Sunday, 21 August 2016
Kings Or Pawns by J J Sherwood + Giveaway
Kings Or Pawns by J J Sherwood
Published by Silver Helm in October 2015.
I am thrilled to be taking part in the Steps Of Power blog tour for Kings Or Pawns! The event is running throughout August and details of all the dozens of blogs taking part are at www.stepsofpower.com - today you can also read about Kings Or Pawns on Flyleaf Chronicles.
Plus there's contests and art reveals to enjoy as well as a great Giveaway which I am proud to be helping host - my second Giveaway this week! (The first one's here) J J Sherwood is giving away signed hardback copies of Kings Or Pawns and other fantasy swag. Scroll down this blog post for the Rafflecopter widget ...
Where to buy this book:
Buy from independent booksellers via Abebooks
Buy from independent booksellers via Alibris
Buy the ebook from Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk
Buy the paperback from The Book Depository
How I got this book:
Received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for my honest review
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
'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 becomes the king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and daring, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but quickly finds his loyal council members brutally murdered by an assassin loosed within the city. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city 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.'
Kings Or Pawns is epic fantasy so there were lots of unfamiliar names to get my head around, both elves and places. I love Sherwood's descriptions of her sumptuous locations in Elvorium, especially when this contrasts with the icebound northern city of Darival. Starring roles in the predominantly male cast are well characterised with elves like new King Hairem and General Jikun being truly fleshed out creations although subject to a surprising volte-face or two as the story progesses. Only two significant characters are female and one of these is mute - I wondered if this was a comment on traditional roles for women in the fantasy genre!
Our story takes in murderous political shenanigans, huge battles, supernatural abilities and wielding of the dark arts. I almost thought there was to much crammed in for just one book! The fast pace meant my interest never waned even though I would have liked to spend more time in some situations. We occasionally jumped several weeks in time without me realising which got a tad confusing. However, Sherwood has a fabulous imagination and I was thrilled by scenes such as the Thakish hunt which is wonderfully vivid. It's difficult for me to say much more about Kings Or Pawns without giving away any of the plotline and I definitely wouldn't want to do that. Suffice to say that it has a satisfy story arc and yet still manages to leave threads open for its sequel (Heroes Or Thieves - available now!).
So, you've got this far and I guess you're impatient to enter the Giveaway now?
Here it is!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you're eager for more J J Sherwood, I can secretly whisper to you that there are three fantastic opportunities to meet up with her in person in the very near future. She is visiting Cincinnati Comic Expo, St Louis Archon and New York Comic Con in September and October so don't miss out. There might still be tickets available!
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