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Seven Kings (Books of the Shaper #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In the jungles of Khyrei, an escaped slave seeks vengeance and finds the key to a savage revolution.

In the drought-stricken Stormlands, the Twin Kings argue the destiny of their kingdom: one walks the path of knowledge, the other treads the road to war.

Beyond the haunted mountains King Vireon confronts a plague of demons bent on destroying his family.

With intrigue, sorcery
Published January 15th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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“If you want proof that second novels are better than first outings, look no further than Seven Kings - Fultz has improved a lot from Seven Kings and although it may not be entirely perfect, Seven Kings shouldn’t be overlooked.” ~The Founding Fields

I read Seven Princes expecting something brilliant from John R. Fultz, but I came away dissapointed and it was only on a whim that I requested Seven Kings, the sequel – to review. And as i
In this second installment (following Seven Princes), the stakes are raised both for the characters (some old, some new) and the world at large. Armies clash and we get a glimpse (just a glimpse) of the true enemy to come. Epic fantasy, but its antecedents are much more Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard; a world of shining, many-towered cities and dark sorceries and unspeakable abominations.
Greg Markwardt
Maybe I'm rating this higher then normal because the last fantasy novel I read (A Wheel of Time Novel) dragged several times during the story; but I don't think so. This was just a fast paced and action packed piece of Dark Fantasy that surpassed it's predecessor in many ways.

Seven Princes was an entertaining read that also had a lot of action and horror but it didn't really stand out above the rest so I rated it as an average read. Seven Kings however expanded on the universe and made the lore
James  W. Powell
This book starts out well enough, with strong writing that proved to me that Fultz had grown as a writer since his debut. Unfortunately, the story doesn't move fast enough for me. It's not plodding, exactly, but it felt like it was building toward something, but it just kept building with little overall movement to the story. I have a copy of the third volume in the series, but after reading Seven Kings, I doubt I'll read it.

Brian Allen
It was okay, not as great as Seven Princes, for those of you who don't like spoilers, I won't give anything away, but several parts in the beginning and the middle of the book made me angry at what the author did to the heroes of the story. I hope the third will be much better than the second, that is all I can say on the matter.
Where the first book was an epic fantasy that asked more questions than it answered, this second installment in the Books of the Shaper series really hit the nail on the head in both developing a compelling larger arc and also providing page-turning personal drama that kept me reading all night. Our princes are now kings, and none of them is perfect ... one might even be perfectly awful, but they all made for an engaging read and I eagerly await the third installment in this series.
David Marshall
This starts off rather better than the first volume and then grinds to a halt with the heroes finally realising who they have to fight.
Lisa Famler
I was disappointed with the book - didn't enjoy the direction he took some of the characters in at all
Heather Bahney
I came across this series on accident and have been hooked since
Entirely too depressing. I have not been able to finish it.
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John R. Fultz lives in the Bay Area, California, but is originally from Kentucky. His fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Black Gate, and Space & Time, as well as the comic book anthologies Zombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales. His graphic novel of epic fantasy, Primordia, was published by Archaia Comics. John’s literary heroes include Tanith Lee, Thomas Ligotti, Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Dunsany, W ...more
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