Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be sharing my review, favorite quotes, info about the book, author, and characters, and there will be a giveaway.
You can see all the tour dates here on the Tour Schedule.
Kingdom of Souls
by Rena Barron
Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.
Explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend, where one girl must sacrifice her life, year by year, to gain the power necessary to fight the mother she has never been good enough for.
Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Tomi Adeyemi and Black Panther
THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.
I don’t think I’ve ever highlighted so much in an earc before. There is so much to this world and it’s a lot to take in. It started clicking more for me once I got about 30% in. That’s not to say that the beginning was bad. It was really good, just a lot to learn. I’m hoping the final book with have a map, a list of the gods/orishas, and a list of the characters/tribes.
Arrah is so easy to like. She’s so strong and determined. Because her parents and grandmother all have very powerful magic, Arrah should have it, too. Year after year, she studies and tries. The only thing that happens is that she can see magic and no one can read her mind using magic. But Heka continues to pass her over. Arrah wants to be a powerful witch doctor, but time is running out. There is another way to get magic, but she would have to pay the price in years of her life. Arrah doesn’t ever want to do that, even if her mother makes her feel like a failure and disappointment. Arrah keeps taking the journey to Blood Moon Festival. At the most recent one, her grandmother has a strange vision. Arrah can feel a magic there that is powerful and wrong. Arrah’s grandmother sees “the green-eyed serpent” which is thought to be demon magic. The gods said that they removed all demons, but Arrah slowly learns that the Orishas were not always honest.
Arrah goes back home to where her mother is Ka-Priestess. She is a powerful seer chosen by the Almighty One. Her enemy is Vizier which proves to be a problem. The Vizier’s son, Rudjek, is Arrah’s best friend. They meet up in secret with only his two guards/friends to keep an eye on them. Arrah has very strong feelings of love for Rudjeck, but she’s afraid to tell him. Rudjek is going to be named the next heir. The Vizier’s family uses craven bones for protection against magic. Since Arrah doesn’t have magic, there wasn’t been an issue with their friendship besides the parents who hate each other. Majka and Kira are the gendars that protect Rudjeck and they bring messages to Arrah when they can’t be together.
Arrah starts seeing familiars around the market. More than ever and they seem to concentrate around certain people. Familiars are never a good sign and this proves true. Children start going missing. When Arrah’s friend is taken, she has to make a tough choice in order to save him. She must give up years to get magic that will help her find the green-eyed serpent who she is sure is behind this. Arrah finds out more than she wants and things go downhill quickly from there. Someone close to her is the one responsible and this person is trying to bring back The Demon King. If this happens, demons will take over and there will be a lot of death and destruction. Eating human souls makes the demons stronger. Children’s kas (souls) are pure, so those are the strongest for demons to consume.
Every so often, we get small chapters with the Orishas. It’s a bit confusing, but everything makes sense in the end. They take the reader into the past and some of the lies that have been told over the years.
Everything else that happens is spoilery, so I won’t go into it much. Arrah is basically the one who has to find a way to save the whole kingdom and the people she loves, even if it means the end of her life.
I gave this book 5 stars and can’t wait for book two.
Warnings: blood magic (cutting), deaths, death of children, sacrifices, a sex scene (not descriptive), battles, horrible parental relationship, manipulation, mind control, animal deaths (not really described much), and abuse/torture.
Meet The Characters:
A fierce defender of justice, Arrah is willing to make the hard choices to get the job done. When there’s an obstacle in her way, she powers through with courage and determination. But don’t mistake her kindness for weakness. She isn’t afraid to get down and dirty to accomplish her goals. She’s a loyal friend who’ll have your back and values honesty above all else.
An expert swordsman with a heart of gold, Rudjek isn’t afraid to take charge. He’s a natural leader who people can always trust to get the job done. He’s confident, swift, and decisive. That doesn’t mean he always gets things right, but he earns an A for effort. He’s not too proud to admit when he’s wrong either. Rudjek isn’t a stranger to having fun, and he values friendship and responsibility.
Quiet and contemplative, Essnai isn’t one to act before thinking. She’s always the most rational one among her friends and considers all angles of a situation. Sometimes she may come off as detached due to her tendency to internalize her feelings. Although she values trust and logic, she’s also a hopeless romantic.
Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, Sukar is known for dropping ill-timed jokes at the worst possible moment. But as much as his friends bemoan his humor, he’s the spark of light on a dark day and brings a sense of hope to those around him. Sukar loves fine arts and competitive sports equally, which complements his dynamic personality. He values tenacity above all.
Extremely self-assured, Efiya isn’t one to be discouraged from pursuing her goals. She has a clear vision for what she wants in life and can be single-minded in her approach. But Efiya isn’t all work and no fun. She loves the thrill of taking risks, and she never plays it safe. She values strength and winning over everything else.
THE DEMON KING
Determined and unrelenting, the Demon King gets a bad rap because of his insatiable thirst for souls. But there’s more to him than that. He is deeply loyal, protective of his people, and believes that the end justifies the means. He can be vengeful and petty at times but only if he’s pushed to extreme measures. Most of all, he values love, peace, and rest.
Original Post: https://www.epicreads.com/blog/kingdom-of-souls-characters/
“Magic has a price if you’re willing to pay.”
What would it be like to command magic with the ease of taking a breath? To reach into the air to collect it on one’s fingertips, or walk in the spirit world? To not only see magic, to tame it, bend it, to be magical?
“Our greatest power lies not in our magic, but in our hearts, Little Priestess.”
“Unfortunately for us, a god’s love is both beautiful and terrifying.”
For where she walks death follows
Her Heart is black and hollow
For her love is a dangerous thing
Full of heartache and pain.
Better to fail at magic, than to do something so evil with it.
“This is a cruel place, and only the most brutal thrive,” she hisses, glancing to Oshe.
Love is a dangerous thing, especially among our kind. Our love is boundless, endless, all-consuming.
Magic isn’t good or bad. It’s people who make it dangerous.
Sorry that is a lot and I could have added more. I obviously really enjoyed the book and Rena’s writing.
Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Follow her at @renathedreamer and renabarron.com.
Rena prefers not to be tagged in reviews to save her sanity.
She is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
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