Kingshold | By D P Woolliscroft
Thank You #WriteReads for providing me an #audiobook of Kingshold in exchange for an honest review for the #TWRBlogTour
Narrative and Plot
The narrator of the audiobook had such a relaxing and soothing voice that it feels like a bedtime story every time you listen to it. I mean it in a good way, although this means I had a slow pace at the beginning of the story. It takes time to get into the world and understand the characters as it is a multiple person narration. Once you get the lay of the land it is all intrigue and action.
The plot stands strong with intricate world building and powerful characters. The catchphrase of the book itself tells the story. The rest of the book is a detailed and well-put elaboration of that. The book has everything you expect from a fantasy book ( even though I haven’t read a lot of them).
Characters and Conflict
This story uses the classic technique of multiple characters premise. Each of them start at a different point and halfway through the story, you’re excited when they all come together for a common mission. Each character has their own arc by the end of the book. Some more surprising than the others. And some characters are left behind. However this is a series and we can expect to see them later. The love story in the book is brief, effective and grounded.
The one critique that I can think of is that there is a majority of black and white characters. As in, the good vs evil trope. In a book like this, full of conspiracy and political intrigue, more grey shaded characters would have made things interesting. The main antagonist was just evil personified. It would have been nice to see some depth to him other than just being the malicious villain. Yet, there are some characters who maintain a mystery and remain shifty till the end.
The whole idea of election in such a world itself is refreshing. Add some adventurous quest to the mix, and you have a great fantasy to read.
Overall, Kingshold is a complete entertainer. It is your perfect pick if you’re going through a withdrawal from fantasy series like Game of Thrones or The Witcher. Although, I wouldn’t do that to a book, comparing it to something like those phenomena. The idea is you will enjoy this book if those are your kind of fantasies.