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Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools (The Wardstone Trilogy #2)

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Join Hyden Hawk, and friends, on an adventurous quest, over land and sea, to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin.

Fight with Mikahl, Ironspike, and fierce King Jarrek as they try to free the enslaved people of Wildermont from King Ra’Gren and his Dakaneese Overlords.

Patrol the skies with Shaella, and her new black dragon, Vrot. With her father’s spell books, and the Priests o...more
Kindle Edition, 422 pages
Published June 2nd 2011
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Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes

The Dragon Queen has invaded and then usurped the Kingdom. The High King, along with his magical sword and wizard friends are trying to save the world from this evil and reclaim the Kingdom. But is she really evil, or should they be more concerned with her demon lover?

Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools is the second installment in the Wardstone Trilogy. Mr. Mathias has written numerous books, primarily fantasy novels, but he has also written a couple of Horror books...more
This is the second in the wardstone trilogy. After the battle royale in the The Sword and the Dragonthe second book takes up directly where the first book leaves off. Mikhail is now high king of almost all mankind's kingdoms and is pursuing to be king of the remaining ones. He must defeat the Dragon Queen, her wizards and her lizard men - the Zard, before he can accomplish this. He must also make sure she does not open the gateway to the Nethers where her powerful demon lover resides or all huma...more
Johnny Nhim
This book and I would say the whole series is heavy reading. By heavy reading I mean it is crammed full to the brim with characters and details. It overwhelmed me at times. I thought the story was well thought out and should have been a slam dunk but the overwhelming details overshadowed the story at times. If you can winnow through those you can get down to the meat of the story and it is a darn good one.

The level of fantasy in this book is off the charts. There are dragons, magicians, and all...more
Julie Baswell
In the aftermath of Wizard Pael’s destruction, King Mikahl is tasked with uniting and rebuilding his kingdom. He soon realizes that the battle is far from over. Even though he relieved Queen Shaella of her dragon, she is still plotting to destroy him. It doesn't help matters either, when Mikahl’s friend Hyden Hawk inadvertently allows her to gain another dragon.

This story continues on from the first one, The Sword and the Dragon. I enjoyed this one as much as the first. I liked that there was co...more
This was the second in a trilogy by the author and it was a very decent sequel. I think my only real critique is that it seemed to go too quickly from one point of view to another. It did get jumbled at points and did lead to some confusion and loss of overall cohesiveness.

Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools picks up pretty much right where the first book left off. High King Mikhal and his friends are still fighting to free themselves from the tyranny of Shaella the Dragon Queen and from General RaG...more
Nicole Underwood
(same review as Book 1)
The trilogy had promise (I read all three) - the story line was interesting, the battle scenes were well written and very in-depth BUT the author's ability to develop characters was completely missing. At first I thought that this was a children's series because the characters were so underdeveloped. Characters fell in love after 2 sentences, heroes in the book died abruptly and the other characters just moved on after maybe a sentence of regret. It was weird and kind of p...more
Sheri Hoff
The 2nd Book of the Wardstone Trilogy, Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools, did not disappoint. If you have already read Book 1, Book 2 starts with a wonderful surprise. I am not going to spoil it for you, but I was smiling and happy.

