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on May 16, 2012 :
Samuel Z. Jones is the author of one of my favorite trilogies called Akurite Empire. I even convinced my partner to read the book. I’m not sure if she has read it yet, but I hope she does. Anyway, when Mr. Jones told me about his quintet Romancing The Sword, which was a prequel to Akurite Empire, I was only to happy to oblige.
So I have read the first book in his quintet so far. The first book is Kingdom of the Void by Samuel Z. Jones. I’m actually now reading it a third time. I noticed that in Mr. Jones books I tend to find something different each time I read it and I think that’s a pretty amazing feat to pull off. I have to say I love this man’s books. They’re so refreshing from the normal formula of mainstream fantasy which is in desperate need to change.
In Kingdom of the Void by Samuel Z. Jones, it stars Montesinos Desilva who is the son of Montesinos Dekellia. Desilva has grown up in the land of Silveneir which has a strong and very strict matriarchy which I found awesome. Anyway, Desilva’s parents abandoned him and he was raised as the War Mistress Eliana’s ward. Eliana has taken care of him and taught him how to fence among other things but then she tries to marry Desilva into Clan Kavnor in order to rebuild the dam of Loth Kavnor.
Desilva isn’t too thrilled with an arranged marriage and I can’t say I blame him. So he flees into the land of Daricia in order to escape the politics of a marriage he never wanted. Unfortunately, Clan Kavnor are now on his trail led by Sabra’s sister Sorcha. Sabra was the main character of Akurite Empire and to see where she had originally started off from is amusing. You would never expect it from what you are used to in Akurite Empire although her former persona is mentioned. The same can be said about Sabra’s sister Sorcha.
Also, I have taken a liking to the character of Meri Charn in this book. She is also in Akurite Empire. It doesn’t seem like she has changed much but some of the quirks about this character I find I like. If the author plans on writing some short stories on Meri Charn I will be the first to jump on that, but I don’t think that would be a good money maneuver for him as much as I would love to read it! However, you will have to read the book to see what I mean.
To make matters even worse, Daricia is in the brink of civil war during the year of amnesty. The war lord Odacon plans to overthrow Daricia and a whole epic battle ensues that definitely takes more than one book to complete.
There are even more surprises in this book as well. As I said I’m currently reading it for the third time and then I have the second book to indulge myself in. I rate Romancing The Sword Book 1 Kingdom of the Void by Samuel Z. Jones a 10 out 10.
(reviewed long after purchase)