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Kingfountain #5

The Silent Shield

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Thrust into the heart of events threatening to rip her kingdom apart, young Trynne Kiskaddon will gain new powers and see old allies fall and new heroes rise as the battle for the kingdom and the lands beyond begins.

Courtly intrigue and rumors of invasion plunge Kingfountain into turmoil as the search for Trynne’s father begins in earnest. But Trynne’s quest to learn the truth of Owen’s sinister disappearance is sidetracked when tragedy strikes her family once again. Suddenly, the future of the kingdom rests in her hands as she struggles to learn—and control—the power that can keep the threatening Deep Fathoms at bay.

When King Gahalatine unleashes his overwhelming forces against the realm, Trynne must draw on her political instincts, warrior training, and Fountain-blessed magic if she hopes to survive the chaos to come. But a final, epic confrontation will force Trynne into an unimaginable choice: save her kingdom and the lives of her people, or lose the one who means more to her than life itself.

320 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 22, 2017

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Jeff Wheeler

100 books4,575 followers
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains.

Jeff's blog and suggested reading order can be found on his website: http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/

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Profile Image for Sarah.
640 reviews148 followers
August 9, 2017
**Possible spoilers for The Hollow Crown**

I'm so excited to have finally gotten my hands on this!! It did not disappoint. The Silent Shield sees the continuing adventures of Trneowy Kiskaddon in her quest to become an Oath Maiden, earn the seat of the Siege Perilous, and protect her King. I absolutely love this series. I cannot recommend it enough to fellow fantasy fans. Books 3-6 in particular, are reimaginings of Arthurian myth. (King Drew is Arthur, Queen Genevieve is Guinevere, Trynne is Lancelot, Morwena is Morgana, and there is a Merlin, but he is not present in this book.)

In each of the books, there is a short interlude in the chapters, often written by someone whose viewpoint we do not see or know. In this one, it was Owen Kiskaddon, and his story, told in short paragraphs was every bit as interesting as Trynne's. Owen Kiskaddon is one of my favorite fantasy heroes of this year, and seeing how he was handling his abduction had me on edge. This is the single biggest cliffhanger in The Silent Shield. I won't spoil it further by saying why.

I've said it before, I'm sure I'll say it again, but Wheeler is not afraid to put his characters through hell. There are ups and downs and they are all felt, every joy, every sadness. I was reading this on my lunch break today and I felt tears coming on, and I wasn't even sure why. Every book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Mostly because of the characters. They are real and complex and flawed. The best ones are every shade of gray. You never know who to trust or who not to trust. You want to trust them all and know you shouldn't.

The writing is beautiful but wonderfully accessible. These are easy, fun reads and can be enjoyed in just a couple of days. The world building is rich and full of intricate details, different societies, different cultures. The magic system fascinates me and I love how Wheeler employs it.

I won't spoil the ending, but the only reason I gave this four stars and not five was because it felt a little too convenient. There is a whole other book due out in a couple of months, and I'm very intrigued to see where it is going. This almost felt like it could have been the end to the series, but I'm glad it isn't.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy!

Thank you to 47North and NetGalley for providing an ARC!!
Profile Image for Richard Ritenbaugh.
162 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2017
I continue to be amazed at the work of Jeff Wheeler. Another great fantasy story told without succumbing to the grimdark constants of sex, oceans of blood, and gratuitous profanities and vulgarities. Keep up the good work! I can't wait to see where these characters go from here!
10 reviews1 follower
August 23, 2017
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy for my unbiased review.

"The Silent Shield" by Mr. Wheeler is the fifth book in his Kingfountain series but it might be the most engaging of them all.

We find Trynne as a young adult now grappling with the constant tragedies befalling her family and kingdom. All the while, she has to keep a secret about who she really is and what she is trying to accomplish. In many ways, beyond the Arthurian legend connections, this almost feels like a superhero origin story for Trynne. This story along with book 4 really dives into her motivations and how much she has grown as a woman, oath maiden, daughter, friend, warrior, and more.

