Kings of Ash (Ash and Sand, #2)
Release date: January 17, 2019. The much anticipated continuation of the Ash and Sand trilogy... Follow the long, bloody journey of Ruka, son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom; see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku, the 'Sorcerer-Prince', and the terrifying rise of his 'miracles'. Before the end, a shocking history will unravel, ancient connections unfold, and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash...

Kings of Ash (Ash and Sand, #2) Details

TitleKings of Ash (Ash and Sand, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 17th, 2019
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GenreFantasy, Dark Fantasy

Kings of Ash (Ash and Sand, #2) Review

  • Petrik
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5/5 starsKings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way.Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell’s Ash and Sand trilogy. It’s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don’t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here. Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book’s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason: this is Ruka’s b ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5/5 starsKings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way.Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell’s Ash and Sand trilogy. It’s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don’t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here. Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book’s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason: this is Ruka’s book. I have mentioned this in my review of Kings of Paradise: “Ruka’s POV was easily one of the best anti-heroes POV I’ve ever read in grimdark fantasy,” and I stand by my words, even more so after reading this instalment. Kings of Ash is a different kind of book from its predecessor; it’s much more character-driven. Almost the entire narrative was told from Ruka’s POV and I’m incredibly satisfied by this decision. Nell offers a deep exploration of Ruka’s character and it makes the storyline feel more intimate. More importantly, this storytelling style shows Nell’s greatest writing strength as an author - his characterizations. “A lioness cares nothing for the shriek of jackals, old woman. Now hear this, and hear it well—if she had raised me to hate, I would kill you and all your kin, and no man or god could stop me.” There’s something I realized while reading this book. It seems that I have the tendency to find well-written barbarians highly intriguing and compelling to read. The Bloody Nine, Karsa Orlong, and now Ruka. However, there’s something about Ruka that separated him from the other barbarians I mentioned; he’s a complex genius with an eidetic memory. Ruka was an extremely well-written character and it’s proven by how easy it was to root for him. Even when he did so many questionable things with heavy consequences, the motivations and purposes behind his savage actions felt realistic; it really brought life to his character. I was super invested in his journey and struggles. Beneath his demonic facade, he’s an honest bloke who takes no bullshit. Plus, because of the issues surrounding his birth and physical deformity, the unlikely friendships that he built felt incredibly genuine and, somehow, heart-warming. One the things about Ruka that Nell did exceptionally well was demonstrate how his eidetic memory capability helped in shaping his character. Usually, we think of eidetic memory as a gift. I mean, how awesome it would be if we didn’t have to reread a book to catch up on an incomplete series, to remember every single detail we’ve seen or experienced with a clear vision as if it literally just happened? Great, right? But how about pain and sadness? That also comes with it. Ruka’s eidetic memory doesn’t allow him to escape from anything he encountered; it becomes both a gift and a curse in his life. In my opinion, this amplified the quality of his characterizations, making his character original and fresh in the grimdark genre. “And how could a man forgive, he wondered, if the memory of his wounds were as fresh as the day they spawned?He thought perhaps this was his true curse—to remember. Other people never truly forgave, he thought—they only ever forgot the details, the feelings, the failures. But this was not a path open to him.” The differences in the cultures and environments of the islands’ citizens enhanced the originality of world-building as well as characters’ motivations. In a way, there seemed to be more Norse and Vikings inspiration to the story than before. The invasions, weaponry (seax), and cultures in Ascom all reminded me of how Vikings used to behave. Outside of Ascom, the world seemed to brim with Asian influences. Other characters did receive a few spotlighted moments. Kale and Dala appeared here too, but their appearances were very brief in comparison to Ruka. I personally enjoyed this more because from my perspective, Ruka is the main character of this trilogy since the first book.If you’ve seen my review of Kings of Paradise, you’ll notice that I had an issue with the pacing. Unfortunately, the problem was still a bit evident