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Quests of the Kings

(The Quests of the Kings Trilogy #1)

2.88  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  35 reviews
From the author of the Riddle in Stone books comes a thrilling new series for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Kristin Cashore.
Across the realms, the kings' quests captivate the imaginations of nobles and commoners alike. These dangerous competitions pit the most daring adventurers against each other as they compete for riches and glory for their kingdoms.
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
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Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Robert Evert, and the publisher, Diversion books, for this opportunity.

This started off as a promising fantasy adventure, which sadly didn't follow through. My problem with this is that it seemed to try to hard to showcase the sexism prevalent in the fictional society. This is not, of course, a bad thing. It was the way in which it was showcased that I found completely and utterly infuriating. So, apologies
Taylor Knight
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
I received an advanced review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I went into this book with pretty high hopes. It sounded amazing and the synopsis says "a thrilling new series for fans of Sarah J. Maas." I was so pumped. However, this book is not for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Sarah writes great books with badass female characters. This book was littered with sexism, misogyny, and the main character is a misandrist.
It started when the main character's two "best friends
Kimberley de Jong
Nathalie, a sixteen year old girl works hard to keep her family alive. She has many different jobs during the day, not wishing to marry to a man. Not like the other girls. In fact, she hates to be a woman because of the way they are treated by society. The life of an adventurer, the ones who take up perilous quests the king offers in exchange for gold and influence, seems very far away. Yet, somehow Nathalie manages to get on the evil adventurer Brago’s bad side. Running from this threat to her ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-s
"I want someone who wants something. Something he's willing to work hard for. Something he'd dedicate his life trying to get, you know?"

1 / 5

Frankly, I found Quests of the Kings to be rather boring. Natalie, the main character, is all over the place in terms of personality, there's a lot of sexist attitudes to wade through (the world, not the author's opinions, per se), and the plot doesn't really pick up until about half-way through. The main idea is that Natalie runs afoul of an adventurer,
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Review was first posted on my blog kimslr - bookish

I recieved an e-arc for this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this book 4 Stars, which apperently is a lot higher than most other reviewers up until now. The reason for this is, that I didn't look at this book as an epic high fantasy novel for fans of Sarah J Maas.
That's what the book is pitched as, but reading the book under this premis will disappoint almost anyone. I didn't remember this pitch when I read it
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Copy received via NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating: 1 star

I skimmed through 90% of this book. There were no compelling characters, had zero world building, and the plot was so smooth and straight I could use it for a ruler. Everything that happened was only for convenience. No thrill and no excitement. I honestly could have slept through this whole novel. The main character had no redeeming qualities - she only made me want to strangle her after every word she said. As much as I tried to lo
ARC received via NetGalley

I thought the plot idea was appealing. It was an okay adventure story. However it wasn't as exciting (adventure wise) as I was hoping it would be.

I wasn't very happy with how the book ended. Nearing the end of the book, I didn't expect for it to end the way it did. I thought the actual ending was a bit boring.
Andy N
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on NetGalley.

This was a peculiar reading, but I will admit that it was a challenge to stay engaged with the plot and the characters. I think the world we live in is already violent enough and to have to read about this amount of physical abuse and verbal attacks is not what I want after a day of work and sad news.

Natalie is a young girl of 16 years that struggles with her role in society and family responsibilities in an unnamed medieval world where men are divi
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to an unnamed country in a medieval time period, where knights, and men who can afford it, go on adventure quests set by the kings. The item they seek is always different, as are the prizes.


Natalie is a 16 year old girl who hates being a girl. She hates how women have no rights and how men can do whatever they want to them with just about no repercussions. HATES. IT. OK??? Got it? She doesn't want to get married, she doesn't want to wear dresses, doesn't want to work normal feminine job
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on my blog, Just a Few Chapters More!

2.5/5 stars.

Quest of the Kings by Robert Evert had so much potential, but it lacked the depth needed to make it a great novel. The world-building was limited, the writing was overly simple (for my taste), and the main character grated on my nerves from the first page until pretty much the last. However, the plot was intriguing, and some of the supporting characters had compelling stories, enough to keep me reading until I had
Hector Torres
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a advance review copy and seriously was hoping this was a good book, the premise was decent and you felt that it would go to someplace good but the moment you start reading your hit with heavy heavy dialogue between multiple characters mostly just nonsense conversations not related to overall story. I understand author is attempting to show the dynamics between Natalie and her friends, but at some point I was like OK breathe, lets the characters breathe when they are speaking for a pa ...more
Ryann Crofoot
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
**I obtained a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The short version: This book wasn't as good as I was hoping. For me, when the main character is a flop, so is the book.

The long version:
My Summary: The kings of the realms in this world, instead of gaining influence through war, have decided to send knights and adventurers on a "King's Quest," a quest all the kings agree on, but only one can win.

These quests never seemed to have anything to do with sixteen-year-old
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book was enjoyable, but also very sloppy. I felt like the characterizations were too two dimensional, and plot points happened because it was convenient for what the author wanted to happen, not because it made sense with the story. The way the book ends doesn't really feel like a conclusion, and I really didn't like the main character for the majority of the book. She's a terrible friend, and I get that she's supposed to be a "strong independent heroine" but the author did that by having he ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

First, it wasn't a horrible story. I was able to finish this book 1-2 sittings. The plot sounded incredibly good, but it was just too ambitious.

