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A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga, #1)

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Once Second Prince of the mightiest kingdom in the known world, Othrun now leads the last survivors of his exiled people into an uncertain future far across the Shimmering Sea from their ancestral home, now lost beneath the waves. With his Single God binding his knights to chivalric oaths, intent on wiping out idolatry and pagan worship, they will have to carve out a new k ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by FriesenPress
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Lezlie with The Nerdy Narrative
I received a PDF version of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately the PDF did not convert well to my Kindle, so I went ahead and purchased the book on my Kindle.

I did soft DNF this book with plans to try again at a later date. I do not know if it is my mood or if I just really could not relate to the main character, but I did not care for him at all. With him being the narrator, I do understand we get our world building and knowledge from him, but it was very,
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Elizabeth Eckstein
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars! I could give it 100!I could give it it's own galaxy, it shines so bright!

Author P.L. Stuart thrills and enchants with his debut work, A Drowned Kingdom.
We are met at the prologue by Prince Othrun as he grieves over the demise of his home, the island kingdom of Atalantyx. Beautiful descriptive writing then grants us a view of that land and its history while Stuart introduces us to the Royal line of King Atalan through the eyes of the young prince, before sweeping us off
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Jennifer (bunnyreads)
I was so intrigued by A Drowned Kingdom that I approached the author for a copy. Huge thank you to P.L. Stuart for providing me one in exchange of an honest review!


There’s a lot to like about Stuart’s A Drowned Kingdom. It’s epic fantasy on a grand scale with a richly detailed world packed full of history and culture.



There are three parts to the story, and a prologue. The beginning was a dense start with a fair amount of information, people and places for me to digest, as it establishes the lea
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R.P. Lauer
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m still not one for reviews; that’s never going to change. But I know how important they are to authors so for that reason I’m giving this a shot, so take it for what it’s worth.

A Drowned Kingdom is the debut novel from P.L. Stuart, but I would have never suspected he wasn’t a seasoned author due to the writing alone. Stuart does an amazing job painting a rich world with complex characters in this very compelling fantasy epic! Or is it epic fantasy? Either works well to describe this work. But
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Betanda Shanam
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Drowned Kingdom is narrated from the perspective of the main character, Othrun, the second Prince of the island Atalantyx, Son of the King Atalan. Othrun, despite many temptations, is loyal to his King, country, and the single God. Othrun begins his journey as the underdog in this story. His father blames him for the death of his mother during his birth. His half-brother who is in line to the throne is jealous of the love his father had for Othrun’s mother. When Othrun stands up for his belief ...more
Andre Boone
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"A Drowned Kingdom" takes the reader on an adventure as seen through the eyes of Othrun, a moody prince who struggles to make the world comply with his dreams of greatness. The author's impressive attention to detail brings this tale to life. ...more
Matejs Kalns
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic debut for author P.L. Stuart, and the first in his upcoming fantasy trilogy. Stuart’s tale is richly detailed, drawing you into a land of bitter rivalries and political intrigue, alongside tragedies of biblical proportions and the start of a quest for redemption. It seems rather appropriate that the book is being released during these restrictive times, as it transports the reader into a completely different world, and Stuart excels in conjuring vast kingdoms in vivid detail. This is ...more
Sue Bavey
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Drowned Kingdom is written entirely from the perspective of Othrun, Second Prince of the island paradise, Atalantyx, son of King Atalan, The Falcon. Over the course of the first part of the novel Othrun shows himself to be a vain, snobbish bigot. A flawed, yet devout character, who we hope can change during the course of the novel.

Due to the first person perspective we only get to see the other characters through Othrun’s opinionated eyes, so it is difficult to form our own opinions of them. H
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JCM SEDNA
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Princes, Kings and journeys to islands in another place and time where civilization and rules of society are a mark of the past. Good read !
O.E
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Othrun narrates the story; he is the second prince of the island Atalantyx, Son of king Atalan (The Falcon). In the first quarter of the novel, Othrun emerges as a devout yet somewhat hollow, superior chauvinist. I immediately had expectations that he would quickly transform because the novel presents from Othruns opinionated narrative. The reader gets drawn into bitter sibling rivalry and dogmatic intrigue. Othruns disdain for his brother, the first prince Erthal, and Erthals new wife Dira, who ...more
Here Be Dragons
Thank you very much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I really wish I’d liked this more. There’s clearly a lot of thought, effort, and passion in this book and I absolutely commend the author for all they’ve accomplished. Unfortunately, this story just hit a sour note for me from the very beginning. Even as later chapters became a bit more interesting, it just wasn’t enough to undo my first impressions. Some readers
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Liza-Marie
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s a great start to what promises an epic tale of Othrun, a prince of one of the greatest civilizations. While I’m not a fan of the MC, I had some moments where I felt empathic towards him. Then he would say something that upsets me, and all the warm empathy I felt, would disappear like a mist from the sun.
The battles are epic, the characters are intriguing, and with every turn of the page, I’m left wanting to know more.
Can’t wait for the next installment of the series!
Dawn
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"A Drowned Kingdom" has the feel of an old-fashioned fantasy novel - and I loved it! The world is is an incredible one, one that has been thoroughly thought through and is easy to get lost inside. The characters are enthralling and more than a little bit interesting. The writing is wonderful! I'm looking forward to the rest of this series - and anything else P.L. Stuart writes.

