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The Wayfarer King (The Kinshield Saga #2)

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Beyonders, evil beings that materialize without warning from the realm of chaos, continue to invade the world of men, destroying everything -- and everyone -- in their path. The most powerful of them all, Ritol, has been confined for two hundred years inside the palace in Thendylath, trapped by King Arek's magic.

Having newly claimed the right to rule Thendylath as king, Ga
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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Peach Orchard Press (first published July 28th 2011)
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Grace Krispy
Aug 04, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it it was amazing
When starting this book, I got off to a bit of a slow start. It had been long enough that I'd forgotten some of the storyline in the first book, and there weren't a lot of reminders placed in the narrative to catch me up to speed. For this reason, I'd recommend reading through the first book again before tackling this one. But catch up I did, and it wasn't long before I was enthralled in Gavin's new adventure. Gavin is a bit of a rough character. He has a kind heart, but very little class, and t ...more
Scott
Aug 03, 2011 Scott rated it it was amazing
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The Wayfarer King (The Kinshield Saga) is the long awaited conclusion to the Kinshield Saga. Gavin has claimed all of the Runestones from the tablet making him the next king. Daia has agreed to be his champion and they must decide what course to follow. Brodas Ravenkind has escaped and poses a threat to everyone that Gavin cares for, but there is also Ritol, the demon, who is responsible for the attacks of the beyonders. In order to defeat the demon Gavin must reconcile himself with his past lif
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Darkiss
Aug 23, 2011 Darkiss rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to reading The Wayfarer King as I had reviewed the first in the series a while back. The first book “The Kinshield Legacy” told the tale of Warrant Knight Gavin Kinshield as he discovers that he is destined to be the Kingdom’s new ruler and his struggle to come to terms with his new role as King. Against him stands the wizard Brodas Ravenkind, who would steal the crown and rule in Gavin’s place. The first books sees Gavin defeat the plot to steal the crown and in doing so g ...more
Tom Harrington
Sep 14, 2011 Tom Harrington rated it really liked it
Very good ending to the two book series. Characters are well done and believable. Great story!
Daniel J. Weber
Jun 14, 2013 Daniel J. Weber rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kobo, ya
The Good:
The next instalment in the Kinshield Saga does not disappoint. Get ready for more fantastic adventuring with Daia Saberheart and Gavin Kinshield. One thing that I thought was excellent about The Kinshield Legacy was the well thought out characters. The jumping of POV between protagonists and antagonist is brilliant and gives the reader a window into what makes every character tick. K.C. May again employs quick POV changes fairly often, and sometimes even in the middle of a scene allowin
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Emily
Jun 12, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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Cat
May 19, 2012 Cat rated it really liked it
As with the previous book, lots of action. This author isn't afraid to make tough decisions and kill off characters you love (well, I loved them anyway).

The villains are devious and cunning and altogether pretty darn smart - they use their lack of morality to their advantage. Unfortunately it seems as though everyone is constantly underestimating the bad guys. I cannot fathom why the VS or Gavin would fail to keep an eye out for their "lost" sister Cirang (what a beezy!). Cirang has showed that
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Hollie
Nov 09, 2011 Hollie rated it it was amazing
Unless I'm forgetting something big, this book (and its predecessor) is easily the best of the independently published books I've read on Kindle. While I try not to make comparisons that make something look good solely because everything else is so bad, but I do believe that book ratings need to be taken in context. While I use the same star system for every book I rate, the criteria by which I determine the number of stars I want to give is very different for different books. I guess what I'm d ...more
Lance
Sep 22, 2011 Lance rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read but I found myself having no sense of connection or real interest in turning the pages. I'm not sure why. I read it immediately after May's first book in this series, The Kinshield Legacy. It was the same characters, same world, same conflicts - which were all quite well developed and riveting in the first book - but in this second book they just weren't as colorful or rich. It didn't feel like May rushed the book, it just seemed she didn't have as much passion or inte ...more
Suzanne
Aug 04, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this novel. While May doesn't catch us up on "what went before," it didn't take long to fall back into this world. The story advances quickly, and surprisingly at times. I don't particularly care for romance in my fantasy, and there were a couple of times that I winced at the "schmoop," but overall the romance was handled fairly well. This story could easily have become very dark, but May held on to the hope, and kept the story to two novels. Her style has matured since The Kin ...more
Briana Cooper
Jun 17, 2012 Briana Cooper rated it really liked it


I agree with the other reviewers on this title. When I read the first title, I was engrossed into the characters and the settings. The second novel I put off for about 5 months. It wasn't until last night that i decided to finish the book. It was an ok fantasy book. It just seemed so slow in the beginning. Toward the end of the book, it started to pick up. I though that the ending could of been a bit better though, the way the enemy died off seemed a bit weak to me. Read the first and immediate
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Nicholas Woode-Smith
May 25, 2013 Nicholas Woode-Smith rated it really liked it
The Wayfarer King was, for the most part, a satisfying and good fantasy read. Some interesting concepts were put forward and most of the characters remained likeable.

