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Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools: 2016 Modernized Format Edition (The Wardstone Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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KINGS. QUEENS, HEROES & FOOLS is book 2 in the trilogy and in the stance of this review the entire trilogy should be read in order of writing - it is so much more fun and more powerful that way. The plot as a stand alone book brings the reader to several aspects - Hyden Hawk Skyler and new friends soar over land and sea on an adventurous quest to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin. There are encounters with Mikahl, Ironspike, and fierce King Jarrek as they try to free the enslaved people of Wildermont from King Ra'Gren and his Dakaneese Overlords. Shaella patrols the skies and her new black dragon, Vrot. With her father's spell books, and the Priests of Kraw, she decides to aid King Ra'Gren, while scheming to free her lover, Gerard, from the hellish Nethers. As said before, `The power of Wardstone is that it is just a substance. The likeable, but dastardly evil wizard, casts spells using potions, scrolls, and spoken spells from memory. His daughter Shaella relies more on her ability to charm what she wants out of people, but even she is fallible and falls in love with the boy she is using. The sword `Iron Spike' fills its owner with an angelic symphonic chorus of power. It's a big continent. Different regions have different customs all the way around. I would have to say as a whole these is no single `system' of magic. The uniqueness of the characters in the books, and the unexpected events, losses, and emotion are what make my writing unique.
There are few writers in the genre of fantasy that can equal the creative mind of M.R. Mathias. The reader needs only to begin the first few chapters of Volume 2 to become addicted to the flight of fancy and magic Mathias has created. Highly Recommended for Young Adults and adults who long to be young again! Grady Harp, November 14
Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools picks up pretty much right where the first book left off. High King Mikhal and his friends are still fighting to free themselves from the tyranny of Shaella the Dragon Queen and from General RaGren, who has taken the citizens of Westland as slaves. Hyden takes the new apprentice, Phen, and a few others on a quest to obtain a skull that will allow him to go to the Nethers and bring back the ring that was rightfully his but is now being worn by his brother turned demon, Gerard.
Shaella works with her minions and a host of priests to steal the skull from Hyden and bring Gerard back from the Nethers to rule both Hell and Earth together. She kidnaps a princess and sets a trap for the High King. As she prepares to bring her demon lover back from the Nethers, she helps RaGren bring about an attack of epic proportions against High King Mikhal and the allied forces.
The stakes are higher, the action greater and more brutal. The battle scenes are terrifying and gut-wrenching. There was little character growth in this book, which was a little disappointing, but there was so much action and suspense and adventure thrown into this book that it left little room for anything else. But I am definitely looking forward to the next book to see how it all ties together and works out in the end. This has been a classic good versus evil story, but can good truly win this time?
This book, the characters develop even more. Mikahl matures in a way that wouldn't have been possible in book one. Gerard's situation breaks my heart, as I adored him in book one, but I am hoping for something good for him in the next book. Hyden is also maturing and coming in to his own destiny quite well. Lord Gregory amazes me.
We lose some characters that had become endearing, just as in book one, but such is the case in the battle of good versus evil. New friends and allies are made. Progress is being made, but there is still much to be resolved and book three will undoubtedly pull it all together and I will be sure to read it as soon as I can.
Also wanted to mention that the action is once again non-stop. There is hand-to-hand fighting, sword fighting, magic and creatures from hell. Highly recommend these books to those who loves this type of reading. Definitely an "on the edge of your seat" read!
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