Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools

Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools

by M. R. Mathias


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Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools by M. R. Mathias

Join Hyden Hawk Skyler, and some great new friends, on an adventurous quest, over land and sea, to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin.

Fight with Mikahl, Ironspike, and fierce King Jarrek as they try to free the enslaved people of Wildermont from King Ra'Gren and his Dakaneese Overlords.

Patrol the skies with Shaella, and her new black dragon, Vrot. With her father's spell books, and the Priests of Kraw, she decides to aid King Ra'Gren, while scheming to free her lover, Gerard, from the hellish Nethers.

Demonic love, valiant battles, and foolhardy heroics await readers in this hefty continuation of the epic Wardstone Trilogy that was written in a Texas prison cell by author M. R. Mathias

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ISBN-13: 9781946187123
Publisher: M. R. Mathias
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Series: Wardstone Trilogy , #2
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 440,580
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools: The Wardstone Trilogy Book Two 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
BookaWeekAM More than 1 year ago
“King’s” begins with slightly different pacing from the first part of this trilogy, “The Sword and the Dragon”. However, the characters roar back into form and consume the reader with images first created in the fertile mind of author M.R. Mathias. For Fantasy enthusiasts there is plenty here in the way of ogres, magicians, dragons, and obviously Kings, Queens and fools, but there is a very real and fun story that comes with the 420 pages. Lord Gregory dominates the start of the book, recovering from his wounds, but soon Hyden, Mikahl and soon Pael join the forefront and the story moves forward. The writing is direct and straightforward and given time, most of the characters are more than fleshed-out and their own personal motivations become clear. A map of the Mainland Kingdoms is available online so readers can put themselves in the correct context of the great battle scenes Mathias creates. He has an amazing imagination and conveys much of this into the narrative. Pacing is slower than the first book, which allows the reader time to digest what arrives page after page. Mathias possesses a wonderful imagination and the stamina to put-forth meaty chunks of fantasy. Soon, I am sure, his style and writing with catch-up with his imagination to produce a truly epic masterpiece. In the meantime, King’s is a fun read for the Fantasy enthusiast to sink their teeth into.
mskayty More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored the first book in the trilogy and could not wait to read Kings, Queens, Heroes & Fools! I am a new Fantasy reader and was simply blown away by this novel. Hope to see this as a television series soon!
Teah_Mist More than 1 year ago
Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools by MR Mathias is the second book in The Wardstone trilogy series. It takes place after the events in The Sword and the Dragon. Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools by MR Mathias is a book that would appeal most to an audience of young adults and adults who enjoy fantasy fiction along with those who enjoy book written by MR Mathias. In Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools by MR Mathias the book our heroes set out on a quest to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin. Along the way the way the end up fighting to free the enslaved, people of Wildermont from King RaGren. Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools by MR Mathias was a book that I greatly enjoyed reading. I have been reading the Wardstone Trilogy in order from book one to book three and I would recommend that all readers begin with book one and then go in chronological order in order to understand the plot, characters, and settings of the series. The entire world that the author created in this book was amazing and I loved how I got to continue to explore it and its inhabitants in this book. Overall, I really enjoyed reading it and I look forward to book three!
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
I’m back with more stories from Mathias. This one I'm sad to say just didn't work so well for me. Its an ok book but I think it could have been much much better. After all the fangirling I've done over his other books this one just fell very short from what I have been expecting from Mathias. In this one the Dragon Queen is here and taking over. And of course everyone is trying to save the day. This one has multi baddies and goodies. The story for this one has many different plot lines and took a while to get going. I almost put it down and was going to DNF it. But I decided to keep going to see where the author was taking the story. The characters for this one seemed a little flat and not as well developed as characters from other books. The Dragon Queen was well done but the others weren't so much. The plot though the entire story didn't feel like it knew where it wanted to go. And it felt very confusing and disjointed at times. It was also hard to follow parts of the story as I was reading. This one has an ending that was very very confusing and well I just don't know about the next vol. if there is one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools, books 2 is a great sequel to The Sword and the Dragon. From the start to finish it keeps you engaged. At the start, there are enough flashbacks to make sure you are up to speed and remember where we left off at. Unless you happen to have picked this book up before reading the first then it is enough details for you to understand the story but not enough to deter you from reading the first book. This one definitely has the same plot twists that keep you guessing. This one didn't have any major Revelations that I saw coming beforehand?. This time we have enemies that become allies and friends and then we have allies and friends who become enemies. Some characters old or new make grand entries. Some sneak up and then you have to figure out when they became so important. I was happy to see the end some characters meet and sad to see the end for others. The ending leaves it not only on a happy note but wondering what will happen next.
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SheenaG More than 1 year ago
I love this latest work of M.R Mathias, his imaginative style of writing is a great example for upcoming fantasy writers. You will be thoroughly engaged from start to finish as the author carefully took his time to bring you on a magical journey that was epic and adventurous. It’s been a long time since I have read one of these action packed fantasy books. I must really say hats off to the author for his brilliance and sharing it with others through books like these.  Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools will exceed your expectation and is definitely a book you should have in your collection. It will make a great gift for the avid reader or someone who wants to excite their imagination.
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SheriKHoff More than 1 year ago
