Book Reviews

King’s War (The Kinsman Chronicles, #3) by Jill Williamson

King's War

Title: King’s War (The Kinsman Chronicles, #3)
Author: Jill Williamson
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To get a little background, please see my reviews of the first two books in the series: King’s Folly and King’s Blood.

 

THE RELUCTANT KING: PART 7

I had a hard time getting through this section. I’m starting to dislike some of the characters and not enjoy those chapters. Give me some action!

The new king is having a hard time getting the support of his subjects. Not being able to relate due to his priest upbringing, he is having trouble honing his fighting skills. Subject to the perception of his people, he experiences much disdain. Not only that, but he cannot seem to make the correct moves in order to appease the large masses. His wife, Mielle, does not seem to help with her discerning heart; she has accused the incorrect people of being in the wrong. 

Meanwhile, will an alliance between Jazlyn, Charlon, and King Barthel be made? Who is the “Deliverer” and who is the “Deceiver”? Are the prophecies wrong?

 

A DELIVERER COMES: PART 8

The war is looming and Trevn is preparing himself to ride into battle with his men, hoping to gain some respect at the same time.

Low and behold, more traitors are among us. Barthel is luring young Shanek to be in his alliance by hosting events where he can bring his crush and troublemaker, Amala. Captain Agoros and his wife are plotting to dethrone Trevn so their son, Oli, sworn to protect Trevn, can become the “rightful” king. Is Oli in on the plan or will he stay true to his word tot Trevn?

Islah, Rogedoth’s (aka Barthel) “dead” queen is not so dead. She is also known as Grayson’s grandmother. And she happens to have many secrets, secrets that may help the Armanians to take down Barthel.

Who can I not stand? Mielle. Honestly, she reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen, who most of you know I cannot stand from the books. If she would just do what is best for the Armanians and not try to rush into saving everyone else, half of these wars wouldn’t happen!

But, I can’t decide who I like more: Grayson or Oli. They are both so selfless and sweet, yet entirely misunderstood. I just want to hug them!

The two Rurekan kings who were poisoned are now healed. An assassination attack on the king. Someone almost committing suicide in order to better the Armanians. Two new people accepting Dominion of great shadirs. What’s next?

The readers are left with Mielle and Grayson being captured by Lady Mattenelle.

 

WARRIORS OF THE VEIL: PART 9

The “Deliverer” and the “Deceiver” bring us an all-out battle. But who will win?

A new realization has occurred: Shadir can be sentenced back to the Lowerworld.

Will Arman come to the rescue and save the Armanians from the wrath of Rogedoth and the shadirs?

Where does the end of the war lead us to?

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King’s Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2) by Jill Williamson

King's BloodTitle: King’s Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2)
Author: Jill Williamson
Rating: ★★★★

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?! Check out my review of King’s Folly

Every fall is an opportunity to stand.

We last find our beloved characters aboard ships taking them to the “new land” after facing Arman’s wrath.

KINGDOM AT SEA: PART 4

Charlon has taken the form of Lady Zeroah in an attempt to trick Wilek to help her bear the “Deliverer”. However, once Mielle asks Trevn to receive her necklace, the real Lady Zeroah is found. But is it too late for the Armanians? Has Charlon achieved her goal?

Meanwhile, Trevn and Mielle are cute as always. I really admire Trevn and his mission to understand the functions of the ship, to be just like you and me. And he is just so respectful of Mielle and it is so apparent how much he really adores her (heart eyes smiley).

Wilek is tasked with taking over authority as the King’s sickness worsens. But will this just put him in more danger?

Gentlemen, get your tuxes! Ladies, put on your dresses! A royal wedding is about to happen!

And then…the next chapter a sea monster attacks!

What will happen with Charlon? Is she pregnant? Will most of the ships make it to land before the serpents destroy them all? 

 

MAELSTROM: PART 5

Two royal weddings. Multiple births and more on the way. So much deception. And so many deaths.

Mreegan and the mantics now have the “Deliverer”. Traitors loom on all sides. With the death of one of the sârs and the king close to death, who will gain control? Five realms, one leader…a fight to be King.

Poor Hinck! He literally got the short end of the stick. Always doing things to help others, he is also punished worse and worse each time. Rogedoth is on his trail that he is a traitor and Wilek’s spy. What lengths will he go to in order to keep his secret? Will his family ever learn the truth? Will him and Pia (she is my favorite) ever be together?

Land ho! The chapter ends with both the Armanians’ and Rogedoth’s ships ready to step ashore this unknown land.

Where is Mielle? What will happen with the “Deliverer”? Did the ships land on the same island? Is war looming?

 

VOICES OF BLOOD: PART 6

Different is special. And being special is a blessing.

The “Deliverer” is growing at a rapid rate, his new strength and powers surging the older he gets. But with a adolescent body and a child’s brain, he doesn’t see the consequences of his immature actions. Will this lead to trouble down the road, or worse, death?

Trevn seeks to find his lost bride. Along the way, he encounters giants. But which side do the giants’ alliances lay?

Our beloved Wilek is declared king and announces his loyalties to one god, Arman. How will his people react: will they follow or choose to abandon his rule? And was his wife and baby poisoned? Who is behind all of this?

Charlon, “Mother”, gives free reign to Shanek, the “Deliverer”. But will this only hurt the outcome? Now that she is Chieftess, what trouble lays ahead for her?

Originally, I was going to give this novel only three stars, however, the last two chapters changed my mind completely. Williamson pulled a George R. R. Martin on me. I didn’t even realize I liked this character that much until she ripped out my heart, threw it on the ground, and stabbed it continuously. And then, to try to gently pull a fast one on me in the last chapter. I’m book burning mad, but can’t do that since this is a library book…I already hate the next novel and I haven’t even started it yet.

Anyways…War is brewing. Who will take over control of the island?

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King’s Folly (The Kinsman Chronicles, #1) by Jill Williamson

King's FollyTitle: King’s Folly (The Kinsman Chronicles, #1)
Author: Jill Williamson
Rating: ★★★★

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:

Wilek
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. 

Trevn
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. 

Mielle
Companion to Lady Zeroah. Friend of Trevn. 

Charlon
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:
Kalenek
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.

Hinck
In love with Lady Eudora. Sent by Wilek to infiltrate Janek’s circle. 

Inolah
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.

Qoatch
Eunuch to Priestess Jazlyn. 

We also have our original protagonists:
Wilek
Held prisoner by Charlon. The supposed “Father” to the “Deliverer”.

Trevn
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. 

Mielle
Honor maid to Lady Zeroah. In love with Trevn.

Charlon
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!

Wilek
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. 

Charlon
Impersonating Lady Zeroah, she plans to trick Wilek into fulfilling the prophecy.

Trevn
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?