Title: King’s Folly (The Kinsman Chronicles, #1)
Author: Jill Williamson
I received the ARC King’s War from NetGalley. It is the third book in the series, so I figure I probably need to read the first two, amirite?!
Written as a prequel to the Blood of Kings trilogy, the Kinsman Chronicles takes us to a time before Jesus walked the Earth when kings ruled the world, specifically evil kings.
Five different lands. Five different traditions. One will reign over all.
DARKNESS REIGNS: PART 1
We are graced with the story being told from the perspectives of the below four characters:
The “Dutiful” – strives to help the people and do what is “right”. Eldest son of King Echad. Favored as being chosen as the Heir. Hates human sacrifice, especially because the King sacrificed some of his own sons. In love with his concubine, but engaged to Lady Zeroah.
The “Curious” – climbs and jumps across buildings, lives in the moment. Youngest son of King Echad. Destined to become a priest, but falling for Lady Zeroah’s companion.
Companion to Lady Zeroah. Friend of Trevn.
Orphaned and taken in under Chieftess Mreegan, however, destined to take over the role. Prophecy states she will bear the “Deliverer”.
Why must a lady sit around and wonder whether or not a man admires her? If he will not say so, why can’t I? Then I’ll know. And if he doesn’t admire me, I won’t have wasted days pining over the question.
Ugh! Does this not ring true to any of you women out there?! I’m old school, so I like the guy making the move. Sometimes guys can be so vague instead of being forward for fear of hurting ones feelings. Life would be so much easier if everyone was direct! I feel bad for Lady Zeroah…her fiancé is in love with his concubine and she is still trying her hardest to please him.
“I will hear no more, Zeroah. We have been over this. The palace is filled with conniving women. If you do not grow a spine, once you are rosârah, women like Lady Lebetta will destroy you. You must learn to play the game. This…” She gestured to Zeroah’s tear-streaked face. “This is how you lose.”
This just makes me sad. People can be so mean, but the only way to overcome them back then was to “best” them, or act like the actions don’t matter. And I don’t like Lady Lebetta…seems entitled, or insecure and jealous…wasn’t sure. I mean, if I was Lady Zeroah, I probably would’ve ditched Willek by now, but times were different.
THE HEIR WAR: PART 2
Four of the Five Woes are upon us: earthquakes sinksand, floods, and now fire from the mountains.
“There are two types of pain, Sir Kalenek,” Onika said, fingers lingering on the pinched scar just above the line of his beard, “that of lifeless existence and that of growth. Let go of the pain, embrace growth, and only beauty will remain.”
Four new characters’ points-of-view join us in this section:
Lost his wife and child to the war. Sent by Wilek to find out the meaning of the rune Lady Lebetta drew, he meets Jhorn, Onika, and Grayson. On their journey back, he runs into an old friend.
In love with Lady Eudora. Sent by Wilek to infiltrate Janek’s circle.
Wife of Rurekan Emperor Nazer, she has two sons and a third on the way that her husband does not let her see. However, she meets a friend to help her and her sons escape. Priestess Jazlyn came to talk to the Emperor about stealing woman and girls from her nation, only to let her terror reign on the lands when Nazer refuses to give payment for his men’s actions.
Eunuch to Priestess Jazlyn.
We also have our original protagonists:
Held prisoner by Charlon. The supposed “Father” to the “Deliverer”.
Romantic connection with Mielle, Lady Zeroah’s honor maid. Betroathed to Lady Zeroah if Wilek is found dead. Destined to fulfill Father Tomek’s duties after he is poisoned for keeping the book of Arman. Figures out that Prince Mergest is Pontiff Barthel Rogedoth (possibly behind the death of Father Tomek), and possibly the father of the second oldest of King Echad’s sons, Janek.
Honor maid to Lady Zeroah. In love with Trevn.
Destined to take over the role of Chieftess. Prophesized to be “Mother” of the “Deliverer” if she has the courage to force Wilek to have her “be with child”.
THE END OF ALL THINGS: PART 3
Arman is mad and sh*t is about to go down!
His own father sacrificed him to Barthos, but with the help of Harton, he defeated the god. After his victory, his father declared him Heir.
Impersonating Lady Zeroah, she plans to trick Wilek into fulfilling the prophecy.
Tasked with protecting the Book of Arman he copied.
Will everyone on the ship make it to the “new land”? What will happen to those who were unable to board the ship? What is the deal with Trevn’s mother? Did Charlon and Mreegan make it on one of the ships? Where did Rogedoth and his gang disappear to?