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King's Warrior

(The Minstrel's Song #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Six hundred years ago the land of Aom-igh was threatened with invasion by the Dark Country across the Stained Sea; in their danger King Llian sought the help of the dragons and the myth-folk. Graldon, King of the Dragons, granted the human king with a gift that would help him defeat his enemies. Graldon also promised King Llian that the dragons would come to the humans’ ai ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Stormcave Studios
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Benjamin Fife Second son is kind of book 2, kind of book 0.5. Yorien's Hand is book 3, and Minstrel's Call is Book 4. I'm narrating them and I LOVE THEM. I feel lik…moreSecond son is kind of book 2, kind of book 0.5. Yorien's Hand is book 3, and Minstrel's Call is Book 4. I'm narrating them and I LOVE THEM. I feel like I'm narrating a hidden gem of LOTR potential. In some ways, I like it better than Tolkien, which is saying a lot, considering I named my oldest after one of his creations. If we were still having kids, Kamarie and Oraeyn would be in the running for the next name. :) I just finished my initial readthrough of book 4. WOW. No Idea how someone writes something so superb. (less)

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Honestly, this is the hardest review I have written all this year, and it is going to be brief. I have read blog posts and such by this author, and I really like her on a personal level. I also am a firm believer that book reviews need to be honest, but not harsh. However, sometimes it is hard not to come across as sounding harsh.

This story was well written and had compelling characters and a great setting. I think many people will really enjoy this book. That is why I am giving it three stars,
Deborah O'Carroll
Re-read October 2018

This was so much fun to re-read aloud! :D

First read January 2017 (Original review)

What an enjoyable fantasy adventure novel! I really, really liked this book. :D There’s a lot of the classic quest-and-journey stuff going on, but in new ways too, and I loved the world and characters, and just overall had a great time reading it! :)

I confess that I actually read a sequel to this book, Yorien’s Hand, before reading this one (which is book one in the series), so that was interest
E.B. Dawson
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors

An epic, uplifting fantasy full of true originality and lots of promise. My favorite part of the book, by far was the middle section. It was full of unexpected twists, some truly beautiful exploration, and lots of potential. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like the last third of the book fully delivered on that potential, which is why I can't give it five stars. There were a few other things that I struggled with (the unexpected POV changes, a couple plot holes, and a few too many subplots), but th
What a fun read! I did not want this book to end! The only thing I had read from Jenelle Schmidt before now was her story in the “Five Enchanted Roses” anthology from Rooglewood Press. I liked that a lot, but it was a very different story than what this appeared to be, so I was curious to see if “King’s Warrior” would be my style or not. I hoped it would be since I really enjoyed an excerpt from it that she shared on her blog once, but being a careful reader, I always approach books by authors w ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful story in the tradition of Prydain and Wheel of Time

High and epic fantasies aren't hard to find. In fact, they're surprisingly common. So, why read King's Warrior?

To answer that question, I'm not going to claim it's the new best thing ever. It's not— though the story is excellent, the author's style leaves a bit to be desired. However, the characters are interesting (once one gets past Kamarie being annoying at first), and as I said, the storyline is excellent. And although the enemy n
Tracey Dyck
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I’ve been eyeing the Minstrel’s Song series for quite some time, but hearing that the first book has arrived in audio format—with the rest of the books to follow—gave me the push I needed to dive in.

Jenelle says she wrote King’s Warrior to be read aloud, and it shows! It struck me right away how the story is the sort that’s read one chapter at a time before being tucked into bed. It just has that cozy, ageless, adventuresome feel to it—along with a little humor, a little danger (or sometimes a l
Kaycee Browning
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'King's Warrior' is very much like 'Lord of the Rings' when it comes to depth, plot, world-building, and characterization. The themes are easy to recognize and easy to understand, yet as the novel progresses, you realize just how deeply interwoven into the story and the characters they really are. This is a spoiler-free review, but I will say it has taken me several re-readings to catch all the little places the themes show up. The theme of "being more than you seem" shows up all the time, and I ...more
Jul 03, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Maybe try again later.
Abbey Stellingwerff
We follow the characters through forests, mountains, farmland, and underground tunnels; we follow them at the palace, on the battlefield, near the sea, and through a desert. Everywhere they go they face new challenges. Jenelle Schmidt weaves their adventures together seamlessly, building to an exciting climax where everything is tied together.
Read my full review here: http://dollsbooksthingsthatmatter.blo...
S.G. Willoughby
If you are the author, please don't read this review. I hate being harsh. :)

I have mixed feeling about this book. To be fair, it has been a while since I read this genre (even though I generally really like it) but I didn't really like this book. It had a lot of potential, but the writing just wasn't up to par.

The characters were unique and each with their own personality, despite a large cast... but their motivations and actions and the way they were portrayed kept me too distracted to get atta
Sarah Ashwood
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brant is my favorite, but I'm a sucker for dark, strong, stoic warriors in fantasy fiction. In any fiction, really. Thought the author did a very nice job keeping up with such a large cast of characters, and in making them all their own individual people. The setting was very grand and sweeping on a high/epic fantasy scale. I think readers of Tolkien and the like would enjoy this book. ...more
R.M. Archer
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love indie-publishing and indie-published authors. I love the support of the community, and I love supporting and helping fellow indie-authors. Unfortunately, when I read poorly edited indie novels I really want to go to the author and say “This was good, but it could be better” and help them polish it, and I usually can’t. This is one of those poorly edited novels.