here. There were a few sections in Part II that felt draggy to read and they don’t seem to add a lot of value to the overall content. Luckily, Part I and III were thoroughly incredible and the uneven pacing was completely overwhelmed by the remaining stunning content of the book.Before I close my review, I would like to also add that Kings of Ash turned the series from low magic fantasy into a high magic fantasy book; there was so much more magic involved within this novel. The inclusion of Grove (I won’t tell you what this is) seriously made the book more fascinating. The action sequences that Nell put upon the pages of this book was bloody, visceral, and impactful in grabbing my attention. Both the arcane magic and the divine power unleashed in full force during the Part III of this book were superbly written, creating one memorably vivid and exhilarating conclusion. Ash and Sand meet in the land of paradise and Heaven can only tremble at its convergence. I truly wish I could say more about this, but I’ve said more than enough. I need to be extra careful with what I mention in this review because the different timeframes that Nell used in this book make it easy to accidentally spoil the content of the first book. You simply must read this for yourself to experience all the emotional and “wow” moments in their full glory. “Success is not your obligation, boy. Success is often luck and to think otherwise is arrogance. Your burden is only to try. Face your path with courage, and let come what may.” My recommendation is this: if you’re a reader of character-driven or grimdark fantasy, get on this trilogy as soon as you can. There’s still one book left but I’m already confident enough to say that Ash and Sand is one of the next indie success stories in the making. Kings of Ash is an utterly magnificent sequel that made the already great Kings of Paradise pale in comparison. As far as grimdark fantasy goes, this definitely deserves a place in the big league. The last book of the series, Kings of Heaven, comes out next year, and I anticipate its arrival with much excitement.Sidenote:Thank you to the author for putting my name in acknowledgment section!You can order the book from: Amazon UK | Amazon USYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions
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  • Swiffer
    January 1, 1970
    We all should be familiar with the old saying, “time heals all wounds.” Speaking from personal experience, that’s not always true. Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind. And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn’t ever really disappear – you just learn to manage it. But what if your memory was flawless? What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms? Or if you recall the ex We all should be familiar with the old saying, “time heals all wounds.” Speaking from personal experience, that’s not always true. Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind. And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn’t ever really disappear – you just learn to manage it. But what if your memory was flawless? What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms? Or if you recall the exact pitch and tone of every innocent scream that was silenced by your blade? If every mistake, every decision, and every moment of your life were preserved in perfect state, forever accessible – is it ever possible to heal from your wounds? This is what Ruka faces every waking moment. His gift of eidetic memory is both a blessing and a curse. Yet his preternatural abilities don’t end there; his mind is so expansive and far-reaching that there is an evolving society with its own rules of science and nature that exists solely in his thoughts. His body is occupied by two personalities: Ruka the thinker and planner, and Bukayag the barbaric cannibal, renegade leader, and ruthless killer. A constant battle is waged inside Ruka’s mind: there are times he can control his baser impulses, but other times he lets Bukayag ‘take over’ when the situation calls for it. The results aren’t pretty, but they are effective. This is a credo that Ruka has grown quite comfortable with. It is of my opinion that Ruka is the most fascinating character in all of fantasy. There has never been a character quite so unpredictable, so driven, and so dedicated to his own agenda that he’ll sacrifice anything to achieve it. One of the more interesting facets of his personality is that while he believes the ends justify the means, he fully expects a reckoning for his actions. Ruka has tortured his followers, killed innocents, and committed terrible crimes; some were in defense of his life, but many were not. His follower Egil once said that Ruka is not a good man, but he might be a great man. Someone who burns so bright that he will change the world and challenge the gods. Ruka philosophizes that he will likely suffer in eternity for his actions, yet still deems his journey worthwhile. He may have the power of a god, but he still contemplates an eternity of punishment. This vulnerability helped me to further connect with Ruka’s humanity, which is a neat trick to pull off, considering we first meet Ruka while eating a dead child. Nell somehow manages to make me both love and hate Ruka, to