Image of King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles)


Image of King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles)

Readers looking for clean high fantasy reminiscent of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series will appreciate the struggle for power within warring families that Williamson creates, with shocking complications and intense conflict. The Kinsman Chronicles series has all the treachery, troubled romance and terrifying magic of other sagas, without the explicitly steamy moments. With the focus on characters who discover and turn to the one god, Arman, the Christian aspect is obvious without feeling forced.

As they sail toward the promise of a new island home, Trevn and Mielle manage the problems that attend a ship full of refugees as well as the attention-seeking behavior of Amala, which becomes more catastrophic than any of them can imagine. Charlon is determined to have Wilek father the Deliverer using magic, while keeping Zeroah captive in her efforts to become chieftess. Wilek’s distaste for continued sacrifices is a reflection of his growing trust in Arman, which has shaken his belief system. When treachery leads to battle, a leader with the potential to stop the deadliest adversary must be crowned, whether he wants to be king of not. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jan., 624 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kerry Sutherland