An intriguing continuation of the series: "King's Blood" by Jill Williamson

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about the book....


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 second volume collects parts four through six of The Kinsman Chronicles originally released as ebooks:

Part 4--Kingdom at Sea
Part 5--Maelstrom
Part 6--Voices of Blood


my review...


The world of The Five Realms captured my interest in Jill Williamson's first novel in the series, "King's Folly", and when I closed the pages of that novel it was all I could do to wait for this next addition entitled "King's Blood". Having devoured this wonderfully lengthy tome, I can confidently tell you that the wait is worth it (although, of course, you may have been keeping up with the series with the ebooks that are regularly released and so you haven't been waiting as long as I have) Once again, the characters captured my heart and my mind, both the heroes of the story but also the multi-faceted villains who aren't so easy to dislike once you realize the suffering they've often had in their own histories. The story is rich and complex, and though it can take awhile to get reacquainted with the characters and the multiple plot lines, it is definitely worth doing so as this is a grand, amazing work of fiction. I was truly transported to another world, aching along with the characters over the loss of their world, desperate to find a new land to call home and facing danger and uncertainty along the way.

Something I greatly liked about this story is that the drama and the action seems to be non-stop, just the way I like it, with assassination attempts, evil beings operating behind the Veil, and characters struggling to choose good over evil. I found several of the scenes to be very moving, such as when Sar Wilek's obedience to God (Arman) is rewarded so richly mid-way through the book. And, of course, a major plot point at the end of the book was one I just did not see coming and I actually paused reading in shock! And so, once again I finished this book feeling entirely too eager to keep reading, such that I'm not sure how I am going to be able to handle the wait until the final volume is released.

But don't just take my word for it - grab a copy for yourself. I believe that readers from teens on up who enjoy fantasy novels will quite enjoy "King's Blood". I award this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.



about the author....


Jill WilliamsonJill 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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