I won't spoil anything but the details sprinkled throughout the story will get any fan of Mr. Wheeler's work super excited. There are more mentions to the larger universe at play from some of other books in the "Wheeler-verse", which only makes me want to go back and reread everything to see where the other connections might be.

I can only look forward to what happens next to this kingdom and the Kisskadon family. As always, I cannot recommend this tale enough.

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474 reviews15 followers
November 13, 2021
Somehow with this author, the middle books seem to be the best. Again, The Hollow Crown took me by surprise, though much less than before. I’m not sure, if my expectations are usually so low, after the slow start or if it really is a genius stroke of the author. I think it is a mix of both. Interestingly, the author takes most of his ideas from our own history and mixes them together.

I do not have much to say about it, except that I liked the ending and that again, it was a very quick and engaging read, though it lacked the depth of epic fantasy (complex and persistent magical system, intricate politics, divine intervention whenever an unsolvable problem arises, for example, )
Profile Image for Frank.
761 reviews21 followers
January 26, 2018
No spoilers.
In this fifth entry into the Kingfountain Series, Trynne is gaining new magical powers, and politcal talent, as she is in the midst of intrigues threatening to pull her kingdom completely apart.
What has happened to Owen her father and the hero of the first three books.
Other great characters such as Iago and Morwenna change or are they hiding something, as the story progresses.
If you are reading this series you will not be disappointed in this entry.
Profile Image for Tales Untangled.
628 reviews5 followers
August 22, 2017
Since Jeff Wheeler kindly gave me an early copy I'm trying to be extra good about not giving out spoilers in this review.

Through the entire series I have liked how each book resolves a number of problems even though new problems crop up. I never have felt like I'm just being strung along. The Silent Shield has this same format. As you remember we were left on tenterhooks from The Hollow Crown that Owen has been kidnapped and King Drew has been given a year respite from the war because of this unexpected treachery by King Gahalatine. Another piece of intrigue that remained was the question of who could be trusted; Fallon or Morwenna, or neither.

Another aspect I've enjoyed through the series are the monologues, or interludes, by a "mystery" character. This literary device works well to see some of the events from a different perspective. It's also fun to sleuth out who is speaking. You will immediately identify the character speaking in the little monologues in The Silent Shield, and in this case, the reader will be happy to know the extenuating circumstances.

As always, I love the characters in the Kingfountain series. The protagonist, Tryneowy Kiskaddon (usually called Trynne) has come to accept her role as being chosen by the Fountain and she is dedicated to fulfilling the role of an Oath Maiden. I was happy to see that she has been tested in keeping those oaths. I did wish that I had felt her struggle a little more with resisting the temptation to kill for revenge. She certainly had reasons to want to kill for revenge! The man who disfigured her would be a good example. Trynne is loyal, looks for the good in others and is faithful to the will of the Fountain. She also still suffers from some self-doubt; her achilles heel. She continues in her role as a Lancelot as a fierce protector of her king, the epitome of a King Arthur.

Iago Fallon Llewellyn is steadier and has grown from his experiences. I liked him more as a person this time around and feel a little sad that he and Trynne will not get to marry (as stated in the last book by Sinia, Trynne's mother). Elwis is another character who has grown into his role and learned to be more humble and patient. I hope something good comes for him in the last book.

Morwenna Argentine has never been a character that I can fully trust. How can I when she is named so similarly to Morgan le Fay, who was Arthur's downfall in the Arthurian legends? Nevertheless, there continues to be more to her than meets the eye? How does she relate to Owen as her father's daughter? What does she feel her place should be in the world? She obviously wants to be respected, much like Fallon seeks. It's interesting to see how Fallon and Morwenna approach the problem of wanting respect differently.

In the last book we saw a very small slice of King Gahalatine, that he wanted to be the benevolent emperor for the world. In The Silent Shield we get to see more of Gahalatine. He is interesting because he is obviously misguided, manipulated and is actually a decent human being. He believes he is doing what is right. He see the good in Trynne as well as some of the rulers of nations who have opposed him. In the long run, I felt like Gahalatine was listening to others which made him very unusual.

