A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright is the third book in a series of four. There is only one other time in my life I have uncontrollably shouted out in cheer while reading a book. This book made the second.
If you haven’t read books one or two you may be spoiling them by reading this review.
The kingdom of Farraday has fallen and havoc reaches every corner of the city of Marienne. Roland the Fiend King has unleashed hundreds of corpse fiends into the city and out into the countryside in search of Katya and Starbride.
Katya has been separated from Starbride and whisked away by her family in their hopes to build an army. Their travels look like they are taking them straight toward Allusia, Starbride’s motherland. Katya is desperate to gather forces and return to look for her one true love Starbride as well as take down Roland the usurper and get her Kingdom back.
Starbride finds herself at the center of a rebellion with herself unwittingly as leader. All Starbride wants is to find Katya and know that she is ok, not ready to lead but barreling ahead anyway.
Over the course of these three books all the characters have blossomed and developed so eloquently. Each character has really come into their own personality especially Starbride and Pennynail. Pennynail has become my fast favorite as well as some of the new characters introduced in this novel.
The Writing Style
I can tell Barbara Ann Wright’s writing style has really developed and flourished. Book one I was ok with and I could feel the steam picking up in book two. Book three she really excelled. I could not put it down. The story flowed smoothly and the events were all captivating as well as the characters.
Everything! I’m trying to pick out one scene or something particular but I can’t! I simply just thought this whole novel was brilliant.
This book was so so good! I would have to say that my only cons are that I did not enjoy book one and two as I did three. You can check out books two and three reviews, reviewed by some of my absolute most favorite ladies (which I whole heartedly agree with) so you can see what I mean about my con.
Should readers read this book? ABSOLUTELY! Duh. It has got my favorite badge on it, people! Truly this book is any fantasy adventure reader’s wet dream. I was engaged from start to finish. I would say book three is worth one and two.
Excerpt from A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright
“I’m no one’s lackey,” Rage said.
Scarra touched his arm. “And the Fiend king was going to use us to capture you?”
“How do you know?” Fury asked at last. “You were the head of the Pyradisté Academy. And you…” His bright blue eyes fixed on Starbride. “You’re the princess consort.”
Scarra’s eyes went wide, and she tried to bow from a seated position. “Oh, um, hello, Highness.”
Starbride bit her lip to keep from laughing. “You don’t have to bow.”
“I wasn’t planning on it,” Rage said.
Scarra nudged him. “She’s the princess consort, idiot.”
“So?” Rage asked.
“So? Do some…courtly shit.” She clapped a hand over her mouth.
Starbride did laugh then. “Let’s get somewhere safe, and I can tell you more.”
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A Kingdom Lost
The Fiend Queen
Bits and Bobs
ISBN number: 9781626390980
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
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Note: I received a free review copy of A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.