Kings and Daemons by Marcus Lee

Welcome to my stop in the Kings and Daemons book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and to the author for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.

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Title: Kings and Daemons
Author: Marcus Lee
Publisher: Self-Published
Audience: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King, and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come.

I had no idea what to expect when going into Kings and Daemons, but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see where the rest of the series will go. It’s an extremely expansive fantasy series that I think has something for everyone to enjoy.

There is a wide range of characters in Kings and Daemons, and they all brought something different to the story. I liked some characters more than others, but together they made an incredibly strong cast which showed all the different levels of desperation and the lengths that someone will go to. I have to say that my favourite character is Maya and the strength that she possesses. I loved the development that she goes through and how she comes to trust some of the other characters considering where she was when the book starts. I will say that as there are so many different character PoVs in Kings and Daemons, I didn’t feel as if I knew some of them as well as others, but fingers crossed, as the series continues, we get to see some more of them.

The only small problem that I had with the characters was the development of the romance between two of them; to me, it felt very much like insta-love and developed extremely quickly. I would have much prefered that this romance came in the later books as it would have felt a bit more authentic to me considering where the plot was going.

The plot of Kings and Daemons is extremely expansive and is something that I really appreciated. It had so many different fantasy elements that I love, and it felt natural for them to coexist together. However, I would have loved for a bit more development of the fantasy elements, so there is definitely some scope for more fantasy in the future books in the series. The only other thing that I would have loved was some more worldbuilding because as much as we were told about the setting, I would have loved to have learnt some more about the orientation of the places, as I did find myself getting confused as to where exactly the characters were.

I cannot wait to find out more about the character and see where the story is going to go, especially after the events of Kings and Daemons. I cannot recommend this book enough if you love satisfying high fantasy, which just keeps you guessing.

About the Author

Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, and now I’ve started, I don’t intend to stop.

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