The Kingfountain series is excellent for young adults and adults because it is clean, it has influences from history and legends and has excellent writing. I also recommend it because it has plenty of twists, but isn't so convoluted that new readers to fantasy will be overwhelmed. If a book doesn't have great characters I quickly lose interest. Wheeler does such a great job with his characters I always want to read more.

In keeping with his style, there is a big pow at the end. I can hardly wait for the next book, thankfully it will be out in just a few months!

To read my interview with Jeff go to www.talesuntangled.wordpress.com

I LOVE to hear from other readers. What do you like most about the Kingfountain series?
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1,080 reviews21 followers
August 16, 2017

Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: August 2017


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.8/5

Publishers Description: Courtly intrigue and rumors of invasion plunge Kingfountain into turmoil as the search for Trynne’s father begins in earnest. But Trynne’s quest to learn the truth of Owen’s sinister disappearance is sidetracked when tragedy strikes her family once again. Suddenly, the future of the kingdom rests in her hands as she struggles to learn—and control—the power that can keep the threatening Deep Fathoms at bay.

Review: Review: Well here is my second re-write of this novel and while not being my favorite thing to do, I thought it required more discernment.

So despite the speshul 16 year old main character and her stoopid magic that saves her in every desperate situation and the 7 suitors that want to bang her, the story line does captivate. The ability to travel across realms through ley lines does add some much needed movement.

Most of the scenes were rendered in larping dialect and the princesses "tremble", "shudder", "shiver" while training to be the most fearsome only women warriors (trained by a man) in the known world. It is just endless the amount of high brow buffoonery that occurs. From a plethora of Kings and Princesses to mighty wizards and convenient magic for all.  

I really hate to admit that I liked the story line. Unstable Kingdoms, war, betrayal, quests (check) and I started to pull for dumb ass to make it, despite her super speshulness. While I thought this would be like opening a box of farts on Christmas day, I did reluctantly finish. 
Profile Image for TJ.
2,698 reviews163 followers
December 28, 2021
And, the plot thickens! Trynne is in love but can't act upon her feelings. The world is thrown into chaos and no one knows she is secretly fighting alongside the men! And then.... it gets even crazier...YUM!!! (okay, so the villain is glaringly obvious to all but the characters, themselves - but still....)
Fantasy writing at it very best, for sure! Rich and exquisitely well done - NOT a simplistic YA escape but a fully nuanced fantasy with a teenage protagonist that keeps even the most discriminating connoisseurs riveted.
Profile Image for Greg Garguilo.
80 reviews4 followers
August 22, 2017
Aaaaaaargh! I Just finished the Silent Shield and have promised to put up a review. I was SURPRISED, which almost never happens anymore, rewarded with the confirmation of many things I suspected, and came to appreciate a new side of a character I had viewed differently in a prior novel, with only a little disappointment about the resolution of one of the plot arcs involving the new generation in Kingfountain. But I can't discuss any of those things without ****SPOILERS**** while my mind races with possibilities for the next book.

I can't and won't do that to you, so this will be brief. Five Stars. Read all his other books first - set aside a week or two to do that, then make yourself comfortable with this one. You won't be disappointed.

(Assuming you have read the other Wheeler books, this one delivers. Good pacing, characters that grow, interwoven sub plots, believable politics, enough inspiration from history and myth that it feels comfortable, yet told in a refreshingly new way. Twists and turns, mysteries unraveled as their clues are slowly teased out from the pages, even as more mysteries are woven in. I probably enjoyed the Hollow Crown a tiny bit more, but the Silent Shield had a surprise reveal I'm kicking myself for not guessing earlier - and for that reason, I'll say the Silent Shield was that book's equal - a rarity in writing as a series progresses.

