An Empire and Time Irreversible.
Kingsbane revolves around the events following Eliana's display of power in the previous book as well as Rielle's journey after being crowned the Sun Queen. The gate is falling and the Emperor is at Eliana's heels. They must find a way to strengthen Eliana and defeat the Emperor, or doom them all.
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I have a lot of thoughts on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Furyborn and was looking forward to reading Kingsbane, that being said; I will be dividing my review into five sections: character building, world building, themes, plot flow and my final thoughts.
First, let me dive into the character building in this book. The characters were mostly likeable with the exception of Rielle; who—to me, was infuriating at times. Eliana was frustrating and held all the cliche of a character thrust into the role of hero. Which isn't a bad thing—and in this case, it really wasn't a bad thing. The author was clever in writing the characters and their experiences completely. So much so that even the most frustrating and infuriating characters *cough* I'm looking at you Rielle *cough* left you with a feeling of empathy toward them. I was left feeling bare and disgruntled after I'd read the last page of the book and by then, I knew I connected completely with the characters.
Second, the world building. Rarely do I come across books that completely allow me to visualize the scenes so vividly as though I were watching its movie counterpart. The vivid clarity in which the book was written struck me as something I hadn't experienced in a while. It's a wonderful addition to the character building and they do go hand in hand nicely, allowing me to comfortably, if not subconsciously feel what the character is feeling.
Third, themes. The book follows a strictly political standpoint and urges readers to think—perhaps subconsciously about the dangers of contentment and not standing up for what is right. It shows the ugly side of war and perhaps the even uglier side of what happens when people act like sheep. In my opinion, Kingsbane had the potential to portray a world at war and kingdoms that are sperated not only in the geographical sense but in the sense that countries are experiencing today—it succeeded. There is much we can learn and much we have to be weary of in our daily lives that we could take from this book and apply.
Lastly, the plot—oftentimes with books that are written in different perspectives it can get quite confusing. Which was true for me, it took me a handful of chapters before I got the hang of it and started remembering certain, smaller events from the past book without having it confused for a different character's perspective. Kingsbane did not lack for twists and what I can say is that it left me with more questions than I began with. The plot was clear, slightly predictable at times but surprisingly original as well. It did not lack for clichés but it also was abundant in originality and content.
Overall, I believe this book succeeded in making me feel what it wanted me to feel. It gave me goosebumps and forced me to align its underlying message with our present culture. It made me weep for characters that had only about two pages maximum written for them and I felt as though I was reading a recording of what happened in an actual world apart from ours. I am pleasantly excited to read the final installment in this series.
Final Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