The Heir War (The Kinsman Chronicles): Part 2 - eBook
The Heir War (The Kinsman Chronicles): Part 2 - eBook  -     By: Jill Williamson
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781441229090
ISBN-13: 9781441229090
Series: Kinsman Chronicles

Publisher's Description

Part 2 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles

With Prince Wilek still searching Armania for a murderer, his brother Prince Trevn finds himself pulled deeper into the dangerous politics of who will be Heir. Trevn, though, is far more interested in his studies with a local priest and the attentions of a young honor maiden.

The book that he has been copying during his lessons is not the book that teaches of the god of the soil. Instead, it teaches of a one true God. If accurate, then it means there is no soil god to satiate. There is nothing they can do to save their world, and all of King Echad's sacrifices have been futile.

The Heir War is collected together with parts 1 and 3 in King's Folly.

Author Bio

Jill Williamson writes fantasy and science fiction for teens and adults. Jill grew up in Alaska, staying up and reading by the summer daylight that wouldn't go away. This led to a love of books and writing, and her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. She loves giving writing workshops and blogs for teen writers at www.GoTeenWriters.com. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com.

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  1. TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intrigue and danger abound...
    May 12, 2016
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The epic battle between sons continues and the fate of countries hangs in the balance... Jill Williamson has penned a story with all of the necessary elements for an epic fantasy: a small band of disparate characters on a desperate quest, an angry magic-wielding woman, a prophet, cataclysmic natural disasters...

    When I read part 1 I wasn't really sure I liked the characters but in The Heir War I really started to warm up to Sar Trevn, Mielle, and even Sir Kalenek. And of course, some of the new characters like Onika and Grayson.

    But what really impressed me was the sheer detail that Jill Williamson has put into the landscape and customs of the various peoples in this story. On that note I will say that this book is not a kids fantasy, it is definitely aimed more toward older teens and adults. The world of The Kinsman Chronicles is harsh, dangerous and even cruel at times.

    I also started to see some Biblical parallels in The Heir War: people doing what is right in their own eyes and following false gods, a prophesied savior, and end-of-the-world events that only few recognize.

    If you enjoy epic fantasy with magic and the battle between good and evil you really should check out Jill Williamson's newest book, of which The Heir War is part 2.

    (I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
  2. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent continuation!
    April 8, 2016
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Heir War" by Jill Williamson is the second part of her new epic fantasy series. In part one, we're introduced to a variety of characters, including Wilek, Trevn, Mielle, and Charlon. In this second installment, we continue the events of Darkness Reigns as Wilek and Kal travel to Magonia in search of a rune translation while Trevn and Mielle try to keep their relationship under the radar while investigating events at the palace.

    While in Magonia, Wilek and Kal end up splitting up and Wilek is kidnapped by Charlon, a Magonian mantic, for reasons that are explained later on. Kal continues his search for a rune translation while trying to survive in the harsh country in the midst of the Five Woes. Meanwhile, Trevn at the palace learns of a plot to rid Armania of the Armanites in favor of their religion of Rob and in his search to find out who's responsible, he hears of a Prophet who will be able to help.

    Without spoiling too much of this amazing story, let me be the first to say that it is definitely an edge of your seat thrill ride that will keep you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book and author to all of my friends!

    I received an advance copy of the novel from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  3. The Artist Librarian
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Heir War ups the ante, doubles the cast, and leaves you anticipating The End of All Things!
    April 6, 2016
    The Artist Librarian
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first read Part 1, Darkness Reigns, I knew that Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles was going to be her most intense fantasy yet, but wow! The Heir War ups the ante, doubles the narrative cast, and leaves me anticipating The End of All Things (which was just released this week) even more so!

    While I'm still unsure on whether the decision to break up King's Folly, the first book in The Kinsman Chronicles, into three e-book parts was a worthwhile one, I'm totally hooked to this story. Along with Wilek, Mielle, Charlon, and Trevn, The Heir War adds the voices of Kalenek (Wilek's High Shield), Inolah (Wilek's sister and Empress of Rurekau), Hinck (young Trevn's backman), and Qoatch (the mysterious, loyal servant to Priestess Jazlyn) to the narrative.

