I love a good fantasy story and after reading the Kin of Kings description, I was really interested in listening to the book, and was happy to be gift..Show More »ed a copy of the audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.
I'll admit, in the beginning the story started off slow and almost lost me. It was part the story and part the narration. However, after a couple of hours, the story and narrator really took off! I remember thinking much the story did "180" and was glad I did not give up. The plot starting developing with unexpected twists, and the narrator really seemed to have nailed down the characters and was doing an awesome job.
The plot and characters were developed and Basen was my favorite; however, there was another character who I really like because of their determination and hard work but they turned out to be bad person..... I did not see that coming. This story does end on a cliffhanger so I will be on the lookout for the next audiobook. I really want to know what happens next.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and was glad I stuck with it. I would have really missed out on a good story.
I was expecting book 2 to merely progress the tale in a more or less linear fashion but was curiously surprised to find that Sonja's ability to bring ..Show More »back her dead mother from the spirit world was rather novel and, therefore, interesting. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of what such an ability would have on those who were exposed to it and the ramifications of such an event.
Clearly, Sonja is a tortured soul who committed cruel and murderous acts to attain her goal to bring back her once ever-loving mother, the only person who had truly loved her, but we find that she is not as two-dimensional a character as had been implied in book 1. This is also true for other characters as we find out during the unfolding of the story.
The plot arc involving Effy and Alex also has shades of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to it and is seemingly working up to be a very heartfelt, traumatic and poignant conclusion.
Kudos to the writer for breaking what I feared would be a predictable follow-on and for the narrator who gave realism to these characters and their personalities.