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King's Blood

(The Kinsman Chronicles #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unknown, desperate to find land that might become their new home.

As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles t
Paperback, 598 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I had a really hard time reading this book. The font was very tiny and I have read tiny font before but this was either more tiny than most or tiny and not very bold in color. So I got through it the best I could, mostly with a flashlight to brighten things up!

I enjoyed the first book in The Kinsman Chronicles and this sequel is good too. I'm not sure if I love one better than the other but that doesn't matter. In this book they were all traveling on the sea to find somewhere else to live since
King's Blood releases into the world, as epic and complex as book one in THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES by Jill Williamson. I can't tell you how excited I was for this book—to return to the amazing characters and incredible fantasy world. Holding this enormous, thick, beautiful novel in my hands at last was like, ah, perfection! *grins*

But oh, my heart is bleeding ...

Brothers Wilek and Trevn, and all the other survivors of the Five Woes, have taken to the seas. They live day by day upon ships, searching
Deborah O'Carroll
Regarding my rating: I'm sorry! I just don’t do well with dark, sad books. So for me personally, I did not end up enjoying this book in the end; but keep in mind that this is only my opinion!

Short version

This book was too dark, gritty, and depressing for me, plus my favorite character got killed off, which is Not Okay.

Longer version

This book was generally well-written, suspenseful, and I enjoyed some parts of it, particularly the occasional humor and three characters who were my favorites and th
King's Blood ... what's left of the five nations have set sail for a new world, since their continent was destroyed. Will they find one or die at sea? And just because the five nations are at sea doesn't mean they have ceased to exist as nations or have learned how to get along. The three princes of Armania still vie for the throne, Charlon still hopes to give birth to a "deliverer," and pirates have begun invading many of the ships in the fleet.

One thing I can say is that King's Blood is just
Victoria Howell
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So good, but why did the ending have to be so sad!!! :'(
Rebekah Gyger
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first portion of this book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. A lot of the POV characters I had come to love from the first book were not given their own scenes in this and were instead replaced by other POV characters. This took some getting used to, as well as required me to comb my memory of the last book for who these new characters were. The second portion of the book did not have this same problem, as I had acclimated to the new characters. Yet it was in the final third of the book t ...more
Jessica Dowell
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Kinsman trilogy by Jill Williamson continues in King’s Blood. After leaving the Five Realms and barely escaping with their lives, Trevn and Wilek, along with what is left of their kingdom and the other realms, search for a new land to call home. They know nothing of the world beyond the Five Realms, but they must find a place for their people to settle before they run out of food. Meanwhile, Wilek struggles with his newfound faith in Arman as he counters treasonous plots on all sides to take ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The world of The Five Realms captured my interest in Jill Williamson's first novel in the series, "King's Folly", and when I closed the pages of that novel it was all I could do to wait for this next addition entitled "King's Blood". Having devoured this wonderfully lengthy tome, I can confidently tell you that the wait is worth it (although, of course, you may have been keeping up with the series with the ebooks that are regularly released and so you haven't been waiting as long as I have) Once ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]

It has been a while since a book has made me tear up. I’m generally a pretty stoic reader/viewer, the one weirdo in a group of friends who watches a screen with minimal expression and giggles when others exclaim in reaction to an emotional trauma onscreen. This could be partially due to the fact that I’m a writer, and therefore, even when a book, movie, etc. rips my heart to shreds with a plot twist, I don’t necessarily think of
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inglés, 2017

Epic fantasy!

I find it a bit difficult to talk about this book because it is the second in a series and I do not want to say anything that turns out to be a spoiler. However, I will only say that -besides being a volume with more pages than its predecessor- this book has been better than the previous one. The story unfolds more naturally because you know the characters and the plot, but also, because there are new unexpected twists in the plot.

As the title says, Kin
Lisa Godfrees
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are three things that let you know you're about to embark (or in this case continue) on an epic fantasy:

A map at the front of the book
A list of characters
The number of pages in the book.

King's Blood has all 3. The map in the book is actually a diagram of the ship (clever). The list of characters goes on for 4 pages (wow). And the paperback, over 500 pages, has the tiniest font size I've ever seen. (Do yourself a favor and get it on kindle so you can adjust the size - LOL)

It's been awhile s
Melissa Gravitis
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing



*immediately starts reading the third book*

(Review to come)
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home. As the king's illness worsens, SAr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life. One prophecy has co ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
King's Blood picks up where King's Folly left off. The survivors of the Five Woes are on ships in search of land to settle in and make their new home. The book was filled with intrigue, mystery, and determination as the characters decide who they will follow both in terms of the gods they will follow but also the human leader that they trust. It is a book about having faith when the odds are against you. I loved the plot twists and turns. Nothing was predictable. The characters were also well de ...more
Julie Fugate
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
High Stakes Adventure! Lives hanging in the balance, giants and sea monsters are a few things to keep you staying up late at night. Also intriguing characters galore. Now I have my favorites but all of them were interesting. With such an intricate plot the multiple POVs were awesome in understanding the bigger picture without spoiling some surprising twists.
Eric Starr
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A fitting sequel to King's Folly, I slightly preferred the first one, though this one stays true to the overall feel of the series so far. Keep in mind that I tend not to prefer the "seafaring" entry in any series, so I was a bit biased from the start. Still, I must admit I did enjoy it.
Picking up where the first one left off, the kingdoms are now at sea, sailing to a promised land while facing perils both in and out of the water. While Sar Wilek struggles to keep his people alive, he must also
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog, 2018

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?!