    With the eldest Prince Wilek away on his quest, his ambitious brother Janek seeks to position himself as heir to King Echad's throne. Meanwhile, young Prince Trevn struggles to stay neutral in the conflict. He doesn't trust Janek's schemes, but is he willing to publicly throw his lot in with Wilek? The characters struggle with making decisions and choices, with real world regrets and consequences. Who are the manipulators? Who is being used? Are they one and the same? Who really holds the power in the Five Realms?

    Mature readers looking for intrigue, action, and lots of magic and supernatural powers in their Christian fantasy --this one is for you!

    4.5 stars.

    [Disclosure: I received an e-ARC of this book from the author for review purposes.]

    [Content reflection: Recommended for adult fantasy fans or mature teenagers --this series is a bit darker than your typical Christian fantasy. Though never graphically inappropriate, there is a tad more violence and a kind of primitive magic --though primarily used by antagonists, gods and goddesses than you'd normally see in the genre. Also, there was a couple of inferences of seduction that I think if it had happened to a female character rather than a male would have had an entirely different connotation ... I personally still enjoyed the e-book, but felt like I should note this.]
  4. Dana B.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A solid second installment in a larger narrative
    February 3, 2016
    Dana B.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A note for those who have read Jill Williamsons other titles:

    This title, unlike her previous novels, is not a YA title. While the content is still basically clean overall, many of the POV characters are older and the themes are darker.

    The first thing to note with The Heir War (The Kinsman Chronicles #1.2) is that it shouldnt be read as a standalone. It is the second part of a three-part volume, and should a reader start with it, they will likely be very confused. As part of a continuing narrative from Darkness Reigns (The Kinsman Chronicles #1.1), however, it is excellent.

    From the first chapter, The Heir War drops straight back into the action surrounding Wilek, Trevn, Mielle, and Charlon from Part One, and the reader is also introduced to new point-of-view characters as well. Despite the fact that there are quite a few people to keep track of, Williamson does a good job of balancing which parts of the story are told from which perspective, and tries not to leave the reader separated from a POV character for too long (though I did start to miss Mielles perspective in this section).

    Because there are eight perspectives now, with a number of moving parts, pacing slowed a little in the middle (which happens in many books), but it didnt make me lose interest in the story.

    With another cliffhanger ending and the Five Realms on the edge of disaster, I was left eagerly anticipating The End of All Things, the final installment of this volume.

    The darker side: Trigger Warning*there are a couple of scenes depicting physical abuse. There is a culture of mysticism involving black spirits, spells, and the use of a dangerous plant to fuel the spirit connection, and a different culture practices polygamy and has concubines and slaves, much like what we see in the Old Testament, so if those things bother you, just be aware that they are present. Some sexual content is alluded to (mostly coarse joking among young adults who are not people of faith), but nothing beyond a couple of kisses are seen on the page.



    *I received an advance copy of this book, but my opinions are wholly my own.
  5. CrazyWriter94
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Even Better Than The First Book
    February 2, 2016
    CrazyWriter94
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

    Two months ago, I reviewed Darkness Reigns, the opener to a compelling high fantasy series by Jill WIlliamson. Today I will review The Heir War, its faster-paced sequel.

    The first book was very good, and a solid beginning to the series, but since it had to do the job of introducing not only an entire cast of characters, but the complicated world in which they lived, the pace was a little slow. The Heir War does not have this problem. With Darkness Reigns as a launching pad, it takes off, carrying along the reader in its ride through the five realms and the environmental and interpersonal chaos throughout. Its a riveting tale, filled with action and suspense that left me eagerly anticipating the next installment. Tension mounts between characters and prophecy comes to fruition, the religious systems are further developed, the faith themes have begun to evolve and cast light into the darkness, and the more questions are answered, the more arise to take their place.

    If I had to pick a favorite character, though the cast in general is fantastic, I would choose Trevn, the youngest Sar (or prince) of Armania. Hes energetic and charmingly offbeat, childish at times but with a good heart and a desire to see truth come to light.

    I do feel compelled to give a heads-up that there is some innuendo involved, primarily by cruder characters in conversation and dares and by priestesses seeking to fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, its plot-relevant rather than gratuitous, so I wouldnt say that it necessarily makes the book any less worth reading. Id only say that the story is clearly meant for adults and older teens, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing whether or not to read it.

    Overall, I liked The Heir War even more than Darkness Reigns, and I eagerly look forward to reading the third book.
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