If you haven't read Jeff Wheeler first, this is "clean" YA fantasy with some powerful magic - more magic than in most of his prior books - but it is not a story that depends on magic so much as it is about the growth and experiences of characters who (in most cases) use magic more frequently than in past books. There are undertones of Faith woven throughout, but done so in a way that most readers would find it comporting well with their own beliefs - its not heavy on, for instance, distinctly Christian imagery like one might find in Narnia as example.)
Profile Image for Rebekah.
193 reviews4 followers
August 23, 2017
This is my favorite of the Kingfountain series so far. I'm really glad that I've read all the Muirwood books, because it makes this so enjoyable when I catch all the tie-ins. Trynne Kiskadon is amazing. Mr. Wheeler really did a fantastic job describing the fight scenes, and it's fun to pick up on the myths and history woven throughout.

Now I just have to wait until November... dang it!
Profile Image for Amy Leigh.
327 reviews38 followers
October 16, 2017
Fantastic continuation of this series! So much happens with great twists and lots of magic!
Thankfully this book doesn't bottom out like many lengthy series do! If anything it ramps up!
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86 reviews20 followers
November 27, 2020
Super keen for the final installment in this amazing series! 🤩
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4,063 reviews273 followers
May 23, 2021
Really enjoyed this one.
A few twists and turns.
Profile Image for Bibi.
1,282 reviews3,263 followers
November 30, 2018

I might be wrong, but Wheeler seems to have created the ultimate Mary Sue and frankly it detracts from what could have been an outstanding book. Despite that, I like that Trynne is a strong female who isn’t ruled by emotions and of course the plot continues to escalate at an unrelenting pace.
Profile Image for Denise Morse.
702 reviews5 followers
August 10, 2017
The Silent Shield is the 5th book in the Kingfountain series and the penultimate book of those announced. If you have not read this series, I implore you to give it a try and to become emotionally invested in the characters; their triumphs and their defeats.

Like with the previous book, The Silent Shield focuses mainly on Tryneowny Kiskaddon and her life and training. She is an Oath Maiden and was finally given permission to train others as well. Although the previous book had tragic events, the ones in this book were a punch to the gut. I found myself teary eyed through several sections. The writing is well done especially in those scenes.

Gahalantine, the new bad guy of the story from Chandigarl has given them one year to prepare; and that year is over. And I cannot wait to see what happens following the events of the last chapters. There is so much more to be uncovered and who can you trust?
Profile Image for Brian Kinsella.
65 reviews
October 4, 2019
*Spoilers Ahead*

Many characters in the Kingfountain series often comment that events in history repeat themselves. Sadly, this is clear with the writer also. The end of book 3 could have been tweaked to produce a clean ending to the trilogy, but this 5th in now a 6 book series has run out of ideas.

The 1st trilogy's protagonist, Owen's love interest, as it were, was pretty much handed to him on a plate by someone (who wasn't very relatable) who saw the future and knew they would be together. With the idea planted in his head, he naturally navigates toward the outcome, despite a much better fit for him dying earlier in the book.

Owen's daughter in this book once again bends to the will of the future and marries someone, despite having someone else in their life (still alive) this time. Once again, the other spouse is nothing to write home about.

Doing this trope once was frustrating for a character you hoped more for, but for many of the tropes to be used again sees frustration aimed this time at the author, not the laws that govern the fictional world.

This was one of many instances of "deus ex machina" that simply didn't sit right with me. Characters were written off very easily "because the Fountain says so".

It is a real shame for me personally, as the Harbinger series was enjoyable, and the first 3 Kingfountain books were fantastic. Wheeler really has a keen eye for politics. But other variables in this book took the enjoyment out of them.

For me to give up on a series with only 1 book to spare is extremely rare, but in this instance has to be done, as I simply have no interest in how events conclude.
Profile Image for Nadine.
171 reviews46 followers
January 15, 2019
4.5/5 Stars

This review may contain spoilers for The Hollow Crown and the first series.

I have to say I loved this book even more than The Hollow Crown! The story continues with Trynne and the whole court searching for Owen who went missing during the battle with Gahalatine and his forces. Ceredigion prepares itself for the inevitable war that is going to happen in one year and Trynne continues to train the Oath Maidens.

