Monday, July 15, 2013

Blog Tour: King by R. J. Larson #Review #fantasy

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Books of the Infinite #3
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Akabe of Siphra is certain his people are insane. 

Why have they made him a king? 
What, in the name of peacetime boredom do kings do?

Frustrated by a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe decides to prove himself as king by undertaking a monumental task, his own lifelong dream: Rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra. 

But Akabe’s impulsive decision sweeps him into a storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, conspiring to destroy the emerging temple—and to kill their king and his mysterious new queen.

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My Review:

This is the third book of the series, but the first I've read of Ms. Larson's. Most times it's tough to dive into a story midway, but I had no problems or issues understanding what was happening or who characters were. Each book is about a different person, so it's not like I dove into the middle of an epic plot. Enough back story was tactfully woven in that I didn't feel I had missed out on anything.

Although King is the story of Akabe, I was definitely more intrigued and empathetic toward Kien and Ela, two supporting characters whose stories are told in books #1 & #2. I had a better grasp of who they were and their emotional turmoil than Akabe's - possibly because Ms. Larson had visited these characters so much within her mind already.

I'm not a fan of purple prose and lengthy descriptions, but I do enjoy having my senses satisfied whenever possible. This book really lacked in that area for me. Propelled forward by dialogue, I felt cheated of experiencing the world these people live in. I want to taste the scents of the air and feel the dust between their teeth - show me through imagery and precise wording. 

In this way, King is a definitely 'telling' story, lacking life.

The plot is good - intriguing enough that I wanted to know the outcome. Unfortunately it DID take beyond the 25% mark for me to decide I really wanted to finish regardless of the story-telling. I'm truly glad I did, for I wanted to see Kien, Ela, Akabe, and his queen find their HEAs.

Do I recommend this book? Yes. I'm not jumping for joy, but the supporting characters make it a worthwhile read.


Author R. J. Larson

R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.


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