Welcome to Book Review with Mel and Sue! In posts like this Melanie (From Melanie's Muses - just in case there was any doubt) and author Susan Harris will both read the same book and then post their thoughts.
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Standalone or series?
Melanie - Book 1 in a new series
Susan - Book 1 in a new series
How did we get this book?
After much debate and not agreeing on anything this popped up as an offer from the author and we both received complementary copies for review.
Why did we choose to read this book: Literally there wasn't another book we were able to agree on!
And Now To The Review!
Melanie - There are a LOT of characters - like seriously a lot. The book actually has a glossary of characters and a map before the main story starts so that lets you know it is going to be that way before you start. This is one of the few where I think having a paperback for easy flicking back for reference might be good.
Susan - I agree with Melanie- this book was busy. I loved the map and the reference to all the characters at the beginning, which gave a realistic expectation of what was to come. And just like Mel, having a paperback to go back and forth with would have made it a better experience.
Melanie - The story is really well written and obviously the author knows her craft. Epic fantasy books have never really been high on my list and honestly this one really only made the cut because Susan and I could actually agree to read it. I haven't read anything else by Sarah but I get the feeling that Epic Fantasy is definitely where she feels at home, and her fans probably will too. There is a LOT of information at the beginning and you really have to pay attention. As with most Epic Fantasy books it does start to link together towards the end of the book and I imagine as the series progresses that it will all make sense.
Susan - The world building in this book is first class and I could imagine it on a TV screen. I like fantasy novels, but find myself drawn to character driven series where I can find characters or side characters to root for and at times, for me, the complex number of characters drew me away from the world itself. That's more of a personal preference than a complaint, because this book is captivating and immerses you into the world.
Melanie - Agreed! I think it would be great on TV.
Melanie - If you like Epic Fantasy (think Game of Thrones - and not even just the TV Series Game Of Thrones - I am talking George RR Martin book level fantasy), then this is definitely a book for you.
Susan - Game of Thrones, meets The Selection, if the Selection was a little bit more twisted, makes The Kingless Crown a must read for lovers of Epic Fantasy.
Melanie – A Solid 4 stars. This is a great example of the genre.
Susan - 4 stars for exceptional world building and attention to detail.
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