Monday, May 30, 2016
King's Folly- Jill Williamson
Description: The gods are angry.
Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful heir apparent to the throne.
When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?
My Thoughts: What can I say that will fully express how much I loved this book? Back in high school, I read Jill's Blood of Kings trilogy in one week and, if the rest of this trilogy were already published, I believe the same would have happened. I've spent the past few days after having finished King's Folly attempting to formulate my review, but all I can come up with are sighs of contentment after having finished such a great book.
King's Folly is far darker than the Blood of King's books, telling of a time in this world's history when men have fallen away from Arman and instead worship false gods in the most despicable of ways. Everything is caught up in this false worship and the heroes are stuck between what they have been raised to believe and what they know deep down is right. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is put off by some of the darker side of history as this first book shows a world completely turned away from Arman and his teachings.
If, however, you are willing to read a story reminiscent of the book of Judges and of the darker part of Israel's history, you will find this book to be beautifully written with a complex set of characters and cultures. There is light at the end as well, hope that Wilek and Trevn can rescue their people, not only from a crumbling world but from the destruction of their souls.
I can barely wait until the sequel comes out. This is such a great book and I am sure that the series will only get better. In the meantime, I will just have to reread my favorite parts.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.