I always find these to be the hardest reviews to write, so I haven’t helped myself by writing this so late after reading it. I have no excuse as to why this review has taken so long other than life and work ruining me! BUT…
NEW JOB + FEWER HOURS = MORE TIME DOING WHAT I LOVE. READING, REVIEWING AND WRITING.
So, now it is challenge time…Writing a review that successfully conveys the brilliance that is this book.
Hey, that could be the review. You know I enjoyed it and that you should read it, right?
No?! Do you want more details as to why it is worth your time? Ok. Ok. I can do that. Maybe. We shall see.
To disillusion anyone who may think that this review will just be me rambling, and we’ll, talking shit, I shall now digress.
A few facts about this book:
- Title: The Justice of Kings
- Author: Richard Swan
- Series: Empire of the Wolf
- Published by Orbit
- Pages: 496
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Here are a few things you can expect from this book…
- Fantastic character development;
- A dark and gritty story;
- Exceptional plot advancement and world building; and
- A THOROUGHLY immersive and enjoyable read!
On to the full review…
One of this books biggest strengths was, none other than, Sir Konrad Vonvalt. The man himself and his interactions with those around him. I should probably go into more detail as to why I loved Helena, Vonvalt, and Bressinger, and I will but not in too much detail. Honestly, just read it and experience this fantastic book.
Vonvalt is a flawed and narrow minded chap whom is being constantly challenged by his own thoughts, the views of those around him and both past and present events. His transition and journey in dealing with this is so well written and so damn gritty. Helena is still finding herself and discovering who she is and what she really wants outside of the duty and obligations she feels endeared to. It was honestly an experience reading their journeys.
I found this to be one of those books that you simply disappear into. You are not reading, you are fully immersed in this world and their lives. It is a book you are left thinking about between reading sessions and again once you have finished it.
There is a fluidity to this gem that has the components of this fabulous book so well connected, from the characters developments to the fantastic unraveling of facts and discovery of new questions. All the while being told from a point of view I was not expecting. That is right, it is in fact told from Helena’s point of view, with her recalling the events of what surely will be a fantastic tale.
The Justice of Kings is superbly written. It’s magic system is well established and a dark thrilling thing to encounter, and the world building is simply exquisite.
Can we also please take a minute to just stare at the cover art. I am using my new toy, iPad Pro for this, and it is quite simply HUGE and the level of detail I can now see on this cover is exceptional. I adore it even more now.
As you can tell I was blown away by this book, this isn’t my most detailed review I’ll admit but it is a book you need to experience.
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Fuck. I am so incredibly lucky to have received a limited arc by Orbit. A HUGE thank you to them.