Hello fellow book nerds!
I finally got another ARC, well technically ALC, done! Yay me. This one was pretty interesting but it was really the ending that did it for me.
Thank you Libro.fm for this influencer copy, I hope others will get it!
The Kingdom of Liars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.
In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.
What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.
I was honestly very impressed with this debut novel. The world was not anything new. The aspect of fabrications were interesting but there wasn’t much background given. It was the same political and nobles were bad but I did think the construct had some interest. What I did like was the story. A family that was sworn to protect and guide the royals. It starts with treason of their father who killed the youngest prince and his death. Events lead Michael to try and determine if their father really is innocent and bring back honor to the Kingman name. This journey is what interested me and kept me going. Was their Father innocent? What secrets are being held? Because there are a lot of secrets throughout this book, which is expected with a title called Kingdom of Liars. Some of the events were a little frustrating but overall the book had a great pace once the story really took root. I was really going to give this book a 4 star rating but the ending really surprised me. I honestly loved the way the book ended and I did not see some of the secrets coming. The whole book led up to this moment and it did not disappoint. I am really excited for the next book.
The characters were okay. I don’t think you were meant to like a lot of them though. Michael was the main point of view given but he even knew he wasn’t the best person. I really like when characters realize this about themselves. It’s annoying when characters think they are so self righteous and all of their actions are good. The rest of the character list definitely fit the world. The only character that really made me annoyed was Trey. My goodness, I understood why he was so angry but it was also so annoying. Luckily there was a little bit of redemption at the end but not enough for me to actually care about his character, he’s lucky Michael did. But overall, the characters in this book fit the plot flawlessly and I am curious about what happens to them next.
Overall, Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell was an interesting book. I thought this was wonderful as a debut novel and it definitely was easy to follow. While some of the foundation came off as a little basic, I really enjoyed the story overall. Once the story took off, the pacing was great and it flowed really well. The characters were nothing to brag about but I think it was intentional. While I do care about what happened to some of the characters, I wasn’t going out of my way to root for them nor did I feel really emotionally attached. I would recommend this book if you like mysterious, secrets, and a fight to figure out the truth.
NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book
If you like audiobooks, I would absolute recommend this in audio format. I’m not sure if I have listened to anything John Skelley has narrated but he did a great job bringing this book to life. I really enjoyed the voices he gave each character and the tones he used for specific events. This was definitely very well done.
Apparently there is a dramatized adaptation of the book — I listened to the regular reading done.