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The King's Traitor

(Kingfountain #3)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  13,979 ratings  ·  673 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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Holly Justine died several days later from the effects of the poison. It had probably already passed through her system.
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
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.
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!!!
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. ;)
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 Elizabeth
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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable light fantasy series.
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.
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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
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.
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?
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
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.
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
The Captain
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Though the first mate and I have very different reading tastes, occasionally we do overlap in our reading choices. When I found out he had read this series, I commandeered his reviews! So you get one from me and a bonus additional review from me crew. Please note that I write like I talk and the first mate writes like he thinks. Hope ye enjoy!

From The Captain:

This novel is the third in Kingfountain series. A third stunning cover. Seriously, the cover designs are j
Stacey Fain
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy world with a fast pace and enough intrigue to keep me hooked (although the foreshadowing was a bit heavy handed at times for my tastes). I enjoyed the magic of the realm as well as the occasionally surprising character development. This trilogy was a fun read.
Tiera McMillian
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this series was phenomenal and an ending of its own. Such a heart pounding conclusion. Owen, now a man, jaded from his heartbreak and exhausted from being bound by loyalty and duty to a monster, is desperate to change his future without breaking his oaths. I was on the edge of my seat, as Owen desperately wanted to trust and rally those around him but every one was working their own angle and even with his fountain blesses powers he couldn’t see all the players, each decision m ...more
I wish I could summon proper words for this series but I really can't. I have never been more invested in a main character, honestly. And I usually don't care much for politics in books but holy crap this was written so well and intriguing and fjfhtkss EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD AND I JUST NEED THE NEXT THREE BOOKS NOW.

Also yes Richard Armitage as Severn please
I'll admit, when I started this book, I was not a huge fan of 25 year old Owen. We've seen him go from sweet and shy 8 year old boy, to noble and virtuous man, to... jerk. At least in the beginning it seemed that way. It's okay because his changes were not without cause- they made sense. He'd grown as a character. He redeems himself in the end.

(Spoilers ahead if you have not read the first and second book). The King's Traitor will wrench your heart out and throw it on the floor and stomp it into
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars

This third installment of the Kingfountain series is amazing! Once again time has jumped forward and Owen is now 24 years old and disillusioned with not only his own life but with King Severn as well. Owen’s world is awash with lies and subterfuge at every turn. So much is happening in this complex story it keeps you riveted because you don’t want to miss any clues that might pop up or plot twists that happen suddenly. I tried to write chapter notes when I started the book but I quickl
D. Peach
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the entire trilogy and the conclusion was thoroughly satisfying. The final book moves at a quick pace and has plenty of excitement as it roars to the end with some escalating dangers and twists that kept me sneaking away to read. I also enjoyed the conclusion of the romantic subplot – not overly shmaltzy, but endearing.

The magic system was somewhat mysterious in all the different ways it worked and there is little explanation of how it works or why it does what it does. Not a problem
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In book three we jump eight years.
Owen is now 24, and is not happy about the person he has become as King Severn's right hand. He is sarcastic and jaded.
His former love, Elysabeth, who Owen still carries a torch for, is now a mother of two, reaches out to Owen in friendship.
Etayne reprises her role as protector, from book two and truly loves Owen, but that love is not returned.
King Severn over the years is getting more twisted through his insecurities and Owen has grown less tolerant in foll
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can say about this series except that I love it?

Owen is still such a good character. Now 24, he is more jaded and darker and living under King Severn's reign is finally showing its colours.
And since so many years have passed, it's interesting to catch up with everyone. I liked Etayne more in this novel than before. She grew a lot during this novel. Severn is still incredible if also terrible?
I was wary of Sinia at first but in the end, I just had to love her.

I still love how subtle the magi
Iryna Paprotska
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-shelf
This is the third book in the Kingfountain fantasy series and, in my humble opinion, it was the best book in the line for me now. With this book, Jeff Wheeler has both delighted me and deeply moved me. I am not disappointed I have decided to read more about the worlds of the author. I like this world and the setting much more now having a bigger picture of the world mysteries and secrets that unfolds with every chapter. The idea behind the book fascinates me. The backstory and magic system advan ...more
This 3rd book in the series has been my favorite so far. Owen has been charged by the fountain to keep the true heir of the realm safe, but it is no easy job with a ruthless and paranoid king. Owen is still heartsick about the loss of Evie, married off to someone else, when the King forces him to offer his hand in marriage to a reclusive and beautiful Duchess. His heart has been hardened for so long, yet it begins to soften. Meanwhile, he and the King's Poisoner (his best friend) must find a way ...more
Catherine Conley
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this series from the first book (The Queen's Poisoner) and read all three in quick succession. Like its predecessors, this one did not disappoint. This one has an even stronger Arthurian influence, and Jeff Wheeler's treatment of the legend is smooth and engaging which makes the story both familiar and new at the same time. The only disappointment is that the next one does not come out til June.
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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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Kingfountain (6 books)
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  • The Silent Shield (Kingfountain #5)
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“Memories had painful edges that could still cut.” 1 likes
“We learn much through suffering,” she said. “But I think what we learn most is who we really are. I’ve known the true you for some time, Owen. But you were like a chick struggling to escape its shell. Now you’re free to grow and become what the Fountain intended you to become. You may have thought what the Fountain forced you to endure was unpleasant, even cruel. But now you know yourself. Now you know what you would have chosen without any foreknowledge of the consequences. That’s why I couldn’t tell you, Owen.” 1 likes
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