King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles Book #2)

King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles Book #2)

by Jill Williamson

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Jill Williamson's Fantasy Saga Continues!

In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.

As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230737
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: Kinsman Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 495,184
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Jill Williamson, the author of King's Folly, writes fantasy and science fiction for teens and adults. Her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. She loves giving writing workshops and blogs for teen writers at She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at
Jill Williamson writes fantasy and science fiction for teens and adults. Jill grew up in Alaska, staying up and reading by the summer daylight that wouldn't go away. This led to a love of books and writing, and her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. She loves giving writing workshops and blogs for teen writers at She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at

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King's Blood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Shantelle More than 1 year ago
King's Blood releases into the world, as epic and complex as book one in THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES by Jill Williamson. I can't tell you how excited I was for this book—to return to the amazing characters and incredible fantasy world. Holding this enormous, thick, beautiful novel in my hands at last was like, ah, perfection! *grins* But oh, my heart is bleeding ... Brothers Wilek and Trevn, and all the other survivors of the Five Woes, have taken to the seas. They live day by day upon ships, searching for land while evading attacks from those who wish evil upon the royal family. This book is thick, and the story has such depth, so it took me awhile to get through it. But I loved every moment of it! It was so delightful to return to its pages. As I read King's Blood in the quietness of night, I fell into the tale, feeling as though I were walking about the ships with Wilek ... laughing at Trevn and Mielle ... slightly freaked out over Charlon and all her crazy schemes. I don't know—it just swept me away. I must say, I've come to quite love Lady Zeorah. Her story with Charlon ... heart-wrenching! I think I cried. Charlon, you better have taken something away from that wretched situation! Turn to Arman! Hinck, the spy, was interesting to read about. I was very nervous for him at times! Oh, and the prophetess! She continues to intrigue me. Wilek and Trevn are, of course, my two favorites when it comes to the POV characters. And I adore Lady Zeorah and Mielle (though I don't believe the story is ever told from their point of view). The two romances blossomed so sweetly! Ah, I loved those bits so much! Wilek and Trevn's romantic relationships differed from each other, but they were both so uniquely beautiful. I especially adore Trevn and Mielle together. ^_^ Just can't say enough about those two romances. *wink* Which brings me to my bleeding heart!! Not to give away spoilers, but that ending tore at my heart. Peoples, it brought tears to my eyes. Ultimately beautiful, but oh so hurtful. King's Blood brings not just a few shocks and tragedies. Jill Williamson does such an amazing job with her descriptions. You can picture everything; the details sweep you away into this captivating world. And speaking of worlds, Mrs. Williamson also does fantastic world building! And crafts incredible, complex, interesting, real characters! Eep! I have not read many novels that tug me into their pages like these ones. So many things happened! Personally, and in the big scope of things. Some happenings thrilled me ... other incidents horrified. Still more broke my heart. But overall, I can say King's Blood was an epic fantasy—a thrilling journey from beginning to end. I can hardly wait for the third book to make its way to my hands! (At least a cover, please? *winks*) As a cautionary note, King's Blood is definitely for an adult audience. There are a few mature elements, though tastefully done. A fair amount of violence and gruesomeness throughout the book. The biggest thing would be that the villains wield dark magic, sometimes doing spells and whatnot. Most of the time Jill Williamson doesn't detail this too much. The good people have a range of gifts, given to them by Arman ... (Readd full review:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked! This book was even better than the first! Jill does a great job of incorporating hope & whimsy in to a dark word, slowly lightening up the story until redemption comes! I cried at the ending of this book, and I went crazy waiting months for the conclusion to this series in King's War (which was just released) were we FINALLY get to learn who represents Christ, and evil is banished! Fantastic reading!
