This book. Is amazing.
Of course, I haven’t found a single book by this author yet that I didn’t like, but that’s besides the point. The plot, characters, story, and world were all amazing, and I can’t wait to fangirl over it with you! So, without further ado, let’s get into the review.
by Jill Williamson
In the second volume of Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.
As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.
One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?
(NOTE: Description as found on Amazon)
The Story and World
I went into this book a little…uncertain. Not because of anything the author did, but entirely because I have a preconception that second books aren’t as good as the first. Just like sequels to movies rarely are. Even though this is constantly disproved to me, I can’t shake that thinking. But this book was as amazing as the first, and it built on the world in awesome ways.
What happens to a culture when all the people are shoved on a boat and sent out to sea? What happens when there’s no land in sight? No hope? How does life go on?
This book tackled all of those questions in really interesting, unique ways. It kept me reading, involved in the world, and anxious to see what would happen next.
Ugh. I love all of the characters more than life itself.
Okay, maybe not that much, but you get what I mean.
There were so many twists and turns in relationships – brotherly relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, the whole shebang. I was on the edge of my seat a lot of the time, and a couple of character interactions and developments had me in tears, not gonna lie.
The Writing and Voice
I will always love her writing and voice. That’s all I have to say, really, because I’m pretty sure I ranted about how much I loved it in the review of the first book in this series, so.
The plot itself was enjoyable, interesting, and full of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. It had a clear goal that was easy to follow, and great characters and voice that kept the whole thing interesting, too.
I loved the building up of the “world at sea” plot, and seeing how that affected characters and nations.
I’ll list some things that could be questionable, and rate them 0-5 out of 5 on how “questionable” it is. This section WILL contain mild spoilers, so if you don’t want any of those, skip over to the “Overall…” section 🙂
I don’t recall any language, or even mention of swearing.
There are marriages in this books, and traditions and world-building that come with that. The farthest the story goes is a “fade to black” senario.
There are small fights, battles, wars. Lots of death and mention of death – not to such a point that it made me uncomfortable, but it might to someone with a smaller toleration for things like this.
I absolutely loved this book, and would suggest the whole series to anyone who’ll listen. If you’re a fan of well developed fantasy novels with deep characters and high stakes, I’d definitely suggest you check King’s Blood out! You can follow the links and find it at any of these places:
I give this novel…