Kingdom of Souls

Kingdom of SoulsMagic Has A Price If You Re Willing To PayBorn Into A Family Of Powerful Witchdoctors, Arrah Yearns For Magic Of Her Own But Each Year She Fails To Call Forth Her Ancestral Powers, While Her Ambitious Mother Watches With Growing DisapprovalThere S Only One Thing Arrah Hasn T Tried, A Deadly Last Resort Trading Years Of Her Own Life For Scraps Of Magic Until The Kingdom S Children Begin To Disappear, And Arrah Is Desperate To Find The CulpritShe Uncovers Something Worse The Long Imprisoned Demon King Is Stirring And If He Rises, His Hunger For Souls Will Bring The World To Its Knees Unless Arrah Pays The Price For The Magic To Stop Him This cover just added five years to my life. This was a deeply complex, rich and dark fantasy that had me intrigued from the very first page I do like my epic fantasy daaaark and this definitely delves into that side of magic, with witchdoctors gone rogue and demons breaking free and strings of murders It s not without hope, though As Arrah, even though she s magicless, will stop at nothing to defeat this darkness We stan a Gryffindor heroine Let s go West African inspired mythologyI am so so here for ownvoices fantasy It fiercely focuses on Arrah and her relationship with magic aka she has none and her mother a powerful witchdoctor with ptsd from being tortured for years by her predecessor and how children start to go missing and no one seems interested in looking into it.I always find fantasies overwhelmingly intense at first as you find your footing amongst the world building I do admit this had a lot of characters and as someone who barely keeps up with a cast of 3 shh I suffer ok I don t remember my 4 nieces names I did struggle with the characters AND the amount of gods and tribes to all keep straight But I appreciate the complexity of this world and all the building It felt like it was done with a lot of love and care, lots of depth And of course there s tons of dark witchdoctory magic, rituals, trading of years for magic, and dangerous cursed shenanigans that were super intriguing to read plot Super super intense It s not actiony all the time, but there s a LOT going on It crams a lot in to the 500pgs charactersOk Arrah was precious and I did love her so much instantly She strives so hard to be enough but is always found lacking by her mother, and infamous cold and powerful woman I also loved her friendship with Rudjek It has a bit of a Romeo x Juliet vibe, since Rudjek s father is Arrah s mother s enemy And I really shipped them but ahh Stressful ship view spoiler I also really loved the relationship Arrah had with her demon sister I think it needed page time though I loved that Arrah wanted to save her before condemn her though And creepy powerful kids are my faaave hide spoiler So this book apparently has not been announced yet, but it s being pitched as Wonder Woman in a West African inspired world also, it s about a girl with no power trying to defeat her sister with power sign me up. I don t really like this cover but whatever Still gonna read this The ARC is so much beautiful I m bias, of course This story is deeply personal to me and explores themes that have shaped my life I hope readers enjoy it too Now that Advanced Reader Copies for Kingdom of Souls are circuiting, I want to include trigger warnings for those interested in reading the book The story includes blood magic, an intentional infliction of self injury in a ritual, challenging familial relationship, death of a child, death in battle scenes, mention of animal sacrifice not on page , animal possession, and mind manipulation. Trigger Warning Kingdom of Souls contains scenes of violence, sacrifice, blood magic and parental abuse Proceed with caution For she will rise from the ashes alit in flames.For no water will ever quell her pain.For no redemption will befall her.For we will never speak her name Song of the Unnamed Nothing I will ever write will give you an idea of how truly wonderfully written and amazing Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron is I was lucky enough to be part of the traveling book initiative in which a single ARC was sent from hand to hand in order for readers to join in on the KOS hype train before release.If it hadn t been for work and other daily annoyances, I would have finished this book a lot faster than the three days it took me But when I did finish it, at 11 o clock at night with The Big Bang Theory playing quietly in the background, I couldn t help thinking I could never read another fantasy novel the same way again I clutched this book to my chest for an hour, wanting to scream about it from the rooftops but not finding the words to describe how desperately you all need this novel in your lives.Coming from a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah can t wait for the day her own magic presents itself But after failure after failure in calling for her own powers every year, Arrah is willing to try one last thing trade her own life years for magic.When the kingdom s children begin to disappear, Arrah is desperate to find the culprit using her own powers Alongside friends, she makes powerful sacrifices and takes a dangerous journey in discovering who she is and what she was born to do.I m gonna say this now this book would not have been this fantastic if it had been written by a white woman Barron threads her own experiences and history into the story, weaving