Kingdoms at War: An Epic Fantasy Adventure (Dragon Gate) Paperback – April 22, 2021
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- Publisher : Lindsay Buroker (April 22, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951367138
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951367138
- Item Weight : 1.69 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.32 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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P.S. I have no idea what the one reviewer was talking about when she complained about pedophilia??? As far as I can recall, and I just finished it, there are no children in the book at all. "Young girls" were mentioned in one passage that was highlighting the awfulness of one villian, but I didn't take that to mean children. That passage was also the one that mentioned sex - and it was brief, IMO. So...?
To address another review and vague spoilers ahead:
They implied that the depictions of rape and pedophilia are problematic.
First, I don't actually remember any explicit depictions of pedophilia, although it's definitely implied in at least one backstory. I could understand their frustration if the book were glorifying the rape issues, maybe, but the world-building is very clearly framed as:
1.) A society in which normal folks are viewed as animals, where even your thoughts can get you killed.
2.) Disturbing, but realistic. This is a world where killing (or thinking of killing) a member of the ruling class even in self-defense or to protect one's family is a death sentence. This would absolutely corrupt those in power and shape ways of thinking.
Frankly, it would be naive to think rape, abductions, trafficking, etc wouldn't happen in such a world. She could've painted rainbows over it, but that would undermine the goal. It serves a narrative purpose, to evoke feelings of revulsion toward those who are complicit in such a system and sympathy for the the "lower caste", so to speak, as well as to understand the other characters' desires for a better world.
The only thing I'd maybe suggest is a clearer trigger warning somewhere for folks who are looking for a lighter read, since it is a bit of a deviation from her other works, but plenty of them also feature situations where female characters must confront potential sexual assault.
There are hints of previous character types in this story. The woman archaeologist, the taciturn dedicated warrior.
The wizards in this story remind me of the dragons in her other stories. Arrogance and tons of irresistible power. But so much less amusing. Corrupted by power and taking full advantage of it. You really want to see them all destroyed. There are hints that they aren't all like that, but still.
This story may take several books to finish. I'm looking forward to it.
I can't wait for the next installment - I've already pre-ordered it.
LB is very good at creating characters that you care about. There are at least 6 POV characters in this. For me, she is an author that can create a movie in my mind and I don't even realize I'm reading.
My personal rating system is 4 stars for a book I WOULD read again or read the next in a series (already pre-ordered!), and 5 stars for books/series I DO return to over and over. I haven’t written a lot of reviews, but as an author, Lindsay Buroker gets 5 stars from me - I have read MANY of her series several times, and it is time utterly well spent. I’m trying very hard not to race through this book just to find out what happens next!!
Top reviews from other countries
A host of engaging characters, fantastic world-building, excellent storytelling and the usual humorous interludes and touches of down-to-earth observations that make her books so gritty and compelling.
Highly recommended. Can’t wait for more :D