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Kingdom of Ruins

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In the Lands Within, history does not rest. Each archaeological layer communicates with the living generation, choosing its friends and enemies—and its kings. But an alliance has been struck no one could have anticipated, and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased and re-written at a terrible price. And a kingdom that shouldn’t have be ...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Celebrate Lit Publishing
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
“When something shocks you, it’s easy to think you’re the only one who’s ever been shocked by it.”

In the Lands Within, sentient archaeological layers communicate with the living, choosing friends and enemies- and its kings. But now an alliance has been struck and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased, and re-written at a terrible price. In the Lands Without, archaeologist Lori Brickland has found a pottery shard with a heartbeat, and when a strange travel
Fiction Aficionado
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
~4.5 stars~ Fantasy isn’t my go-to genre, but this story hooked me from the first page. Not only is the writing style engaging—by turns descriptive, lyrical, and even drily humorous—but I loved the idea of an archaeologist with a phobia of ruins. And then I discovered the Lands Within…

This is a world that truly felt alive—and unique! Water, wind, soil, trees—all these elements have a living presence in the Lands Within, as do the ruins… Then there are the characters like the ever-cha
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars (So Goodreads won't let you do half stars, but I felt this deserved a round up rather than round down)

FYI: I received a copy of this eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you ever read a synopsis and immediately thought “I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY EYES NOW!”? Because that was my exact reaction when I read the synopsis for Kingdom of Ruins by D.C. Marino. Archaeological adventures in
Mr. Jingles
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Marguerite Gray
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy tale is refreshing with colorful characters in another world worn with mysteries and secrets, begging for answers and hope. History is alive. Ruins breathe and yearn to tell their stories. I enjoyed the journey wanting for the hope of life to replace the tombs of death.

Lori is a present-day archaeologist who feels the past through items or places she finds. Her career threatens to end as she develops, or permits, her atephobia (fear of ruins) to prevail. As she slips int
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
This book was so fun to read! I thought I was on the adventure right with Lori the whole time. The author really had me right from the start. It doesn’t take long for story to really capture you and you find yourself hooked. I thought the author was so creative in writing this story. First of all, I would never think of it! But more importantly it’s not something I’ve read before. The idea of taking something like archaeology and turning it into this fantasy tale makes me want to go start diggin ...more
Rebecca LuElla
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So imaginative and such beautiful language!

Four instead of five stars because I thought there were places where the character didn't react with surprise or wonder to unbelievable things or didn't try to figure out what was going on when she didn't understand.

I liked the characters a lot, and the central conflict took on more and more impact as the story continued. There were surprises and twists that kept me reading, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!!
Jeanette Fallon
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kingdom of Review by D.C. Marino

Can you imagine that you were in a field that gave you chills, shakes, fear and conflict?   The Main character in this book was.  Lori was an archeologist.  She was born for this job. It was in her blood.

I'm not one for fantasy fiction so I did have difficulty getting through this book.  But by the conclusion of this book I was hooked.  Lori was on a mission.  She just didn't expect that she would p
Deana Dick
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an extremely well written journey the author takes us on. Loris is an archaeologist who takes her work serious. Her grandfather has taught her well to respect what she finds. I found it fascinating to read about the artifacts she finds and she can sense they are trying to tell her something. Lori feels like she has developed an hereditary illness that her mother had. Atephobia is the fear of ruin. But that can't be possible because she can feel the pulse of an artifact when she touches it. ...more
Margaret Kazmierczak
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Penny's Worth

Having read D.C. Marino's Points Worth - A Kingdom of Ruins Novelette the prequel to Kingdom of Ruins, I knew the story would be refreshing in its originality. The saga is built up carefully like an archaeological dig, with each piece meticulously brushed to its original form so that the reader can see its exquisite outline. The cracks of old age crafted by words to complete the ornate discovery.

Each find tells a broader tale and points to clues that later
Chautona Havig
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When a Unique Premise Really Is Enough

An archaeologist who is afraid of ruins—of dead things. What a phobia to develop! When D.C. Marino said that her book was like Indiana Jones meets Lord of the Rings, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Could she pull that off?

Could anyone?

The idea of a world where everything is sentient—would it be beautiful and magical or overworked? So, with a bit of excitement and more than a little unease, I cracked open that book
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A pottery shard with a heartbeat? Okay, that would freak me out! Here in the “Land Without” that’s just not normal!


