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King's War

(The Kinsman Chronicles #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  44 reviews
One battle is over, but the war has just begun. They escaped the Five Realms and have found a home, but peace is much harder to find. The aftermath of the Battle of Sarikar should have been a time to mourn those lost in the slaughter. The enemies of Armania are many, however, and when one steps back to regroup, another surges forward in attack.

While the remnant must take r
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Deborah O'Carroll
KING’S WAR by Jill Williamson is the conclusion to the Kinsman Chronicles—which is a prequel series to one of my favorite fantasy series! This sweeping epic fantasy novel takes place in the land of Er’Rets (which made me super happy, because I love the Blood of Kings Trilogy. ;)).

The first book in the Kinsman Chronicles, KING’S FOLLY, was good—if rather dark for my taste; but I adored some of the characters and it was exciting.

The second book, KING’S BLOOD (man, I should have known from that tit
Hmm. Some parts were awesome! But on a whole, I just wasn't feeling it and don't know what to rate it, so I'm going to leave it unrated ...


King's War is the third and final installment to Jill Williamson's THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES. Although I loved the first two books, I'm unsure of how I feel about the conclusion to the epic fantasy series.

Jill Williamson did an awesome job of worldbuilding, crafting these characters, and plotting out a massive and intricate storyline. But King's War was a slo
Sam Graber
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An epic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. Jill Williamson weaves a complex web of fantasy politics that keeps you guessing up until the end and makes for a fascinating read.

I love how Jill builds on the relationship between Trevn and Mielle past marriage. It's painful to see them go through struggles, but so neat to see them work through them, and a good example for real life marriages.

I really enjoyed how the magic builds and develops throughout the story as new abilities are unlocked or learn
Christian Fiction Addiction
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gathering the last 3 instalments of the epic "Kinsman Chronicles" series into one final, captivating novel, "King's War" offers up a stirring conclusion to what has been a fascinating series from start to finish. Fans of Jill Williamson who have been following these characters since the release of the first ebook, "Darkness Reigns", will no doubt delight in returning to the tale of the people of the Five Realms, to watch the Kinsman remnant's final battle with a great evil. Although it has been ...more
Lavay Byrd
Oh, my goodness, where to begin?

The moment I opened the first page of this highly thrilling epic conclusion of the Kinsman Chronicles, I found myself unable to put it down... unless I had to. Every single page/scene/character POVs kept me captured from start to finished. It was THAT GOOD! Better than good. It was AMAZING!

Unlike King's Folly and King's Blood, King's War follows Treven, newly crowned King of Armania, as he struggles to not only defend his people from powerful enemies, but also to
Marian Baay
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading The Kinsman Chronicles, it took me quite some time to get into the book since there are many story lines and characters. But by the time, I began reading King’s War, the main characters—the good guys—had become my friends.
The final parts of this series were really enjoyable. I like the way the author portrayed man’s half-heartedness in serving God—there is always the lure to serve false gods – or to partly serve God and partly serve demons. What bothers me, though,
Fantastic series! Hated to see it end.

This is the third and final book in the Kinsman Chronicles. This series has an amazing storyworld, realistic and relatable characters, and tons of action with some plot twists. I held myself back from devouring this final book as I wanted to savor every word and keep it from ending for as long as possible. It was everything I was expecting. I bought a copy for myself, another for my older daughter, and yet another for my church library. I must have been over
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, blog, 2018

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To get a little background, please see my reviews of the first two books in the series: King’s Folly and King’s Blood.


I had a hard time getting through this section. I’m starting to dislike some of the characters and not enjoy those chapters. Give me some action!

The new king is having a hard time getting the support of his subjects. Not being able to relate due to
Rebekah Gyger
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
One thing I always wondered after reading From Darkness Won was how well Achan' people responded to his rule after his coronation, due to his youth and his not having been raised as a prince. King's War goes into this with Trevn, though this young Sâr has a greater uphill battle to wage for his people's loyalty, especially since so few trust and serve the will of Arman. But he also has to overcome his own unpreparedness and the newness of blood voicing magic, something Achan's people had a lot o ...more
Rebekah Lawler
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jill Williamson is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and I'm so excited that the final book in the Kinsman Chronicles is finally out! I enjoyed seeing all the characters again, and finding out how their story ends. It was an epic conclusion to a great series!

