4 out of 4 stars
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A Kingdom Forgotten by Charles W McDonald is the first novel in A Throne of Souls series. It is a slightly disorienting but interesting opening to A Throne of Souls series. The author has managed to combine different genres (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller and Military Fiction) together in a single novel, also the story-line spans across different worlds and timelines. The author succeeded in connecting the past, present and future actions of all the characters involved. The author wrote a short note at the beginning of the novel warning about the complexity of the style of writing and what various symbols used in the novel implies.
A Kingdom Forgotten is a novel written in a way to challenge your idea about good and evil. It talks about the readiness of a man to achieve his goal by any means, it also dwells on the effect that war has on a person’s humanity. There were multiple characters in the novel, and all of them played a crucial role in the plot. The author vividly described each of the characters and how each of their choices impacted the rest of the characters. All the characters, from the good guys to the bad guys, were created into convincing and well-developed characters. Some of the main characters are
Damon: is the dark knight of magic who is willing to do anything to accomplish his master plan. He is a likable, principled but pragmatic, sometimes evil character. Has a weakness for the opposite sex and part of the reason for some of his evil deeds is his need for vengeance for the death of some of his past lovers.
Talemar: is a famed lamean or mage whose feeling and humanity is slowly been eradicated because of what he has seen and done during his long war with an evil mage called Eldrac, he is convinced he is the chosen one to break the seven seals signaling the end of creation.
Illirian: a powerful entity assigned to watch over Damon and ensure he fulfils his foretold destiny. She became attracted to him and increased his magical power.
Radin: an undiscovered magic user troubled by unknown visions is pulled into the war with Eldrac when he is given an amulet by an unknown stranger and attacked by another, because of his huge potential and power he believes and it is believed that he is the chosen one to break the seals.
A number of relationships were concentrated on in the book. The relationship between Damon and Radin was supposed to be just at acquaintance level because Damon felt he was not the right person to train Radin, in spite of being asked by Radin but with time it became a master to student relationship. Another important relationship is the love between Radin and Elise but this was threated by Radin willingness to follow Damon which doesn’t go down well with Elise.
There were numerous subplots that were integrated into the main storyline. At first, I wondered why there were so many subplots, but with time I realized that each of the subplots was and were going to be essential to the main plot. The subplots are what made the plot very intricate and enthralling. There were a few grammatical errors, but they didn't detract from the novel.
I rate this novel 4 out of 4 stars due to the good editing, also it was both plot based(focused on the storyline) and character driven(focuses on more than a character) and the fact that it was concluded in a manner that compels you to anticipate the next novel in the series.
A Kingdom Forgotten
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