The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Instead of killing the children of the man who killed his own son, quid pro quo, the king branded the traitor’s kids, and tossed them out into a world that now hated the children of their fallen hero. Until the day his father was tried as a murderer, Michael grew up on stories of his family’s great legacy of heroism. Years later, Michael hates his father for ruining their legacy, but still struggles to come to terms with his own place in a society that hates him for his father’s deeds. When he gets a chance to learn to use magic and to learn of his father’s motives, Michael learns things he’s never expected about himself, his friends, and about his father. But some secrets don’t want to be uncovered. Some secrets can cause him to join his father in a neighboring grave.
This book was a blend of mystery, a bit of fantasy, and most of all, a journey of character. The question of Michael’s father’s innocence or guilt, and his unknown motives were well done and compelling. Until the end, it was difficult to answer all the questions, and even when I thought I understood, some new twists came up to prove me wrong. I really didn’t see that end coming.
Mostly, this book was a great character journey, following Michael as he went from an adolescent trying to come to terms with his father’s traitorous act, to a more mature young man. While he’s willing to throw his own life away, he comes to understand and appreciate the importance of friends and family. I really enjoyed both the complex plot and characterization in this book.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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