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Kings and Daemons

(The Gifted and the Cursed #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  23 reviews
If you like fantasy tales of conquest, dark kings, daemonic heroes, and magic, you’ll love 'Kings and Daemons' by Epic Fantasy author, Marcus Lee. This is a spellbinding Dark Fantasy novel which will enchant you with its plot of ambition, revenge, love, and tragedy. What the gods give with one hand, they take away with the other, for if you are gifted, you shall also be cu ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 25th 2020
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Nick Borrelli
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
KINGS AND DAEMONS is a multi-perspective fantasy tale that takes the reader on an exciting journey that both entertains and gives all of the familiar traditional fantasy feels that made me fall in love with the genre to begin with. That being said, this is by no means a standard or tropey story at all as there are a couple of twists that make this book wholly original in both concept and execution. The insertion of daemons who control a few of the characters creates an atmosphere of unpredictabi ...more
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I really bloody enjoyed this book!

Kings and Daemons is Marcus Lee’s debut novel and the first in the series, I loved it and I am excited to read the next book in the series.

As I said on my Twitter and Goodreads update I truly loved Marcus’ writing, it read perfectly to me, and by perfectly I mean it is exactly the tone and style of writing I adore in fantasy. It made me feel like I was reliving a tale told by someone w
Lili  Marcus
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The problem with this book is that I don’t have any problem with it, not even a tiny issue. That is a problem because now, I’m finding it hard to make this review long. But I have to…

The story…"Kings and Daemons" features Kings and Daemons. (Sorry, can’t help it. Hehe.) But kidding aside, the story is set in a world where daemons exist and ruled by one who feeds on life. It’s been decades since the Witch-King Daleth conquered the Ember Kingdom, turning the lands grey and people dying. Still with
Cassidee Lanstra
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Marcus Lee approached me with his self published novel Kings and Daemons, I thought it sounded intriguing. It happens to be included on Kindle Unlimited, so I downloaded it and here we are. I wasn’t expecting such an enthralling and well written book. I was hooked pretty much from the start.

You follow a couple different perspectives and I think they all play off of each other really well. Maya’s touch can heal blight and ruin, illnesses and broken bones. Taran is strong and courageous. Raka
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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By the gods of ink and paper was this a thrilling book or was this a thrilling book?

The answer to that most rhetorical of questions is yes, it is very much a thrilling book.

Kings & Demons is a very dark epic fantasy set in a gloriously bleak low-fantasy world. Marcus Lee has taken several well-loved fantasy favourites, combined them with a liberal glug of imagination, plonked it down in a gritty created world, given it a sword and told it to have fun.

Being someone who likes their fantasy on the
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kings and Daemons is the first book in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy. The book is told by an omniscient narrator who focusses on the different characters. The whole story circles around Maya and evolves with her journey to the Freestates, running away from the Witch King, Daleth. The witch King drains the land and its people of their life force and is sustained by their misery. The more miserable everyone and everything is the more power and life he gets. As his land is dying, he needs to fi ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The first book in the The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy, Kings and Daemons, is an incredibly special fantasy read that entertained me tremenduously. The writing is fluid and the story is thrilling; the characters make you want to get to know them better. While the book highlights different characters’ lives, the whole story focuses on Maya’s journey to the ‘Freestates,’ and her run away from the so called ‘Witch King.’ The world we find ourselves in is very bleak, very grey, very dark – hopeless ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book. It might be rather dark at times, but that is offset by a beautiful love story that runs throughout. Great female lead character. The fantasy world in which she lived was so bleak and the revelation of her gift was a beautiful thing when set against such a backdrop. I'd recommend this to readers of fantasy and romance alike. Good for aged 10 upwards
Rowena Andrews
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Deliciously dark fantasy, and a spectacular debut!

I adore dark fantasy, and Lee has created a fantastically dark world in Kings & Daemons. The atmosphere is expertly crafted, until the bleakness of this world seems to leak off the pages and wrap itself around you, drawing the reader into the world in the best way. There is layering as well, with the history woven through the present, and it was fantastic to learn about how the world had become so corrupted and evil, without ever feeling as thoug
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Storytellers On Tour and the publisher for reviewing purposes as part of a blog tour. This does not influence my opinions in any way.

