The Heir War: The Kinsman Chronicles, Part 2

The Heir War: The Kinsman Chronicles, Part 2

by Jill Williamson

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Overview

Part 2 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles

With Prince Wilek still searching Armania for a murderer, his brother Prince Trevn finds himself pulled deeper into the dangerous politics of who will be Heir. Trevn, though, is far more interested in his studies with a local priest and the attentions of a young honor maiden.

The book that he has been copying during his lessons is not the book that teaches of the god of the soil. Instead, it teaches of a one true God. If accurate, then it means there is no soil god to satiate. There is nothing they can do to save their world, and all of King Echad's sacrifices have been futile.

The Heir War is collected together with parts 1 and 3 in King's Folly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441229090
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Kinsman Chronicles Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 632,030
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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 www.GoTeenWriters.com. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com.
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 www.GoTeenWriters.com. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com.

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The Heir War: The Kinsman Chronicles, Part 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Ellesar09 More than 1 year ago
“The Heir War” by Jill Williamson is the second part of her new epic fantasy series. In part one, we’re introduced to a variety of characters, including Wilek, Trevn, Mielle, and Charlon. In this second installment, we continue the events of Darkness Reigns as Wilek and Kal travel to Magonia in search of a rune translation while Trevn and Mielle try to keep their relationship under the radar while investigating events at the palace. While in Magonia, Wilek and Kal end up splitting up and Wilek is kidnapped by Charlon, a Magonian mantic, for reasons that are explained later on. Kal continues his search for a rune translation while trying to survive in the harsh country in the midst of the Five Woes. Meanwhile, Trevn at the palace learns of a plot to rid Armania of the Armanites in favor of their religion of Rob and in his search to find out who’s responsible, he hears of a Prophet who will be able to help. Without spoiling too much of this amazing story, let me be the first to say that it is definitely an edge of your seat thrill ride that will keep you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book and author to all of my friends! I received an advance copy of the novel from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.
DanaBlack More than 1 year ago
A note for those who have read Jill Williamson’s other titles: This title, unlike her previous novels, is not a YA title. While the content is still basically clean overall, many of the POV characters are older and the themes are darker. The first thing to note with The Heir War (The Kinsman Chronicles #1.2) is that it shouldn’t be read as a standalone. It is the second part of a three-part volume, and should a reader start with it, they will likely be very confused. As part of a continuing narrative from Darkness Reigns (The Kinsman Chronicles #1.1), however, it is excellent. From the first chapter, The Heir War drops straight back into the action surrounding Wilek, Trevn, Mielle, and Charlon from Part One, and the reader is also introduced to new point-of-view characters as well. Despite the fact that there are quite a few people to keep track of, Williamson does a good job of balancing which parts of the story are told from which perspective, and tries not to leave the reader separated from a POV character for too long (though I did start to miss Mielle’s perspective in this section). Because there are eight perspectives now, with a number of moving parts, pacing slowed a little in the middle (which happens in many books), but it didn’t make me lose interest in the story. With another cliffhanger ending and the Five Realms on the edge of disaster, I was left eagerly anticipating The End of All Things, the final installment of this volume. The darker side: Trigger Warning*—there are a couple of scenes depicting physical abuse. There is a culture of mysticism involving black spirits, spells, and the use of a dangerous plant to fuel the spirit connection, and a different culture practices polygamy and has concubines and slaves, much like what we see in the Old Testament, so if those things bother you, just be aware that they are present. Some sexual content is alluded to (mostly coarse joking among young adults), but nothing beyond a couple of kisses are seen on the page. *I received an advance copy of this book, but my opinions are wholly my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Heir War The Kinsman Chronicles Part 2 By Jill Williamson Often the second or midway point of a story flounders and seems to drag. One is on the edge of something but not quite yet there. Well, The Heir War does not suffer from this issue. We had hints of what was to come in Darkness Reigns but in this second part we are taken further into the story. The Five Realms are teetering on the verge of war, chaos, and utter destruction if the old prophecies are to be believed. They are after all just old prophecies, but the troubles that are slowly spreading throughout the lands could be the fulfillment of what they have decided to ignore or abandon. The House of Hadar is under the rule of Echad-Rosar Hadar king of Armania. Strife rules the court of Armania as the remaining sons are locked in an undeclared war to secure the title of heir. Eldest son Wilek seems most likely to be named heir until he is sent on a mission for his father - a mission from which he might not return as Farway was in a state of unexplained destruction. Second son Janek has a cruel streak that would make him a ruler similar in nature to his father. Third in line is Trevn, a teenager who has a great love for his older brother Wilek. Trevn also has determined to be a rebel going against what was expected and actually caring for the people around him. But there is a growing movement to bring in foreign beliefs - beliefs that could further divide the Realms or heal the division that tore them apart so many years ago. Betrayals, deceptions, and divisions who does one trust when everyone seems to be working against you? Discovering these truths may be the only thing that can save the Realm. But someone is determined to do anything to keep the truth hidden in their quest for control, anything even murder. Currently I have three characters whom I really like Trevn, Zeroah (Wilek's intended bride), and Mielle (Zeroah's honor maiden). And then I have an interest in the two young men who are Trevn's companions/aids Sir Cadoc Wyser and Hinckdan Fuluk - will thes two stand with Trevn or will they fall to the corruption the court? I'm eagerly anticipating further chronicle editions and further clues as to the fates of all involved in this series. I was provided an uncorrected advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
CrazyWriter94 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.) Two months ago, I reviewed ‘Darkness Reigns’, the opener to a compelling high fantasy series by Jill WIlliamson. Today I will review ‘The Heir War’, its faster-paced sequel. The first book was very good, and a solid beginning to the series, but since it had to do the job of introducing not only an entire cast of characters, but the complicated world in which they lived, the pace was a little slow. ‘The Heir War’ does not have this problem. With ‘Darkness Reigns’ as a launching pad, it takes off, carrying along the reader in its ride through the five realms and the environmental and interpersonal chaos throughout. It’s a riveting tale, filled with action and suspense that left me eagerly anticipating the next installment. Tension mounts between characters and prophecy comes to fruition, the religious systems are further developed, the faith themes have begun to evolve and cast light into the darkness, and the more questions are answered, the more arise to take their place. If I had to pick a favorite character, though the cast in general is fantastic, I would choose Trevn, the youngest Sar (or prince) of Armania. He’s energetic and charmingly offbeat, childish at times but with a good heart and a desire to see truth come to light. I do feel compelled to give a heads-up that there is some innuendo involved, primarily by cruder characters in conversation and dares and by priestesses seeking to fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, it’s plot-relevant rather than gratuitous, so I wouldn’t say that it necessarily makes the book any less worth reading. I’d only say that the story is clearly meant for adults and older teens, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing whether or not to read it. Overall, I liked ‘The Heir War’ even more than ‘Darkness Reigns’, and I eagerly look forward to reading the third book.