Kings or Pawns (Steps of Power: The Kings Book 1)

Kings or Pawns (Steps of Power: The Kings Book 1)

by J. J. Sherwood

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ISBN-13: 9780986287725
Publisher: Silver Helm
Publication date: 09/25/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Kings or Pawns 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LindaRomer More than 1 year ago
Kings or Pawns The kings book 1 Steps of Power by J.J. Sherwood I'm hooked! Loved this book, yes epic is a good word to describe this novel. This Author has an incredible voice that explodes onto the pages of this epic tale of Politics, Power and War. You will be taken away to the Elvin City of Elvorium where you will follow the corruption of the council of Elves. The amazing characters have great depth of personality. General Jikun, Captain Navon, Hairem, Alvena, Nilanis, Erallus, Sellemar and llsevel to name a few. I feel like I know them all. The battle scenes are amazingly vivid. The ending is an absolute blindside, I never saw that coming. I can't wait to read book 2. I give Kings or Pawns 5 stars for it's powerful voice and epic adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an epic fantasy.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"Kings or Prawns" is Book 1 in a new series called "The Kings". This is a must read for anyone who loves a good fantasy story. Hairem is a young man who has become king of Elvorium because his father is now dead. He wants to fix everything but there is a lot of evil and bad people around that are stopping him. All of the good members of the council are killed and they are unable to catch the killer. Hairem has to fight people both inside and outside of the city. If he does not win the city will be destroyed. Is he strong enough to win/?This book has mystery, suspense and a little magic. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are all of my own opinions.
EmmaLeaver More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, couldnt put it down. I thought the characters played well off of each other with their casual banter and such. Character development was quite good too as you were taken along for the ride with the characters rather then just reading a book about people doing things. The book definitely has some twists in it which I enjoyed as there were parts where you just couldn't guess what was going to happen happening. Overall great book, cant wait for the next one :)
7573170 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audio, which I received from backing the project on Kickstarter. Kings or Pawns is the 1st book in the Steps of Power series and it is, to the best of my knowledge, the first novel released by author J.J. Sherwood. It's high/epic fantasy, which is probably my favorite genre to read. Though not perfect, I found it be a stunning debut. If you enjoy political intrigue in your fantasy (Example: A Song of Ice and Fire-Game of Thrones), give this one a try. I found the new king's (Hairem) storyline to be the most interesting. Without getting too spoiler-ish, he tries to rid his kingdom of corruption, but he has a lot of obstacles in his path. The elven council always seems to stand in his way, leaving him sometimes feeling like a pawn (hence one of the reasons for the title, I imagine). Needless to say, there are a lot of shady dealing going on. My favorite character was probably Jikun-the general of Hairem's army. He's strong, skilled, smart, wise-cracking, yet also sympathetic and just a fun character to get into. He gets put into some bad situations that he has to deal with, and there's appropriate fallout from that. I also loved Alvena, who's more of a secondary character, but she still gets her own POV. She's Hairem's mute handmaiden. It's fun to see things through her eyes since no one else can really get her full insight. Other pros - Sherwood is fantastic at world building. It all feels well planned and thought out. The character development, for the ones already mentioned and many others, is spot on. Also, the writing itself is fantastic - good choice of words, very eloquent, and spot-on dialogue. I wouldn't guess this is her debut novel. A couple of cons - This is what keeps it from being a 5 Star rating for me. 1) The pacing can be erratic, and it starts somewhat slow while setting the stage. 2) I don't think there is enough discussion after a couple of events, and I think one or two scenes should have been extended. After one scene, especially, I expected more reactions, more fallout, but it's kind of glossed over. I can't get into details without diving into spoilers, but I'll just say it's something dealing with Hairem, and after the said event, it seems like he just says, "Whatever, that happened, no big deal...let's move one." Overall, I thought it was fantastic, and I highly recommend it. 4/5 Stars
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Kings or Pawns The Kings Quartet 1 By J.J. Sherwood Kings or Pawns What is the role of the king and those who serve under him - in the kingdom of Sevrigel that is what newly titled King Hairem is about to discover. For years the elven world has been caught up in a war with Lord Saebellus. A war that seems unwinnable against the forces of Saebellus and his beast. General Jikun is determined to prevail, but the Council seems to undermine his efforts at every opportunity. Hairem as king is caught between the will of the council and the experience of his general. Will he follow the dictates of tradition? Or will he instead rebel against what has always been? Corruption has infiltrated many areas of Sevrigel life, though it is outlawed. Can such a world be saved and is it worth the effort? The first couple chapters may seem to drag just a tad as the scene is set and the major players are revealed. But if you can read on you will get to the meat of the story and the extra details are left behind. There are scenes that have violence, profanity, and questionable morals which may be offensive to some readers. Overall Kings or Pawns is intriguing and attention holding. Who is the true power in Sevrigel? The Council, King Hairem, or Lord Saebellus? And add to the mix an assassin who is murdering various council members. Is this the work of Saebellus? Or is an unknown evil at work intent on bringing further instability and chaos to the kingdom. This is the first book in a series and there are definitely some questions that need answers and the futures of some of the characters are in doubt. If you like a book that leaves you wanting more you'll want to pick this one up. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Kings or Pawns by J. J. Sherwood. Wow, I was not expecting that ending! I warn you now—be ready for a terrible cliffhanger! The plot was of an elven kingdom torn by constant battle. They have superior numbers and defeat the enemy in every battle…but the enemies disappear into thin air at the end. Not to mention the undefeatable beast that ravages the protagonist’s army! To some, the only way to defeat the monster is to use the dark magic of necromancy. In addition, a new king has taken the throne after his father died of illness. This king desires sweeping changes to win the war and combat the corrupt council. Politics and war dominate most of the book. Battle strategies, assassins, kidnappings…each person seems to have their own evil plot. But there is a little bit of romance thrown into the mix. The new king is, after all, the land’s most eligible bachelor. Too bad for the mute servant girl who seems to have fallen in love with him; it’s not like he would ever fall for her. She was my favorite character—innocent and kind, separated from the corruption of the council and the destruction of the war while still impacting the story in important ways. