beasts have agreed to peace on two conditions: one, the human scientists must rebuild the machine that brought them to this world; and two, they must be provided with fertile brides to bear them orc babies.

Silvie has always believed in the saying, “be the change you want to see in the world”. That’s why she volunteers to become a tribute and goes to one of the first institutes for orc brides to open in North America. Then the institute is attacked, and an orc horde saves the young women from a terrible fate. The orc captain must be rewarded, and Silvie ends up being his prize. She’s always known she would be mated to an orc. She just thought she’d have more time…

Kelraz the Vicious is a monster on the battlefield. He spills his enemies’ blood without remorse, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a code of honor. There’s one thing he won’t stand for – innocent females and children being hurt. On his way to the mountains, he hears the screams of the human females, and swoops in to save them. As a reward, he can pick one of them. He picks Silvie, the curvy, green-eyed beauty who doesn’t flinch at the sight of blood.

Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Seeing as this is what the blog is getting known for…


Sylvie is a human that is training to be an Orc Tribute; a human woman given up to Orc Conquerors in order to appease them and fulfil the gaping hole in their lack of Orc Females. Kelraz and his Warband rescue Sylvie and her female colleagues from a training facility when it comes under attack by jealous human males. Svylie is picked out as a reward for saving them and becomes mated to Kelraz the Vicious.

While it’s a little thin on the ground, Cara Wylde, has packed in a bit of world-building within the novel. Svylie was a nurse on the front lines in the human/orc war and reading about her life and experiences during these times was interesting. She carries herself well, compared to a lot of other female leads in this genre. Also, giving her flaws that could be exploited by others was a well-considered choice. Svylie is gluten intolerant, so seeing this represented in a novel about races that don’t understand each other added another level of complication to their trials.

I’d like to have learned a bit more about Kelraz as a character, he seemed conspicuous by his absence – most of the story he was off hunting or providing for his Warband – and I could feel a missed trick in Sylvie becoming attached to another orc in the book; which would have made for a wonderful love-triangle situation between them, Kelraz and Sylvie, that made the only female orc character in the novel even more spiteful; as though trying to get her own way by force and hatred wasn’t enough. As it was, the plot was pretty standard affair in terms of Orc-Smut. The heroine falls for the big brute, there’s smutty scenes and breeding happens. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’d have liked a bit more spice in the romance scenes as the ones here fell a bit flat, as thought he characters were just going through the motions rather than having fun!

Kelraz is known as the Vicious, but I didn’t really see that side of him; sure he kills people and has a firey temper, but I didn’t really see him as any more vicious than any of the other Orcs in these books.

There’s an over-arching sense in these stories of a much bigger picture and a world to be developed. I also find this the case with Celeste King’s Protheka series of Orc Erotica. There’s a world waiting to be explored and revealed, but we’re never quite taken there. Kelraz the Vicious is the 8th book in Cara Wyldes Orc Mates series, so maybe this ground is already covered elsewhere? I’ll have to go back to the beginning and see if that book tells me how the world came to be as it is. It was fascinating seeing Kelraz and his Warband building a home from the side of a cavern, those little details into how the races differ are brilliant and I’d love to read more of that sort of thing, alongside the romance and steam.

Needless to say, I’m not done with this series or author, I enjoy their work and am only critical of it because I want to know more, see more and experience a greater depth of the characters and world, rather than just the surface they display.

It would also be amazing if the authors of these books revisited some of the characters they created and written about. What’s next in store for Kelraz, Sylvie and their warband? We’ll never know.

Summary

Another enjoyable Orc Romp! Pretty standard in terms of how the couple meets – it’s tribute time with a slight twist – the romance and steam were decent if a little flat and the whole plot felt a little to swift and organised, would have loved to see a few curve-balls thrown to throw me off the scent of the plot.


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