The title says it all.
Before you proceed…
The End of All Things concludes the trio of parts that make up King’s Folly, which released in paperback last week.
Destruction looms. The end nears. What will become of the Five Realms? More importantly, what will become of the characters?
With the Five Realms on the brink of total destruction, everyone faces a final mad scramble to find a safe haven. The realm is divided on what should be done. Wilek and Trevn join those who are preparing the realm for a seaward evacuation, but the king stands in their way. Wilek must battle against his own father to try and save the people of Armania.
In a way, this final part was the end of the trilogy. Where promises were fulfilled, storylines converged, mysteries were solved, and the tale wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.
Because King’s Folly is only the first book in the Kinsman Chronicles. The End of All Things certainly contained those elements, yet we’ve seen only a slice of what’s in store. Plot threads remain open-ended, character arcs unfinished. It’s as if, with this final part, the book is saying, “Here, have your first course of dinner…but don’t forget, dessert is coming.”
That’s the beauty here. An epic story has begun. Where its headed, I can only imagine, but I’m committed to the journey. The conclusion of this leg on the path wasn’t what I expected. Not as mind-blowing or jarring, but laced with surprises, plenty of action, and a healthy dose of intrigue.
And of course, the impending doom promised throughout the course of the book. The question now is, what happens next?
Rarely have I seen such a richly developed, detailed world as the one revealed in the Five Realms. As I plowed through the pages, my fantasy lover and inner writer bounded around in joyful delight at the myriad worldbuilding sights along the way.
So thorough. So creative.
This installment continued to develop the world, uncovering more hidden aspects that had my imagination spinning. When I read a fantasy book, I want to experience the world as if I’m living in the lands, breathing in the smells, hearing the sounds, seeing the otherworldly locations.
Done. Done. And done.
One of the strengths of this book was its ability to seamlessly blend epic-scale goings-on with personal, intimate perspectives. Any time you’re dealing with a grand tale that spans the world, it’s easy to miss the trees for the forest, as it were. To gloss over the consequences for individuals in the face of everything happening.
A memorable cast of characters. Beginning with the intrepid Trevn, all the way to conflicted Charlon, the characters make this story tick. The apocalyptic events are worth paying attention to because it impacts them.
Every POV character has a compelling storyline and strong motivation. As a reader, I had questions I had to have answered.
- Would Trevn uncover the answers he’s after?
- Would Charlon’s devious plan succeed?
- Would Kal and the others make their way back to Armania?
You’ll have to read it to find out. 😉
A fascinating aspect of the characters was the silver in the dross. Corruption, greed, selfishness, loose morals, and a hundred other things abounded across the realms. In the midst of this, even if buying into pieces of the darkness, the characters refused to fully submit. They held to their convictions.
And some showed glimmers of hope that they would move fully out of the darkness. I can’t wait to see where their story arcs lead.
Not the End
The last three words of the book…not the end. A perfect way to wrap up this part and springboard forward into an unknown lurking with danger, brimming with opportunity, and promising many more adventures.
As I said, this is only the start of what I think will be a fantabulous epic fantasy.
If you’ve read The End of All Things, what did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.