Happy Friday to you all! Anyone have any good weekend plans? As for my weekend plans, I have nothing in particular planned. Most likely, I'll do some cleaning, writing, and squeeze in some nightly reading. I'm still tired from last night. About 2am, I woke up and had trouble getting back to bed. What did I do? Read of course! I finished up an amazing book called 'Kingdom of Sorrow.' Just FYI, I don't give out any spoilers, so it is safe to read on!
Okay, onto a little mini review of the book. As you can see in the above picture, this book is the second book in the King's Quest series. I recently made a blog post of the first book 'The Floating Castle' here. Let me first start off by saying that you really don't need to know anything about the King's Quest lore to enjoy these books. I think it's great that they set up the book series like that, as it can attract any fantasy reader to enjoy these books.
As for the story itself, it's really good. I devoured it quickly and had a hard time putting it down. It was a comfort read to me, even though it was my first time ever reading the book. The story drew on traditional fantasy elements, with a captured Faerie Queen, giants, imps, wizards, and magic. I haven't read any great books dealing with faeries for a really long time, so this book was especially a refreshing read due to my love of faeries. Since the book was written in the 90s, it has that traditional 'DragonLance' style of writing. Being that it is older, the story itself doesn't feel dated at all, unlike other older fantasy novels (Dragons of Pern come to mind.)
Another interesting aspect of this book is that the timeline is out of order if you are reading this after the first book in the series. In the first book, the story takes place many years later than the story of the second book. I still need to read the third book (it's on my TBR pile), so it will be interesting to see where that story takes place in the timeline. Really though, it didn't bother me as for the timeline because this story was written as if it were a standalone story.
I would go more in detail of the story, but as I mentioned above, I don't like to give out spoilers. Unfortunately, this book is out of print and cannot be purchased through Amazon's ebook section. But the cool thing is an amazing person on Reddit made it available to read here. If anyone happens to read any of the King's Quest books, feel free to drop a comment below. I'm always up for a good book conversation.