Echad-Rosâr Hadar, king of Armania, believes that the earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and other disasters plaguing the Five Realms are the result of the unhappiness of the gods. To the rosâr’s thinking, only sacrifices to Barthos, god of the earth, can possibly save them. Yet, his sons, Sâr Wilek and Sâr Trevn, believe there is more going on than a pouty soil god. They’ve heard of prophecies regarding Arman, the father god, and the end times. But who do they trust: their father, the ancients, or their own experiences? Knowing that their power-hungry brother, Sâr Janek, might be named heir to the throne of the rosâr, Wilek and Trevn will have to not only fight to find what they believe, but also just to survive the king’s folly and save their people.
I have two words for Jill Williamson’s King’s Folly: ep…ic (say it as two words, please – this wonderful story deserves them both)! King’s Folly, Book One of the Kinsman Chronicles, is the start of something amazing. The scope, the detail, the amount of research invested in this tale is mind-blowing…it is so rich, so intricate, so exquisitely constructed, you find yourself wanting to visit the Five Realms, to traverse the series of bridges over the creepy canyons and run the roofs with Trevn. I can’t imagine the dreams Jill Williamson must have to have brought this world to life!
And, even better, you have a choice in how you read King’s Folly: you can buy the 560 page book (in either regular-old paper format or e-book format) or you can also purchase each of the three parts of the Kinsman Chronicles, Book One, in e-book format (and Darkenss Reigns, Kinsman Chronicles #1.1, is free!).
Either way, totally worth the read. Can I give King’s Folly 6 out of 5 stars? Because I’d really like to! 🙂
Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the free copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