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The Kingdom

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Trapped on Earth since the fall of Lucifer, Prince Rioghan has left thousands of broken hearts in his wake, and he wants Lily’s to be the next. His father, the High King of Fairies, expects Rioghan to behave like the royal he is, but the challenge Lily presents is too inviting. Accustomed to living in her famous mother’s shadow, Lily guards her heart behind a prickly exter ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Martin Sisters Publishing, LLC (first published June 28th 2009)
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book quite a few years ago and it left a lasting impression on me and wanting more! An easy, fast read with great characters and a perfect paranormal YA book. I think I want Jennifer to write longer novels so I can enjoy them even more!
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love it when an author mixes their own imagination and creativity with existing legends and history. Nothing draws me into a story quite like that. Jennifer McBay Barry weaves a lovely tale of friendship, adventure, and love here in The Kingdom, set in beautiful Ireland, a country steeped in magic and history,.
Rioghan and his father were angels barred from heaven, doomed to wander the earth for all of eternity with no way home. For thousands of years, Rioghan passed through time with no real m
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
A combination of mythology, The Bible, and an international love story that transcends time. WOW. Good book by a first-time author. I'd love to see it become a book series. It'd also make a good fantasy for movie or television. ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well, this wasn't what I was expecting, though that turned out OK in the end. I was hoping for a paranormal romance with high Fae influence and lots of action and maybe even some unrequited love.

I'm not really sure why I thought that that's what The Kingdom was about.

What I did get was a great love story with just a bit of Fae and folklore in the beginning. There was just enough magic to keep me totally engrossed, and I finished reading it in one sitting. The ending however, well that's where al
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A wonderfully written story with so much to enjoy: romance, intrigue, mythology, and best of all, the hauntingly lovely setting of Ireland. Jen Barry intertwines ancient mythology with the modern day in an effortless way and just makes you want to keep reading. Some passages literally sent shivers down my spine, they were so beautiful. I've visited Ireland before and Jen's words took me right back to the rolling green hills.

The character of Rioghan had me hooked from the very first page, we trul
Kathie (katmom)
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read it fast...

then read it savor The Kingdom.

Rioghan...not what I pictured a Fairy Prince to be...but then he was!

His boredom was nearly palpable, until he met Lily...She certainly keeps him on his toes, and he needed that.

I love the way Jennifer explains fairies...where they came feels like it could be true.

There were a couple of twists and turns that caught me by surprise. That was great!

I've become quite fond of these characters...Now, I really want there to be anoth
Sandi Layne
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A sprightly adventure of fantasy and romance! Barry writes a book that will keep you turning the pages, eager to reach the surprising conclusion. And it IS surprising! I daren't give anything away, here, but her spin on some popular mythology had me thinking, "No way. She WENT THERE!"

And indeed she did. :) I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel!
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting read! Loved the storyline...Lily and Rioghan are an adorable couple. Tir Na Nog...such an enchanting place. And the backdrop of Ireland - so beautiful, so lush and magical. Add in fairies...angels...who could ask for more!
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved the imagery of Ireland and the mythical magic of the love story combined with the fun. This is the perfect book to read while on a plane or travelling, even sitting by a pool somewhere! An easy and delightful read, I can't wait for Book 2!!! ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book from a talented author. The storyline is great with a few twists and revelations that had me gasping. The way the author has woven both the real and mythical world is just brilliant! I can't wait for book 2! ...more
Jackie Marrs
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
This book just wasn't for me. I'll post my review after bookclub.

Our first bookclub pick for the year was The Kingdom by Jennifer McBay Barry. It was touted to me as YA. I try not to be a YA snob, but I know that I am. It’s my job to be, so I was hesitant from the start since I had never heard of this book or the author. I heard it had to do with Ireland which always sucks me in, so I had hope!

Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be for me. I think there was promise in the premise. Until I had to lead
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4, kindle, to-review

Rioghan has been existing on earth for thousands of years, using his ‘God like’ looks to seduce a different woman every night, and leaving a trail of broken hearts along the way. He refuses to be what his father wants so does not live the life of the Prince he was ‘born’ to be. When he meets Lily; the daughter of a world class opera singer everything changes. Her prickly attitude and lack of interest in him, intrigues him making Rioghan pursue her all the more. Before long the pair fall hopeless
David Kirk
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom, by Jennifer M. Barry, is a magical love tale set in the beautiful scenery of Ireland. Characters and relationships are vividly developed within a mythological setting making this an exceptional story. Just enough historical elements are brought into the story to give it a realistic ground. The writing is superb.

In my view, the book excels in two areas. First, the author's knowledge of Irish mythology is impressive. Such comes out in the story. Second, the good/evil clash reminds me
Allison Blanchard
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Kingdom" has made it to the top as one of my favorite young adult romances! Jennifer Barry brilliantly builds and grows the relationship between Rioghan and Lily. With paranormal elements and old Irish legends, Ms. Barry explores the romantic relationship of one immortal and one mortal. I loved being in Rioghan's mind and watching him fall hopelessly and desperately in love. I am already counting down to the release of the sequel to this brillant novel, "The Morning Star". Every young woman ...more
Sep 21, 2012 added it
I just gulped down "The Kingdom". What a great story!!! Trust me, I'm not a YA reader, I'm, a historical fiction and contemporary literature junkie, but barry's books are an absolute delight to read. I loved the characters in it, the humor and the mix of mythology, history and contemporary romance. Great, great job!
Barbara Black
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and hated to get to the end if this book. The author is just as delightful as the book! Must read.
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Jennifer Barry started her entertainment career on a stage but ended up behind a keyboard. The writer’s life is much better suited to her introverted nature, but she uses her opera training at karaoke on occasion. She lives in Nashville with her hilarious Irish husband, Liam, who’s found moderate Internet fame among Jen’s Facebook friends and blog followers.

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