There is definitely a lot going on in this book which can be overwhelming at times. There were still several minor characters who I didn't know, but I was okay with that because they weren't essential to the story. But the characters that
Jennie Webb
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! What an awesome conclusion to this epic trilogy!! Now I'm gonna have to go back and read the Blood of Kings series. :)
I loved the portrayal of the battle in the spiritual realm as well as the physical. And how the Armanians learned to trust in the God, Arman, and grew in their faith in him. And how they learned to use His power, and that even if they could not defeat the enemy, God could! A great lesson for all of us, when we are tempted to do things in our own strength.
I was hoping for a
Victoria Howell
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a great conclusion for the books! An unusual ending for the bad guy but I liked it. 3:)
Lucy Buller
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on That Book Gal.
This series has been quite the ride. I have always loved Jill’s books and her amazing writing, but every book is somehow better than the last, yet the first is so good.
This book is huge. Like so long. But it’s seriously addicting. I honestly couldn’t put it down, and it’s a heavy book(like super heavy)
I have adored watching the characters in this series stretch and grow, and it
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow I can't believe that this series is over! Such a good, satisfying way to end the series. Full of battles and magic with plot twists while still having some fun character interactions throughout the book. I ended up appreciating some of the characters much more in this books because we get to read their point of view and spend more time with them; so I was still able to enjoy the characters and the book even though my favorite from the first two books was not in this one. As someone who has b ...more
Anna Haber
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Actual rating: 4.5 stars)
By ordinary-book standards, King's War was fantastic. Williamson continues to deliver the twists and turns, the exceptional characters, everything that makes this series great. Problem is, King's War isn't quite on the same level as the first two in the series. There are things I loved about it (fascinating magic systems, great development for characters like Grayson, Hinck, and Oli, and the origins of places and peoples in the Blood of Kings books), and things I didn't
Andrew Miller
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosar Wilek is dead, and his younger brother Trevn is now the king of Armania. But can Trevn overcome the bias of the nobles and unite the Armanian remnant against Barthel Rogedoth? And what about the natives of Er’Rets? The giant peoples seem to have their own strange magic that could wreak havoc on the Kinsman peoples. Will Trevn’s friendships with the natives of the land be enough to stop the seemingly insurmountable odds pitted against him? And will Arman truly save His remnant from the evil ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Picking up in the aftermath of the previous book, the Remanant are settling into Er'Rets, and Trevyn is king of Armania, and he must set up his government, make alliances, and know his enemies. He struggles to make peace with the nobles and prove himself as a warrior and king, as well as learn to use the new magic that Arman has given them, in preparation for the coming war against Barthel Rogedoth.

I was thrilled to read the conclusion of The Kinsman Chronicles. It had been a year since I read
Meagan Myhren-bennett
King's War
The Kinsman Chronicles #3
By Jill Williamson

War is coming to Er'Rets - the remnants of the Five Realms have not settled into a peace in this new land. Those clinging to the old ways with its gods and magic are determined to keep it in this new world. While others seek out new magic with which to enhance their old beliefs. And others specifically the kingdoms of Armania and Sarikar are determined to follow Arman and his teachings. But even among those who seek out the will of Arman tempt
This is an epic fantasy novel with all the elements you expect to find in one: an imaginative story world featuring all manner of creatures, special powers, a vast cast of characters, good and bad plus an impending battle that will decide the fate of many of those involved.

I hadn’t read the first two in the series and I didn’t really feel I’d missed much by not having done so. The first third of the book really serves to introduce us to the cast of characters, ‘who’s who in the zoo’ so to speak,
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

King's War is the dramatic conclusion of The Kinsman Chronicles, which takes place 500 years before the Blood of Kings trilogy. When I read the Blood of Kings books, I was fascinated with blood voicing magic. When I found out about the Kinsman Chronicles, I was excited to learn the history behind it. The story will not disappoint! Ms. Williamson does an amazing job with
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great tragedy has happened. But Armenia must survive, and everyone is looking to Trevn for aid. As he embarks on his newest, if unwanted, adventure, Trevn and his wife Mielle must quickly learn how to protect the nation. Their many enemies will do anything to get rid of them.