"Every fall is an opportunity to stand."

We last find our beloved characters aboard ships taking them to the "new land" after facing Arman's wrath.


Charlon has taken the form of Lady Zeroah in an attempt to trick Wilek to help her bear the "Deliverer". However, once Mielle asks Trevn to receive her
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fantasy
The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unkown, desperate to find land that might become their new home.

As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, dangerous storms, and dark magic endanger his lif
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
You guys, I have been so excited to tell you about this book! Also, this review is way overdue. But I have a really good reason for that!

See, King’s Blood by Jill Williamson is Book Two of The Kinsman Chronicles. Which is somewhat misleading (at least it was for this thick Norwegian head) because it actually contains books 4, 5 and 6 of the series. (Which is also why this book is gloriously beefy.) So, I began reading and two things happened: a) I was a tad confused and b) I was hopelessly inves
Andrew Miller
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Blood and chaos. That is a fair summation of the second installment of Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles. The Remnant has escaped the Five Realms and is adrift at sea. Wilek and Trevn and those of the father realms have hope for the future; but the treacherous Rogedoth and his mantic forces have other ideas. It soon becomes apparent to Wilek that Armania’s trouble with magic is far from being over. Traitors abound, even amongst his own retinue. Who can he trust? Where is Arman leading them? W ...more
Christiana Stone
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Williamson has once again created a masterpiece. King's Blood is the sequel to King's Folly in her trilogy The Kinsman Chronicles and it surpassed the first. We follow the Hadar clan out to sea after the demise of the Five Realms, a fleet of ships on the open ocean might seem to make for a boring read but I assure you Williamson has crafted nothing of the like. Betrayal, death, and misery cannot seem to leave the wake of Trevn, Wilek, and their friends, new and old alike. The development that al ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Readers of epic fantasy will love Jill Williamson’s extensive story world in King’s Blood, the second book in “The Kinsman Chronicles” series. Most of this part of the overall story takes place at sea, y et the background story world elements (civilization, government, magic, religion, etc.) remain intact and consistent. I appreciated the strong spiritual thread woven in.
I have not yet read book 1, so it took a while for me to learn and sort out the characters. The author cautioned me to read th
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King's Blood is the second book in The Kinsman Chronicles by Jill Williamson, and contains parts 4-6 (Kingdom at Sea, Maelstrom, and Voices of Blood), which were originally released as e-books.

This book begins aboard the Seffynaw, one of the many ships to flee in search of a new land after the destruction of The Five Realms. Here we find three princes, each preparing in his own way for the imminent death of the ailing King of Armania. Soon we meet the rulers of other nations, each intent on beco
Anna J. Jacobson
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-starred, 2019
I loved this book. The journey from sea to the exploration of land. I love seeing the story from the various perspectives and have fallen in love with so many characters.

The ending shattered my heart and there were many emotions to contend with. Trevn is definitely a favourite character. He feels down to earth and is ever curious. Kal is just such a poor tortured soul. I want him find the light again. I also hope Amaya finds a more suitable path than the one she was leading herself down and hav
Margaret Roberts
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After the destruction of their homeland, what is left of the 5 kingdoms of Armania seek new land. Numerous elements are against them, with sickness, dehydration, assassinations and plots of assassinations. When his father the King dies, Wilek finds himself the new king of the remnant of his people. Amidst it all, he draws closer to the One God and learns what it means to follow Him. There are immense plotlines here, with so many main characters its amazing how Williamson weaves all their lives i ...more
S.A. Thorup
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-reads, reviewed
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
King's Blood
The Kinsman Chronicles #2
By Jill Williamson

If you are looking for an epic reading experience look no further than this series from Jill Williamson. The first book King's Folly took the reader on a journey through a land in the midst of religious and cataclysmic upheaval. King's Blood continues the journey of the survivors who managed to make it to sea before their world was lost forever. One would think the worst was behind them but the evil and the treachery that walked their land h
Anna Haber
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, this book was amazing. The mesh of plot blew me out of the water, and I was continually surprised by the plot points. The characters were all so real that it felt like I was just watching their independent actions, not something an author constructed, and it was really sad when a bunch of minor ones died at the end, let alone the one major character who gets killed off. But at the same time, going to heaven felt a fitting reward for all the torment he suffered during this book. Five stars!
Jennie Webb
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! Great book! Now eagerly waiting the next one!! Lots of things going on here. So much new. And what an ending! (I did have a suspicion of what might happen when I got closer to the end because of parallels to the Old Testament...). And Kal, oh how I want him to escape!!
Still loving the characters. Very interesting story. Keeps your attention! If you've read King's Folly, you must read this book!
Thanks Jill!!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kings Blood is book two of an amazing adventure in a fantastic new world. As the world falls apart around them the in people of the five realms are spread across hundreds of ships looking for a new land to call home.

Spread across so many ships proves troublesome for the ailing King and his sons. Danger lurks everywhere.

This story has been fast paced and intriguing and full of the unexpected. This is a great series and I can't wait to see what comes next.
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Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and 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 of 2009 by VOYA magazine.

She has also written several books on the craft of writing fiction and teaches writing in person and online o

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