Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King, and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come.
Spoiler Free Review:
Kings and Daemons is the first novel in ‘The Gifted and the Cursed’ Trilogy. The world building of the Ember kingdom is richly described, perfectly setting the scene for this romantic, coming of age twisted fantasy without feeling like an info dump which is a difficult feat indeed. The world is barren and flowing with evil under the influence of the Witch King Daleth who grows stronger with the increasing suffering of the people.
The book switched between multiple POV’s which is one of my least favourite formats but this is just personal preference as I find it halts the flow of a story. My favourite character by far is Maya, I love her magical gifts of healing, character development and her romance with the blundering Taran. I did enjoy how the magic system has a balance and the characters gifts are not without cost and consequence. The book is dark and bleak in its essence but does enjoy some welcome light-hearted moments between the protagonists and for a debut novel you can colour me impressed. High Fantasy lovers should definitely add this to their TBR list. Big thank you Thewritereads and Marcus Lee for providing an audio copy of this novel to review.
About the Author
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, and now I’ve started, I don’t intend to stop.