What I liked very much was the change in setting when Trynne travels to the Forbidden Court, the capital of Gahalatine's empire. As felt often before while reading this series, Wheeler creates an interesting setting and characters that could use a bit more depth here and there to make it a complete five star read for me. However, the story gets very gripping very soon and I just couldn't stop reading. There aren't many YA fantasy books out there that are brave enough to put their main characters through so much and raise the stakes so enormously high.

While the ending feels a bit convenient, I still enjoyed this middle book of the second trilogy very much and I'm looking forward to completing the series very soon.
27 reviews
August 23, 2017
Couldn’t put it down!

I loved this book & cant wait for the next one this year! I love how the authors other books were incorporated into this amazing story! I also love that this author actually releases his books sooner rather than later because I can’t wait until the next book!
409 reviews9 followers
September 9, 2017
This one was so much better than the last. There was more action and it was much easier to get through.

I would have given it four stars but there were just some plot lines that bothered me. It just seems totally unrealistic that Gahalatine would be so power hungry but a short speech from Tyrnne and he realizes the error of his ways. And he would be willing to bow down to someone he sees as inferior just so she will marry him. I think it just happened so quickly at the end, it was hard to believe. And just as unbelievable is that Tyrnne would so easily forgive and be willing to marry a man that has brought so much destruction and devastation into her life. Even if it wasn't him but his Wizr who kidnapped her father and killed her brother and grandparents, I can't help but feel like she would have a hard time marrying Gahalatine. Again, I think this book would have benefitted from chapters told from multiple pov. It's hard to really understand the other characters when you only see them through Tyrnne's viewpoint. Knowing Gahalatine better might have made the ending more believable.

Anyways, I do enjoy this series and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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Profile Image for Eric Bertone.
245 reviews
September 9, 2017
I was fumbling around on the rating for this story. On the plus sides for this story it was probably my favorite of the series. The action was good especially at the end and Trynne definitely seems like a stronger character. Some of the mentions of family were also good when referencing Genny and Kate. Third, the inclusion of Leerings, Tay-al Ards, and the tree of Immortality was neat to see finally all of your worlds combined in a way. I look forward to seeing more of Owen's recovery and return. Ultimately though, I had to give it a 4 because I was still disappointed. Mostly with how it dealt with Gannon. I feel like his death was completely meaningless and even in the story it is quickly forgotten. Something like the emotional impact of it needed more, but overall, I didn't like think it was necessary at all. In regards to Trynne's marriage, I must say it is very reminiscent of what happened to her father, but at least here I like Gahalatine better and it will be interesting to see what happens in the third book with the Wizrs. The only thing at this point that will make me bump it up to a 5 is if Sinia comes back with Gannon with her so his death was not truly meaningless.
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119 reviews2 followers
July 18, 2021
I'm really enjoying the series thus far. The prior books did take quite a bit from history but since I love history, it was more entertaining to match up the historical events in the fictionalized world. There's also a fair bit to be said about some of the underlying themes. Reading the story for the story's sake (and assuming it's supposed to be taking place in something like 1400s or 1500s Britain) the female characters are surprisingly independent. *Possible spoiler here* However, having young girls marrying men because they will make them better men, and they willingly forsake their own desires to be useful and help someone else develop is somewhat irking. But, again, story for the story's sake, trying not to read too much into it.
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803 reviews7 followers
August 25, 2017
Well it just sucks that I now have to wait until November to know what happens next! Finished this in 24 hours...while working full time! Really enjoying the series and Jeff Wheeler's writing. Great characters that I care about, great action, great intrigue, and a great narrator!
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Author 26 books461 followers
May 1, 2020
I loved this book, and I'm just in awe of the complexity of this series! There are so many details that I just let a lot of them wash over me, but I have the impression that Wheeler must have outlined a TON to keep all the intrigues and courts and etc straight in his head. But again, the characterization is just so, so good. Lots of spoilers ahead if you haven't read the rest of this series!

