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The King's Traitor

(Kingfountain #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  16,486 ratings  ·  787 reviews
Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain—and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be topple ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by 47North
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Samantha I have read books 1-3 and I am a middle school English teacher. I would say these books are totally appropriate, content-wise, for middle school - no …moreI have read books 1-3 and I am a middle school English teacher. I would say these books are totally appropriate, content-wise, for middle school - no egregious violence, no sex, no substance abuse that is not clearly negatively portrayed (and what is is merely a character who is rumored to have drunk himself into oblivion in order to face an execution, but this is only referred to by a character and not directly portrayed). I would say though that the series will likely only appeal to our more advanced readers... they are well developed and have an amazing way of slowly revealing events which is so well done but not typical of middle school reading fodder. This is not a negative in my view, but I would expect that these will not be your constantly off the shelf huge hits with the majority of your classroom. :) I am investing in hard copies for my own classroom - and I teach in a Catholic private environment - for whatever that is worth! (less)

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Dannii Elle
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Jeff Wheeler, and the publisher, 47North, for this opportunity.

This is the third and final installment in the Kingfountain fantasy series and, in my opinion, is by far the greatest! This is a series that has continued to go from strength to strength as it has progressed and I am so sad that my journey with it has come to a close!

All three books have been told from the perspective of Owen Kiskaddon, who has
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you liked Six of Crows, then you need to read this series or anything that’s authored by Jeff Wheeler.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great ending to a King Arthur (and Little Mermaid) retelling.
I genuinely think this is a series that might appeal more to women than men, it is a greatly told story of trust and mistrust, of justice and fairness.
I was just so enchanted by the series and I just loved the magic system - which I do not think it is based on anything I have read so far.
The book just left me with happy, a fantasy story with a very positive approach. There is death but I believe it can be coped with.

The w
Rysa Walker
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this from NetGalley. The King's Traitor is a fabulous ending for the Kingfountain series. I listened to the first two books on Audible -- Jeff Wheeler and Kate Rudd are an unbeatable combo--but was so eager to find out how the series wrapped up that I couldn't wait for the audio this time. Very strong recommend!!! ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read but far too predictable. It had the premise for a great story but fell flat for me: the fact that it was fairly predictable to guess what was going to happen did the book a big disservice.
There was so much potential in there for greater characterisation. A bit humdrum in the end.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4.35 ***

"...“Inside each person lives two wolves. One was full of evil, jealousy, anger, resentment. The other wolf was kind, benevolent, generous, and dutiful. Owen had asked how someone could survive with two such beasts inside them. Would not one of them eventually win? Duke Horwath had given him a crinkled smile. “Which wolf wins?” he had asked. “The one that you feed.”
― Jeff Wheeler, The King's Traitor..."

What an enchanting retelling of the Arthur story! A very different take on the leg
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably 4 - 4.5 stars but extra star for characters making good choices so I don't have to throw my Kindle across the room AND because in the author's notes he mentions Richard Armitage as a casting choice should the series ever be filmed. ;) ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
First, I applaud the author for writing a fantasy story that deals with meaty human moral dilemmas without resorting to explicit scenes and language. There is a lot to be said (and thought about) in this series about loyalty and ethics.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series, which married War of the Roses history with an interesting magic tradition steeped in history. Throw in some interesting self-centered characters and pragmatic betrayals, and it was a winning formula. Some of the w
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
The intrigue deepens, the pieces are in motion, and Owen must unite Ceredigion under it's rightful king before the ancient curse of the Wizr's sends the entire kingdom to the deep fathoms.

It's hard to talk about book three without spoilers to the rest of the series. The magic that brought Owen and his future wife together ended up being....well...beautiful. They were SO freaking adorable when they fudged their first kiss, and those sandals 😊😊😊

I love in Wheeler's books how decisions always have c
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean, fantasy, 2020-reads

If one enjoys a truly epic tale where the twists and turns are so deftly written that the reader can NEVER guess what will happen next, this is the book and series for you!!! Every single time, I thought I knew how things would turn out, something would happen and I would be right back to biting my nails and furiously turning the pages. There were actually times when the tears were leaking down my cheeks... and this is from someone who thought she was, by now, immune to that drivel and sa
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable light fantasy series.
Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain—and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action…and Owen’s destiny demands that he lead the ...more
Matt (Book Devour-er)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easily the best book in the series so far and you can tell that even early on. Its a shame it took Wheeler 2 whole books to ramp up to this but I am definitely glad I stuck with the series. It isnt Sanderson level but definitely a good page turner. Once I was past about 30% I read the rest in a little over a day. Everything that built up to this point started morphing and collapsing in on itself. The magic ramped up, the espionage took some twist, secrets were revealed and kingdoms changed. That ...more
K.A. Linde
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What an excellent addition to this series. I love when series just keep getting better and better. The introduction of Sinia is quite wonderful as I was worried about the direction without Evie. Very well done. I applaud you.
Allison Tebo
Sep 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy

I will say, the author's note at the end cracked me up.

