Book Review #3

Hi! Once again i’m taking part in Bethany House’s Blogger review program, this time Jill Williamson’s King’s Blood, the sequel to King’s Folly, my review of which can be found here.

This is the official back-cover blurb from their website:

They Flee for Their Lives, But Will a New Home Be Found?

The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unknown, desperate to find land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, dangerous storms, and dark magic endanger his life and the survival of his people.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this promised Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

This book has some of everything; wars, sea voyages, forbidden and encouraged romances, slavery and freedom, and will appeal to everyone in some way. As a fan of fantasy, especially biblically based fantasy, I found this to fit very nicely into the genre, and yet being different – in a good way. The flock of people, fleeing their sinking and dissolving homeland, crossing an ocean to find a new, promised land, reflecting much of the same journey described in the Old testament.

Sâr Wilek, prince heir to the throne of Armania, faces a large challenge coming into his birthright as king of a new land, with a warring mage uncle who intends to take over the entire world, giants, and mysterious spirits called shadir spying on him at every step, and coming to terms with a new faith that could be his strength or his undoing. Facing deception after deception, the Armanians and their allies fight to stay on top, to not succumb to the spies, wars, or magicks that are rife throughout the novel.

I very much enjoyed this book, and am anticipating the next one eagerly. One thing I did notice, that I thought could be improved , is the fact that the story felt like it was being rushed through, not taking as much time to develop the elements of the story, letting us see who the characters truly were, rather than just what was told about them. Also, with such a large cast of characters, it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was loyal to whom, and who hated whom, and their motivations for doing so.

This book once again ends with “Not the end”, promising more new and exciting things ahead for the descendants of Armania.

So if you’ve enjoyed Jill Williamson’s work in the past (I know I certainly have), I highly recommend reading this second (and the first as well) installment in her series, The Kinsman Chronicles.

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