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For the Killing of Kings

The Ring-Sworn Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Howard Andrew Jones' powerful worldbuilding brings this epic fantasy to life in For the Killing of Kings, the first audiobook of his new adventure-filled trilogy.

Their peace was a fragile thing, but it had endured for seven years, mostly because the people of Darassus and the king of the Naor hordes believed his doom was foretold upon the edge of the great sword hung in the hall of champions. Unruly Naor clans might raid across the border, but the king himself would never lead his people to war so long as the blade remained in the hands of his enemies.

But when squire Elenai’s aging mentor uncovers evidence that the sword in their hall is a forgery, she’s forced to flee Darassus for her life, her only ally the reckless, disillusioned Kyrkenall the archer. Framed for murder and treason, pursued by the greatest heroes of the realm, they race to recover the real sword, only to stumble into a conspiracy that leads all the way back to the Darassan queen and her secretive advisers. They must find a way to clear their names and set things right, all while dodging friends determined to kill them - and the Naor hordes, invading at last with a new and deadly weapon.

©2019 Howard Andrew Jones (P)2019 Vibrance Press

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Great Story!

Let me begin by saying, I really enjoyed this book. It was given to me for free in exchange for my unbiased review and so I am presenting this review now. I enjoyed the storyline, I enjoyed the characters, I felt really involved in what was going on and have no complaints about narrator storyline or author. As a matter of fact I am quite looking forward to book 2 because I want to know what's going on with the queen, and I want to know what's going on with this mysterious guy who showed up at the end of the big battle. So thank you for providing such a lovely story for me to listen to and I am intrigued to hear more.

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Refreshing

This well written fantasy was a breath of fresh air. The story, plot and characters were intriguing and were developed slowly and steadily throughout the book. The author build his new world clearly and as a reader, I was excited to learn more with each passing page. I'm excited to read the upcoming books in the series.

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Great story with interesting & distinct characters

I really enjoyed For the Killing of Kings. I thought the overall premise was pretty good and I found most of the characters very interesting and they all have a different feel to them with different personalities and back stories. I like that their is an old guard of Heroes and a new guard who are trying to prove themselves and find their way. This story has some great action sequences and battles and also has mystery and conspiracy thrown in as well. The 'magic system' is different and I enjoyed it and am interested to see it in the future installments as well.

Lori Prince did a great job with the narration and most characters have a fairly distinct voice. I overall really enjoyed this first book in the series and can't wait for the future installments to see how things progress as the ending of this book leaves alot of questions and things to wrap up.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Exciting Story

While I enjoyed this story, it feels more like half a book than a full story as non of the arcs really came to an end. That said, the world building and characters are fantastic. I just wish the story arc was better and the story showed rather than told a bit more than it currently does.

Overall, if you're alright with having to read more than just the first book to feel satisfied with the story arc and love world building with interesting characters, then you should definitely give this one a shot.

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Blessedly light on politics!

Herein we have an exciting, imaginative epic fantasy that thankfully doesn't focus much attention on the politics or nobility.

Lori Prince gives an unexpectedly fantastic audio performance! Many (if not most) women struggle to create believable (or even not ridiculous sounding) male voices (not that this is in any way unique to women. The majority of men fail to create convincing female voices as well). But not so here. Her voices are excellently crafted, distinct, and consistent. Her control of tempo and vocal inflections are probably her biggest weakness, as they are only very good.

First, let me just say how refreshing it is to read a fantasy that feels suitably epic while mostly dodging the GoT-eske heavy focus on politics and nobility.

That said, while we do have quite an array of characters spread between several locations and pursuing different goals, they are introduced at a rate that makes it easy to remember who is who without having to go back and reread their introduction (a common problem with a lot of epic fantasy).

Similarly, each character has a distinct voice with their own traits, quirks, and goals. Each one feels like a real person.

The story is a little meandering at times, but is well thought out and I didn't notice any glaring plot holes.

There are a few issues that kept this from being a 5-star read, however. The biggest four are:

1) Early on, we have a POV character who has basically one scene then is not seen again. It wouldn't bother me so much if this scene conveyed essential information that can't be conveyed any other way. Alas, it does not.

2) Excessive descriptive details, particularly about clothing and hair styles. Yes, a certain level of detail adds depth to the writing and the world, but this goes far beyond that level. Even worse though is that apart from one character's focus (one might almost call it an obsession) on the "assets" of the opposite gender, the description highlights the same sorts of details no matter who the POV character is. Which would be fine if the story was being told by an omniscient narrator. But since it isn't, the details that are highlighted should be tailored to the POV character.

3) Similarly, the action sequences largely feel like they are being narrated by an omniscient narrator who is not emotionally connected to the action. Most of it is told rather than shown and lacks the internal processes of the character that make reading fight scenes exhilarating.

4) This one is probably the biggest issue. There aren't any real character arcs. Despite more than one character beginning with a world view that is inherently problematic and could have made for a great arc, no one really changes much in any way that matters.

All that said, this is a well told and entertaining story with some really cool world building elements.

The ending came together nicely. And while it's nowhere near a complete, full stop kind of ending, it found a good closing point that did a good job of closing things out and tying the ends together.

I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of epic fantasy who's burned out on all the political/royalty/nobility focused fantasy that's been flooding the shelves since the rise of Game of Thrones.

***obligatory disclaimer***
While I did receive a free copy of this book, I'm choosing to leave a review of my own volition and the views expressed herein are entirely my own.

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Great!!!!!

Wonderfully written and read. I can not wait for the follow ups. I was engrossed from the beginning to the end.
Thank you for the opportunity to listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.