The potential is all there. The characters are good, the plot is interesting, there are a lot of connections between things. Unfor
3.5 stars. There was something about the unique cover of King’s Warrior that captivated me. It looked like it would lead me into an intriguing fantasy world. Well, it did, :-)

In the story, Princess Kamarie and her parents, King Arnaud and Queen Zara, Squire Oraeyn, a young loner named Zole, and a mysterious man called Brant are the main characters. We go from one to another as this tale of battles, dragons, Dark Warriors, and powerful swords unfolds. They all face trials, troubles, and victorie
Beth Wangler
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the premise of this story's world, especially the unique takes on dragons, magic, and other fantasy elements. Rather than focusing on one main character, King's Warrior builds an ensemble cast full of very different characters who all have arcs throughout the story and all play important roles in the plot.

There were significant grammatical and stylistic errors that detracted from my enjoyment. As this is an indie novel, and as it was written early on in Schmidt's career, I have added a
Wendy Larson
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have an insatiable desire for winding plots, noble and endearing characters, and high expectations for fine craftsmanship, you will deeply enjoy King's Warrior. It gives you anything but what might be expected and the reader is left feeling surprised, delighted, and bewitched.

Characters are introduced one at a time, with stories seeming to part ways, then coming together again. Each character develops into something so much more than they started out to be. They grow and change, and disco
Richard Bunning
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is well written, though it needs another edit to cut out sentences that repeat rather more than advance the dialogue. The story leans towards the happy ending fairy-tale rather than harder fantasy, not that that is a fault. What it does mean is that this book is, in my middle-aged opinion, suited best to older children rather than young adults. However, I have no intention of putting of adult readers. King's Warrior has plenty of depth of story for mature readers that like well written tale ...more
Claire Banschbach
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been eyeing this book for a long time and I finally got a chance to read it recently. And I really enjoyed it! I think the best surprise was Princess Kamarie. It starts out with her a typical tomboyish princess, escaping from her lessons, but then Mrs. Schmidt does a wonderful thing. She makes the princess smart, respectful to her parents, willing to listen to those in authority above her and respect their decisions, and be able to admit when's she's in the wrong and move on. It was quite r ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this fantasy adventure story about a princess and a large cast of heroes, dragons, wizardesses, mythical beings, and mysterious villains. The world is nicely developed and the characters are fun.
I can easily imagine reading this to my family when they were young!
Benjamin Fife
An Epic Adventure with Jenelle Schmidt
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenelle Schmidt. You can click on the video to watch our whole rambling conversation. We talk about our collaboration on King's Warrior, Tolkien, The Hobbit movie, Discworld, Charles Dickens, Timothy Zahn and much more. I recommend watching at double speed because its more fun that way. :)
We’re doing an audiobook tour for book 1 this week & I’m almost done recording book 2.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an enjoyable read and/or listen for all ages.
A.M. Reynwood
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I've heard nothing but good things about this book and have been waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on it for some while now. When I received the offer of a free copy in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at it, and after reading it over the last few weeks I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. This is a good story with great potential. I loved Brant, Yole, Oraeyn, and Kiernan, although I'll be honest and say I had Yole pinned from the first time I met him and knew Brant's secret (at ...more
J.M. Jablowski
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was published in 2012, however the Author had some left over ARC copies. Essentially, I was recently given a free copy of the book in an exchange for an honest review.

King's Warrior had a classic fantasy quest feel. It's got a lot of things going for it. There are princesses, and knights, and dragons, wizards, spunky minstrels, you name it. In a way it reminded me very much of the Chronicles of Prydain, which I'd say is a good thing.

Getting into this story I was a little hesitant. The
Joseph Leskey
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everybody
Ah, this is a fabulous story. And this first reading of it marks the end of my 2018 Goodreads reading challenge, so three cheers for it. I eagerly anticipate more resplendence from this series (luckily, I am equipped with the means to obtain it, so I don't have to panic or anything).

The characters are very well constructed. They're easily likeable and there's laudable mystery about certain of their number. You get to see from several perspectives throughout the book, which is very fun and reveal
Nathan Feese
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.

I didn't know what to expect from this book since it had so few reviews and this is the author's first book. First of all, I really like the cover art on the paperback. The cover art extends to the back which shows a dragon.

The story started off a little slow for me. It took me almost a hundred pages to start getting invested in the characters. Once I got past the slow start, the book really started to take off for me. I really liked the
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
**4.5 Stars**

MY OVERVIEW: A beautifully written story with a fantastic new world. I actually enjoyed the fact that there was no romance in the book. I feel it would have distracted from the overall story. I do hope, however, that there is a little in the next book – especially since it was set up for it.

PROS: All of the characters were written beautifully. Kamarie is such a strong character. Someone to look up to. She was the best one out of all the characters and I hope to see more of her growt
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"King's Warrior" is very well written and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters.
Kamarie is so full of spirit and I found myself giggling over her antiques at times. Oraeyn. All he wants is to survive the trip with Princess Kamarie. He has no idea of the destiny in store for him. Yole has been on his own for as long as he can remember for no one seems to want him around. Brant is trying to put the past behind him and live a simple life with his family. But someone wants him dead...and
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
King's Warrior tells a story that drew me in quickly and kept me engaged
to the end. It is an epic tale of good verses evil, but the evil comes in unexpected places. The characters have a fresh variety of strengths and weaknesses and lessons to learn. The story draws from archetypal themes but is not cliche or predictable.

This is well-suited for young adults interested in the fantasy/hero genre. I really appreciated that the author dealt with the horrors of war without being graphic or politica
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I honestly did not know how this book was going to end. I really enjoyed being taken along for the journey and not knowing how I was going to get there. You can tell Jenelle Leanne Schmidt put a lot of work into this book. She also put in themes that she values and believes in. This was a good, relaxing, read!
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the characters of King's Warrior. The story is well paced and full of adventure. ...more
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