King's War picks up the dreadful cliffhanger at the end of King's Blood. This book can never be read as a stand-alone! I never expected that event to happen, and it was certainly painful. But now, my favorite character, T
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
King’s War was a fantastic end to an amazing fantasy trilogy. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Jill Williamson, and this book definitely did not disappoint!

The story picks up where Kong’s Blood left off (no spoilers, but it’s a heartbreaking cliffhanger), and jumps into the action with the many characters we’ve followed through the previous two books. I enjoyed watching the characters develop, heal, learn new skills, and rise to their full potential through terrifying challenges. Readers
Carol R.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In King’s War, the growing battle between the Kinsman remnant governed by King Trevn of Armania and their enemies led by Barthel Rogedoth leads to a final conflict between good and evil, in Er’Rets and in the Veil (a shadow realm). The final battle is more dangerous than any can imagine, and allies change sides frequently. As new gifts and powers are discovered, new alliances are made and broken. Will the gifts of Arman be able to defeat the armies of enemies? How will the final prophecy be fulf ...more
Jessica Dowell
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

The final chapter of The Kinsman Chronicles finds Armania on the brink of war and Trevn trying to prepare for it as best he can, all while adjusting to his new role as King. A role he never wanted. I loved this as a reader because part of what attracted me, and I think many readers, to Trevn was the fact that he did not want to rule. Readers who loved Trevn the Renegade in the first two books will love him e
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
King's War is a fantastic epic book. It is all about - in one word - relationships - relationship with mand and man. Relationships with man and woman. Relationships with woman and woman. Most importantly with human kind and their Heavenly FATHER. JEHOVAH. The author was so masterful in her ability in how to show each one and how they interact with each other. She pegged things to a T. The adventure comes to a n eventful close and it is sad to see it go - it was a wonderful ride and journey - you ...more
Richard Spillman
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The masters of epic fantasy have several things in common. Characters that you can identify with, even want to be, along side characters that repulse you. An intricate world that sucks you in. A roller coaster plot that makes it practically impossible to put the book down. Jill Williamson Kinsman Chronicles (King’s Folly, King’s Blood, King’s War) is the latest member of this elite group.

There are realistic characters that grow and change and struggle within themselves. The series offers a roll
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

King's War
by Jill Williamson
Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date 19 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of King’s War through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

The battle is over but the war just started. The Battle of Sarikar should have been a time to mourn all the loss all the slaughter. They escaped the five realms and found a home, but finding a home and finding peace are two very different things. Unfortunately the enemies of Armania are many but when one steps back to reg
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To put it simply – this is a darn good book.

I received this book for review, but it turned into a read of pure enjoyment. Getting to finish the adventure we started with Trevn, Hinck, Grayson and everyone else two books ago was a high point of my reading list this summer.

This book is hefty, I had to read it several times to catch everything. But this is one of those works you WANT to re-read and re-read, and will get satisfaction from every time. Great stories are like that. And Ms. Williamson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
King’s War is the third in Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles trilogy. I love the continued development of characters in this book! The story continues as Trevn and his supporters pursue securing Armania from their enemies, along with promoting worship of Arman as the One God who is worthy of their trust and who is also their protector. I enjoyed reading about those who decide to follow Arman. Throughout the book, Trevn’s goal is to bring the kingdoms back into relationship, which nicely sets ...more
Margaret Roberts
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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With enemies on all sides and very little to trust, King Trevn must now fight for his newfound country and people. Prophecies told long ago are now unfolding, coming to completion and is all Trevn can do to look to the One God Arman. Williamson has weaved an epic tale that comes to conclusion and she brings to light the reality of spiritual warfare-and the great power God has, even over the demons, as well as the authority that He gives to His people. This book does much to bolster faith, my onl ...more
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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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