theskett More than 1 year ago
Readers of epic fantasy will love Jill Williamson’s extensive story world in King’s Blood, the second book in “The Kinsman Chronicles” series. Most of this part of the overall story takes place at sea, y et the background story world elements (civilization, government, magic, religion, etc.) remain intact and consistent. I appreciated the strong spiritual thread woven in. I have not yet read book 1, so it took a while for me to learn and sort out the characters. The author cautioned me to read the books in order, and I would echo her advice. That said, once I figured out who everyone was and their roles, I found many characters to like. Williamson does a good job developing Grayson and hints at what I hope will become an expanded role for him in book 3. She also carefully sets up Trevn and Charlon for their ongoing roles in the next book. I was disappointed in one aspect of how this book ended—that’s all I dare say. Even out of order, I would definitely go back and read book 1, perhaps on an extended vacation. It seems to me I heard or read somewhere this trilogy serves as a prequel, laying a foundation, for Williamson’s (previously published) series, The Blood of Kings Trilogy. So at some point I might also reread those books. As others have said, Williamson is “a master storyteller.”
CrazyWriter94 More than 1 year ago
[I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.] It has been a while since a book has made me tear up. I’m generally a pretty stoic reader/viewer, the one weirdo in a group of friends who watches a screen with minimal expression and giggles when others exclaim in reaction to an emotional trauma onscreen. This could be partially due to the fact that I’m a writer, and therefore, even when a book, movie, etc. rips my heart to shreds with a plot twist, I don’t necessarily think of it in terms of the writer having attacked me – I think, “Dang, that was so masterfully done that I’m not even mad.” This was my reaction to this book. The first installment drew me in with its vivid characters, rich worldbuilding, and suspenseful plot, and though it was grittier than the ‘Blood of Kings’ trilogy (the YA series that got me into Jill’s books), I didn’t mind much. It fit the world and the storyline, as well as the target audience (adults, not teens), and I appreciate a certain amount of darkness when it’s used to provide contrast and therefore intensify the emotional impact of the light. Both the first book and ‘King’s Blood’ have done a good job of presenting that balance and contrast. I will admit that, as a writer, I did figure out a couple of twists ahead of time (though with the aid of some people accidentally semi-spoiling things while trying to be vague about them), but that only gave me time to watch for the set-up and appreciate how well it was done, and also braced me a bit for the turmoil that was ahead. I won’t spoil them for you by giving any more details – just know that if this book doesn’t make you feel something at some point, I question your humanity. (Kidding. Sort of. Remember, I am a heartless robot person, and yet, I got very emotional at certain points throughout.) This book also saw multiple changes in situation and environment for the characters, and it was interesting to see how each of them responded, and also to see some new elements which tie the series further into ‘Blood of Kings’. (I’ll also admit that the titles of ‘King’s Blood’ and one of its parts, ‘Voices of Blood’, got me excited enough to bounce in place when I read them.) It’s also worth noting that, even with all the changes that occurred and how much they influenced the characters for better or worse, they were all still recognizable and as relatable as they were in the first book. I still rooted for the ones with good intentions, hissed at those with evil ones, and wanted to yell at some of them when… well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out. All in all, I very much enjoyed and appreciated this book, and may or may not have gone into withdrawal almost immediately after finishing it. If you appreciate high fantasy, rich characters, and intense interpersonal conflicts – as well as faith-bolstering messages and challenging questions – I recommend you read it. [A minor note for paperback readers: Due to the length of this novel, the physical edition is printed in a small font with dense, though still pleasing, formatting. This probably won’t be a problem for most of you, but could be an issue for older readers or those who – like me – have processing/concentration difficulties that could make dense formatting harder to read in large doses. So if this affects you, I recommend the e-book.]
Lavay Byrd More than 1 year ago
Oh, my goodness. Where do I begin? Since King's Folly, I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel's release. Though I had to re-read King's Folly to catch up, I began to devour King's Blood eagerly. I was honestly not prepared for the sudden onslaught of unexpected twists and emotions. The plot has become bigger and far more complex than I've ever imagined, and the characters, old and new, captured my attention. (But what shocked me the most was the ending... I don't want to spoil it, but to be honest, I was saddened that it had to end in such a way.) Each event, I am found asking the very same question certain characters would ask: "Why?" Why would Arman allow things such as grief or betrayal happen? As Jill Williamson had pointed out in her "Note to Reader", and from what I came to learn: no matter what happens, Arman (God) is in control. Though we may not see it, He is always there. And evil will not always have the last word. Nevertheless, Jill Williamson never disappoints in her epic continuation of the Kinsman Chronicles. From the events leading to the final chapter, I am left with the desire to witness how the story would end.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
Wow! Great book! Now eagerly waiting the next one!! Lots of things going on here. So much new. And what an ending! (I did have a suspicion of what might happen when I got closer to the end because of parallels to the Old Testament...). And Kal, oh how I want him to escape!! Still loving the characters. Very interesting story. Keeps your attention! If you've read King's Folly, you must read this book! Thanks Jill!!
