The Kinshield Legacy (Kinshield Saga Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Book 1 of The Kinshield Saga

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 ...

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The Kinshield Legacy (Kinshield Saga Series #1)

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Overview

Book 1 of The Kinshield Saga

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.
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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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Editorial Reviews

sfbook.com - Antony Jones
"a beautifully crafted fantasy work that works so well, perfect escapism and highly recommended."
Piers Anthony
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.
Julie Ann Dawson
The Kinshield Legacy is a well paced, intricately plotted fantasy wrapped in a beautifully crafted setting. Author K.C. May does an exceptional job of breathing life into the kingdom of Thendylath. The lore and history of her setting weaves throughout the plot, tying everything together expertly.
Carol Davis Luce
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
Grace Krispy
Wow. I was hooked in the first chapter and had trouble putting the book down to sleep last night. ... I cringed, I delighted, I was completely and utterly engaged.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011080616
  • Publisher: K.C. May
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Series: Kinshield Saga Series , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 14,362
  • File size: 778 KB

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 DailyCheapReads.com.

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    K.C., MAY I have another?!

    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Fan - Tastic!

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2006

    A True Gem!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    A fantastic adventure

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    An Instant Classic!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    Loving this series!

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Well written, well developed characters, very interesting story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Very very good

    This was a very good book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Exceptional Fantasy Novel

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Very good book

    this book keeps you wanting to read more. I was pulled into the story very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    A compelling story. A little slow to start, but picked up speed

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Pretty good

    If u enjoy fantasy, don't pass this one up.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    This is a great first book in an entertaining series. While som

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Wow

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Look forward to more books by this author

    Really enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    good read.

    Fun characters and great story. Looking forward to more of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Anonymous

    Great read! Kept me up till the wee hours of dawn.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Very good Read.

    I did enjoy this book. will look for the other ones in the Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Thumbs up!

    Well written, enjoyable, great cast of characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    good free book

    good characters

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