The 2nd Book of the Wardstone Trilogy, Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools, did not disappoint. If you have already read Book 1, Book 2 starts with a wonderful surprise. I am not going to spoil it for you, but I was smiling and happy. The familiar characters Mik, Hyden Hawk, and Gerard mature and develop. In addition, a whole host of new and diverse characters are introduced. The characters regroup after a tremendous shift in power and then reach out to create alliances and recover from the devastation created by Pael and Shaella. I liked experiencing Mik and Hyden as celebrated heroes in the beginning of the book- their simple boyhood lives of the past gone forever as they become powerful men. Shaella continues to be a formidable adversary. I felt that one could read this book without reading the first book because the author offers some back-story for events and characters. I do, however, highly recommend reading the books in order. Mathias does a terrific job of enriching and expanding on his Wardstone Trilogy fantasy adventure with fresh and unpredictable schemes. There are many stories within the story. The battle scenes, brawls, mysteries, and adventures kept me turning page after page. Yet it was the close relationships between the main characters that makes this book transcend beyond adventure. The characters face constant danger, yet they play practical jokes on each other during rest and down times. The lightness gives wonderful contrast to the fact that at any moment, they could and do find themselves embroiled in life or death battles. I highly recommend reading Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools. I cannot wait to read Book 3.
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools is the second book in the Wardstone Trilogy. M.R. Mathias picks up where he left off in The Sword and the Dragon. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for the third book to be released. This book keeps all the strengths of the first book, but with a lot of the world building out of the way the characters and story are really given room to shine. Since I don't want to give away any plot spoilers I'll skip the description and just say that if you were on the fence about the first book this is definitely worth checking out and if you enjoyed the The Sword and the Dragon this will be right up your alley. Review copy provided by the author.
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Narayana More than 1 year ago
First - the challenge to piece together the puzzle of characters and their relationships in this book would be near impossible if you haven't read book one, The Sword and the Dragon. Read that book first. Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools is an apt title for a book that encapsulates the hyper-excitement and drama surrounding kings, queens, heroes and fools...AND monsters, dragons, magic, a dwarf, and intensely crazy battle scenes that leave nothing to the imagination. If a mythological creature is missing from this story, I'd be hard pressed to disclose which one. The good guys are good and the bad guys are even better (at being bad). Although nothing is left to the imagination, the author's imagination is on fire and that makes reading his work a lot of fun. I've developed a new taste for fantasy novels. Thanks Mathias!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by John D. for Readers Favorite M.R. Mathias' second novel in the Wardstone Trilogy should not be read without a prior understanding of the first novel in the series. The story picks up at a point where the main characters in the first story have been scattered far and wide, leaving the reader who has not read Book One, the almost impossible task of gathering together the many threads the author lays before us. The story is developed through multiple points of view and it takes several chapters for these seemingly unrelated characters and events (especially if the reader has not read Book One) to come together. On the whole, the final result is satisfying, with most of the bad guys getting their just desserts. The story is well written, with fine attention to detail and subtle handling of each character's development. The action scenes are stirring and the intimacy of relationships between characters is handled sensitively. This is a long novel but is eminently readable. While the good vs evil storyline is generally predictable, the subtle twists and turns add enough to keep the reader reading on towards the final outcomes. But wait - there is more to come!
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K_malinczak More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read the first book in this trilogy, The Sword and the Dragon, what are you waiting for? This so far has been the most exciting and vivid adult fantasy series I have ever read. Warning, there are spoilers for The Sword and the Dragon ahead, so if you haven't read it, stay away. I simply cannot do this review spoiler-free, but I will not spoil anything for K,Q,H,&F. This book is an awesome continuation of the amazingness that was the first part of the trilogy. And let me warn you once again, this is no quick or easy read. It is a long series. But every second is worth it. K,Q,H,&F is a little bit shorter than the first book, but it still took me three days to get through. And I read fast. During the first book, some of the characters I loved were killed. I was not a happy girl. But I still adored the book. There was an evil, evil villain and I was afraid that this book wasn't going to be able to stand up to the first book. But it did. With the introduction of a couple of new characters, Oarly (a dwarf), and Phen (a young magician), there were amazing characters to love again. Also, the depth of King Mikhail and Hyden Hawk continued to grow. If that were even possible. I was also pleased to see that King Jarrek played a larger role in the story this time. I love King Jarrek, he's brave, tough,and loving, and one of my favorite secondary characters. As for the villain aspect, I didn't find Ra'Gren or Shaella quite as intimidating or evil as Pael, but there were enough villains and conflict for it not to really matter. Plus you have the growth of Gerard in the Nethers and he is growing into a more evil villain by the minute. There was an incredible amount of action and the battle scenes were terrific. Now that I am fully into the trilogy, I can state how amazed I am by the world building and the details. I am in awe of M.R.'s ability to work in details and descriptive passages without them ever being tedious or taking away from the story itself. That takes great talent and for this reason I am one of his biggest fans. Of course there are other reasons too, but I think he is one tremendously talented writer, and I hope he never stops. I was ridiculously happy to obtain one of the first copies of this book before it was released to the public. And it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. This is a book for a person who loves books and reading. A book for someone who adores words and the English language. This is a book to savor. With a fantastic plot, a beautifully detailed world, and characters that jump right off the page (and I mean literally, Oarly was running around my living room and then he tried to feed me a cinder pepper, bad dwarf), this novel would make J.R.R Tolkien proud. I would without a doubt, recommend it to everyone I know. You are missing out if you do not read it.