Laeta More than 1 year ago
Williamson has once again created a masterpiece. King's Blood is the sequel to King's Folly in her trilogy The Kinsman Chronicles and it surpassed the first. We follow the Hadar clan out to sea after the demise of the Five Realms, a fleet of ships on the open ocean might seem to make for a boring read but I assure you Williamson has crafted nothing of the like. Betrayal, death, and misery cannot seem to leave the wake of Trevn, Wilek, and their friends, new and old alike. The development that all the characters, supporting and main alike, go through is astounding and beyond any I have seen in this authors previous works and indeed in few other others at all. A reader can easily see the changes that occur from the beginning of the novel to the end. Some of these developments happen by changes in title and position, others are more internal and occur slowly over the course of the novel. Either way it is a joy to watch. Williamson has wowed us all with her strong point yet again of creating a vivid story world, magic included. Throughout the novel we have three different forms of magic being created, and all have different rules. For those who have read Williamson's "Blood of Kings" series one of these magics will be an old friend, but you will discover it anew with the characters in King's Blood. The other two magics are adapting to their roles on ships and later, in a new country. Throughout the book we have a central theme of trust. Especially trusting when no reason in known why. When Wilek left the Five Realms he was just learning the idea of Arman as the one God. Throughout this book Wilek comes to embrace the idea of monotheism, but this acceptance is not without its struggles and he constantly wonders why these events are happening to him when all he wants is to do what is best for his people and right in Arman's eyes. Trevn also deals with issues of trust and patience, those his trials do not come to full light until we reach land. The trust Trevn must execute is both trust in Arman, and trust in his brother, something all with siblings know to be a challenging thing. Throughout this book you cannot wait to find out what will happen next and hardly dare to set it down. The vivid imagery which Williamson paints has set me on an adventure right beside the Hadar family. I hope you will join me.
soleilB More than 1 year ago
Review: Would you believe I ended up with three copies of this book before I finally read it? I know, crazy XD Not even sure how I ended up with one of them lol. I loved Jill Williamson's Blood of Kings series, and was excited to start the Kinsman Chronicles, which take place a few hundred years before. In this book, the Armanians and others are searching for a new land, but there is a danger that is chasing after them. I love all the characters. My favorite is probably T, but I have loved all the characters Jill has introduced. There were a few different perspectives at the beginning of the series, but as the story goes along, it was just fine keeping in sinc with perspectives changing. The descriptions the author uses to let you experience the land and the people. They aren't long and droning explanations that take forever, but just enough to where she can bring it up every now and then to give you a reminder of what something may look like or how something works. (it's a big book, so it's easy to forget details) Also, How Jill writes series this huge is impressive. I love them and have no clue how I could write anything as large and as amazing as hers. I also love how the books are based of the Old Testament. I loved reading a scene and then being like "I know what story/scene this is based off of!" Her writing also gives you a different experience, and I must say I loved it. I'm looking forward to her next book. I wouldn't suggest this book for younger readers. There is a lot of darkness in the first and second books, along with many different gods and demons. So an older teen audience for sure. (the author suggests it for 16 and up I believe) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review
Jaylee_Morgan More than 1 year ago
The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unkown, desperate to find land that might become their new home. As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, dangerous storms, and dark magic endanger his life and the survival of his people. One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this promised Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania? First things first... I love the covers Jill/Bethany House picked for this series. Like seriously, step back and look at them for a second. See how amazing they look? I can't wait to see what the third book looks like. Second... it was like the first book. I started off excited to read it because of what I remembered of the first book, grew slightly annoyed with it in the middle, and then was thoroughly intrigued and by the end. Sâr Trevn was great, as always. Always off into mischief and excitement. It was slightly sad that... oops. No spoilers. Poor Sâr Wilek. So many difficulties he faced. And