I read this as it was serialized on Wattpad, then bought it the moment it was published. It’s one of the things I love about stories I discover on the site that go “wide,” meaning that they end up published professionally (we’ll argue about the difference between traditional and indie in another post).
But before I continue with the review, let me just preface this by saying that if you guys know me, I am a romance and women’s fiction writer, though my reading choices lean more towards literary fiction, thrillers and women’s lit with elements of romance. And other than George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, I don’t necessarily gravitate to fantasies right off the bat.
I actually discovered this book while searching to see if anyone was using the title Kingdom’s Fall since it was the title of Gareth’s breakout mini-series in Loving Ashe. To my surprise, Reid already was, but I ended up sticking to my title anyway, and then went on to read this – and I sure am glad I did.
So on to the review.
Something dark is growing in the Kingdom. Trade from the south has choked to a standstill, and the air over the marshes hangs heavy with the threat of war. In the north, the sea-wall, the ancient defense that protects the coastline, is crumbling. The people look to their lords for guidance, and the lords look to their King.
But King Varion has little time for their concerns, for his daughter has been kidnapped a priestly cult who intends to sacrifice her and summon an ancient power into the world.
From the moment the story began, I liked the way the characters feel realistic. You feel like you know them, their motivations, even their failures. I felt for the characters, beginning with Kara, the innkeeper’s daughter who finds herself allied with the most wanted man in the kingdom, Aiden Baird, who can’t quite remember who or what he’s doing so far from his King. Then there’s Captain Gray who takes the poor army urchin, Cuan, under his wing, and the Islanders Siv and Einar on a heart-wrenching mission to find their kidnapped daughter.
I stuck with these five characters through their journey to fight an evil force that’s threatening to take over the Kingdom, even as the walls protecting the coastline have started to crumble. The odds are against them all, but they keep on going, knowing that if they fail, the Kingdom will fall. One thing that I did wish to see in the book was a map to show me the Kingdom that everyone is fighting to save, but that’s only because I’m a visual reader in some respects – and maybe I’m so used to those maps that come with Martin’s books. But let that not be a reason to not check this book out – the story is engaging and the characters even more so and they’ll have you rooting for them till the end.