- File Size: 583 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BJU Press/JourneyForth (October 11, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005V1YUK4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One fine morning King Jekoniah and Prince Kiriath are out for an early morning ride, enjoying the peaceful countryside surrounding the capital city of Shiralla when the fragile peace shatters. For the two were not expecting trouble so near to their home, and when hundreds of Grishnaki burst from the forests and ambush father and son, they are too far away from their protectors and unable to fight such overwhelming numbers. Thus, King Jekoniah is carried away by his enemies, while Prince Kiriath is left for dead.
When Prince Kiriath overcomes his injuries and returns home, he finds all in turmoil at his and his father's disappearance. But before any rescue can be fully begun, things become even more muddled as a Grishnaki ambassador comes to the capital with a ransom proposal. All the primitives wish is a simple thing: teach them the way of steel and King Jekoniah will live. And while news that his father has survived is pleasing to Kiriath's ears, he knows the ransom price is too great and would lead to the eventual destruction of his land.
The tale that follows is a fantasy adventure starring the reluctant hero Kiriath as he sets off on a quest to rescue his father in the impenetrable fortress valley of Dar-kon, mightiest of the Grishnaki kings. Naturally, the young prince does not go alone but with his truest friend Brand - and an unexpected companion. Along the way, Kiriath faces legendary monsters, discovers long dead civilizations and begins to uncover the intangible qualities that will someday make him a wise and mighty King of Xandria.
All in all, this novel is a fine read if you understand what it is: standard fantasy that is tailored more toward new readers or young adults. As long as you understand it is not grimdark fantasy but more the light fantasy variety then you will not be disappointed. Indeed, for this type of tale, Kiriath's Quest is a solid piece of workmanship, filled with fantastical adventure, interesting characters, and even a rousing battle at the end. Well worth a try.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'd like to thank Netgalley for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.
King Jekoniah and Prince Kiriath are out riding around Castle Shiralla when they are ambushed by Grishnaki. The king is taken captive. The prince returns home to inform his mother and sister of what happened. A Grishnaki ambassador comes to Shiralla to offer the enemy terms. They will trade the man-king back for the secret of crafting steel.
Prince Kiriath knows that this price is too high. If their enemy, who are already larger and live longer, were to learn the secret of steel, they would annihilate the people of Shiralla. The ambassador gives the queen seven days to decide, which gives Prince Kiriath seven days to make it to Grishnaki land and rescue his father.
This was a fun medieval fantasy. My kind of story, really. I liked Kiriath, his sister, and his friend, Brand quite a bit. The dialogue in this story was fun. There were a few scenes where the adventurers encountered strange creatures: flying snakes and living vines. I wasn't prepared for that and felt like I was suddenly in a different story where these things were possible. Maybe some comment of such fantastical beings in the beginning of the story would help these later scenes feel like they belonged in the same world. The story includes a very realistic battle and plants some interesting developments that lead me to wonder if a sequel might be planned. I hope so. It would be fun to read more about Prince Kiriath. Recommended.
I read Kiriath’s Quest in less than two days. I really liked it.
It was very exciting. I enjoy action books, and the action started on page one. All the different creatures were very interesting – flying snakes, Grishnaki, and attacking plants. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the traitor was. (I guessed wrong, but I did figure out what the purple gem in the sword did before Kiriath.) I highly recommend this book for pre-teens and teens.
I really enjoyed reading this YA book. It involves strong lessons in love, honor, responsibility, and self-sacrifice. The tale drew me in from the start, and the battle scenes were great for male readers! I will recommend this to my teen children to read!