The Kinshield Legacy (Kinshield Saga Series #1)

The Kinshield Legacy (Kinshield Saga Series #1)

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by K. C. May

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A blacksmith abducted. An enchanted sword stolen. A deep secret coming to light. As Gavin Kinshield unravels the mystery surrounding the king's disappearance, his strongest convictions are tested by his greatest fears. His journey of rescue and recovery are wrought with peril, but the worst is yet to come.

If you like fierce action, flawed & unforgettable


A blacksmith abducted. An enchanted sword stolen. A deep secret coming to light. As Gavin Kinshield unravels the mystery surrounding the king's disappearance, his strongest convictions are tested by his greatest fears. His journey of rescue and recovery are wrought with peril, but the worst is yet to come.

If you like fierce action, flawed & unforgettable heroes, and fast-paced, gritty epic fantasy, you'll love KC May's exciting mix of swords, sorcery, adventure, and mystery.

Book 1 of The Kinshield Saga

* Named a top 4 read of 2010 by reviewer/blogger Grace Krispy, January 2011
* Second place winner (The KBR Mover & Shaker Award) of The Kindle Book Review Indie Award, September 2011.
* Michael J. Sullivan listed The Kinshield Legacy as one of the top 20 must-read fantasy and science fiction novels, July 2012

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The Kinshield Legacy is also available as part of The Kinshield Saga: The Complete Series.

Named a top 4 read of 2010 by reviewer/blogger Grace Krispy

"The Kinshield Legacy is a rousing good fantasy tale, with nice characterization and some ferocious action. These days I read primarily for business rather than pleasure, but I found myself eager to return to this novel."
~ Piers Anthony, best-selling author of the Xanth novels

"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."
~ Carol Davis Luce, Author of Night Passage

"One of my favorite passages describes the blacksmithing process by which an enchanted sword is hammered into being for Gavin's use. The details of the smithing process, and of the sword itself as it unfolds, are described wonderfully. Through May's literary stylings, the sword is born and becomes a character in its own right. And, as a reader, I felt honored to watch it happen."
~ Steven L. Hawk, Author of Peace Warrior

Wulfstan, an Amazon Top-500 reviewer, wrote, "This book was one of the best First Books by a new author I have been privileged to read and review."

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Meet the Author

Hi! I'm K.C. May. Thanks for visiting my author page. I grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, I lived in the Arizona desert where I founded a Rottweiler rescue organization and worked as a computer programmer and technical writer. My interests include karate, backpacking, motorcycle riding, dog training, and computer gaming. In 2010, I retreated to cooler, greener Georgia. I earn my living as a full-time writer. My first novel, The Kinshield Legacy, was initially published in hard-cover in 2005. Now it's available as an eBook and in paperback. It was named one of the four best reads of 2010 by review blogger Grace Krispy at If you enjoy that book, you will probably like the rest of the series -- The Kinshield Saga. I also write science fiction, and I've started a new series called The Mindstream Chronicles. I hope you enjoy my stories!

