The Kingdom to Come: Book 1 - A Great Light: (A Young Adult Historical Christian Fantasy) Kindle Edition
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Jennifer opens her well-scribed book with an interesting name for a prologue – a PROEM – which serves as a fine introduction to her style and her story: ‘War is inevitable in such a time as this. It can’t be avoided because antagonistic people roam the world. Since the creation of man, the world’s ultimate antagonist showed itself and immediately began to corrupt man through deception, immoral influence and facilitation of cultural strife that eventually always leads to war. Through twisting the beliefs of many cultures, the world’s first antagonist manipulated and assisted in the rise of narcissistic dictatorships and monarchies. In order to end the destruction and terror of the leading antagonist, there will be the most gruesome war to have ever taken place. Before that final battle happens, though, there is still the reign of narcissistic leaders. Yet there is hope for the world as the antagonist’s unmatched and more powerful opponent is also building an army, one that only the faithful will join. King Vilsig, the domineering and egoistical ruler of the Kingdom of Merrhius, is not satisfied with control over just one kingdom. His intentions are to conquer all kingdoms so that he becomes the greatest and most powerful king of all time. Although such an elaborate plan takes time, he is not deterred as he has two sons who he believes will continue his plans of complete territorial reign, therefore his bloodline will forever rule the regions. His older son, Prince Karhiad, has just turned 17, the age of manhood. Although Prince Karhiad displays a much more humbling characteristic than his father would have hoped for in the heir to his throne, the king is still optimistic he can role model the commanding ways to rule not only Merrhius but all kingdoms with an iron fist. Unbeknownst to the king, there is a force that is in complete selfish alignment with his goals. Feared since the beginning of time, this ancient sinister beast, the world’s first antagonist, commands a sadistic army that has been recorded to annihilate entire cultures. Meanwhile there is a known kingdom that has resisted the influence and corruption of the ancient evil one. Reigning over this kingdom, or destroying it all together, would be a victory for anyone who opposes good, especially King Vilsig and the beast. The reserved, humble, older prince is optimistic about the future. His compassion for the citizens of Merrhius, although viewed by his father as a character flaw, makes Prince Karhiad the most approachable and adored royal family member. His father, however, isn’t the only one who finds such traits of the older prince a weakness. Before night falls on Prince Karhiad’s 17th birthday, he sees a radiant light far off in the distance. His decision to discover its origin will bring him answers to questions that his father had always kept from him. What he does with these answers will strengthen a resistance between father and son that neither were ever prepared for.’
And to say more about the story would remove the very present suspense and message. She has sculpted a fine hero – ‘Prince Karhiad was tall and broad-shouldered. Although there were boys his age who displayed a far more muscular physique, it was apparent when you saw Karhiad’s build that he was effectively trained for battle. The freckles that were sprinkled on his face complimented his fair skin. Karhiad green’s eyes were distinctive.’ Very fine imagery – and this attention to detail accompanies the reader through this new book by a sound author. Grady Harp, July 18
It starts out telling us that war is inevitable and cannot be avoided. Since the beginning the “ultimate antagonist” has shown itself and corrupted the world with the intention of controlling all kingdoms. On his 17th birthday Prince Karhiad sees a bright light and decides to discover its source. This will set him on a journey of discovery that will answer many questions. Can the answers he seeks assist him in preventing war in his father’s kingdom or will it tear is apart? Will he find the answers he seeks or will they be as elusive as the light?
I finished it but at times felt it got a bit bogged down and I took a break. The conflict that Prince Karhiad feels throughout the story is very strong and comes across that way through the story. I give this book a 4 of 5 stars. There is plenty of action and the characters are realistic. Some you are rooting for and some you can easily dislike. I believe this book will have strong appeal to many readers; just okay for me.
The characters are very well-developed and the story of the fight for good and evil is one I'm very familiar with but was presented in a fresh way. Prince Karhiad's learns everything is has been led to believe may not be the truth. I enjoyed following his journey to becoming King.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Prince Karhiad is the next in line for the throne in the the kingdom of Merrhius,a medieval style absolute monarchy,and he doesn't want to continue in his father's power hungry footsteps.
When wandering in the woods he meets Faith and things change forever.
I love the world building and character building in this book.The Christian aspects and parallels are very obvious but intergrated seamlessly and organically.
It's better to know as little as possible going in.