Review: The Kinshield Legacy by K. C. May

14 October 2011
Title: The Kinshield Legacy

Author: K. C. May

Series: Book One

Publisher: Smashwords/CreateSpace

Date: July 15, 2010

Pages: 372

ISBN: 1453805869

Source: Purchased

Purchase: Amazon.com Kindle or Paperback, Smashwords

Summary from Smashwords:

A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.

Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He's the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he'll be Thendylath's next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, the last man to see King Arek alive... a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief.

But when Gavin saves a woman's life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past... and the truth of King Arek's demise.

 

My thoughts:

I have problems finding good fantasy these days. A lot of what I usually dredge up has far too much “real life” items and such or the story just isn't very good. I've also found far too much sex in a lot of fantasy these days and don't understand what that has to do with a good, solid story.

But I'm on a tangent. I do have a point. When I picked this book up, very much at random over on Amazon.com, I was wary. I started to read it and was absolutely sucked in.

K. C. May writes her fantasy old school style. We're talking magic users, Viragon Sisters (man I hope I spelled that right!) and gargoyles used as locks!

Ahem...

Seriously, I felt as if I were plopped right down into the middle of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

While I sit here and rant on and on about how good this story was, I did find a few faults with it. Some had to do with spelling and grammar (What else is new? I have yet to find a book without these.) and a few slow spots in the overall story. However, I can't sit here and dwell on all of that with such a good story flow in such an engaging tale. I may be a bit biased when it comes to fantasy, but I certainly do know a good book when I read one. No matter the genre.

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