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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Mareth is a bard, a serial under achiever, a professional drunk, and general disappointment to his father. Despite this, Mareth has one thing going for him. He can smell opportunity. The King is dead and an election for the new Lord Protector has been called. If he plays his cards right, if he can sing a story that will put the right person in that chair, his future fame a ...more
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Bill Door
I received this as a review request – thanks Mr. Woolliscroft, I had a lot of fun with this one!

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This book focuses on what it’s like to make a transition from a monarchy to a semi-democratic society that’s holding its first election.

The King and Queen were murdered under mysterious circumstances, you find out early on that it was the
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Kingshold is a fantasy book that is entered into Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO contest, and I was kindly given a copy by the author, D. P. Woolliscroft, to read and review.
Without giving too much away, the book begins with the monarchy of Kingshold being dissolved and the instillation of a democratic republic system. The focus of the story is a murderous rivalry for position of the Lord Protector.
The things that really stood out to me in Kingshold was the use of traditional magic with unique twists.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review below. Kingshold's custom cocktail is available at The Fantasy Inn.

Kingshold is an entertaining look at a fantasy world’s transition from monarchy to democracy. Jyuth, an ancient wizard, has been quietly pulling the strings behind the scenes for centuries. When the dark secrets of the King and Queen are revealed to him, he decides that he’s pretty much done propping up sociopathic royals and he wants Kingshold to be handed off to a better class of bastard. To this end, he murders the
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to the author for proving ARC of the book to the BookDragonNest for a review!

This is a new indie title and I had a lot of fun reading it. It just goes to show once more that independent writers do not pull their punches and in the last 12 month alone I was surprised again and again with the strengths of their game.

Kingshold is a perfect case-in-point. It is written in a very easy going style. Even though it is 500+ pages long - they melt away before you know it. I found this book par
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a copy of Kingshold from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars.

The King and Queen are hated, then murdered and now election is upon Kingshold.

Kingshold follows a group of characters who are all linked. There's Mareth the bard, who doesn't really know what to do with life. He sleeps and drinks a lot. To me, that sounds like an amazing life, but he's not happy. Alana is the personal servant of the wizard, Jyuth. She's incredibly clever and her chapters were a joy to read
Nick T. Borrelli
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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KINGSHOLD is the debut offering from self-published author DP Woolliscroft and the first entry in his Wildfire Cycle. Woolliscroft hails from Derby, England and now resides in Princeton New Jersey (a hop, skip, and jump from my current city of residence by the way). But I digress.....My attention was drawn to this author when I began following him on Twitter and kept seeing all of the discussion regarding his first book just rele
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kingshold is an incredible political fantasy debut that could be the initial stepping stone for a truly remarkable series. This book has been on my radar for quite some time and I’m really glad I’ve finally gotten to dive into this fascinating world the author has so meticulously created.

The city of Kingshold is in upheaval after the unexpected assassination of its king and queen and dissolution of its monarchy. For the first time in history, the decision of who rules will be in the hands of its
C.W. Snyder
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of stories featuring a diverse cast, political intrigue, light humor, and a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat, you'll enjoy Kingshold. I had a small issue with the initial pacing, but it picks up from there and establishes itself as a promising debut. I look forward to more.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kingshold does almost everything right. The combination of proper humour, social satire and the commentary on real-world history in a fantasy setting works well for me. Add memorable characters to the mix and take my money.

Mr Woolliscroft's debut is ambitious, and it mostly succeeds on all fronts.

After the assassination of Kingshold's rulers, the ancient wizard behind the throne decides he wants kings and queens no more. But what's the alternative? Well, why not let the people vote and choose th
Travis Riddle
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spfbo4
Admittedly, I went into Kingshold not expecting to particularly love it. I'm not huge on big, political stories. I prefer much smaller scale, personal stories. But I'm happy to say that the book surprised me in a really great way and ended up being the best of both worlds.