"By the way, if this series is ever made into a movie, I kindly request that Richard Armitage play King Severen, thank you."
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received from Netgalley for honest review,thanks to author.

This is 3rd in series of books about Owen Kiskaddon and his life from young boy in too far and growing into a fine Nobleman.

Brilliant story,which was well written throughout the series and was a joy to read.

Basically a coming of age saga,but really good,well thought out an thoroughly enjoyable.

Great series ,I recommend you give it a go.
Denae Christine
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reader thoughts: I love it when a series ends well! And Kingfountain certainly ended well. I'll say what I can without giving too much away. Ahem.

The overall plot. This ended well because it wasn't just armies fighting and the bigger army wins. No. It was magic (can we move the chess pieces?) and strategy (is the king lying to his messengers?) and sneaking (who's hiding in the snow bank?) and allies (will the commoners follow a tyrant?) and prophecy (why is it still snowing?) and performance (wh
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Owen had me worried for a bit. He is such a loyal subject and did Severn’s bidding quite willingly. He seemed so bitter and sad. I was so disconcerted with this character’s direction. I shouldn’t have doubted. With the love and support of so many friends in this book, Owen once again comes to the aid of the kingdom.
I especially found engaging the real-life tie-in of the Wizer board. I’d love to learn that game, but I can’t seem to master chess yet.
Lesa Divine
Book 3 and so far this was my favorite.

Owen growth as a character is something else.

The King still is an a$$ determined to keep what isn't his but there are others working to take the throne from him and give it to the true King by all means.

Enjoyed... The sadness, drama, fighting etc.

When you think the war is over boom something else starts.

Cant wait to read book 4.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The King's Traitor was not as good as the previous two books in the series. It felt like the plot was rushed throughout the story, so most of the characters were not able to be fleshed out. For instance, I really liked Sinia's character. She was quirky, mysterious, and compassionate. But her relationship with Owen was so quick that I did not believe their feelings for each other had grown over the course of the book as the plot would otherwise suggest. I was happy to see that Evie was enjoying h ...more
Jonathan Donihue
A potentially heartbreaking story, all wrapped up neatly with a bow. A happy ending?! ..... Maybe.... But wait! Who's that emerging from the cave? ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to a new favourite series of mine! Back then, I picked up "The Queen's Poisoner" on a whim due to its beautiful cover and fell in love with the writing style and the characters.

In this third book of the series, we follow the now 24-year-old Owen Kiskaddon who has become an important Lord at court. He is now master of the Espion and enjoys the king's trust. However, he wants to overthrow the king due to his tempers and untolerable decisions.

At the beginning of this book, Ow
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Review to come...
Jenny Leiva
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author had some tough work to get me on board with some of the things that happened in this book, but I feel like he did a good job helping me feel reconciled and generally happy with the resolutions. I was surprised that some important characters weren’t introduced until this final book, but overall it seemed to work. I finally had the names of the kingdoms figured out fairly well, which helped keep track of everyone. Everything got a lot more in-depth in this book and there were several su ...more
I can’t give this book less than 5 stars!! Just can’t!! Because it’s so good!! Love all the plot twists, the unpredictable stuff ... everything! I’m a fan of King Arthur legend so this being based on it is just goood!
Owen has my heart since the first book and the rest of the characters are also very interesting and can’t wait to see what happens to them and the next generation as well!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice and clean younger retelling of part of the Arthur legends, with a bit of the Little Mermaid. Looking forward to seeing what happens to the characters in the next installment.
Laura  Hall
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t judge me too harshly, I LOVE YA fantasy books like these. I am a fan of Jeff wheeler and the worlds he creates, so happy that so many titles are on kindle unlimited and I can instantly grab the next one. The only problem is that I get drawn in and stay up too late.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The fact that I finished this book in 2 days says it all. Really enjoyed this book and it does such a great job tying everything together from the first 2 books. Loved it.
Gudrun Saga
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
My heart hurts, I've been on a binge and my supply has been cut short. How will I survive until June?

My reviewing skills are not to be taken seriously but I will say that I love everything about this series all from the characters, romance and politics. I'm at the edge of my seat and bawling my eyes out, I fear if I get too emotional writing this It will become a spoiler so I'm going to stop myself before that happens
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Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves. He is also one of the founders of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Sc ...more

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