a web that does not fail to capture its audience Arrah is steadfast and headstrong, determined to make a difference in the world and I felt that right in the core of my being Who doesn t want to make a name for themselves Who feels like they re failing when they don t seem to be moving forward I know I do Not only are the characters so well developed that they leap off the page, but the kingdom itself is pure magic The writing brims with power as Barron describes the city Arrah lives in the marketplace she visits the tight family bond she has with her father It s impossible to not fall in love with the world built upon the pages of Kingdom of Souls Make no mistake, though Kingdom of Souls is not an easy book to read There s blood and violence a lot of the magic relies heavily on blood magic and a lot of dark topics are explored that may make you uneasy, so please proceed with caution.Preorder this book Rave about it Buy it for your mum and your grandparents Buy it for your dad and your uncles Buy it for your colleagues, your new date, your best friend who doesn t really read much There s a little something for everyone in Kingdom of Souls, and it should not CANNOT pass under the radar. 16 year old Arrah is the daughter of powerful Witchdoctors But she doesn t have the magic that her parents have, and she so desperately wants it and the approval of her mother That she does everything she can to get it She loves her dad dearly and closer that her mother When children start to missing Arrah finds out that it s her mother who is responsible, trying to summon a Demonic king So Arrah performs a ritual to get magic so she can stop her mother But it takes years off her.Kingdom of Souls is a unique fantasy tale of Witchdoctors, magic, demons, gods in a world of an African setting It had great characters especially Arrah who trying to get approval from her mother and yet going against her trying to get rid of the demon king I thought it was beautifully written and I really enjoyed it until I got a bit confused of what was happening at the end 4 stars from me. Aaand the comparisons to Black Panther beginsNo, but for real this actually sounds great and I don t know how I didn t know about this before today like Set in a West African inspired fantasy kingdom and having a tone comparable to Wonder Woman, Last Witchdoctor centers on a young woman who fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can t even cast the simplest curse In fact, she fails so much that her witchdoctor mother conjures a better daughter, one whose power soon threatens to destroy everything in its path Now the young woman must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to defeat her sister EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SCREAMS AMAZING SO IT BETTER BESource I just wanna stare at this cover forever Look how powerful she looks DAMN. The tribes are blessed with magic, some stronger than others Arrah has to deal with being the dud of the family She yearns to use magic like everybody else, but she should be careful what she wishes for.I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Set in a West African inspired world, where magic is a necessary part of life, Arrah is the daughter of two of the most powerful people in the tribes, and her grandmother is edam another powerful witch doctor and tribal leader.Everyone expects amazing things from Arrah, but the years go by and are filled with disappointment, as magic fails to connect with her.I really liked Arrah, and can really sympathise with her She has to grow up with the weight of all the expectations, made worse by the fact her family is very prominent and she can t hide from the judging eyes of the tribes.All Arrah wants is to be accepted and loved for who she is Her father and her best friend love interest are both very supportive but they don t make up for the fact that her mother is cold and distant, not hiding her disappointment in her daughter.The world that Barron has created is amazing With gods, demons, a civilisation laced with magic and so much history behind it I thought the story telling was the perfect balance between conveying the depth of this world but keeping it light and interesting.The first half of the book was brilliant, and I was completely hooked as Arrah tries to uncover the mystery of the children being stolen from their homes It is totally unforgiving and isn t afraid to hit hard.The second half I really wanted to keep loving this book, but it lost its pacing after what felt like a natural climax of the story It could have stopped after the resolution of the kidnapping mystery, and the uncovering of the villain, and I would have been satisfied Instead, it felt like a second book was being tacked on.The second half spends a lot of time in a place where time doesn t exist, as it does in the real world Unfortunately, as a reader, it also felt like that for me Arrah mourns the life and friends that she s lost, and contemplates the darkness and danger to come And round in circles we go.The second half of the book is also a lot cerebral, with a lot of stuff happening on different planes and within minds and memories.Overall, this was a 3.5 out of 5 for me I enjoyed this book, it had a lot of potiental, despite its debut flaws I would read the rest of the series.

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Kingdom of Souls
  • Rena Barron
  • English
  • 15 May 2018
  • 9780008302238