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King's Folly

(The Kinsman Chronicles #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The gods are angry.

Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers—everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son Prince Wilek thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania.

When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth,
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Bethany House
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Addie No, since this series is set hundreds of years before the Blood of Kings and the plots are completely separate there isn't anything you need to know a…moreNo, since this series is set hundreds of years before the Blood of Kings and the plots are completely separate there isn't anything you need to know about those books to start this series. However, the Blood of Kings trilogy are literally my favorite books of all time and I would definitely recommended them!(less)

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Epic. This is the word that immediately comes to mind when I think of King's Folly by Jill Williamson. Fantastic, action-filled, diverse, brilliant. This book is the first in a new series called THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES; (it's actually a prequel series to Jill Williamson's other fantasy trilogy). And it's a tremendous start! I was captivated from the beginning.

In a world being torn apart by earthquakes, a grand cast of characters find mystery and meaning as doom approaches. Two sons of a king, Wil
Tricia Mingerink
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished this book! Wow!!!!!!

Jill Williamson is the queen of epic Christian fantasy! The world in this is just so well developed and achingly real! The earthquakes, desert, deep canyons, the politics...everything.

This book is based off of the Old Testament in how the country that used to follow Arman (the allegorical One True God in this book) have fallen away. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. While this book is based off the Old Testament, it still feels like
Deborah O'Carroll
Review originally posted on The Road of a Writer:

I fell in love with Jill Williamson's Blood of Kings trilogy, so it was with great delight that I learned of this prequel-series of sorts, The Kinsman Chronicles, of which KING'S FOLLY is the first installment. I'm so excited for another fantasy work from this author! I've enjoyed her other books--frankly, her writing would shine on a cereal box--but (personally) I think her real genius lies in this genre,
Michelle Griep
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
One word: Epic.

Kings and queens. Princes and princesses. The eternal struggle for power driven by greed and graft. Check, check, check. It's all here in one grandiose tale of the destruction of kingdoms and men. Yeah, I know that sounds kind of depressing, but in true Williamson style, there is plenty of humor and romance and action tossed into the mix.

At first I was a little confused with who was who. There are a lot of names. Strange ones at that. Thankfully right at the beginning there is a g
Grace Mullins
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a BIG fan of Jill Williamson's "Blood of King's Trilogy," I want this. Now. Please?

Edit: Have now read it! On to book two! *jumps aboard ship* 😄
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

It pains me to write this review, because Jill Williamson is honestly one of my personal favorite {Christian} authors. Her incredible writing style and immensely wonderful storylines have more than once received my 5 star rating, however, in King’s Folly, I’m afraid that she fell short of her own reputation in my eyes.

The storyline of King’s Folly is very unique and as are
I loved Jill Williamson’s Blood of Kings trilogy, so when I heard she was releasing a prequel series, the Kinsman Chronicles, you can understand how excited I was. And King’s Folly is an exciting story in its own right . . . even if I didn’t like it quite as much as I expected.

The Good:
-Trevn is basically my favorite character in the entire book. Adventurous, curious, dramatic, but with a sense of responsibility and courage to match any other hero you could name. Every chapter topped with h
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


Well, I liked this medieval book! At first, like all books that have a lot of characters, I didn't think I was going to be able to keep up with all of the people, but that wasn't true. My little brain actually worked and remembered people, I can't spell all of them but that's neither here nor there!

King Echad of Armania is not a nice man and he does human sacrifices to appease the gods. At least he thinks he is....

The lands keep having eart
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
*sigh* Before I say anything, allow me to be quite forceful in pointing out that I rarely never finish a book. I read 218 pages of this book (finishing the first part of the story-Darkness Reigns) and then just didn't want to sit through another 300 pages of crap. I found this shelved in the fantasy section of my library. Well, I suppose it sort of IS a fantasy book. But, it is ALSO a christian-based fantasy story (WTF? Don't they have the Bible already?) with liberal dashes of Young Adult throw ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book started out slow, and honesty I didn't like Wilek at first. Eventually he grew on me though. I am glad it was told in many character's point of view, it helped us to understand the plot and the world better. I really like Trevn and Mielle because they challenge the views of their world and eventually Wilek begins to do the same. While eventually these people realize the gods are false, I only suggest this book for mature readers because of dark magic that the mantics practice ...more
Denali Christianson
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
(See my reviews of Darkness Reigns, The Heir War, and The End of All Things.)
Julia Witmer
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
An epic book, filled with wonderful world-building, sympathetic characters, and an intriguing story and plot. Looking forward to reading the second one!
Lucy Buller
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the content as one whole story. I would have loved to read it through. But seeing this content serialized… It really jolted me out of the story. I found myself dropping interest in between parts. As a story, I don't think that King's Folly was correct for this form of publishing. I felt Darkness Reigns had trouble standing on it's own, and where I expected full plot I got a mere chunk. I can understand how the plot of a series works, but this story didn't have that sort of plot. This may ...more
Marian Baay
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Part one of the prequels of the Blood of Kings series, King’s Folly is quite different than its predecessor. This book begins with a series of different storylines—each chapter containing the background story of one of the main characters. Because of this, the characters remained distant for a while—I found it confusing and difficult to see at first where the author was taking this story. After reading about 35% of the book, I finally got used to the characters and started to care about what hap ...more
Lisa Godfrees
My favorite book of 2015.

