By D.P. Woolliscroft
I have had my eye on Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft for a while now. It released about a year ago around the same time I launched this site. When I first launched this site I had no idea what to expect. I quickly became overwhelmed with review requests by various authors. Kingshold was purchased and downloaded but I just couldn’t find the time to read it. Most of the books I read and review are on audible because of my long commute to work. I can listen to books while I paint miniatures and craft new terrain for my various tabletop games. The point of all this? Almost a year after its initial release I saw a tweet/retweet from Nick over at outofthisworldrev.blogspot.com. It was about Kingshold coming out in audio. Nick has a fantastic review that goes a little bit more in-depth than this one will. If you want to check it out, and I recommend you do, I’ll leave a link at the end to his review.
Did I like it?
Let’s get this out of the way first. I loved this book to death and cannot wait for the next book. I think this book has something for everyone interested in fantasy. There are a ton of different kinds of fantasy books that can easily be stuck into a subgenre. I find it difficult to stick a label on this one. It’s weird saying this, but I have a hard time saying if this is high fantasy or low. In this case, is not a bad thing at all. Who needs labels anyway?
What is it though?
Most of the book takes place in a city called Kingshold. Kingshold has been a monarchy for a long time. Behind the scenes, there is a wizard who keeps the king and queen in check by killing them and replacing them with a new ruler when they become corrupt. Every couple of generations the wizard needs to step in and get the kingdom back on track. Well, the wizard is tired of the cycle and wants to retire. He decides that there will be an election to choose the new Lord Protector of Kingshold. This way he can retire in peace without feeling guilty when the new leadership eventually becomes corrupt. The people will choose and he will stay out of it entirely. This is just the basic plot of the story. The game of thrones fan in me loves a little fantasy politics in my books. It gives a little more life to the world. With that in mind, this story is definitely not just a political fantasy book. If you don’t like political fantasy, don’t let this scare you away from reading it because there is a lot more to this book.
Would you like it?
If you like wizards, demons, bards who sing magical songs, assassins guilds, guys with spirit animals, dragons(ok maybe not dragons, but drakes?), political intrigue, pirates, pie sellers named dibbler, sword fights, magical duals, political maneuvering, giant turtles, or shapeshifting into animals then this book is for you! Ok, so the pie seller named dibbler is indeed in the book, but not one of the main characters… I was just excited when I spotted this reference. Seriously, this book has something for everyone. Go buy it or get it free with kindle unlimited or use your audible credit! Go convince your library to buy it and borrow it from them… I don’t know if that really works but it’s worth a try! If you do end up picking this one up and enjoying it as much as I did you can also pick up book 1.5, also coming out on audio later this month:
Thank you so much for reading this quick review. I really appreciate it!
P.S. a quick side note
On a quick side note, if you follow me on social media or know me IRL you probably know that Twitter is my preferred social media platform. I follow a bunch of authors, some follow me back some don’t and that’s cool either way. Some of them interact with me and other bloggers/reviewers more than others. Mr. Wolliscroft is one of those authors who I see on a consistent basis interacting with other creators promoting their books, blogs, Kickstarter campaigns, or whatever they are passionate about. Fantasy authors commonly write about heroes in their stories doing wonderous heroic feats, slaying the “bad guys” and whatnot. I’m going to leave you with a quote to think about. This is from another creator that a lot of us “nerdy” people look up to:
“A… definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being and will go out of his or her way to help them—even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” – Stan Lee
Check out Kingshold on some other sites below or if you want to help support this website you can purchase Kingshold using the Amazon affiliate link below at no extra cost to you.