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Kinshield Legacy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
Storyline: The Kinshield Legacy is a remarkable fantasy about a simple man who wants to do the right thing and help put the rightful heir on the Thendylath's throne by solving the mystery of the runes. Gavin Kinshield is the descendent of the last great king's champion and would like to live simply while patrolling the countryside, lending out his protection and skills as a warrant knight. However, as Gavin nears the completion of the Rune Stones' mystery and the fulfillment of the prophecy that he become the next, albeit a reluctant, king; he must confront his past in order to face his future. Ms. May has written The Kinshield Legacy as an entertaining and well written fantasy that draws the reader in within the first chapter and pulls us along for the fantastic journey of the reluctant would-be king of Thendylath. Grammar/Spelling: I did not notice any issues with grammar and spelling. Character Development: Ms. May has a wonderful cast of characters that are well-developed and each has a life of his/her own prior to becoming entangled with Gavin and the runes. When the reader first meets Gavin, he appears to be a roughhewn, scraggly Warren Knight just happy to make some money, buy some ale and a little company. But, as we get to know Gavin, it becomes apparent that there is definitely more to this solid man. He is forever standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves and trying to right the wrongs from his past. There is nothing kind about Brodas Ravenkind, Gavin's enemy. Ravenkind is a power hungry wizard that plans to usurp the throne from whoever is solving the mystery of the Rune Stones. He is quite easy to dislike and after learning all of the horrible things he has done to get where he is, the reader can only hope that Gavin can give him a good what-for. Writing Style: Ms. May creates a new and entertaining fantasy world without overwhelming the reader with too much fantasy lingo. With this story, the reader doesn't have to have a vast knowledge of all things fantasy to keep up; instead, they just need a little imagination to enjoy it. Ms. May uses a good mixture of story telling and flash backs to help move the plot along and you can almost feel Gavin's pain (literal) and anguish over losing his family. Continuity: There were no problems with continuity. Overall Rating: 5 I sincerely hope that the Kinshield Legacy will be the first in a series! Do you hear me, Ms. May?! I am really looking forward to finding out what Gavin will do when it comes time to face his fate and fulfill his destiny as the new king of Thendylath. There are some adult themes (language, situations) and some violence throughout the story. So, it might be suitable for younger readers. But, I would highly recommend this to anyone who believes in fate and magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
K.C. May¿s first novel, The Kinshield Legacy, is a spellbinding tale of magical moments with truly unforgettable characters. You will find this book difficult to put down as you follow the twists and turns of a finely woven story, cheering on the main character as he follows the path to his destiny. We can only hope that the next installment will be soon forthcoming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fantasy grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last one...although it's clear this is just the beginning of a great series. The characters are gritty and real, the scenes unforgettable, the chemistry between the main characters irrisistable. I can't wait for Book 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When will there be more work by K. C. May? Is there more? Will there be? While I am not particularly a fantasy aficionado, this one caught and held my attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, fascinating read from cover to cover. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. As a first novel, The Kinshield Legacy shows an author with extraordinary talent for weaving an intricate tale with believable characters and dialogue. I can't wait for the sequel to come out!
Croter More than 1 year ago
Tried out this new author and I've been pleasantly surprised. The reluctant hero/king, the villians, the allies, the story line, it just draws you in and you can't wait to see what happens next. The characters are well developed and believable. Well written, well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable. Though it's 900 pages, it seems like I just flew through the book. Starting the second one and I'm excited to see what happens next and how the story evolves. Definitely give this book a read
Dyow More than 1 year ago
Well written, well developed characters, very interesting story line = a very good read! I just purchased the other 3 in this series and recommend this writer to others liking a good story from a bygone era with a bit of mysticism/magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this novel on a whim an was pleasantly suprised to have stumbled upon such a good read. May has a well developed cast of characters. From the reluctant knight protagonist to the truly vile evil wizard antagonist, May's realm has been filed with well thought out and beliveable characters. The plot line, unlike many quest novels, is less than predictable with several interesting twists and turns. This book is one of my favorites of 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K.C. May is an amazing author and Kinshield seires is right up there with my other favorite Game of Thrones, now both are completley different sagas, yet the quality of the writing and storytelling are par none. Or just for K.C. like ying and yang. I loved the first book so much I bought the other two and looking foward to book four. Yes read the book you will enjoy it! Victoria
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I have just bought the second book, and will read it now. I will not add more comments. Others have covered it well. Deb in NH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this freebee, and though it was slow-going at first - it became so enthralling that I bought the following 3 books! Was SO captivating that I wish there were MORE novels in this series! Really enjoyable emotional roller-coaster! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is complex with no "loose" ends. Wonderful, charming, amusing characters and chilling, horrirfic ones as well. I fully intend to buy the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book keeps you wanting to read more. I was pulled into the story very good read
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A compelling story. A little slow to start, but picked up speed and had me staying up too late to see what was going to happen next.  A sure sign of a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u enjoy fantasy, don't pass this one up.
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TheGuardian More than 1 year ago
This is a great first book in an entertaining series. While some of the character names are difficult to pronounce, I find that it just makes you more aware that this story is otherworldly. There is a very good mix of action and dialogue amongst the characters. The characters, plot, and plot development are well thought out and developed very well. Overall a great book and well worth the time to read it. And don't forget that it is FREE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is inert most exciting stories I have ever read. What fantastic, lovable heroes. The villians are the most vile that I have ever met. Enjoy this story yorself.
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Really enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun characters and great story. Looking forward to more of this series.