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Friday, July 29, 2016

Kings or Pawns by J. J. Sherwood | Book Review

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This was a fantastic fantasy story. The author is very talented. The writing was beautiful and powerful. Many intimate details about the character, the weather, the landscape or structures around them were rendered with gorgeous detail. Unlike some other epic fantasy I have read, however, I was never bored while reading Kings or Pawns. Even though the story moves at a slow pace at times it was always interesting and never dull. 

The story also has a lot of amazing fight scenes. There is combat between a few people and there are massive wars and you get to experience both. This book has really cool magic and awesome ancient mysteries. The world that the characters live in is old with a massive history to it but the author manages to pull this off authentically without boring you with a bunch of info dumps. This long and somewhat complicated epic fantasy story was written so well that it was an easy read. Very high praise.

I wish all epic fantasy was like this, then I would enjoy the whole book more instead of having to wade through boring stuff to get to the good awesome epic stuff. I really enjoyed the quiet moments in this book because they were done so well. All of the extra details the author provides you with make you feel like you are really immersed in the world of the book. 

Without spoiling anything I'll end by saying that the direction the author chose to take in the third act of the story was bold. I can't figure out how to say more without spoiling anything but I'll just say that I respect the author for the brave choices they made while writing this story. 

The only gripe I have with this book is that the author uses the phrase that the characters' "brows knit" like 1 million times. It got old fast. But other than that this book was fantastic and I'm still giving it five stars. 

There is a lot to love about this awesome epic fantasy story about elves living in a rich well rendered world full of history, magic, action, and deeper relationships between characters. If you like epic fantasy you should really give this one a try.

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Author's Bio:

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 J.J. Sherwood will be at the tenth Fandom Fest Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky this coming August 7th-9th.

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