Woolliscroft took a larger scale framework and made it all about the characters. They're the driving force behind the narrative, rather than the political machinations. Luckily, all of the characters are highly entertaining in
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here on my blog!~

This is the story of a few different people, who live in (or around) the city of Kingshold. The King and Queen are dead, caught doing horrible shenanigans by their wizard, Jyuth. He has decided that since he was the one that started the monarchy, and that it’s been getting worse and worse every time, it is time for a democracy. So, he declares the monarchy abolished (by murderkilling the king and queen), and that there will be an election in a month to see who wil
Calvin Park
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2018, fantasy
Kingshold by DP Woolliscroft came highly recommended. I picked this book up awhile ago, read the first several chapters, didn’t connect with it, and set it aside. Recently several folks told me I really needed to read this book and so I went back and gave it another shot. I’m glad I did. Kingshold is a unique fantasy adventure, one part epic fantasy and one part political thriller wrapped up with some fun humor.

Woolliscroft has crafted quite the cast of colorful characters. From a wizard who wa
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good one from the author!!! I really enjoyed reading this book.
Jason Aycock
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regicide, politics, assassinations, pirates, magic, demons, and giant draco-turtles are just taste of what's in store for you in this solid and entertaining self-published debut from D. P. Woolliscroft. Kingshold made it to the semi-finalist round in this year's Self-Published Fantasy Blogg Off (#SPFBO) hosted by author Mark Lawrence and it's easy to understand why. Offering a fresh take on revolution and dynastic change in fantasy literature this first book in the Wildfire Cycle sets the stage ...more
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the Death of the King and Queen, the city of Kingshold begins switching to an election-based government, sparking a scramble for power as the population vies to throw their lot in and have a say in the outcome. Things get interesting when the front runners for the position of Lord Protector start dropping like flies.

Gosh, this book was a lot of fun. I have to admit I was skeptical about this one, just because I knew it was about switching governments and as much as I love intrigue and backs
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.25

Full review with some added personal notes:

I’ve got an ARC of Kingshold, so I’d like to thank D. P. Woolliscroft for reaching out to me asking for a request and providing me a copy.

The plot (at least in the beginning) is pretty simple: the King and Queen are dead by the hands of the ancient wizard Jyuth and although most people are happy with this outcome, the kingdom needs a leader nonetheless. And so Jyuth decides he had enough of kin
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kingshold is a fascinating multi-character-focused story about a kingdom changing to a democracy, and a community learning how to have a voice, all while keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering about the characters and the outcomes. It takes all the stereotypical elements of a classic fantasy story and puts them together in new ways without feeling like anything was "broken". It's fun, exciting, and interesting, and well worth the time it will take you to read (which probably is short, be ...more
Kevin Potter
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first I was wary of a female narrator for what seems to be predominantly male POV characters.

Thankfully, that fear was misplaced. Sheila Dearden is a brilliant narrator with some great voices and excellent control of tempo and vocal inflections.

Her one weakness, as is the case with a great many narrators, is the inability to create believable voices of the opposite gender.

Also, as the story opened, I was wary of the sheer number of POV characters that were introduced right away. The first fou
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
"The people of this city have no balls! For hundreds of years, they've let a few rule them when they have the greater numbers. A chieftain on the plains of my home would be challenged and killed for being as useless as these kings and queens. Now, the people are growing balls. Finally."

Kingshold is a unique story that's more about a city, and an electoral process than it is any particular person. The story begins with a wizard named Jyuth who kills the current (very corrupt) monarchs. With th
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who loves medieval and political fantasy

This review is a part of TBRindr initiated by Weatherwax Report. I received a copy of this book in exchange to an honest review.

Kingshold is a story about transition of monarchy to democracy in a fantasy kingdom of Edland. Jyuth is the founding father of Edland and advisor wizard to the kingdom. He becomes embittered over centuries with the constant cycle of corruption of the descendant of the people he chose as kings. After the recent murder of corrupt and sexually deranged King and Queen in
Adam Wheeler
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing debut with a unique premise and interesting characters

I picked up Kingshold because I was intrigued by the idea of a democracy emerging in a fantasy world. While I was ready for a heavy political plot, instead I found myself reading a book that was driven by it's characters.