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, the planning of the crazy plot, the eloquent descriptions, and much more. A couple things, however, gave me pause. One of the main characters, General Jikun, frequently went brothels. Prostitution was banned in the country—on pain of death, even—but that did not stop him from paying for it. I certainly do not appreciated the general’s actions; prostitution is a horrible practice! Which brings me to the scenes in which a couple were in bed, usually waking up from the night (they did not tell anything of that!), that mentioned things about their nakedness and such. I personally try not to read such things, and I thought I would give my readers forewarning. In addition, there was the dark magic. Magic is pretty cool—to an extent. When things start going into dark magic, with the shedding of blood, calling on spirits, and the like, I tend to stop reading. So, when the initial problem came up of “how are we going to defeat this monster?” and the characters argued over whether to use the forbidden necromancy, I started to get worried. If they are arguing at the beginning, it is most likely foreshadowing. I was glad it was banned, but people don’t always follow the rules. Near the end, although one of the characters had used dark magic (without much description as far as spells, thankfully), there was no consensus on whether it was still considered bad or not, but at least there were consequences. These two problems were not enough for me to stop reading the book. But I state them here for my readers to consider before reading the book. All in all, Kings or Pawns was an entertaining fantasy novel of battles, politics, schemes, and elves. I recommend it to those who enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
This is world building (and character development) at its finest. Sherwood has woven together an intricate setting for her series to take place, including everything from the smallest to largest details, from religion to politics to everyday life. Woven throughout this creatively inspired, wonderfully imaginative world is a plot that kept me completely hooked. I loved how I was so immersed in this story, becoming part of it throughout. Not only are Sherwood’s characters amazingly well developed, they are also wildly realistic in their imperfections. They were fun to get to know and easy to connect with. The way that I felt as if I knew them personally added to the appeal. At the same time, the way that they could simultaneously annoy and enchant me kept me coming back for more. This is a fantastic novel with an exciting plot and strong characters. It’s a fantasy novel well worth reading, starting a series that has me completely intrigued. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Corruption reigns on the elven world of Sevrigel. The government is run by a council of Elves and King Silandrus being fed up with the political situation left the city of Elvorium with his supporters called the true bloods years ago. After the death of his father Prince Hairem is now in charge of the Elven kingdom and he plans on bringing peace to Sevrigel. This is no easy task, the council of Elves has their own interests they are working against him and a warlord named Saebellus is threatening to take over Sevrigel’s Eastern capital. To make matters worse an assassin is loose in the city and killing members of the Elven council. Hairem has the impossible task of fixing the corrupt Elven council, bringing peace to his world and trying to figure out who is his friend and who is trying to manipulate him. Kings Or Pawns by J J Sherwood is a work of Epic fantasy. In all honesty I’m a horror fan and not a huge fan of fantasy but I was sold on this book by the cover art. When I started it I saw the glossary of terms and map of the world where it takes place and I thought I’m not going to like this. I enjoy a book that creates its own mythology but I get bored with too much world building. I decided to read on and became hooked on the characters. In chapter one there is a discussion between two of the characters Jikun and Navon on religion. Navon talks about going to a religious temple to give thanks and Jikun says he will not thank the gods until he sees them at work. I love the debate they have and at this point you think this is going to be a serious novel but then later you get a little humor as Navon starts to read Jikun’s poetry even though Jikun doesn’t want him to. We then meet Hairem and learn that he is not what you expect a king to be and he hints that he will do things different then his father did but he doesn’t have as much power as he thinks. I felt like this book was a political thriller first and foremost. I loved the character of Hairem, he is idealistic and believes he can change things but he learns while dealing with the Elven council that he is not really in charge and at one point he asks himself am I a king or just a pawn of the council. To add another layer to it we see the people who are giving him advice and are left to wonder what is everyone’s agenda here and everyone in this book does have an agenda. Even when it comes to his love interest you wonder is she loyal to the king or her father who is on the council and working against Hairem. We also get to know Harem’s servant girl Alvena who despite being low on the social ladder shows that she is quite intelligent and I loved that the king thinks of her as important despite her standing in society. I love how the groundwork is set in the beginning of this book. Little by little you learn more about the world they live in and you are completely invested in the story as a political thriller before it becomes an action adventure story. Calling it epic fantasy almost seems like an understatement. It works on a lot of different levels and what really surprised me is that it’s from a first time author. J.J. Sherwood has spent 20 years writing this book and planning out the world where it takes place. You can see that this book was a labor of love, it’s well written and a fun ride. This is the first in a series and it introduces a world that mirrors are own in some ways but is very different in terms of mythology. If you love fantasy you have to read Kings Or Pawns
Catherine_Carrington More than 1 year ago
J.J Sherwood did a beautiful job with this fantasy story. The plot is very intriguing. The characters are believable and very well developed. The setting of the story is perfect for a fantasy book full of conflict. It revolves around a corrupt city. Not fully knowing who you can trust and who you cannot. This story is just alive. There really is not many words to describe this book. So many twists and turns. This book really well take a reader for a ride through the land of Elvorium. The main thing about this book is the violence and the language. I knew going in before reading this book about this since I am reading it for IReads book tours. I love fantasy books so I thought I would volunteer to review it for an honest review. I am so glad I did. As previously stated J.J Sherwood has created a fantastic fantasy novel. It will be interesting to see what happens in the second book