both understand and question him, and somehow root for him to succeed even though he has done so many awful things. It’s a true testament to Nell’s incredible gifts as a writer to instill such powerful feelings of sympathy for such a complex and haunting character. There are many moments of Kings of Ash, book two in Richard Nell’s brilliant “Ash and Sand” trilogy, that are truly shocking. I do not say this lightly or with any degree of hyperbole. Once again, Nell plays with a multiple-timeline narrative and the reader’s expectations are upended – not once, but several times over. There are game-changing events that completely shatter the direction you think the book is headed, and these events occur early and surprisingly often. There are extraordinary revelations that tie the first book to this sequel, and how it all fits together into a larger, seamless tapestry. Nell’s intricate plotting deserves special recognition as the early seeds of the story grow into meaningful and satisfying payoffs. This book somehow makes Kings of Paradise even better, as it fills in the narrative gaps in the story you didn’t know existed. Minor characters are thrust into center stage, and major players are rcelegated to the sidelines; while Kings of Paradise splits its focus between Ruka and Kale, Kings of Ash keeps Ruka in the spotlight for most of its duration. And that is a good thing. Nothing against Kale, but this is Ruka’s story. And as exciting as the various shock-inducing plot revelations are, it is first and foremost a character-based story, with Ruka’s emotional journey driving the narrative. In the many months and dozens of books I’ve read in between Kings of Paradise and Kings of Ash, there hasn’t been any character that I’ve thought about more than Ruka. He has set up a secondary Grove and taken residence in my head. I find myself trying to relate to his decisions if I had his kind of power, and how I’d react if I were suffering from the same environmental and emotional trials that he has faced. I’ve spent most of this review discussing Ruka without divulging much of the plot. This is entirely intentional, as I do not wish to take anything away from the author by revealing something before its intention. Nell is one of fantasy’s most underrated (for now) talents, and I find it difficult to fathom how good this series is coming from an author so early in his career. I can only imagine what heights the future has in store for Nell, but I selfishly hope it consists solely of writing Kings of Heaven for now. In Kings of Ash, Nell has crafted a rare and unforgettable sequel that exceeds its predecessor. It will surprise and haunt you, while playing your emotions like an unfinished symphony. I give this series my highest recommendation. 9.4 / 10
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  • Richard Nell
    January 1, 1970
    *We have lift-off. Can't wait for you all to get reading. For those who haven't started the series, I'm running an ebook/audiobook give-away for Kings of Paradise on Reddit here for anyone so inclined: Give-away *We have an ebook release date! On January 17, the Kings of Ash escape their frozen prison, and let the tears flow...You can read the first two chapters right now on my website.Pre-order available on Amazon.Very excited to share this next installment of the story with you all. Pick your *We have lift-off. Can't wait for you all to get reading. For those who haven't started the series, I'm running an ebook/audiobook give-away for Kings of Paradise on Reddit here for anyone so inclined: Give-away *We have an ebook release date! On January 17, the Kings of Ash escape their frozen prison, and let the tears flow...You can read the first two chapters right now on my website.Pre-order available on Amazon.Very excited to share this next installment of the story with you all. Pick your team, folks.
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  • Jon Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Ruka may be my favorite character. That's a bold statement because I didn't specify that he was my favorite character in this book, in fantasy, or even in books. That was intentional. The growth he experiences throughout this book is phenomenal. I'm not going to say much about the plot. But, damn, the twists in this will snap your head back. I was blown away quite a few times. If you're interested in reading this one, you've probably read Kings of Paradise. If you have haven't read that one, wha Ruka may be my favorite character. That's a bold statement because I didn't specify that he was my favorite character in this book, in fantasy, or even in books. That was intentional. The growth he experiences throughout this book is phenomenal. I'm not going to say much about the plot. But, damn, the twists in this will snap your head back. I was blown away quite a few times. If you're interested in reading this one, you've probably read Kings of Paradise. If you have haven't read that one, what are you waiting for?Disclaimer: I volunteered to help proof this book. I had purely selfish reasons for doing so as I got to read it before almost anyone. But, that in no way influenced my review. It did, however, turn me into the Bukayag of Words.Bonus Disclaimer: I made the acknowledgements section!
