Book Review: Blood of the King by Bruce Blake

17154941Title: Blood of the King (Kirro’s Journey Book #1) written by Bruce Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Best Bitts Productions
Page count: 354
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #32

Kirro, a lowly farmer who has been thrust into living the life of a soldier after getting into some trouble back in his home village, is just trying to survive. Even if that means cowering under bodies of fallen comrades in order to go unnoticed by the savage Kanosee warriors that he and his fellow Erachanian soldiers are fighting.

Unfortunately for Kirro, the battle takes a turn for the worse when the King himself lays dying beside Kirro. Mustering up an ounce of courage, Kirro attempts to move the King to safety where he meets the King’s Shaman and soldiers tasked with keeping him safe. In spite of their efforts, after a most unfortunate encounter with a few brutal Kanosee soldiers, Kirro is the only one to come out alive. Though alive, his life has never been in more danger as the King’s Shaman has cursed him with the task of delivering a vial of the King’s blood to the world’s last Necromancer whom can use it to raise the King from the dead to save his kingdom. In order to reach the Necromancer, Kirro must travel to a treacherous land, encounter beings whom he previously thought couldn’t possibly exist and most importantly he must be courageous and learn believe in himself…something Kirro has never been able to do before.

I received a copy of Blood of the King for review from the publisher through NetGalley. I was excited to read this book because when I read the book’s description it was clearly a fantasy title and fantasy is my favorite genre.

I really loved this book, I gave it a much deserved 5 out of 5 because I thought it was awesome. I loved the storytelling and the world building. I really liked the way the author describes the characters and the environments in this world. It definitely has a very strong epic fantasy feel to it.  This book really has everything…there are warriors, undead, dragons, magic, sorrow, sex, treachery and romance. All of these things combined make for a really interesting, entertaining read.

I found myself growing to love some of these characters and I was really sad when some of the characters were lost. There were also pieces of the story where I felt so touched and also parts of the story where I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t put the book down because it was so good!!

My favorite thing about this book was that the main character, Kirro, starts off really weak. He doesn’t believe in himself and when we first encounter him he seems like a really big coward. But the interesting thing here is that he grows throughout the book. It definitely is “Kirro’s Journey”. I loved seeing him transform to the point where he has pride and confidence in himself and where he is able to stand up for himself and actually fight. I didn’t like him at first and found him rather annoying but I think this is actually the point and really works in the story. I did actually find myself rooting for him pretty fast though and by the end of the book he just became one of my favorite book characters. This is the first book in a series (yes!) so I am definitely wondering where this series is going to and I am anxious to keep following Kirro’s journey and see what happens to him. I will definitely be reading more!

I really recommend giving this book a read if you are a fantasy fan! It’s a really fun, good sized read that will have you not wanting to stop reading!

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