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Mathilda Zeller
The Bee King
When the crops fail, the monsters come. When the monsters come, they buy the daughters. Alice would do anything to keep her sister and cousin out of the hands of the monsters. She would even accept a marriage proposal from the Bee King, the mysterious honey magnate allegedly driving the prosperity of the empire. But when she arrives at the Apiary, the secluded estate of her betrothed, nothing is as it seems. The empire's wealthy and famous are converging upon the estate and she soon learns that the Bee King is not marrying her for love or lust, but third reason--a dark, strange, and deadly reason.

Zeller seamlessly weaves Jazz age intrigue and body horror together, with a very damaged, but determined main character you cannot help but cheer for. By the time I finished reading this, I was deeply unsettled…for all the right reasons.

Who is friend and who is foe? Who is predator and who is prey?

“The Bee King” will live rent free in the heads of everyone who reads this for a very long time.

Disclaimer: This book contains some language, gore, suggestive themes, and themes of human trafficking, which may not be appropriate for young readers. Reader discretion is advised.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


    Highly visceral, gorgeous feminine rage. I wept. 

    (Please note that I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)