The familiar characters Mik, Hyden Hawk, and Gerard mature and develop. In addition, a whole host of new and diverse characters are introduced. The characters regroup after a tremendous shift in power and then reach out to create alliances and recover from the devastat...more
Andrew Walker
It's a typical coming of age story. The main character/hero is a young boy plunged in an unfavorable circumstances beyond his control. Unlike classic fantasy, I want my hero to be quite unique but not to the point of being absurdly destined to be a savior. That's the only fault I can point out from this book because the story was well-established and engaging - that one wouldn't even notice the long length of the story. It's easy to munch this book in two and a half days. If the heroes' driving...more
Eric Wolford
This is not a good book to pick if you want something short and light. This is a true example of a diverting book. There's humor, romance and striking battles. This is heavy on action without a lot of depth. I'm not saying the story is shallow, but I can imagine reading this book half-asleep and I still can find my way throughout the average-length narrative. Seriously, other fantasy fiction go more than 600 pages, and the sequels can take more than 10 books. I usually shy away from series with...more
Joel Mellick
I've read this sequel when it first came out. I was on the verge of reading The Blood Coldfrost, but since I'm never a fan of prequels, I opted for this book instead. I'm instantly hooked after The Sword and the Dragon, but after Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools I was disheartened to find out that the third book would not be available until next year. The Wizard and Warlord was also an astonishing read, but I'll leave that for some other time. There's a lot going on in this book, and this may...more
Jake Duffy
Well-crafted concept and rich narrative can go a long way. The sequel successfully got me waiting for the third installment. This is a rather long fantasy book but that didn't keep it from stirring the emotions of the readers in the journey. Mathias created characters that the readers can connect with. I like Hyden Hawk's intellect and introspective nature. Each of the casts are fighting different foes. I am thrown from one battle ground to the next. Not that I'm complaining, but sometimes it le...more
Cherry Hankins
This is the second book from the Wardstone Trilogy. I didn't particularly like the first book as much, but I find Shaella's character interesting so, I decided to continue with the trilogy. It may not be unusual in fantasy genre to see strong female characters, but the fact that Shaella was out there to free Gerard was fascinating for me. She confronted danger and possible death in the hands of the Nethers, but she, together with her dragon, tried to beat the odds in the name of love. Kings, Que...more
Ethan Westfield
I don’t know why I like these books so much. They are not particularly great. But they do provide hours of entertainment. The first book was okay and this one is a lot better than the first one. I do like the plot and some of the characters. But I keep thinking I shouldn’t like these. But I do. There is just something about this book. It sucks you in and you can’t stop reading it. I am looking at these as my guilty pleasure. I can’t help myself.

I didn’t like how so many characters were killed of...more
Nolan Walker
After reading the first book in the series I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading. But I thought why not at least give it a try. I am glad I did. It is much better than the first book. If you get through the first book which was okay just a little hard to read give this book a chance. It is much better and easier to read and follow. This book has a much better flow and does not jump around as much as the first book. It is almost as long as the first book, but it doesn’t seem that way. Because th...more
Alessandro Maggiorotto
let me start with saying that I would never have read this book after reading the very disappointing first one...if I hadn't already bought all 3 books.
as it is, I had, so I did.
Let's begin with the positives
the text for two stars says it was ok.. which it was, just about, so two starts it is.
1) the writing is somewhat better, as is the pacing. Reducing greatly the number of point of view characters does wonders to make the book feel less disjointed and messy.
2) the action scenes are pretty good...more
Thomas Oneil
This book was just a lot of fun to read. It was highly entertaining. If you read book one you must continue with the series. I am invested in it and I can’t stop now. M.R. Mathias knows how to write an entertaining book. He is one of my favorite authors. The characters he writes are some of the best I have read. They are not at all cliché. He has become a rising star in the Fantasy book world. And I hope he continues to write this type of book. I am hooked on them now.

This book follows our three...more
Stephen Miller
The second book in the Wardstone Trilogy should not be read without reading book one. This book picks up when all the numerous characters have been scattered. It takes a good while for the story to weave together again. This story has multiple points of view just like book one and it takes several chapters for everything to gel again. It is possible to read this book without having first read book one but it is not optimal. You really need to read book one first to get the background.

The story i...more
Garrett Leach
After reading book one of this series I could not wait to start book two. This book is every bit as good as book one was. M.R. Mathias is a heck of a storyteller. This book continues the story without any hiccups. It just gets right back into the story. I am really happy I have discovered him and his wonderful books. They provide so much entertainment and I really enjoy reading his books.