My thanks to the author. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.
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Felicetto Cristofanilli
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great beginning to a new epic fantasy series. It has everything I was looking for. Great battle scenes, strange lands, magic and mystery. The quick moving plot kept me up late. It's been quite a while since I've been excited about the next book in a series. Can't wait for book 2. ...more
Christine Bode
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of writing a review for this debut fantasy novel by P.L. Stuart AND I interviewed him! Read all about it here:


https://bodaciouscopy.com/2021/05/04/...
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Jess Frankel
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I found it good, not great. Yes, I'll probably get flamed for this review, but so be it.

One, layers upon layers of description, which bored me. It wasn't terrible; for me, it was just overdone. Two, Othrun is a jerk of an MC. It's to the author's credit that he made Othrun sort of likeable, but basically, he's a bigoted a**hole and a killer, and, quite frankly, I couldn't relate to him in any way.

OTOH, destroying entire kingdoms in contrast to simply murdering people, well, that takes gall! And
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Tabitha Womack
A Colorful adventure!

I dug the writing style. This book is beautifully written and well thought out. He paints an old world with diverse cultures and interesting characters. I hope there is a sequel! Well done!
A K Wilson
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST read

P.s. Stuart pulls off an incredible story, that puts readers on beautifully journey. It keeps you hooked after first paragraph.so make sure you have your popcorn and drink already
Sean Bell
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Drowned Kingdom describes in great detail the epic journey of Othrun, once the second prince to the greatest kingdom in the world, Atlantyx. After rebelling against his brother for a number of questionable decisions that threatened the well being of Atlantyx, Othrun is exiled with his followers to a distant land that does not share his customs and beliefs in his royal bloodline. The timing of his leave happens to coinside with the ultimate destruction of his homeland, leaving Othrun and his fo ...more
Debbie Campbell
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am NOT normally a fan of the Fantasy genre, but after reading A Drowned Kingdom I am going to have to expand by reading lists. I remember reading J.R.R Tolkien as a child, and found myself unexpectedly pulled into a make believe world that I actually enjoyed. I found the same sense of unexpected delight with this book. I felt like I was in Atalantyx, walking the streets, smelling the sea, hearing voices. I was able to put a face on the characters as they are so realistic. I couldn't wait to ha ...more
Bjørn
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of the book, which did not influence my review (which has taken me ages to write, because I finished reading it almost four weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it).

PL Stuart's debut, A Drowned Kingdom, is a curious one. The multigenre book (yes) alternates between parts I loved and ones I skimmed. Literary fantasy, psychological fantasy, religious fantasy (if this is a thing that exists), epic fantasy – all in one.

Othrun, the protagonist, is as a pompous, bigoted a$$hole
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John Suter
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good characters and an interesting story. Really enjoyed this one.
Eve Koguce
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A Drowned Kingdom” by P.L. Stuart is an epic fantasy story that will transport you into the lands that have never been, but in which being real you will believe after the first chapters.

P.L. Stuart draws his new world masterfully, by not skipping the details, while knitting in battle and actions scenes into his plot. The characters are not like one’s next-door neighbours; they are driven by their background, faith and traditions, and the nature of all these elements the reader gets a chance to
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Hi everyone! I'm P.L. Stuart! Nice to meet you! I'm a Canadian high fantasy author, of Ghanaian and Barbadian descent. I live in Chatham, Ontario, with my wife Debbie. "A Drowned Kingdom" is the first novel in "The Drowned Kingdom Saga." 

I’m an experienced writer, in that I’ve been writing stories all my life, yet never thought to publish them. I’ve written informally - short stories - to entertai
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