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King's Folly (The Kinsman Chronicles) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Their Battle for the Throne Has Just Begun.
But Will It Matter if the World They Rule Collapses Into the Sea?
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 First Arm of Armania.
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?
This volume includes the first three parts of The Kinsman Chronicles originally released as ebooks.
Part 1--Darkness Reigns
Part 2--The Heir War
Part 3--The End of All Things
"This series starter is an intense drama of biblical proportions...Wilek, Mielle, and Trevn in particular are intriguing, and the ending leaves readers wondering what adventures await this group of young people searching for truth."--RT Book Reviews
"Williamson crafts a complex and vividly portrayed epic fantasy reminiscent of George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series but less edgy and with a Christian worldview. Loosely following the events in the Old Testament, the author depicts a society in which paganism and superstition are deeply ingrained prior to the coming of the Savior."--Library Journal
"This first book in the Kinsman Chronicles contains all the archetypal elements fantasy readers long for: a dangerous quest, the search for restoration, and a hero's trial and tribulations through vast darkness and adventure. Fans will be swept away by Williamson's fantasy world...King's Folly is an expertly crafted epic tale in the Tolkien tradition that will leave customers impatiently waiting the next installment."--CBA Retailers + Resources
About the Author
Jill 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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As the King’s oldest son, Sâr Wilek mainly wants to survive the castle politics long enough to be declared his father’s Heir. He’s accompanied by half-a-dozen other major characters, each with their own quest, but all of the action revolves around Wilek.
Wilek is supposed to be the king’s main supporter. If he carries out his role well enough, Rosâr Echad might just anoint Wilek as his heir, and Wilek would be able to change his father’s superstition brutality for a milder rule. The kingdom, however, is falling apart around them as earthquake after earthquake shakes the realm.
Rosâr Echad believes that only sacrifices to the gods can save Armania, but the real secrets and the real corruption lay much deeper in his court than he or Wilek can dream. It will take all of Wilek’s allies to unravel the mystery, and even then they might be too late.
The book does start off a little slow. The first third of the novel focuses mainly on setting up the cast and some of the background to the main story. I actually skipped over the character list at the beginning of the book, since I don’t like reading off a bunch of names before meeting the characters. For this book, that didn’t really matter. Williamson’s first introductions are strong enough to carry the characters through the rest of the story. Everyone was important too, and Williamson makes good use of the various characters’ story-lines, but be warned that there are a lot of characters.
Two small caveats:
First, the specific format may be a little confusing—the Kinsman Chronicles is a trilogy, but each book will have three parts. King’s Folly is the first book in the trilogy, but it was released in three individual ebooks, before being released as a full novel. The first of these ebooks, Darkness Reigns, is available on Amazon for free here. The fourth part, starting off the second novel, will be released in early July.
Second, there is also a lot of sexuality inherent in the plot. None of it is graphic, and Williamson specifically notes that she’s modeling this story after the corrupt kings of Israel, which is a fair comparison for the story. If you’ve read Williamson’s Safe Lands trilogy, you know about what to expect. It is there, though, and I wouldn’t recommend the book to younger readers as a result.
With that said, I did enjoy the story. It met my expectations for a complicated, well-built fantasy novel, while keeping the adventures strong and filling the world with a mix of interesting, believable characters. A few of the characters border on stereotypes—faithful bodyguard, independent female sidekick, etc.—I found the world wonderfully complicated and unique.
I’ll be looking forward to reading what happens next.
Jill Williamson is the queen of epic Christian fantasy! The world in this book...it is just so well developed and achingly real! The earthquakes, desert, deep canyons, the politics...everything.
This book is based off of the Old Testament in how the country that used to follow Arman (the allegorical One True God in this book) have fallen away. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. While this book is based off the Old Testament, it still feels like it could be today with the same way evil is ignored or even celebrated and people place an emphasis on choosing what they want to believe is true.
This book can get dark, especially in the beginning. Even the main characters don't know truth. There are mentions of concubines, human sacrifice, magic that is shown to be spirit-worship.
But it is also very, very clearly a Christian book.
Maybe because I have read equal amounts of secular and Christian books and because I attended a public university, but I can tell very quickly what the wordview presented in a book is. And this book is definitely Christian. Amazingly so.
No, it isn't explicit right at first. The main characters all are caught up in doing wrong and participating in evil. Yet, that evil is depicted as something so disgusting that it is clearly wrong even when the characters don't know it. That is what separates this book from a secular book that glorifies those same sins. This book evokes horror and disgust at sins instead of glossing over them. After reading this book, there is no way to get the impression that evil is anything but evil.
Would I recommend this for younger readers? No, it wasn't written for them. It was written for an audience that has seen the evil in the world, had to live in it, and won't find anything in this book all that surprising. So that all depends on the age and maturity of the reader. The author on her website recommends this for 16 and up.
Amazing book, and I already have book 2 waiting on my shelf!
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