Sure there are some political happenings going on, but these mostly serve as a device to bring together an interesting cast of characters who rally together to elect one of their own who will govern their city
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly I should talk about my expectations going in. I expected to be political fantasy about power struggle between different factions competing in the elections with a darker tone. Actually it's a fun adventure book, where the election is just a backdrop, rather than focus of the book. Protagonist are more or less good guys, who team up against the unpopular general, who is the main contender to win the elections.

Protagonists are fun to read about (there is 5 of them) and because of that I l
D.P. Woolliscroft
Apr 30, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Kingshold is part of PrimeReading for the next 90 days. That means if you are in the US and an Amazon Prime member then you read Kingshold for free! What are you waiting for?

Kingshold is now available! Happy book birthday to Kingshold. Super excited for this moment.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-4
An intriguing story of a fantasy kingdom brought into democracy by wizardly fiat.

The concept really hooked me; there may be other stories of fantasy-world democratization, but I don't really recall them, and certainly the idea of the Merlin-type getting sick of having to anoint new kings was a great spin on the genre.

Although the concept was great, a couple of the conventions chosen, while skillfully executed, were not to my personal preference, thus a 4 from me rather than 5. I'll discuss them
Phil Parker
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel which challenges definitions; in which sub-genre does it fit? The world in which Kingshold sits is typically High Fantasy with its use of magic played through an innovative variety of characters and creatures. But it’s Low Fiction too. The story is intensely political, its emphasis on treachery and power make it so. But what makes this story so enjoyable is its use of modern-day language and phraseology. It results in situations where characters face exciting challenges, scary mo ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reddit
I don't remember the exact search terms I used but I was looking for a good, relatively short fantasy novel to pick up and as with all my Google searches I added "reddit" to the end. Fortunately, I found a post by the author about his book and not knowing anything and just wanting to read something on a whim; I bought it on Amazon.

It was one of the better whims I have acted on. I'm not going to go into the synopsis as there are enough reviews that cover that but just say how much I legitimately
Maria Lazaro
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Excursion i.e.

Most novels focus on the single hero. But Kingshold gives everyone an equal shake. Dashed with the right amount of treachery, magic and monsters, our heroes have more than one reason to stay together. I gave this book five stars for uniqueness, lack of errors, character development, world building and great demons. Kingshold is a good read for teens and adult fantasy lovers. I look forward to reading the next book.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to talk about in Kingshold, by D. P. Woolliscroft, but I’ll begin with the criticism. This book has a slower pace than a lot of fantasy fiction. I considered this one of the better things about this book, but it is a little different from a lot of fantasy, especially independent fantasy, being published today.

If you don’t mind spending a double-handful of pages watching a feudal society come to grips with the realities of a somewhat democratic election, as I didn’t, you are going
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018

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I had such a fantastic time reading this book!

Kingshold is a new self-published fantasy novel that gripped me almost immediately from the opening chapters. I understand that many people find themselves skeptical of self-published novels, but this is one that I promise you can go into and be assured that the quality and content is extremely high.

The story starts off right after the current King and Queen are killed and it is decided that the city
ZJ Bowen
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
-- I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review --

I love stories about cities. A good city story will make you feel like you’ve not only visited its neighbourhoods but maybe also filled out a couple of rental applications. You feel like you’ve gotten to know the city, like you could walk down the street and know which corners to avoid or which hole in the wall has the best fish and chips. A good city story is going to have the setting as a central character, a
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Born in Derby in England, on the day before mid-summers day, David Peter Woolliscroft was very nearly magical. If only his dear old mum could have held on for another day. But magic called out to him over the years, with a many a book being devoured for its arcane properties. David studied Accounting at Cardiff University where numbers weaved their own kind of magic and he has since been a success ...more
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