Fantastic worldbuilding. Complex and developed cultures. Subtle allegory. Large cast of characters. Compelling plot. Clever storyline. Everything I like in a book by one of my favorite authors.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A masterful creation of the ancient world. Told from many characters who pull you in and make you want to know what happens next. Full of energy and suspense.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am really not sure how to review this book. Overall, I was extremely frustrated. But as I outlined my complaints to my husband, he told me that everything I am describing is normal for the fantasy genre. As I rarely read fantasy, I'm not used to these particular characteristics.

1 - The plot is massive. There are many events going on at the same time and it was difficult to keep everything straight in my mind.

2 - There are way too many character POVs. The characters kept changing. There were
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, inglés


Fantasy that does not disappoint.

I'll be honest. Fantasy is not my thing. When I check my bookshelf and I see how many books I have, there are just a few fantasy books, and I realized that it is not because I do not enjoy the genre, but because it is a bit difficult for me to understand.

When I saw this book, I found it so tempting that I could not pass up. Jill Williamson is an author that I heard before, but I have never had the opportunity to read. Therefore, now seem
Sierra Faith
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorites
Genre: Christian, Fantasy, Romance.

Age Range: 16+ for sexual hints.

Series: First book in the Kinsman Chronicles

Stars: 4 out of 5 stars.

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

This book is packed with action and romance! Easily a new favorite of mine, The King’s Blood is divided into three sections: Darkness Reigns, The Heir, and The End of All Things which makes it easier to read the rather chunky book

The King’s Blood was a nice mix of plot and character development. A lot of books that I have read
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Christian fantasy book is set in the Five Realms with well developed characters and a plot that keeps you reading. Earthquakes are becoming more and more common even with frequent sacrifices to Barthos, the god of the soil. The King of Armania still needs to choose an heir to his throne from his three sons. Who will it be? His choice could determine the future of his realm. Magnonia, a realm ruled by women, is determined to rule all the realms even if it takes magic to do it. Will good tri ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed this book, at times I found it difficult to follow the different POVs in every chapter (they were labeled for the specific characters). I didn't really get a grip on each character until about halfway through the book and had to try and recall who everyone was. This is a very adventurous story that tells of things as they were more like in ancient times, and I can appreciate it for the story it told. I will be looking forward to the next books in the series! I want to know what h ...more
Logan Martin
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves good writing.
Recommended to Logan by: Jill Williamson
Shelves: christian, fantasy
This is an amazing piece of work. I got the honor of being part of the Launch Team for this, and it does not disappoint. Jill Williamson writes such a detailed story world and ties it all together without overdoing anything or losing us in the plot. This book shouldn't just be for Christian Fantasy fans-anyone who appreciates good writing should read this book. ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy, and Fans of Jill Williamson
I was so excited to receive my copy of this in the mail. This book has intriguing plot, likable characters, and good action sequences. King's Folly was a fairly easy read that keeps you interested. A great start to a series! I can not wait until I get to read the next one!
( I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Bethany Baldwin
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to organize my thoughts before I do a real review, but ohhhh so good.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bad. I found the writing poor and annoying.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, blog

I received the ARC King’s War from NetGalley. It is the third book in the series, so I figure I probably need to read the first two, amirite?!

Written as a prequel to the Blood of Kings trilogy, the Kinsman Chronicles takes us to a time before Jesus walked the Earth when kings ruled the world, specifically evil kings.

Five different lands. Five different traditions. One will reign over all.


We are graced with the story being told from the
Gabriella Slade
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: King's Folly is what I'd call 'Mature Christian Fantasy' There is Concubines, mentions of sleeping with people and affairs, and dark witchcraft involved. That being said, it is still a clean book, just simply one I wouldn't recommend handing to just anyone.
King's Folly was one of those books that sat on my shelf for a while because it intimidated me. Not just because it's a big book, but the text is tiny and there are three pages dedicated to listing about a million key characters.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am not sure what would have motivated me to pick this up, because the description makes it sound like something I wouldn't like. But despite it being pretty solidly in the fantasy realm, (including a journey, different countries with radically different societal structure, a struggle to be declared heir, and women trying to catch the prince's eye) I still liked it. For one thing there's no Chosen One, which helps.

There are a lot of characters, but I didn't feel like I had that much trouble kee
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Jill Williamson is an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author of over twenty books including By Darkness Hid, which won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel by VOYA magazine. She has also written several books on the craft of writing and teaches at, one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

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