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The Kingmaker Trilogy

(The Kingmaker #1-3)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From Book 1: “One of the best premises I have come across in the fantasy world.” YA Books Central

“If you’re a fan of YA lit with courageous young ladies and mysteries, read this book today!” The Book Nerd Girl


“I am sixteen years old and I will die on the morning of my seventeenth birthday. As tradition dictates, I will be sacrificed and
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Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So glad it was free

This is by far the worst series I've read. Unfortunately I had time to kill, it was recommended on Kindle Unlimited for free, and I gave it my full attention until the last page. It was jarring from the very first chapter, but I hoped it would get better. Unbelievably poor writing, flipping from tense to tense and person to person in an attempt to express some sort of unique style. Lengthy dialogues that make you lose track of who's speaking, gaping plot holes, fickle
Krissy Harman
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is mediocre at best. I initially found the plot concept to be intriguing and was excited to jump in. I expected a light fun read. Unfortunately, the book is so basic in the writing and writing style, lacks any character development, and falls short of the plot mark that I’m having a difficult time wanting to finish it. My biggest disappointed is in the female characters, most of who seem simply stupid to me. If you’re looking for a simple and very easy read, then you may enjoy it. For ...more
Olivia Andrade
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totally NOT worth the read!!!! The plot was rushed during the few interesting scenes and then the rest was dragged out with pointless filler. You couldn't relate to any of the characters as their motivations were weak or unexplained, and most of them became so annoying that I wanted to skip whole chapters that were from their POV. And the fact that everyones loyalties were constantly changing, it gave me a headache trying to keep up with these bi-polar characters. The love story was unrealistic ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The king maker

I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the writing. It felt as if I was getting to know the characters as they told me their story.
Stephanie Hosking

World building practically non existent. Character development unlikely and mostly unexplained. Emotional maturity of the characters about 12 maybe... The plot took unexpected and ridiculous leaps. The dialogue was alright for a juvenile book. The book never let me be immersed in any way. Sorry.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
3 stars for the premise, but I just could not make my way through the book. The constant POV shifts (every chapter, including one character that is first person but not the main character), along with the MC making truly stupid decisions....and the stereotypical love at first site plus an attempted sexual assault stopped by the love interest made this unenjoyable for me.
Rachel Todd
I lied. I DNF this book. I feel bad because the blurb was amazing... I wanted to love it, I was expecting to love it. Then I started it and quickly realized that this was not a book for me. The writing was choppy.
As a concept, I really enjoyed the idea of The Kingmaker. However, in execution, it is one series that really would have benefited from an editor, or at lease maybe some alpha and beta readers that looked at it with a more critical eye. Full disclosure, this review is more critical than those I typically like to write, but it is completely because of the potential this story has!

The storyline itself is fairly simple, but I do appreciate the attempts at plot twists. To the author’s credit, they
Ryan Micklewright
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would avoid this. The premise could potentially be good but the actual writing and execution was...awful. The chapters are constantly changing from 1st to 3rd person, all the characters have little to no development and have incredibly childish thought processes. The story itself is so slow (probably due to the abysmal writing style) yet the author somehow makes everything happen quickly, (Archer and Kingmaker fall in love in approximately five minutes), and adds gaping nonsensical plot holes ...more
Kelly Schneider
I wanted to like it. I really did. Interesting premise of a girl born to die so she could determine the next king. Sounds amazing! My problem wasn't so much with the story as the writing style. Alternating tenses, different pov every chapter. Half the time I had to flip back to see whose pov it was supposed to be.

The entire trilogy happens in a span of about 2 weeks. Falling in and out of love, dying and coming back, caught the bad guy but lost him but caught him again. It was too much.

And the
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten to select a new book to read on my breaks at work, so I scrambled and grabbed this one for free from the Amazon prime library. That was a mistake. The entire book felt like it was written by a teenager. I kept finding myself asking, "Where are the adults?" What are the politics like in the "Realm" where no other nobles stepped in to even attempt to seize power during the unrest? Where were the advisors? How had a similar power struggle never happened in the generators of ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is review is going to mirror so many other reviews that I WISH I had read before downloading the series. Let me start by saying I only made it through one of the three books, but frankly it’s a miracle I made it that far. I kept waiting for an epic storyline to make up for the mediocre writing, but it never happened. The concept for this series is very interesting! But the execution is painfully lacking. I never thought it was possible to read something that made me imagine the story being ...more
samantha simpson

I’m quite hard to please where books are concerned and if they don’t interest me in the first chapter I put them down and never pick them up again. Well these three books had me wanting to read them all which I did in two days oops little sleep for me. These books do switch from person to another quite quick but if like me your not bothered by it then I would highly recommend these to you great writer and look forward to reading some more and what happens in the future for them all
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't find the right words to describe how awful this trilogy is. Inconsistent, weak writing. The author spells out everything as if she doesn't think the reader can follow the plot or pick up on subtlety. Characters and plot clichés. Ridiculously large plot holes. And literally the stupidest characters ever. I was going to leave two stars because I thought the premise was original, but it was so poorly executed I can't bring myself to do it. How are people leaving four and five star ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So engaging!

