Review: KING’S FOLLY / by Jill Williamson

King’s Folly / by Jill Williamson (The Kinsman Chronicles, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764214240
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Jill Williamson kicks off a new epic fantasy series for adults, with political and spiritual intrigue, a dangerous quest by a hero.

In King’s Folly, the king of Armania is convinced the gods are angry. That’s why earthquakes are occurring and volcanoes are erupting. He sends his son, Prince Wilek, to investigate a report of a city being swallowed up. What Wilek discovers is even more disastrous than he thought. Can he save his people before everything crumbles beneath him?

Although lengthy (549 pages), Williamson manages to produce another well-written epic fantasy with interesting characters and plot twists. Inspired by the corrupt kings of Israel, Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles features court politics, mysteries, sexuality (although it is not graphic) and more, making this a book more appropriate for adults and teens over 16. The land is covered in spiritual darkness — people are worshipping multiple gods, living in superstition, and making human and animal sacrifices. The king’s sons battle for the right to be named heir while disasters abound, which many believe are the fulfillment of the prophecies.

Williamson does an excellent job of world building in this new epic offering, with mostly believable characters. The book includes a list of the key players, a map, and a note from the author, in which Williamson indicates there are discussion questions on her website, as well as a larger version of the map, a genealogy and other supplemental materials for this series.

The print edition of King’s Folly includes the first three parts that were originally released as ebooks: 1) Darkness Reigns, 2) The Heir War, and 3) The End of All Things. The second book, King’s Blood, will also be issued as 3 individual ebooks before it is in print in 2017: Kingdom at Sea, Maelstrom, and Voice of BloodKing’s Folly was nominated for the 2017 Christy award (Visionary).

Recommended for adult fiction collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

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