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5,0 von 5 SternenTruths of the Heart
11. April 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Jeff Wheeler's novels do two things which I believe are essential to writing great fantasy, or even historical and science fiction, fiction that can hold its own with all those marvelous books of classical fiction. First: he makes the reader think, ask the questions such as "What if..." "Where is this going?" "Why did he do that?" These are questions that not only keep us reading, but teach us in so many ways that actions have consequences. And second, more importantly, his characters model for the rest of us what William Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech (which should be required reading for every aspiring writer, I think) called the "old verities and truths of the heart: love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice." Both Thomas and Ankarette are paragons of those verities, strong, virtuous characters who reveal the kind of nobility that does not come with birth, but with service to people and worthy causes and to the Supreme Being who orders all things for good. Ankarette is thrust into the role of professional assassin, but the choices she makes do not violate her principles or her values. Sir Thomas likewise must make choices that, were he a weak or venal sort, could violate his honor and loyalty to the kingdom. Together they use their gifts to preserve honor and defeat the evil that threatens to overwhelm them and their people, at great personal cost. If one has not already read the rest of the King fountain series, do move on to the Maid's War and then the other six books. The best is yet to come.
5,0 von 5 SternenSmart, intelligent, and full of surprises.
8. Juli 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I always had questions about Ankarette Treneowy, The Queen's Poisoner. I wanted to know how she became the poisoner and why she was so sad. Those questions and more are answered in this book. It is full of plot twists and surprising facts and underhanded dealings. I could not put it down and read the entire book all day and night. Even though I knew how it would end I kept wanting a different outcome. Like that person that followed Julian Fellows (Downton Abbey) all through a book store sniffling until he finally acknowledged her and she brokenly begged him to give Edith a happy ending, I wanted a happy ending for Ankarette. She is such a likable character and filled with compassion.
While for returning readers the main events and the outcome are known, this novel does a nice job filling some of the gaps of the fictional history. Ankarette is truly a marvelous character and getting to see her growing up and into the role of The Queen’s Poisoner is interesting and fun. The story is nicely written, with hints and nods to the rest of the series. Politics, intrigue and love are present and depicted in a believable way. It’s well worth the read for both returning readers as well as new ones, providing an interesting entrance to the whole universe. Some mysteries remain and the story still leaves some questions unanswered, in a way making you yearn for more. The most interesting ones are what is Pissan all about and who is Lord Hux? Looking forward to reading more in future installments.
5,0 von 5 SternenI loved it and highly recommend not just the series but ...
25. Januar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I loved it and highly recommend not just the series but this book in particular. Ankarette Tryneowy was my favorite character in the Queen's Poisoner, and I had a lot questions about her as I read the first book. The Poisoner's Enemy answers many--although not all--of the mystery surrounding Ankarette's background. Wheeler has created a remarkable world based loosely on the War of the Roses era in England, and has crafted a remarkable group of vivid characters. You won't be disappointed with any of this series, but this latest book was especially well done.
5,0 von 5 SternenAnother stunning novel by Jeff Wheeler
27. März 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I have been an avid and vocal fan of Jeff Wheeler's books since I discovered them last year. In the time since then, I have read and loved every book he's written. The Kingfountain series is a fantastically written tale of magic, politics, and adventure and this prequel was no exception. When I read The Queen's Poisoner last year, I was enthralled by Ankarette, so I was excited to have an entire book dedicated to her. Although we see her in The Maid's War, we don't find out much about her past and how she became to be the person we meet in the opening of The Queen's Poisoner. Although this book doesn't answer all of the questions I have about Ankarette (truly, I would read an entire series dedicated to following her life) we do get enough information to piece together what might have happened in the bridge between this book and the beginning of the Kingfountain series.
What I love most about these books is that they are full of political intrigue, mythology, religion, magic, and carefully placed Easter eggs to Jeff Wheeler's Muirwood and Mirrowen series. You will absolutely want to read the Muirwood books in addition to the Kingfountain novels. The relationships between the worlds are some of the things I love most about the series, though, no spoilers here! Jeff actually has a suggested reading order on his website which I would recommend. I would also highly recommend listening to these books. Kate Rudd is a fantastic narrator and has become one of my absolute favorites to listen to.
I am so sad that this book marks the end of the Kingfountain world but am excited that Jeff's newest Harbinger series, Storm Glass, is just a few short months away.