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  • Lukasz
    January 1, 1970
    You’re all slaves. But I will free you. I will drag you from this place kicking and screaming if I must. Sequels are hard. As a reader, I want to know what happens next but when I’m about to pick up a sequel to a book that devastated and enthralled me impatience and hunger mix with anxiety. What if the story I loved loses a sense of direction or disappoints? It’s happened more than once. After I finished Kings of Paradise, I wasn’t sure how and if Richard Nell could top himself. I mean, where d You’re all slaves. But I will free you. I will drag you from this place kicking and screaming if I must. Sequels are hard. As a reader, I want to know what happens next but when I’m about to pick up a sequel to a book that devastated and enthralled me impatience and hunger mix with anxiety. What if the story I loved loses a sense of direction or disappoints? It’s happened more than once. After I finished Kings of Paradise, I wasn’t sure how and if Richard Nell could top himself. I mean, where do you go from there? To the inevitable clash of titans? Or maybe you twist things and prove readers wrong?Nell did both. He delivers a heart-wrenching and devastating story with real, believable characters you care for despite their monstrosity. He doesn’t give much humor, save situational one. Instead, he gives strong intrigue, tragedy, and a terrifying insight into the inner workings of the greatest mind of a generation. Kings of Ash focuses on Ruka. It tells his story, unravels his past, and shows what drives him, and how he’s been made. It’s not a story for the faint-hearted as it contains graphic violence, physical and sexual abuse, mentions of rape, and cannibalism. It’ll make you hate, love, fear and cheer for Ruka. It won’t give you the answers you’ll desperately need. Is he a mad prophet, a semi-god, god or something entirely else? I hope we’ll get the answers in Kings of Heaven in 2020.Dala and Kale appear, but they get just a fraction of screen time compared to Ruka. Not a problem for me as I consider him one of the greatest characters in contemporary fantasy. To make things more interesting Nell gives plenty of exposure to another fascinating character from KoP - King Farahi. I was right to consider him complex and intriguing. You may wonder if KoA is better than Kings of Paradise and as flawless as my ramblings may suggest. My answer may surprise you - no, it isn’t. It has minor flaws like repetitive descriptions of Ruka’s preternatural skills, especially near the end, or few long-winded parts of the story with small impact on the over-arching plot. Additionally, in places I found extreme and graphic violence disturbing and, perhaps, unnecessary. And then, there’s the ending. I’ll brood on it for weeks. Was it really the only way? That said, Ruka’s story made me experience moments od deep and genuine emotion and this means a lot to me. That’s the reason I’ll round the rating up and will await 2020 with growing impatience.I don’t want to say anything more about this book. Because it is a direct follow up to Kings of Paradise, anything I tell you about the story of Kings of Ash will tell you how KOP ended. Let’s just say that the story develops in few timelines and when they converge, Nell will prove you wrong and then break you. I‘m not saying more. If you want the rest, go read the books. 
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  • The Nerd Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll leave a more thorough review when I have a chance but this is getting a 5+ and will probably be ok my favorite books of the year list. I thought Kings of Paradise was a brilliant book but I didn’t love it, it was just a little too dark for my taste and my “movie in my mind”. The book felt like it was in black and white with the tundra and grim nature. The setting of this book changed that black and white feel and the writing brilliance was still there. This book is just epic and the ending I’ll leave a more thorough review when I have a chance but this is getting a 5+ and will probably be ok my favorite books of the year list. I thought Kings of Paradise was a brilliant book but I didn’t love it, it was just a little too dark for my taste and my “movie in my mind”. The book felt like it was in black and white with the tundra and grim nature. The setting of this book changed that black and white feel and the writing brilliance was still there. This book is just epic and the ending was so unsatisfying in the best way possible haha. I want the next book right away!