Jumping into the Land Within, well, as much as I Love Narnia and a host of other stories where people from here are pulled into another world, I don’t believe I would be brave enough to go!


Miller Coutry of the Land Within is a kingdom of ruins. A small, remote community of peaceful country folk. Lots of ancient ruins scattered about,
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
What a great fantasy novel! There is splendid world-building in the story with parallel worlds called Lands Within (their world) and Lands Without (our world). The two worlds are so unique and the author provides many details about the landscape and traditions of Lands Within which all fall into place when the story concludes. Yet the consequences of greed, sin, and war are the same in both worlds and the consequences of ignorance and forgetfulness of our past and history are also the same in bo ...more
Suzie Waltner
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a little in awe of the imaginations of authors who write in the fantasy genre. Their ability to take the familiar and twist it into something entirely new yet still recognizable is amazing.

Debut author D. c. Marino does this exact thing, taking the world we know and combining it with one of imagination in such a way as to draw the reader in and invite her to stay a while.

Lori Brickland fears ruins. Her inability to put together the pieces of history hound her, at tim
Florence Wright
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
After spending our honeymoon in Orlando and making a few visits after that, I learned to appreciate roller coasters and fast rides. But slow rides, I didn’t have to learn to appreciate, because I like that relaxing meandering through nice, quiet scenic or educational rides. Books are different, I love a book that is like a roller coaster, mind-bending intrigue, very dramatic and/or take your breath away exciting. Kingdom of Ruins is not that ride. It’s a quiet wander through a super interesting ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantasy meets reality in a historic way through the eyes of an archeologist that has a fear of ruins. If that sentence seems to twist your head a little bit, get ready for a fun fantasy ride in Kingdom of Ruins. Our author uses great artistry creating "The Lands Within." While it took me a minute to comprehend what was going on, I think our character was in the same frame of mind and we figured it out together. I always enjoy a good fantasy, and it certainly took artisitic skill to craft this on ...more
Carol Keen
Living artifacts, that's something I can dig. (Pun intended.) Reminiscent of some other books I've liked, this book is engaging and has a world that feels eerily familiar, like I've met it or read it before.

An archaeologist afraid of ruins, oh my. Poor Lori, what a thing to have to cope with. I had to read more before I could decide why she would even stay in a profession that caused her so much fear. Lori winds up sucked through a wormhole. Now that she's in another world, it's even
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Kingdom of Ruins" by D.C. Marino is a fantasy that is a long read but I found it interesting.

This is a story of evil verses good.

This is a story of bringing the past into the future.

The main character Lori Brickland is an archaeologist who is afraid of ruins—of dead things.

When a pottery shard with a heartbeat is found, Lori knows she has to overcome her fear and find the why and how of it and is swept into a past that is being forgotten by it's p
Janice Sisemore
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Kingdom of Ruins

Lori ends up in Fantasy land as I called it after following Thane( she know who he was at the time). This is a continuation series that leaves you wandering what will happen in the next book. Lori is an Archaeologist following in her family footsteps, mainly her grandpa.

This is book one of the series and a very good start. Definitely had some interesting characters and scenes that grabbed my attention. I am still trying to get into the genre of fantasy. I do love reading about
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magic and fantasy rule the pages of this book. For someone that is usually saying no to such novels, I was curious about this book that hosted history being erased and a female character that I absolutely loved. Lori and I are very similar when touching objects it is easy to feel the life of a previous duty in it. Though obviously Lori experiences more magic than this mere mortal.

I really loved the realms, each hosting its own unique characters and obstacles. I loved the good vs. evi
Alicia Beck
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
My Review
Kingdom of Ruins is a fantasy type of story. Lori has the ability to feel the past by items she finds or places she goes. In this story you will travel to a strange world. Along the way there is plenty of secrets and mystery. It took me awhile to really get pulled into the story. But the story was well written with lots of detail . Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book but all thoughts and opinions are my own honest ones.
Jennifer  J.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Extraordinary, outstanding, memorable and exceptionally well-written. An intricate and unique storyline with well-drawn, intriguing characters in a highly inventive setting. This engrossing and textured narrative includes a thoughtful view of archeology and history-keeping that gives the reader pause for thought. A highly recommended must-read (even if, like me, you aren’t typically a reader of the fantasy genre)!
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