You can read my full review on my blog: Mind of Luxe

The book opens with an introduction to different characters, and through their perspectives we get to see how the story unfolds in different aspects. It’s interesting how we get to learn about their individual experiences then see where their paths end up crossing. It’s also ver
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wowza, Kings and Daemons was fantastic! This book felt very old-school fantasy to me – and I loved it! It had so many of the elements that I love to see in fantasy. A group of characters to follow? Check. Inner conflict to match the external struggles? Check. Fantastical creatures? Check (daemons: need I say more). A terrifying Big Bad who is deliciously evil? Check.

Despite having these well-known and well-loved fantasy building blocks, this book is in no way a copy of other works. It is wholly
Katie P.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Kings and Daemons is the first book in a new series by Marcus Lee! This interesting and original Young Adult fantasy/romance is the story of a rag-tag group of people who band together to defeat a great evil! One of those 'misfits' is Maya, a girl with extraordinary powers. Also Taran, a telepath with a penchant for anger and Kalas, an incredible warrior. I felt this fit exactly into the young adult genre and it is a fantasy book with all of the class
gwendalyn _books_
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

KINGS & DAEMONS is Marcus Lee's first book in his The Gifted and the Cursed series.
A brilliant unforgettable high fantasy with incredible world building. Fast paced book that was thrilling to read. Impeccable storyline and stunning magic system that will impress hard core fantasy readers everywhe
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kings&Daemons is the first book of The Gifted and The Cursed trilogy. The hole book is about Maya, one of the main characters and her journey across kings and daemons.

Kings & Daemons is a fun, thrilling fantasy story full of unexpected twists and lovable characters. Marcus Lee creates a world with his book that is both overwhelming and dazzling to the reader.

Already when you start you feel in your gut that you will love it and that feeling will accompany you along your path. You experience the
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dark-fantasy, kindle

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Deliciously dark fantasy, and a spectacular debut!''

''A brilliant unforgettable high fantasy with incredible world building. Fast paced book that was thrilling to read. Impeccable storyline and stunning magic system that will impress hard core fantasy readers everywhere''

A tale of conquest, dark kings, and daemonic heroes. A spellbinding story that will enchant you with its plot of ambition, love, betrayal, sacrifice and redemp
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So! This is listed as a fantasy romance which I do agree with and I'd also say that it borders between adult and YA so lovers of either will get along with this book!

We follow a few different protagonists in this book and I have to say, I loved all of them! There's usually at least one character that I don't like following but all of these characters were really interesting and I loved seeing what they did! The world building in this book was also fantastic! I found that I could always visualise
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can also read this review on my blog!

Thank you to the author for a free review copy of this novel.

Although Kings and Daemons isn’t the usual sort of book we review on this blog, I have a secret: I am a fantasy nerd. So when Lee got in touch with me asking if I would review this book I was so excited! This Witcher-esque novel makes good use of all the best fantasy tropes, whilst, for the most part, remaining original and inventive.

This is a multi-protagonist novel, which I always love
Camilla Chafer
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent debut. Elegantly written with evocative scene setting and rich world building. Epic fight scenes that are brutal, bloody and believable are countered with mirthy lines, and Maya’s romantically pretty healing of the earth in this dark, magic-laced world. Multiple POV keeps it a pacy read.

Note: I read this pre-publication and provided notes on plot, continuity etc.
Sarah Anderson-Pagal
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received my copy from the author through Story Tellers on Tour in exchange for my honest review.

I can say, I am thankful there will be more.

I love the characters. I love the character development. Even when a character is a bad guy, you still have hope that they will end up being good.

This story has good fantasy elements, giants, daemon posessions, humans with extraordinary gifts, mind reading, healing, heightened speed and agility, etc.

I sometimes found things were resolved way too easily,
Hannah Symonds
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not my usual read but I really wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is a mysterious story of Dark Knights and a Witch-King which is dark at times but more than I could ever imagine the book to be. Lots of different characters, some I liked, some I didn't like, but only because this was how they were portrayed in the story as characters that you are not suppose to like. But all in all the story is set around a conquest which involves love, hope and ...more
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Storytellers on Tour, and Marcus Lee for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Now, the way that the synopsis says it, it seems like the “girl” that has her power revealed is going to be a nameless character that is going to cause all kinds of problems for Witch-
Brian LaFave
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im not a big fantasy reader but this had me hooked from page one through the last page. Great read!
Marcus Lee
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Having read this book a hundred times I can honestly say it's rather bloody good.
Am I biased? Yes of course I am.
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