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  • Lynn K : Grimmedian
    January 1, 1970
    Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise. Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader's mind. Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody. This book is Ruka's nearly in its entirety. It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka's tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return whi Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise. Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader's mind. Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody. This book is Ruka's nearly in its entirety. It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka's tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return while Kale is months away from his home, sent to Nanzu in the north by his father king Farahi. The time lines are converging, the players in this epic fantasy are drawing closer together and the clash, filled with arcane power, is inevitable.There is no way to describe the plot without spoilers for book one, so this is more about the characters than the story arc. Kings of Ash is a straight on continuation of events in Kings of Paradise and so much more. This is a character based story, the thoughts, feelings, actions, and abilities of the cast form the intricate and widespread world building. Ruka's journey of knowledge while in Pyu and beyond is detailed and takes center stage while we also get a look into the past of King Farahi, his sister Kikay, and the events that shaped Kale's life, shaped Pyu, and shaped his father, the sorcerer king of the islands. Ruka is from the far off southern continent of the Ascom. It is a poor land with poor people, cold, harsh, and ruled by a matriarchal society. Ruka knew only the harshest kind of life as a child with his mother, but she loved him fiercely before her death in his adolescence. After a time as an outcast and an outlaw where he becomes a ruthless killer seeking revenge for her death, he has become a rune shaman of the Ascom, wielding his knowledge of his mother's book of sacred runes to influence and lead outcast or outlawed men. He constantly remembers her words telling him that he can conquer the world. He gathers men who are displaced, not chosen by women and outcast in Ascom chiefdoms and had created a following of loyal men, then sought revenge against the priestess and law keepers who he feels are responsible for his mother's death.The deformed Noss touched giant with an eidetic memory, Ruka had only known love as a child, but soon learns the evil of men, then of death and betrayal. He is a single born child. Rare in a land where most mothers give birth to twins. His rage against those who would harm him, is so great and brutal that Ruka's personality has split in two, compartmentalized and divided, and he carries his brother, a raging demon of violence, Bukayag, within his mind. The two converse frequently throughout his narrative. Excerpt:*He let the cold sea spray catch his face as he leaned off the ship. He reached his hand to wipe his eyes and felt the flesh curved and wrinkled on his brow. He felt down past the lumpy cheeks to a bulging jaw, crooked teeth exposed and locked. He supposed Bukayag was smiling. One can only imagine the suffering of a man who cannot forget a single moment of the pain, cold, brutality and starvation he has endured. Each sight and sound he has ever experienced is always with him. Every horror he has witnessed, every loss suffered, every killing blow dealt, is as if it were just yesterday. Time cannot heal his heart or quell his rage. Ruka has built a place within his mind to which he retreats, the grove, where he has rebuilt his mother's house and it is populated by the dead. Every single person he has killed. The dead work for him there in silence, tending gardens, digging graves for those he kills, working the forge, building things as Ruka discovers a wealth of knowledge in the North, and he goes there to both rest and work, often while his body is in Buyaka's control. Ruka does his best to restrain his berserker brother's constant urge to simply kill, but when the rage begins or there are life and death fights to be fought, he lets Bukayag have free reign. Ruka has found what he considers paradise in the warm and lush, fertile lands of the north in Pyu. When the monks of island of Bato agree to let him train as an initiate, he discovers that the runes he learned from the Galdric book of the Order, are also within the temple of the monks there. He has found his people's origins in Bato and what he feels is their birthright. The richness of life in Pyu, the island paradises, knowledge, and culture he feels should also belong to the oppressed men of Ascom. He is bent on conquering the world and giving it to his people.Where most books of this size and scope could have easily fallen off in pace and content, Richard Nell instead takes it up a notch higher quite deftly. The story is unpredictable and addictive, proving Ash and Sand will be a series of surpassing excellence.
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  • KP
    January 1, 1970
    I've read hundreds of fantasy books and this series is hands down my favorite that I have ever read. The writing is immaculate, the story intricate, complex and fascinating, the characters the most unique and wonderful that I've ever read. This series is a true feat of imagination. This second installment sees the seeds planted in the groundwork of the last book come to fruition. It is better in every regard (not to say the first book was bad, it was phenomenal), from the character development t I've read hundreds of fantasy books and this series is hands down my favorite that I have ever read. The writing is immaculate, the story intricate, complex and fascinating, the characters the most unique and wonderful that I've ever read. This series is a true feat of imagination. This second installment sees the seeds planted in the groundwork of the last book come to fruition. It is better in every regard (not to say the first book was bad, it was phenomenal), from the character development to the plot, everything just flows flawlessly.