This one follows Trynne again, who now is the leader of the Oath Maidens, and she also secretly shows up in competitions and battles as the Painted Knight. She is the Lancelot character, which I kind of suspected, but I couldn't figure out how the whole Guinevere/Lancelot story was going to go down if that was the case. Turns out, he just left that part of the legend out altogether. She plans to compete in the Kingfountain Gauntlet for the seat at the Round Table called the Siege Perilous, the one reserved for King Drew's protector now that Owen is missing. The Fountain has whispered to Trynne that it will be hers, but several turns of events make it seem like this is impossible. The way it's ultimately fulfilled is completely unexpected--so like God, whom the Fountain clearly represents.

One major complaint, though it isn't really a critique, just a disappointment: Wheeler really likes to set us up to root for couples that then don't end up together, and marry other people out of duty instead! I like the fact that this makes his books unpredictable, I suppose, and in the case of Trynne and Fallon, he really kept me guessing. I love the fact that on many occasions, Trynne has good reason to doubt his loyalty, as well as Morwenna's (the Morgan la Fay character), and yet they redeem themselves in the end. Nobody's a cardboard character; they're all very complex. Yet the fact that Trynne so often doubts Fallon makes it pretty impossible for them to end up together, I suppose. I was just hoping for a redemption of the Owen/Evie story in their children. NOPE!

But, romance is a minor enough part of the plot that this didn't ruin it for me. One more book left in this series--can't wait to find out how it ends!

My rating: ****1/2
Language: none
Violence: fantasy only (there are battles but nothing gratuitous)
Sexual content: none
Political content: none

Profile Image for Tiera McMillian.
1,150 reviews43 followers
November 7, 2018
Sooo Good! This has to be one of my all time favorite series by now. Not only do I recognize certain reinvented characters from the tales of old but everytime things from Jeff Wheeler's other series, like the Bhikku and Leering stones are mentioned I fangirl out! Its just amazing how he brings all the worlds together!

Trynne continues her story as Kingfountain awaits Galantines attack. Trynne gets hit really hard in this book, it was heartbreaking and she knows something is not right. There are traitors in their midst but who? As evidence piles up against more and more people, and more and more of her support system are taken away by the fountain or villians she really has to woman up and she does!

The little bits between chapters...where is Owen? I dont want to say where he has turned up but fangirl moment for sure! I wonder what time he is in there... So many questions! Diving right in to the end for a bittersweet read I'm sure!
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Author 22 books135 followers
March 18, 2019
Book 5 in the Kingfountain series continues Trynne’s story. Owen’s disappearance is compounded by the Fountain’s order to call her mother away. She’s left on her own as tensions escalate and family challenges are compounded by loss. Lots of political intrigue pervades the story and it’s hard to know who is on what side. The Kingdoms of the East invade and are repelled only to promise a return. Trynne is often in the thick of the battles as the king’s protector. When all is on the verge of loss, she makes a heartbreaking choice to save her kingdom.

The magic system expands as the Eastern Kingdoms come into play. Enter some purely evil characters with new magic. I’m not a huge fan of evolving magic systems and new magical items showing up so deeply into a story, but the characters carried me along without a problem. The pace is great, the action non-stop, and my investment in the characters is solid. On to book 6.
October 7, 2022
#5 had me invested enough to finish but there are a few things about the back half of the king fountain series that really bug me

In the first 3 the fountain was more of a mystery, in these novels it feels like more of a convenient plot device.

The war and action chapters are plenty but it comes at the sacrifice of any internal struggle Trynne may be feeling. The only exception to this is her romantic feelings.
Profile Image for Chantale Canadian Book Addict.
1,156 reviews71 followers
August 11, 2017
I have been enjoying this series very much and I am so glad someone had recommended the first book to me a while back.

The Silent Shield is book number 5 in the Kingfountain series and it is a young adult fantasy series. The Silent Sheild got me hooked from the very beginning and I just couldn't (and didn't want to) stop reading it until the end.

This book and the series is easy to read so I recommend it if you are new to the fantasy genre.
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1,906 reviews152 followers
March 17, 2019
This one sets the reader up for the conclusion coming in the next book.
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