King's Folly (Kinsman Chronicles #1)
The gods are angry.
Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful heir apparent to the throne.
When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?
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About the Author
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.
Flags of the Five Realms
The world is falling apart. Earth quakes, floods, volcanoes, sinkholes, and avalanches all point to one thing—the prophesied Five Woes have come upon the Five Realms. Why? There are conflicting reasons, but one thing is for sure—the gods are angry. But that will not stop politics and international trouble. One of the three princes of Armania must be chosen as heir in the midst of natural disasters, sacrifices, marriages, prophecies, cults, murders, kidnappings…
Where do I even begin with King’s Folly? It was wholly and entirely epic and awesome. It encompassed so much, I would even compare it to the Lord of the Rings Series. Both series had a myriad of characters, cultures, subplots, and prophecies that required a glossary and could only be split into more than three books for publication. And King’s Folly is only book one, despite having its three major parts published individually! But I can say this—it was epic! It is a great beginning to yet another fantastic series by Jill Williamson.
First off, yes, there were many, many characters. As you read, though, you grow to know each of them and are able to keep from getting them confused. Jill Williamson did a great job with the characters, too. You grow to feel for and understand even some of the villains. Then there are the characters like Wilek, Trevn, and Mielle who you really grow to love! I cannot wait until the next book comes out!
Second, this book is Christian but it is also dark. Think human sacrifice, false gods, consorting with demons, dark magic, drugs, and cults. Yikes! Part one, Darkness Reigns, was aptly named. But the book still had an air of hope about it. The main characters hate and fight against those things as much as they can. Love and hope prevail. The true, allegorically-Christian God will be revealed, of that I have no doubt. The pieces are already in place for that to begin. But, like Israel and Judah just before their judgment in the Old Testament, the nations are definitely evil. Be prepared. Because of this, I would recommend this book to older teens and adults, no one younger than sixteen, unless they are really ready for it.
I really loved this book and would highly recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction or epic fantasy. It is an adventure of the best sort!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.