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The Girl Who Would Be King [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Thompson
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Please note that this is a PROSE novel about superheroes, not a graphic novel/comic book.


"[TGWWBK] introduces the best superhero/villain pair in ages. Lola is, without hyperbole, one of the most fantastic antagonists I’ve ever had the pleasure to read." - io9

"A fresh, vibrant and haunting story that rivetingly explores the danger and wonder of (super) power. In Lola and Bonnie Thompson has created two extraordinary characters - extraordinary in their abilities, surely, but also in their richness and complexity. A superhero story that's epic in scope, but also intimate - a great read." - Scott Snyder (critically acclaimed writer of Batman, Detective Comics, Superman Unchained, American Vampire, The Wake and more!)

"Refreshingly, TGWWBK isn't about one heroine, torn between two suitors - it's about two young women with tremendous power, torn between right and wrong. Between good and evil. Destiny and free will. In a compelling, poppy exploration of Nature vs. Nurture, these girls don't just fly - they soar." - Bryan Q. Miller (author of Batgirl Vol. 3 and writer for Smallville)

"This book is f***ing amazing and I wouldn't change a damn thing." - Erin Jade Lange (author of Butter and Dead Ends)

"TGWWBK is not only one of my favorite books ever, but it also has maybe my favorite literary character: Lola LeFever!" - Ross Campbell (creator of Wet Moon and Shadoweyes, artist for Glory)

A novel about two teenage girls with superpowers and radically different agendas, destined for a collision that will rock the world:

Separated by thousands of miles, two young women are about to realize their extraordinary powers which will bind their lives together in ways they can't begin to understand.

Protecting others. Maintaining order. Being good. These are all important things for Bonnie Braverman, even if she doesn't understand why. Confined to a group home since she survived the car accident that killed both her parents, Bonnie has lived her life until now in self-imposed isolation and silence; but when an opportunity presents itself to help another girl in need, Bonnie has to decide whether to actually use the power she has long suspected she has. Power that frightens her.

Across the country, Lola LeFever is inheriting her own power by sending her mother over a cliff...literally. For Lola the only thing that matters is power; getting it, taking it, and eliminating anyone who would get in the way of her pursuit of it. With her mother dead and nothing to hold her back from the world any longer, Lola sets off to test her own powers on anyone unfortunate enough to cross her. And Lola's not afraid of anything.

One girl driven to rescue, save, and heal; the other driven to punish, destroy, and kill.

And now they're about to meet.

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About the Author

KELLY THOMPSON has a degree in Sequential Art from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Her love of comics and superheroes have compelled her since she first discovered them as a teenager. Currently living in Manhattan with her boyfriend and absolutely no pets, Kelly aches for a kitten, or even a goldfish. She has a name already picked out, suitable for either. You can find Kelly all over the Internet where she is generally well liked, except when she's detested. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: 1979 Semi-Finalist, Inc. (September 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009J7DEAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to Rule with The Girl Who Would Be King October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Girl Who Would Be King is a great book. I mean, really, really great. It's the kind of book that the right kind of ballsy publisher would swoop up, hand over to a rising editor and say, "We're gonna change the game with this."

Alas, this is not that book's history as fans of Kelly Thompson's various blogs can tell you. Thompson finished the book and like any other dutiful author, shopped it around trying to get a bite, but none caught (too violent for YA was one rejection I read; somewhere, comics readers are chuckling at this notion). So Thompson went to her fans in Kickstarter and they responded, earning the current digital treat till the hard copies are available.

The Girl Who Would Be King launches with the leads, Bonnie Braverman and Lola LeFever, acquiring their new-found abilities on the cusp of maturity before their individual trajectories inevitably slam them into conflict with one another. Bonnie is a classic, humble protector, seeking only to use her abilities like a modern superhero and seek no fanfare. Meanwhile Lola is a hungry conqueror, claiming her title by force and seeking out further fortune like a would-be Ghengis Khan in a catsuit. We track the girls through varying shades of rough adolescence into a youthful adulthood to see they are as defined by the power at their command as their disparate backgrounds. Which of course, comes to a showdown of epic proportions.