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  • DaMaar
    January 1, 1970
    Masterfully Written It’s depressing reading this book 20 days into the new year. I KNOW this will be the best (at least top 3) book I’ll read all year. Why? 1) The authors use of the staggered/flashback timeline was so seemless with the other MC’s POV I didn’t notice it until the SECOND book of the series. 2) The author must see everything in shades of Grey. The “villain” was so obscure I didn’t realize it wasn’t someone even seen in this book until the epilogue. Once again the author shows a fa Masterfully Written It’s depressing reading this book 20 days into the new year. I KNOW this will be the best (at least top 3) book I’ll read all year. Why? 1) The authors use of the staggered/flashback timeline was so seemless with the other MC’s POV I didn’t notice it until the SECOND book of the series. 2) The author must see everything in shades of Grey. The “villain” was so obscure I didn’t realize it wasn’t someone even seen in this book until the epilogue. Once again the author shows a fascinating ability to foreshadow - it was someone seeded a whole book previously. 3) The use of Magic was very well done - usually you have the cookie cutter forms of a slapdash magic system that’s easy to follow and everyone can neatly understand by the second paragraph. Not this world/story. The magic users are few and their powers are not comparable- it’s life based - each gift melds to the person based on life experiences. Again unique. 4) The ending - it was so surprising. Really not something I want to spoil just read and enjoy.
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  • Scott M.
    January 1, 1970
    I am really growing to like the land of Ascom, the people of Sri Kon, the Empire. More importantly I still love the characters. Ruka has slowly grown to become one of my favourite characters of all time, no question.This book is a continuation of the story, I was not awed at the depth of the world like in the first book. Instead this book provided a lot more meat (haha) to the characters from the first. I had thought I understood Ruka from the first book, I was wrong, this book really expands up I am really growing to like the land of Ascom, the people of Sri Kon, the Empire. More importantly I still love the characters. Ruka has slowly grown to become one of my favourite characters of all time, no question.This book is a continuation of the story, I was not awed at the depth of the world like in the first book. Instead this book provided a lot more meat (haha) to the characters from the first. I had thought I understood Ruka from the first book, I was wrong, this book really expands upon him and gives him real motivations and purpose.In the end I found myself enjoying this book more than the first. I believe it is because after the first book of getting to know the world and characters, this one really allowed me to sit back and just enjoy the ride.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book and was genuinely surprised by a few of the major plot twists. This book was better than book 1. The author has become more confident in his characterization and the prose is even smoother. The main character of this book was not my favorite from the previous book, but that didn't matter because this book really made me appreciate/understand him to a much greater degree.Really enjoyed the setting and cultures of the world. These descriptions were a highlight of the book for me.
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  • Hunter Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    New years suddenly can't come soon enough.
  • Khaya
    January 1, 1970
    I first read kings of Paradise last year. I tend to stay away from self-published stuff but I was looking for a new book and the inclusion of a 'cannibal protagonist' convinced me to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did. Ruka is in my opinion one of the most interesting and well fleshed out characters I have had the pleasure of reading, and in this second book he completely steals the show. I just finished the book and I can't wait for the third one. Hopefully in the future theses books will get I first read kings of Paradise last year. I tend to stay away from self-published stuff but I was looking for a new book and the inclusion of a 'cannibal protagonist' convinced me to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did. Ruka is in my opinion one of the most interesting and well fleshed out characters I have had the pleasure of reading, and in this second book he completely steals the show. I just finished the book and I can't wait for the third one. Hopefully in the future theses books will get a proper release with some nice hardcovers I can put on my bookshelf.
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  • Swampdonkey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a solid 5 stars all the way for me until the end. Without spoiling anything, if your conflict can be resolved with a 5 minute conversation, don't just shoehorn that conflict in there. That being said, Richard Nell can really write the hell out of some savage barbarians. Enjoyed this one more than the first, and can't wait for the finale.
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