Note to parents: the content in this book might be inappropriate for your children. You might want to look over it before letting your children read it.
The gods are angry.
Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers–everything pints to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son Prince Wilek thinks his father’s superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania.
When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to have his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?
After the first two hundred pages, I was ready to put the book down. I was thoroughly disgusted that such a book could come from a Christian publisher. From what I’d read, there was dark magic, human sacrifices to a fake god, politics over concubines, and discussions of how Janek’s goal was to bed every woman in the kingdom. Basically, the only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I had to read it to post a review…and I was a little curious as to why a book like this would end up in a Christian publishing house. I couldn’t even see any one god that was served above the other here!
By the time I got halfway through the book, I was intrigued. About three fourths through and the one true god, Arman, showed up. Well, he was there all along, but this time, he showed as supreme. By the end, I wanted to read the next one.
And my question as to how this book came from Christian publishing? Jill Williamson answers here:
This book was a challenge for two reasons: it’s scope and the darkness of its story world. I spent a lot of time researching the kinds of the Old Testament and the word in which they lived. And while The Kinsman Chronicles does not directly parallel any story in the Bible, I wanted to capture the darkness and superstitions of that ancient world and show how those things continually led God’s chosen people astray.
I’m excited to lead the Armanians back to He Who Made the World during the course of this series.
Now, I can’t wait for the next book.
Jill Williamson switches around between characters quite a bit in this book. I didn’t have that much difficulties with it (I love complicated storylines), but I’ve heard from others that it is confusing for them. Jill helpfully put a list of the major characters in her story at the front of your book if you need help with it.
And this is a big book. I love it, but just to let you know, it’s about 544 pages long and ends with the words ‘Not the End’. You like big books? You’ll love this. You don’t? Oh well, you should read this story anyways.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading all! (You’re going to be doing a lot of it with this book.) 😀