I LOVED this trilogy and I was so invested in the book that I cried at certain parts and shouted in excitement as the characters went through different trials and tribulation. I’m thankful I bought the trilogy instead of one book at a time because I know I would have gone back to buy the next ones as soon as the previous one ended. So exciting and I will be recommending it to my middle school student s
Donna Martin
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

While I easily loved reading this trilogy, I have one small negative. I hate reading a book that continuously repeats itself. I can understand from one book to the next, but even in the middle and towards the end, I felt like I was always reading something I had already read. It felt like the author was filling space.
As far as the story; the characters were great, the story original, the writing near perfect. I would definitely recommend the trilogy.
Nichola Robinson
This book had a great premise but it was poorly executed. The first person writing was too casual and felt juvenile, often at odds with the gravity of the issues they were discussing. It also jumped around a lot. The characters were pretty one dimensional and not very likeable or relatable on the whole. It gets two stars because like I say the premise is a great one and when I started reading I was excited to see what happened but in the whole I was disappointed
Kirsty Maule
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve been in a reading slump for about a year now although I used to get through 3 books per week. After trying a few different new books, I picked up this trilogy which has been on my kindle for a while now and I couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it and couldn’t wait to get back to it. I read the whole trilogy in a few days and il be downloading the cursed princess and reading that before any other book.
Mary Johnson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The h of the story was such a weak cry baby, she never believed in herself. Every other page she was weeping, or had tears streaming down here cheeks. Always questioning herself and having others talk her into her role as queen. She never fights her battle's and is always hiding. I kept thinking maybe she will develop & become the queen she is supposed to be, mabey embrace her magic..... But nothing
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stop. I'm in love!

This book grabbed me and I could not put it down! The author did a wonderful job of switching between characters and making you love or hate each one. I've been so busy and haven't had time to enjoy a good book for a while and these made me make time. I highly recommend reading these! Cannot wait for more!
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read them!

This is a great read for everyone, but it rings extra special with me because I can see those reluctant readers finding at least some interest and joy in this. It suits everyone with romance, friendship and family loyalty, betrayal, and just the right amount of blood and violence. The read is smooth and well paced.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frustrating but interesting

I am undecided as to if I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good and I can honestly say I enjoyed the basic story, however at times the writing style seemed very young to me and parts of the story irritated and annoyed me. An easy read though that doesn’t require much of your attention
Heather Palmer
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Storyline

I enjoyed the overall plot and character development. The first couple of chapters were a struggle to get through because it repeats a lot, but I'm glad I stuck with it! I wanted to see Everleigh use her power to end the battle. I thought for sure she would use her power to burn her brother instead of using a dagger.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a favorite.

This book was just not a favorite of mine. I couldn’t get past the fifth chapter. The main character just friended my gears in her flippant take on life. I could easily tell that she probably wouldn’t become a strong heroine either. Definitely not a winner in my library.
Glad 3 books in one volume

While I like the story, this book was just too long to be a great book. Scenes repeated from differing viewpoints quickly becomes annoying, so I found myself skipping pages to move forward in the story

A great idea, with some good plotting, but filled with gimmicky side plots.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this trilogy -- I really did. It had everything that I usually love in a book. However, amongst other things, there was a serious lack of characterization (I think several characters were too stereotypical, no surprises or growth). At some point about midway through -- I just quit caring about core characters -- and that makes it hard to like a book.
Sonya Connor
A good plot

A good plot spoiled by tedious repetition of who has done what and who has died etc. The repetition drags at the narrative merely as a way to increase the word count, adding nothing of value to the plot
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A role model for girls and women everywhere

This trilogy turned into something I didn't expect. There are important messages spread thought this book, messages that I would want to share with my own children one day. Messages of equality, friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice.
Jackie Brown
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not great

The writing was repetitive and wordy. Everleigh was one dimensional and useless. She never used her powers why give them to her. The love story was cheesy and had no depth. I couldn't wait to be done.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the premise behind the book and it did keep me hooked until the end. I found that all the characters had the same ‘voice’ and that’s my main criticism. That said I’m looking forward to the author’s next book
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Gemma Perfect loves to write. She’s been doing it since she was nine. After a few false starts – self publishing children’s books, and being traditionally published with her romance novella, she has finally found her feet writing young adult historical fantasy books. She is currently writing The Cursed Princess, set five years after The Kingmaker Trilogy finishes, following the adventures of ...more

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