By JJ Sherwood. #1 of The Kings
Grade : A
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The first book in JJ Sherwood’s Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.
8,994 P.E.—The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and the Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem ascends the throne as king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and bold, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but the brutal murders by an assassin loosed within the city threaten to undermine the king’s ambitions.
As corruption and death threaten to tear Elvorium apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war.
The Story :
Kings or Pawns is a fantasy, political story revolving around multiple characters, who have different positions of power. Hairem is a new young king of the elven world of Sevrigel, taking the place of his father after his father died. Jikun is a brilliant general responsible for thwarting the rebellions of Lord Saebellus against the capital. And then there are several members of the council of the king, recently threatened by a mysterious assassin.
Hairem wishes to reform the corrupted ways in which the country currently operates but it is not easy for a young king, who people don’t consider strong enough and has to deal with the continuously increasing threat of Saebellus. Also when General Jikun is ordered by the voting system of the council to deal with centaurs than with the vicious lord, the defense grows weaker and Jikun’s army suffers from a bigger threat of the plague killing of the elves. Amidst this, Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.
The Review :
King or Pawns is a very fantasy oriented book, with tons of politicals that intrigued me. There are so many POVs, all in third person narration, and each providing a uniquely different view of things. The characters are all strong ones, and I couldn’t really pick one, whom I loved the most! The female characters were also interesting and intriguing. A mute, maid-servant of the king, Alvena, expresses so much with her thought process that I even forgot that she was mute and she was definitely my favourite! Hairem and Jikun were really great characters too. I did have some problems with the names and I had to keep referring to how they were supposed to be pronounced and it was quite a task as I was reading an eBook!
The whole plot if very well defined and it is a book you cannot let go till the last word. The book does have a very slow start and has heavy descriptive chapters which can force you to stop but if u get through to the mid of the book, it becomes quite interesting.
Ms Sherwood has done a wonderful job with the book, especially since this is her debut novel.
I would really recommend this book to all those who love fantasy with great levels of details and proper warlike setup in the novel!
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Disclaimer : I received this book free from the author, JJ Sherwood for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.