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    1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
      Kings Folly
      December 5, 2018
      Angelina
      This book is full of gods and goddesses. I don't understand how it could be sold under the Christian label.
    2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
      First of What Promises to be an Intriguing Series
      April 3, 2018
      Daniel Bosler
      Quality: 4
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      A good read, but the plot is very, VERY involved. I found myself referring back to the map and to the list of characters, the houses they were in, and the relationships between each for most of the book. If you expect a book to be immediately mesmerizing, this is not likely your book. The interweaving plots take quite awhile to develop. But your interest will grow with each succeeding chapter, and your curiosity will hit new peaks at each new twist of undercurrent revealed.

      This is not a book you can sit down and read in an afternoon, as it is about 2" thick. If you are looking for a reading project that will keep your attention over a matter of days or weeks, this book is for you. If you like the whole genre of good vs evil, of white knights and fair maidens, you will be intrigued.

      You may wonder reading this book why it appeared on christianbook.com, as it is full of pagan gods, wicked kings, witches, and (not so pagan) prophets. (Hmm, the Bible has some of those, too, doesn't it?) There is a hint of the Christian God and his faithful followers in this volume, and I am sure this will be developed as I read the other books in this series. His book is outlawed in most of the realms in this story, even in the realm that bears his name. Remember, this is a series, and the story unfolds as it goes.
    3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
      WOW!
      March 5, 2018
      Lavay
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Oh... my... goodness! Where to begin?!

      The moment I had opened this book to the first page, I found myself pulled into the Five Realms... which are doomed to destruction. I came across a great variety of characters of all walks of life, including two royal princes Wilek and Treven, and saw their world through their own eyes. Just when I was intrigued with one incident, another instantly grabs my attention! The entire story had me captivated from beginning to end! Like the characters, I eagerly await the events to come (in book 2!)

      This is a truly epic, unique fantasy I would recommend for all young adults (18 and up)!
    4. Age: 18-24
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Complex Fantasy Novel
      July 4, 2016
      Faye
      Age: 18-24
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes plague the five kingdoms, growing and groaning with increasing frequency, and the kingdoms rumble with unrest.

      In Armania three princes vie for their father's throne. Wilek wishes to end his father's cruel practice of human sacrifice, but when he is taken captive by the Magon he is forced to fight for not only his crown, but his life. Trevyn dodges through the webs of conspiracy at court, destined for the priesthood, Trevyn spends his days translating the Book of Arman, and running the rooftops with his backman Hinck. Trevyn finds himself maneuvering through the foils of court life, while trying to reveal the dark secrets of his elder brother, Janek, finding an unlikely confident in Mielle, handmaiden to his brother, Wilek's betrothed.

      Charlon longs for safety and belonging, having just escaped a life of abuse she seeks refuge with the Magonians, welcoming their spells and their coaxings to become a mantic--one who consorts with spirits.

      Kal goes in search of the meaning behind the mysterious rune left in the wake of a cruel murder, but his search leads him instead to a blind prophetess and her guide cat, a mysterious boy who defies the laws of nature, and hired exiles sent to bring about the rescue of his prince.

      As the earth crumbles and shatters beneath them, will they heed the prophecies of the true prophet before it is too late?

      Originally released as three e-books, comes the first installment in The Kinsmen Chronicles. Told through many characters, amazingly I didn't have too much trouble keeping track of them all, and there were many! A tightly woven storyline that had me rushing back to its pages whenever I had a spare moment, I couldn't put it down, as I came to care for one character they were thrown into peril, and I was introduced to yet another that captured my sympathies. Excellent pacing and storytelling, the names may sound familiar-ish as this is prequel of sorts to Ms. Williamson's much acclaimed Blood of Kings Trilogy, though the connections are not yet easy to connect beyond the Hadar name.

      A well built beginning to a new saga, that left me wanting more, I dreaded the ending, yet raced on towards it, needing to know what would happen next, yet dreading that I might not get the answers that I desired. I was completely drawn into the story, not knowing from one moment to another who should be trusted and who I should cheer for.

      I admired Trevyn, though often underestimated by those around him, the son of the King's unloved wife, he is full of fire, and knows his own mind. I liked his discerning mind, and that he weighed the things presented to him to consider, as well as his sense of adventure, and how he treated those around him as equals.

      I can't wait to read more about Kal and Onika, and also to learn the significance of Grayson's abilities.

      For much of the book I wasn't quite sure what to make of Wilek, which you will likely understand as you read this book, and perhaps that is what makes him one of the most interesting characters as he showed a well done complex growth throughout the novel.

      One thing I will mention is that this book has a more adult tone to it, due to the immorality common in the courts of Armania, nothing is graphically detailed or played out explicitly, but it is there nonetheless, and I would advise this book for adults or older, mature teens.

      Overall, a masterful read with a well built storyline, and many complex characters, full of adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. There is so much going on, between the multiple interwoven stories and characters, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

      Thank you Ms. Williamson for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review!
    5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
      DO READ THIS
      April 18, 2016
      cannadutch
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      For any big fans of fantasy, this is a must read that stands out. It has the feel of a fantasy series that doesnt need to be concluded in one book, but rather the longer, more languorous feel of a true fantasy epic that wont be easily forgotten. With this comes the slow, slightly confusing beginning that sets some readers off right away, but for those that stick around, a story of twisting and hidden loyalties, manipulation, discovery, and even a little bit of love blossoms on the pages.

      The complicated culture, full of superstitions and practices and wars that was created by the author was probably my favourite part of the book. The ritual offerings of people to the god of soil, Barthos, and the picking of ones five gods to follow, each with their own personalities and domains, a complicated system of ages and rankings, not to mention a completely different system of magic than Ive ever seen before made the world very unique.

      My favourite characters were probably Prince Wilek, despite him sounding slightly whiny in the beginning (he gets a lot better, trust me), and Prince Trevn and Miss Mielle. They really made the story enjoyable, to watch them grow and learn to rely on each other. While there were a lot of characters to keep track of, it was definitely worth it to see the interweaving between the characters in the end.

      This book defied my expectations somewhat. I went into it thinking it would be another general Christian Fantasy, which in no way are bad, and most of my favourite books fall under this category. However, I soon realized how wrong I was. The expectation of oh look, theres the God of the world, the main character is the only devotee/going to convert while going through large amounts of hardship, but in the end the prince comes back and takes back his crown and marries the pretty lady, and they live happily ever after was only half fulfilled in this book. It is not immediately obvious which of the numerous gods that exist is the true one, however with time it does become clear, and the several main characters mainly Princes Wilek and Trevn, along with Kal and several others drift closer to acknowledging the truth. Wilek goes through much, including the loss of his beloved, being soul-bound to another, and kidnapped by mantics (sorceresses). In the end though, he comes back, and becomes the Heir, claiming his rightful position as crown prince of Armania. His pretty lady however, is not all she seems, and this along with many other mysteries are left off at the end of the book, which ends simply with these words:

      Not the end

      So if youve enjoyed Jill Williamsons work in the past (I know I certainly have), or even if you haven't, I highly recommend reading this first installment in her new series, The Kinsman Chronicles.
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