A riveting epic fantasy debut, Blackmark, the first book of the Kingsmen Chronicles, immerses listeners in a tumultuous world of intrigue, passion, and power with the grit of George Martin and the adventure of Robin Hobb. Wrongfully accused of treason, veteran Kingsman Elohl seeks the truth of the betrayal that haunts his memory, which decimated his people a decade ago. Inked with the Blackmark and despised for it, Elohl returns home, uncovering the truth of how the Kingsmen vanished. Ancient enemies are exposed, reaping a bloody war in the shadows that will burn nations and bring kings to their knees. As Castellan Lhaurent usurps power from the throne, Elohl must overcome assassins and protect the Queen - to shatter the dominion of the powerful Khehemni Lothren. Treachery sets him on his path in this epic adventure of bitter friends and gracious enemies. Blackmark will grip you with passionate turmoil and riveting action, establishing a powerful series that is already becoming a beloved classic.
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This to me, feels a bit like the Game of Thrones; however, I feel like there is hope for the characters. I love the way the story is slowly told from the perspective of different characters, and how magic is a fixed feature of the world, yet the characters are learning about it as you are. I would like to know more about some of the histories of this world, and I am excited for further books in the series. I would say this book is for someone who enjoys fantasy books that include sword and shield type war, magic, intrigue, and the type of well thought out story you fet from like Harry Potter. I can see little tantilizing hints in the book that suggest importance later, and I am excited to see how those items unfold.
I really enjoyed this book. It conjured up similar feelings as reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy did for me. Jean peaks your curiosity through the whole book and makes you want to keep listening or reading. It's been quite a while since I read a fantasy that was this adventurous. It's not as thick and chewy is Game of Thrones, which is a good thing. The characters I think are developed well and give you reason to care about them, or dislike them as the case may be. The story follows a group of guard sworn to protect a royal line who have been forced into hiding. The book is following them as they are coming back into the publication eye. I definitely think this is worth the read for anybody who enjoyed the Lord of the rings, Game of Thrones, or likes the adventure ideas of Indiana Jones or assassins creed.
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