Kal. Dear, dear Kal. This story is complicated. I will not deny that. There are so many different points of view, so many different perspectives, and so many nations all competing to control the new world. The shadirs (demons) are fighting hard against Arman (the one, true God). The book is also long. 598 pages long, to be exact. It will take some time to get through it, however, if you like fantasy/Old Testament parallels, this will definitely be worth the reading. I thought it was awesomeness when I was reading through King's Blood and recognized the plots of several Old Testament stories in it, with Old Testament prophets and battles and stuff. It actually made me smile. Really big. Although I was actually surprised at the ending of the book (which was one of the Old Testament story parallels). It really... yeah, I kinda thought it might-maybe-but-probably-not... but it did. Kudos there, Jill. Way to keep me off balance. (Anybody else like books like that or do you like knowing what happens? Let me know in the comments!) Parents, you should definitely check out this book before letting your kids read it. It does have some mature subjects--violence, darkness that comes from those who follow the shadirs (demons), dark magic (also part of the shadirs. Arman strictly forbids such magic), and then there's Charlon... I'm not sure what to think about her... besides that... um... well... I hope she finds Arman... and... healing... and... stuff... And I hope Harton is... um... punished for what he did to her. If you see this in your library or get the chance, definitely pick it up! It's a good read that will last you a good long while. I hope that you enjoy it as much (if not more) than I did! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. All views expressed here are my own.*
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
WOW ~ says it all! King's Blood The Kinsman Chronicles #2 By Jill Williamson If you are looking for an epic reading experience look no further than this series from Jill Williamson. The first book King's Folly took the reader on a journey through a land in the midst of religious and cataclysmic upheaval. King's Blood continues the journey of the survivors who managed to make it to sea before their world was lost forever. One would think the worst was behind them but the evil and the treachery that walked their land has followed them to the sea and it is determined to consume those who would stand against them. Wilek has taken on many of the duties of his father - Echad is ill and failing. Janek has been detained because his royal ties are suspect, And Trevn is recovering from the attack that nearly cost him his life as the Five Realms fell. The Heir War appears to have ended but appearances can be deceiving and there are many deceivers hidden amongst the ships and not all of them are human or of the physical realm. As the remnant of the Five Realms searches for a new land to call home the old suspicions vie with the desire of Wilek and Trevn to return the people to the ways of and belief in Arman. Meanwhile, the realms of the Mother are determined to assert their dominance over that of Armania and the Father. But finding land will not end their troubles as they are bringing with them the evil that brought down their old home... Often the second book in a series is a let down in both story and action, it's merely a bridge to the third book. But King's Blood is no such tool. The story is one that moves the story forward while building on what came before in such a way one would never feel as if the story was left behind. There are twists that one will never anticipate and at the end of the book, one will be going "No, you can't leave me hanging like this!" This is one series that I can see sitting by the side of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Without giving too much away be ready for some shocks and some separations that will be interesting to see play out in the future. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of KING’S BLOOD by Jill Williamson in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House. It is the second book in the Kingsman Chronicles. This is a thick, monstrous book, and that makes it all the better. You get to fully immerse yourself in this fantasy world of magic and danger. It isn’t so fast that you start to become involved and then it’s over. This sucks you in and refuses to let you go. I hadn’t read book one, so a few places I felt a little lost; however, it wasn’t enough to diminish my pleasure in KING’S BLOOD. It has been a while since I’ve read an epic fantasy, and this filled that void. I used to be obsessed with them in high school and this brought back all those memories of curling up in the old living room chair. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I’ll just say that you’ll find plenty of plot twists. The characters and world are well developed. You can tell that the author spent a great deal of time plotting her world, and that she truly loves this series. I recommend this for fantasy lovers, or anyone who wants to take the time to lose themselves in a magical world.