The writing is electric, relying on colorful imagery and breakneck pacing that brings to mind comic panels fed into a HD film projector. It makes me drool at the notion of a possible graphic novel. Reinforcing that four-color feeling are the girls' association with their powers in pop iconography while hinting, then directly pointing to a much deeper and more potent source.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Themes, Poor Execution September 9, 2013
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The Girl Who Would Be King is an interesting take on the superhero genre, weaving Celtic mythology with superhero tropes. In fact, it's really more a modern fantasy novel than superhero. There is no spandex, there are no secret identities, there are no over the top villains. It's much less colorful than anything your average superhero comic fan is familiar with. There are just two girls with mysterious powers and a mysterious connection.

Bonnie and Lola's fates, and their relationship to one another, and the desperation they feel as they try to understand their purpose, is the highlight of this story. Why is Bonnie so inherently good? Why is Lola so inherently bad? It all culminates in them having to fight the other, but why? Neither of them knows why this fate is so set in stone, or why they have this pull towards each other, but they can't fight their natures or their powers even while they question them. And this builds and builds until the inevitable clash, which closes with an incredibly memorable and bittersweet finale...

Until the epilogue.

Now, there are many factors which pulled this novel down from a four, or even five stars, to the three I gave it. The first person narrative isn't utilized effectively (very rarely do Lola and Bonnie have distinctive voices), there is a lot of telling instead of showing, and Thompson could've used a few more editors to help her fine tune her sentence structure. The side characters also read fairly flat (none worse than Bonnie's boyfriend) and all of the relationships (familial, platonic, and romantic) could have used more development. The history and mythology behind Bonnie and Lola and their powers could also have used more exploration and attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ending ticked me off. April 1, 2014
By Josh
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I liked most of this book, but I'll never read it again.

So, if I liked most of it, why give it two stars? It was mostly good, but when it was bad, it was REALLY bad.

The Good:

Lola. Lola was a great villain. She wants to be a super villain, but she knows she's not very smart, she's got unbelievable power but makes stupid mistake after mistake. She's keenly aware of this, and as her choices keep backfiring on her, she slips further into madness. Her powers are a curse disguised as a blessing.

Bonnie is the hero. She possesses the same powers as Lola, but uses them to help and protect others. Unlike Lola, she is more reluctant to develop her powers. It's only after Lola threatens Bonnie's loved ones that Bonnie learns to use her powers to their max.

The powers. The powers themselves are very interesting. Both Lola and Bonnie are effectively immortal, super strong, fast, and eventually can fly. They are not invulnerable however, bullets will penetrate them the same as anyone else. The difference is that they can regenerate their bodies rapidly. Their powers increase over the course of the story, leading to some titanic and earth shattering battles at the end.

The bad:

Clark. Clark is Bonnie's boyfriend, and I found him insufferable. He is so perfect and she acts like a complete moron when he's around. It always disappointing when a strong, intelligent, and independent female character dissolves into a starry-eyed simpleton over a man. Considering the author has talked about women's issues and comic books, I expected better. Clark is pretty much useless to Bonnie, he does nothing to help her in her journey. I guess he's a male version of the damsel in distress, but I find that cliche tiresome regardless of gender.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great twist ending
Interesting concept, great twist ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Loved this! Quick read, unique story, makes you cheer for both characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap, Read this book!! Breathtaking
What an amazing book!!! I love this book and was on the edge of my seat the whole time!! Could not put it down!! Can NOT wait to read more from this author ^_^
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This book is great. I really hope that there's a sequel. The story is told by two different people, which starts out jarring but works out in the end. Read more
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Tremendously fun and breathlessly exciting! Loved the unusual take on superhero relationships, and showing us superheros from a female point of view. Read more
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Published 7 months ago by M. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Enjoyed it cover to cover
Very good. Enjoyed it cover to cover. Not a dull moment and the ending was perfect. Evil vs good is always a good story.
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More About the Author

KELLY THOMPSON has a degree in Sequential Art from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Her love of comics and superheroes have compelled her since she first discovered them as a teenager. Currently living in Manhattan with her boyfriend and a pitiful lack of pets, you can find Kelly all over the Internet where she is generally well liked, except where she's detested.

THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING was her first novel, an Amazon best seller, and recently optioned to become a major motion picture. STORYKILLER is her second novel and her first graphic novel HEART IN A BOX is forthcoming from Dark Horse in 2015. She's also the writer for IDW's JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS comic and co-writer of Marvel's CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS coming in June 2015.


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If your daughter can handle Hunger Games and LOTR, there is nothing in this book you would find objectionable. While it deals with some heavy issues like depression, there is nothing vulgar or crazy violent about the book.
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