In this book there are not as many characters as the first book. This makes it easier to follow along althou...more
Marc Englert
The story of our young would be heroes continue in this book. There are some changes but it pretty much stays the course laid out in book one. The brothers who started out together have gone on wildly different paths. Hyden continues to follow the path of good while Gerard has chosen the dark path. We also still have Mikahl with us. Shaella proves herself to be a worthy successor to her father. She has plenty of evilness in her. We do see a vulnerable side to her though when it comes to Gerard....more
Reading is something I do to get away from my job, everyday stresses, etc... Some authors write books that drag, some that seem to fly. This series starts slow, but picks up pace and before you know it you have progressed from a brisk walk to a marathon of screaming down the path. I was reading 3o tp 40 pages an hour at first, but by the end of the third book, I was reading over 100 pages an hour. Entrancing? Yes. Characters that you see developing and connecting, not only to themselves, but to...more
Stanely Redding
This story is developing nicely in this book. It has carried over from book one and explores more of the story. Hyden was not my favorite character in book one in fact I didn’t really like him. But now in book two there are some changes and I liked him a lot better. He is turning out to be a pretty good leading man.

The story has a nice flow with the multiple points of view. I thought it would be annoying and confusing but it is not. The shifts between the points of view are seamless. I also lik...more
Norma Smith
What can I say? I liked the book and I liked the characters even though Gerard has turned into a jerk. It is not the best book I have read but it ranks in my fantasy section top 50. I keep a running tally of books I have read and have top lists for each category. Kind of nerdy I know but I am what I am.

The author does a fantastic job of character development. Hyden and the others have developed nicely since book one. There is more depth to them and the story. I am really impressed with the whole...more
Austin Lefevre
This is turning into a great story. I had my doubts half-way through book one but after reading this book I no longer have doubts. The story starts out pretty typical but then the author starts throwing these curveballs in and wow it changes just like that. Zing Gerard falls for the evil Shaella; Zing Gerard gets imprisoned in the Nethers. Those are just a few examples.

It went fast, I read it faster than I read the first book. It had much more action and craziness. I am starting to understand Ma...more
Sheena Gayle
Outside of saying wow after reading this book, I just have to explain why this is one of the best fantasy books you have to get.I love this latest work of M.R Mathias, his imaginative style of writing is a great example for upcoming fantasy writers. You will be thoroughly engaged from start to finish as the author carefully took his time to bring you on a magical journey that was epic and adventurous. It’s been a long time since I have read one of these action packed fantasy books. I must really...more
Breana Cliff
This book kept me interested. I liked book one but sometimes found my mind wandering whole reading it. That did not happen with this book. It had much more action and moved at a much faster pace. Hyden has become the star of this story. There are plenty of others that made the cut from book one and some others who did not as well. Shaella takes on a bigger role in this book (she is one nasty person). The one thing that stands out to me is the growth of Hyden and his maturity. He is no longer a b...more
Awesome book! There is just as much action, adventure, and good vs. evil battles in this book as there was in the first one! Mathias keeps the reader riveted to each page with fast-paced action and just a little political intrigue. Many of High King Mikahl's friends are killed in the story, but there is always the chance they will come back to life! I loved the part where the new dragon, Vrot, is introduced with all the pirates booty. And when Claret comes back to help end the battle between Ra'...more
Trever Tate
Shaella has developed into an evil character, I am pleased how she has developed. There is a big twist that involves her. I am not going to spoil it but you will like it.

This is book two in a trilogy so book one should be read first. This does not translate well into a stand-alone book. There are too many things that happened in book one that carry over to this book. I like how the stories are told from multiple points of views. It makes it more interesting. The story does skip around some but t...more
Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools is the second book in the Wardstone Trilogy. M.R. Mathias picks up where he left off in The Sword and the Dragon. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for the third book to be released. This book keeps all the strengths of the first book, but with a lot of the world building out of the way the characters and story are really given room to shine.

Since I don't want to give away any plot spoilers I'll skip the description and just say that if you were...more
James Hall
Very gripping

I haven't been able to get into a book such as this on a long time, yet I cannot seem to put it down.
Tim Thomas
Good follow

up to the first volume in the series. The pacing is better than the first and the writing has improved as well.
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The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye and hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.

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