What the author created was a simple story with no depth. It did not tug on my emotions. Honestly, the main character, Natalie, was just not likable. The "plain and ordinary" girl that the author describes was mary-sue like. There were times when you wanted to feel b
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to think of this book through a good portion of it... It's written kind of simply, with not a lot of details and such, like a middle grade book would be, but with the way that Nat talks, there's no way it can be meant for middle schoolers! I'd say she calms down a little bit by the end of this book, but the beginning was unexpectedly vulgar. I definitely wasn't expecting it, but I do think it made the book more enjoyable, because it was amusing - but a lot of the reason for th ...more
Jun 19, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
Unfortunately, I was unable to read this book in it's entirety due to some serious things happening in my life over the past three years. However, from what I have read, I loved the writing style and characters of this novel. The story opens with a scene of 3 friends, and I enjoyed reading their bickering. Their personalities were clearly shown and the author successfully weaved world building into the conversation without it being obvious and off-putting. I loved the girls in this scene! I quic ...more
Rebecca Heywood
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
It was okay. I didn’t like how the main character seemed angry all the time and was constantly rude to her friends. She was starting to get redeemed at the end, but only when she started wearing dresses and being girly. I also didn’t like how she kept acting tough, but was constantly getting beat up, except for a smaller, younger boy. Someone teach her how to defend herself for goodness sake! Besides her go to move of kicking the groin, she knew nothing. Frustrating. Plot was a good idea though.
Ian yarington
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I gave it 3 stars because I'm partial to the fantasy genre and the world of kings quests is a super good idea, but unfortunately I was less than impressed with character development and world building, even though there were some great ideas within the world I just didn't think it was executed very well. Like I said, the potential is there, the second book should be much better, and I hope that Evert spends more time developing Natalie and focusing on the Kings Quests. Although I said what I sai ...more
Nicole Ellis
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I expected a more serious book from the description and the cover. This reminded me more of the T.H. White take on Arthurian legend. It is lighthearted, even at the most dire of times, and the quest is complicated and strung along as characters bumble and fumble around. Entire pages are dedicated to conversations and bickering about unimportant things for the sake of humor, and the really terrible things are treated with fleeting gravity. It is very Monty Python at times. If that is what you enj ...more
~Loaf Of Read ~
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thank you NetGalley for providing an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

One word: Nope.

It was written like a middle grader with YA feel. The characters didn't know how to act their age. It felt as a middle grader with cursing words. It was such a downer for me.
Anne Walsh
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! It’s a wonderful tale of adventure, treasure, revenge, and family. Quest of the Kong’s will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I couldn’t put the book down—the fastest I’ve ever finished a book! I can’t wait to read the next book!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was ok. The whole book felt rushed. I felt main character was not very relatable. On whole not a bad story.
Andy Morley
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Another excellent novel from Robert Evert. He is one of the few authors that I find compelling. Recommended!
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading Quests of Kings, it was an adventure. As much as I enjoyed reading it I wanted more. There was something about the characters and how they were written that makes you want to care, but also separates readers from them.

This book felt like one big adventure story. It ignites an almost childlike wish to go out into the world and experience all there is to see. To be and do something more.

I liked Natalie as a main character. However, I felt she was confused and at times ac
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free E-Arc from Netgalley of this book.

I don't like to be negative about a book from the very beginning, but I genuinely am not sure what the author was trying to accomplish with this book. If it was to sympathetically portray a young woman in a society governed by men who must try and survive despite the odds, then it failed quite badly. If it was to paint a picture of a good old fashioned quest from a different perspective to that of the gallant knights, then again it failed.

I am
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to admit, this was a hard book to read as a woman because of the sheer violence and attitudes towards women in this book even if it was part of the culture/history of a certain age. Thankfully the main female character is portrayed to be strong, independent and with a high sense of self-esteem so there was some ‘balance’ to the vehement antagonistic attitudes that permeated the story line. She had to be strong because she was ferociously beaten up multiple times and would not have survive ...more
Rosie Rizk
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bad, girl-disguised
I'd rate this at about 2.5. Mostly, it's due to the main character - who comes across as a super selfish brat. She complains the entire time that she doesn't need a man, and makes that into her motto, but instead of being a self-sufficient woman, she runs straight to men anytime she needs help. That's not the end of the world, but her constant complaints are really annoying. If the author was aiming to prove that women can be self-sufficient, even in a male dominated world, then he did a horribl ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not enjoy this book. It's very simplistic, I honestly felt like next to nothing happened, I could easily cover every major point in a couple of sentences. Instead, much of the time is wasted on the main character Natalie or Nat crying, complaining about how horrible men are (despite all the men she runs into but the villains are not just nice to her but go out of their way to help her on multiple occasions). She shouts at her fri
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has great potential. The plot needs a bit more development. For example, in situations in which grievous death occurs (I remain vague so as to not spoil anything) there is not much grieving that occurs. I lacked an emotional attachment to the reader. Perhaps this was because it was meant to be a fast-paced, easy read. Either way, I failed to engage with the story.

I will also say that it was difficult to read from a woman's perspective because of the vulgarity and disposition of most o
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By day, Robert Evert is an old and decrepit university professor who teaches hordes of smelly college students who rarely deign to look up from their damned phones to pay attention to the many brilliant and exciting things he has to say in class. By night, he is an aspiring writer.

Once young and idealistic and built like a skinny Norwegian god, Robert has been beaten down by time, pointless facul

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