King’s War / by Jill Williamson. (The Kinsman Chronicles, 3) 12.21.2018

Bethany House ISBN 9780764218323

Adult Rating: 4

Award-winning author Jill Williamson concludes her epic fantasy series for adult readers, with another volume filled with political and spiritual intrigue.

In King’s War, the growing battle between the Kinsman remnant governed by King Trevn of Armania and their enemies led by Barthel Rogedoth leads to a final conflict between good and evil, in Er’Rets and in the Veil (a shadow realm). The final battle is more dangerous than any can imagine, and allies change sides frequently. As new gifts and powers are discovered, new alliances are made and broken. Will the gifts of Arman be able to defeat the armies of enemies? How will the final prophecy be fulfilled?

Williamson produces another well-written volume with complex characters and plot twists. Although it is a lengthy tome (even longer than the previous two volumes!), the multiple points of view are identified by the character’s name at the beginning of each chapter. Originally published as three shorter ebooks–The Reluctant King, A Deliverer Comes, and Warriors of the VeilKing’s War concludes this epic fantasy satisfactorily.

Inspired by the corrupt kings of Israel, Williamson’s series is more appropriate for adults and young adults. Each volume includes a list of the key players, a map, and an author’s note; discussion questions and other supplemental material are available on her website. The Kinsman Chronicles series serves as a prequel to Williamson’s The Blood of Kings trilogy, set 500 years later.

Recommended for high school libraries, as well as adult fiction collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer,

Earlier Series Titles and Related Titles Reviewed by CLJKing’s Folly (Jul/Aug/Sep 2016) and King’s Blood (Apr/May/Jun 2017; from the Blood of Kings trilogy–By Darkness Hid (October 2010), To Darkness Fled (October 2010), and From Darkness Won (November2011).