Good: Characters were likeable, improvement on villains justification, interesting concepts put forward

Bad: Love interest was a disappointment, pacing was not perfect, would have liked to see villain get some more development.

Overall, the Wayfarer King was a good book.
Carla J.
Jun 26, 2015 Carla J. rated it it was amazing
Heroic Saga

Full of action, this second tale of King Gavin Kinshield, ends the tyranny of Bodas Ravenkind and paves the way for a peaceful reign for the king of Thendylath. IF he survives the epic battle of magic and might.
Craig
Feb 14, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing
I am totally addicted. I already have the next book and am starting it immediately after writing this. Very good read, great characters and a good story make me want to read all that KC May has written so far.
Bridgett Birmingham
Oct 10, 2011 Bridgett Birmingham rated it really liked it
This book wasn't quite as good as the first one but the story wrapped up in a way that left most of the questions answered. The pacing was quick and it doesn't take long to get through this second installment.
Jacy  Hahn
Sep 05, 2014 Jacy Hahn rated it really liked it
These books have some interesting turnss and keep you wanting to read on and curious to see what happens next for the reluctant King and his band of friends.
Cindy gerdes
Oct 21, 2015 Cindy gerdes rated it it was amazing
Wow what a ride

This book has it all adventures, love, death, and fulfilled dreams. A book you will not want to put down. On to the 3rd can't wait to start. King Gavin is a hero.
Julie
May 24, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
I enjoyed the second book of the series and concluding book as much as I enjoyed the first book. The writing was solid, the story was good and the characters were likable.
Tabitha
Dec 12, 2011 Tabitha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyed the continued saga. I liked the development of the characters and the magic. I would like to see a third book!
Dave Neuendorf
Mar 01, 2017 Dave Neuendorf rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a reasonably good continuation and conclusion of the two-book series. Again, it kept me interested to the end. The "wayfarer" in the title refers to the ability to move between alternate universes, which adds some new twists to the plot. There is some romance, but no tension, no real doubt about who would be Gavin's wife and queen.
Sven
Mar 09, 2013 Sven rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
To be honest, I thought this book was a considerable step down from the previous story, "The Kinshield Legacy". While it had some of the same strong suits as it's predecessor this was a lot slower and, at times, seemed considerably more contrived.

What I liked

- The main character again manages to be likeable without being boring.(Though he edges closer to "vanilla hero" territory in this book.)
- The characters from the previous book were as strong as ever.

What I didn't like

- The new love interest
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Robin
Jul 08, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second novel of this series picks up immediately where the first left off (literally). The story is fast paced and this sequel provides some entertaining new twists. Characterization holds strong, which I enjoyed, but I think the characters - and the story itself - might have been better served and even more engrossing if the scenes were lengthier. As it is, many of them felt rushed and abrupt - as were the chapter endings themselves. I liked Gavin's character and the trials he must endure. ...more
Becky
Sep 10, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
This book was pretty good, but not as good as the first one. The author seemed to lose the pace, and to be unsure how exactly to handle the climax. As in the first book the characters were a little one-dimensional, but the storyline was good enough to carry it through and the writing was overall so much better than most of the books I've started (and not finished) lately, that I think that may sway my opinions.
Trent Mikesell
I love the e-publishing thing. I think it gives authors who would probably never have a chance an opportunity to get out some of their work. With that said, there is a reason that certain books will never get that chance. This one wasn't bad--the story was fun with some unique ideas. However, there were some problems. Of course, most published books are heavily edited by other people (other than the author). I don't know how e-books are edited or if they are.
Jenny
This wasn't as good as the first one. It felt more rushed and everything was hurried, especially at the end when Good triumphed over Evil. I'm rather disappointed and felt let down by the resolutions, and lack of, of the characters I began to care for. It was still a good story and I liked how the author handled the magic in the world. Disappointed is a good word for this sequel.
S. Arthur Martin
Jul 06, 2013 S. Arthur Martin rated it liked it
I am very happy that the Kinshield saga continues with this book. I enjoy the characters immensely, but the circumstances in the climax of the book put me off a lot. I can't speak to the specifics without spoiling things and I really do think these stories are well worth reading.
Kym
Sep 28, 2011 Kym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
$3.97 sequel. Doesn't disappoint. I would have paid quite a bit more
Attolis
Jan 20, 2013 Attolis rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the third one!
K.C. May
Aug 03, 2011 K.C. May added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: lovers of heroic fantasy
I wrote this one, so I'm biased. :)
Sharon
Nov 19, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it. Good idea and well written. I will be looking at more books from this author.
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K.C. May grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, she lived in the Arizona desert where she founded a Rottweiler rescue organization and worked as a computer programmer and technical writer. Her interests include karate, backpacking, motorcycle riding, dog trainin ...more
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