Kingdom in Chains

Kingdom in Chains


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The common people have become the currency, outlaws have shifted to mercenaries, and freedom is no more than a thought of the past.

[Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure]

Fear, violence, slavery—throughout his adult life, Barloc has known no other way.

A quarter of a century has passed since King Sclavus decreed slavery legal in the Kingdom of Kuldaire, certain it was the only way to keep the economy strong. He created alliances with the wealthy ruling class, and cast the common folk into chains. A handful of rebellions rose, but fell almost as quickly as they began, and the concepts of freedom and peace became dusty relics of the past, a nearly forgotten dream.

When Barloc is sold to Lord Harbor, his new owner offers queer promises of freedom, promises only King Sclavus can honor after a thirty-day trial. Barloc, as someone who has lost everything, or who never had anything of his own to begin with, is forced to question everything around him as he embarks on this new trial.

Whom can he trust? Why has he been selected and thrown into this strange new setting? What happened to just being a slave? How can life be any different from the only way he’s ever known? What is freedom, and at what cost?

This is Barloc’s chance—perhaps his last chance—to once and for all cast off the chains that bind him. And maybe, just maybe, he can bring others to freedom with him.


Evolved Publishing presents the much-anticipated first book in a YA fantasy adventure series unlike any other, from a multiple award-winning author. [DRM-Free]

Other Books by J.W. Zulauf:

  • The Underground Princess (The Balderdash Saga: Book 1)
  • The Prince's Plight (The Balderdash Saga: Book 2)
  • The Shaman's Salvation (The Balderdash Saga: Book 3)
  • The Balderdash Saga - Special Edition

More Great YA Books from Evolved Publishing:

  • Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease
  • Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel
  • Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun by Kira A. McFadden
  • Uploaded by James W. Hughes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622533527
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Series: Kingdom in Chains , #1
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

AUTHOR: Joseph Wade Zulauf III wears many hats while walking the streets of the writing world. He started with a focus on the short story, first winning the Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction. Then he became one of the editors for Daylight Dims, a horror anthology. He now works as an author at Evolved Publishing, where he created the chapter book series The Balderdash Saga. To find out more, please visit his website at

EDITOR: Deb lives in Boston with her husband and their three cats, all named after characters from the TV show LOST. When they aren't dealing with frigid temperatures and blizzards in New England, she and her husband love to travel around the country to follow their favorite bands on their summer tours.

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Kingdom in Chains 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom of Kuldaire was failing and Kind Sclavus decided to make slavery legal to keep things going. It has been 25 years and this is the story of Barloc. He has only known slavery and when he is sold to Lord Harbor he is offered the opportunity to be free. Of course Barloc agrees but he is confused with the tasks that he has been given. But how are the off things he does related to freedom. But you don’t plan a revolution out in the open. This is a captivating story. It is a brutally honest look at slavery without focusing on the shocking gore, this is meant for young adults after all. You will find yourself right there with those wanting slavery and those fighting for freedom. You will cheer for freedom and hope that eventually they will throw off the chains of this kingdom. I really enjoyed this story and love how the book ends without a major cliff hanger but leaves you wanted to see what happens in the next book. This is a great read and one that I recommend checking out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! My daughter is 7 and is obsessed with these amazing books. I love them myself. She has 3 so far and has asked for the rest for Christmas. I promise you and your children will not be disappointed with these series.
egyptianspirit More than 1 year ago
The plot really takes off, and how it is all going to end is totally unpredictable - the urge to keep turning pages increases in line with the pressure on the characters. Within the first few chapters, I just knew I couldn't put it down until I had devoured it's every content. It has been a long time since I have been so gripped by a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this author's kids series, and I liked them so I thought i would give this a shot. I must admit, though, that I was a bit nervous on what the content was going to be. Just with slavery and all. Felt weird picking it up, but it was a good move. I really liked this story very much, and honestly you can see such a difference in the writing. I'm curious to see where this author goes from here. This story was from the point of view of some dude named Barloc who gets caught up in a mess. He's a slave, and he falls into what shapes up to be a rebellion of sorts. Kind of cool to see this thing unfold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With "Kingdom in Chains," author JW Zulauf has crafted a YA fantasy tale that pre-teens and early teens are sure to enjoy, and parents of those kids will be comfortable with them reading. There's much to like about this novel. The characters are engaging and well-developed, and the plot moves right along, punctuated with clever action sequences framed around a truly despicable villain and a cheer-worthy hero. I also found the story very relevant to today's world as it deals with the challenges of achieving freedom and peace - both personal and societal - as it tackles the painful topic of human trafficking, which sadly still exists. These are important themes to be sure, and crucial for young readers to learn about and explore as they make their way to adulthood. As always, Zulauf takes on this subject matter in a way that educates rather than preaches, and as he did with the excellent Balderdash series of books, expands young readers' vocabularies by cleverly folding uncommon words into the text, cleverly framing them in such a way that they become easily understandable. There are some threads here I'd like to see expanded upon more, but this wasn't really a problem for me as this is the first book in a series. If you have a YA reader in your family, I highly recommend this thrilling fantasy adventure!
Lex Allen More than 1 year ago
In a world where slavery is legal, Barloc, a man who has known only fear, violence, and slavery is sold to Lord Harbor who offers promises of freedom. Barloc begins a thirty-day trial to determine his freedom and becomes more confused as daily events seem completely incongruous to his new owner’s pledge. Smarter than average, Barloc realizes that, regardless the weirdness of it all, this could be his last best chance for freedom and a better life. “Kingdom In Chains” is the beginning of award-winning author, J.W. Zulauf’s latest young adult fantasy story and it’s definitely an engrossing read. “Kingdom In Chains” aims at the young adult reading audience, but Zulauf’s writing style and language will find a strong readership among adults, too. The story evolves effortlessly as Barloc is confronted with people and situations that mystify and confuse him until a situation occurs that clears the air just as war with King Sclavus begins and Barloc finds himself in a completely foreign, but more advantageous situation. Edge of your seat prose, great characterization, realistic events and dialogue are signature indices of great writing and Mr. Zulauf demonstrates each of these writing characteristics perfectly. These traits coupled with superb editing, and an ending that doesn’t drop you off a steep cliff make “Kingdom In Chains” a pleasure to read and the perfect start of a new series that will keep fantasy fans enthralled for months (or years) to come. I’m looking forward to the next installment as I’ve become a fan of J.W. Zulauf!