The Kings Quartet 1
By J.J. Sherwood
Kings or Pawns What is the role of the king and those who serve under him - in the kingdom of Sevrigel that is what newly titled King Hairem is about to discover. For years the elven world has been caught up in a war with Lord Saebellus. A war that seems unwinnable against the forces of Saebellus and his beast.
General Jikun is determined to prevail, but the Council seems to undermine his efforts at every opportunity. Hairem as king is caught between the will of the council and the experience of his general. Will he follow the dictates of tradition? Or will he instead rebel against what has always been?
Corruption has infiltrated many areas of Sevrigel life, though it is outlawed. Can such a world be saved and is it worth the effort?
The first couple chapters may seem to drag just a tad as the scene is set and the major players are revealed. But if you can read on you will get to the meat of the story and the extra details are left behind. There are scenes that have violence, profanity, and questionable morals which may be offensive to some readers.
Overall Kings or Pawns is intriguing and attention holding. Who is the true power in Sevrigel? The Council, King Hairem, or Lord Saebellus? And add to the mix an assassin who is murdering various council members. Is this the work of Saebellus? Or is an unknown evil at work intent on bringing further instability and chaos to the kingdom.
This is the first book in a series and there are definitely some questions that need answers and the futures of some of the characters are in doubt. If you like a book that leaves you wanting more you'll want to pick this one up. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this story.
I received a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.
About Kings or Pawns:
J.J. Sherwood’s debut novel Kings or Pawns: The King, Book 1 is the first in a high fantasy epic series sure to please fans of both the science fiction and fantasy genres.
The year is 8994 P.E., and the city of Elvorium is corrupted—rotted to the core by the machinations of depraved politicians. With his father dead and the country facing a rebellion, Price Hairem becomes the king of the elven world of Sevrigel in one of its most turbulent points in history.
Young and daring, Hairem is determined to eradicate the corruption festering in Elvorium’s self-serving and all-powerful council, which thwarts his best intentions at every turn. But Hairem’s problems are far more sinister—and deadly—than merely political. The loyal members of the council are being savagely murdered by an assassin loosed within the city—an assassin whose brutality knows no bounds. Outside of the city, the Lord Saebellus wages a vicious rebellion against the capital. He has been thwarted thus far by the brilliant General Jikun, and Hairem is certain that the general can crush Saebellus.
But instead of continuing the campaign against the warlord, the council orders Jikun’s army to be split, sending him on a mission that furthers only their own wealth and power. Jikun knows that the council’s demands will leave Elvorium vulnerable to an attack from the formidable warlord. Although Saebellus has been recently defeated, he is far from vanquished. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the rebel Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.
Will Hairem overcome the council’s scheming and duplicity? Can General Jikun defeat the warlord Saebellus? Will this be the war that finally brings Sevrigel to its knees? Kings or Pawns offers action, intrigue, mystery, and suspense—a thrilling story that will leave readers hungry for the sequel, Heroes or Thieves, to be published in February 2016.
J.J. Sherwood lives in Ohio with her husband and four near-identical cats. Kings or Pawns is J.J.’s widely anticipated debut novel, and is the first book of The Kings quartet. The series is set in the high fantasy world of Aersadore, home to hundreds of characters who all clamor for J.J.’s attention. To learn more about the trials and tribulations of General Jikun and King Hairem, visit StepsofPower.com. J.J. Sherwood will be at the tenth Fandom Fest Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky this coming .
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