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on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
The Dragon Queen has invaded and then usurped the Kingdom. The High King, along with his magical sword and wizard friends are trying to save the world from this evil and reclaim the Kingdom. But is she really evil, or should they be more concerned with her demon lover?
Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools is the second installment in the Wardstone Trilogy. Mr. Mathias has written numerous books, primarily fantasy novels, but he has also written a couple of Horror books as well. There are several protagonists in this fantasy tale and it is told in the third person narrative with the voice and thoughts of the main players.
It took a while for the story to get going, but once it did, I became curious to discover where it was going. There were several plot lines running simultaneously that were all interrelated. I like that some of the evil characters are well-rounded, particularly, the dragon queen. She is inherently evil, yet she also has a soft side. She cares for her people and does not endorse slavery plus she is driven to save her love, Gerard. What Gerard is becoming, is frightening. In the previous book, he was a nice person and we really cared for him, but now after his exposure to the demons, I do not know what he is going to become, part of me still hopes he will be a good person, but I am afraid he is beyond that now.
I was never too sure where the story was going or how it was going to end, so it kept my interest throughout. There was plenty of action, especially at the end of the book. However, at times I found the adventures to be a bit disjointed and difficult to follow. I also felt that the ending was a bit confusing.
If you read the first installment in this trilogy, then you should be sure to read “Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools” so you can follow the adventures of Mikahl, Hayden and company as they try to right the wrongs that previously occurred.
My Favourite Quote from the book:
“Oarly swallowed. “Aye.” he nodded. ” But we got a couple of half-arsed wizards, a few swordsmen and some arrows. And I got me axe. All we need now is some torches and we are off.”
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(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2012 :
The wardstone trilogy is one of the best trilogies I've read in a long time!I can hardly wait for the final book to be published.
I would love to see this trilogy made into a movie, I think it could give Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings a run for there money.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 23, 2012 :
Four stars for Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools.
First - the challenge to piece together the puzzle of characters and their relationships in this book would be near impossible if you haven't read book one, The Sword and the Dragon. Read that book first.
Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools is an apt title for a book that encapsulates the hyper-excitement and drama surrounding kings, queens, heroes and fools...AND monsters, dragons, magic, a dwarf, and intensely crazy battle scenes that leave nothing to the imagination.
If a mythological creature is missing from this story, I'd be hard pressed to disclose which one. The good guys are good and the bad guys are even better (at being bad). Although nothing is left to the imagination, the author's imagination is on fire and that makes reading his work a lot of fun.
I've developed a new taste for fantasy novels. Thanks Mathias!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Al W Moe
on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Kings, Queens, Hearts and Fools: The Wardstone Trilogy Book Two
“King’s” begins with slightly different pacing from the first part of this trilogy, “The Sword and the Dragon”. However, the characters roar back into form and consume the reader with images first created in the fertile mind of author M.R. Mathias.
For Fantasy enthusiasts there is plenty here in the way of ogres, magicians, dragons, and obviously Kings, Queens and fools, but there is a very real and fun story that comes with the 420 pages.
Lord Gregory dominates the start of the book, recovering from his wounds, but soon Hyden, Mikahl and soon Pael join the forefront and the story moves forward. The writing is direct and straightforward and given time, most of the characters are more than fleshed-out and their own personal motivations become clear.
A map of the Mainland Kingdoms is available online so readers can put themselves in the correct context of the great battle scenes Mathias creates. He has an amazing imagination and conveys much of this into the narrative. Pacing is slower than the first book, which allows the reader time to digest what arrives page after page.
Mathias possesses a wonderful imagination and the stamina to put-forth meaty chunks of fantasy. Soon, I am sure, his style and writing with catch-up with his imagination to produce a truly epic masterpiece. In the meantime, King’s is a fun read for the Fantasy enthusiast to sink their teeth into.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 02, 2011 :
If you haven't read the first book in this trilogy, The Sword and the Dragon, what are you waiting for? This so far has been the most exciting and vivid adult fantasy series I have ever read. Warning, there are spoilers for The Sword and the Dragon ahead, so if you haven't read it, stay away. I simply cannot do this review spoiler-free, but I will not spoil anything for K,Q,H,&F.
This book is an awesome continuation of the amazingness that was the first part of the trilogy. And let me warn you once again, this is no quick or easy read. It is a long series. But every second is worth it. K,Q,H,&F is a little bit shorter than the first book, but it still took me three days to get through. And I read fast.
During the first book, some of the characters I loved were killed. I was not a happy girl. But I still adored the book. There was an evil, evil villain and I was afraid that this book wasn't going to be able to stand up to the first book. But it did.
With the introduction of a couple of new characters, Oarly (a dwarf), and Phen (a young magician), there were amazing characters to love again. Also, the depth of King Mikhail and Hyden Hawk continued to grow. If that were even possible. I was also pleased to see that King Jarrek played a larger role in the story this time. I love King Jarrek, he's brave, tough,and loving, and one of my favorite secondary characters.
As for the villain aspect, I didn't find Ra'Gren or Shaella quite as intimidating or evil as Pael, but there were enough villains and conflict for it not to really matter. Plus you have the growth of Gerard in the Nethers and he is growing into a more evil villain by the minute. There was an incredible amount of action and the battle scenes were terrific.
Now that I am fully into the trilogy, I can state how amazed I am by the world building and the details. I am in awe of M.R.'s ability to work in details and descriptive passages without them ever being tedious or taking away from the story itself. That takes great talent and for this reason I am one of his biggest fans. Of course there are other reasons too, but I think he is one tremendously talented writer, and I hope he never stops.
I was ridiculously happy to obtain one of the first copies of this book before it was released to the public. And it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. This is a book for a person who loves books and reading. A book for someone who adores words and the English language. This is a book to savor. With a fantastic plot, a beautifully detailed world, and characters that jump right off the page (and I mean literally, Oarly was running around my living room and then he tried to feed me a cinder pepper, bad dwarf), this novel would make J.R.R Tolkien proud. I would without a doubt, recommend it to everyone I know. You are missing out if you do not read it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)