A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.
Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He’s the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he’ll be Thendylath’s next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, the last man to see King Arek alive… a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief.
But when Gavin saves a woman’s life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past… and the truth of King Arek’s demise.
From the very first page, The Kinshield Legacy grabs you by the throat and propels you into a world of magic, sorcery, jeweled-eyed gargoyles and a sisterhood of female warriors. A world where beyonders savage unsuspecting travelers; where a dark, yet charismatic, wizard covets the king’s throne for his own and will let no one get in his way–including the rightful ruler. He who claims the King’s Bloodstone shall reign as king. Enter Gavin Kinshield, warrant knight and rune solver, a man haunted by his past, and a hero like no other. A rousing debut from K. C. May, an author worth watching.
“The Kinshield Legacy is a rousing good fantasy tale, with nice characterization and some ferocious action.
Mays offer the reader a simple, yet filling account of the world of The Kinshield Legacy. Right off the bat, we are given a simple yet detailed painting of the main players. Such is Mays’ portrayal of Gavin Kinshield’s mindset: haunted by the death of his daughter Caevyan, his attitude and life continues to be influenced by this past tragedy. Despite this, he retains his unwavering devotion to learning the truth about the King’s Runes, and of the fate of King Arek himself.
This brings in another great point of the book: its ability to lay out the pieces of the puzzle in away that can attract people into reading more. Readers will be interested to find out more about the warriors of Viragon Sisterhood, as well as the truth about the Rune Stones. Even more enticing are the questions within the tale: what really happened to Gavin’s wife and daughter? What is his connection to Ronor Kinshield, former champion of the fallen King Arek? And what is his past with the murderous Brodas Ravenkind, who in his first appearance, poisons and steals the estate of a dying woman? Though some may find this a flaw because of the numerous amount of yet-to-be discovered references, Mays delivers these subtly, in a way that avoids readers from being confused while keeping them interested in the current flow of the story.
Overall, The Kinshield Legacy is a wonderful and well-written beginning to what will is hoped to be a thrilling series of fantasy novels.