Author: D. P. Woolliscroft
Published: April 30th, 2018
Length: 508 pgs
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Kingshold is the Debut Novel and first book in the Wildfire Cycle Series by D. P. Woolliscroft. I received the book free in exchange for a review as part of The WriteReads Blog tour. Kingshold is marketed as an Epic Fantasy Novel, but I agree with many of the other bloggers who said the book is more political intrigue than epic fantasy because the magical elements were not an essential part of the story, and the storyline could have continued to the same conclusion had the magical element been removed. The magical scenes contained too much information on the technique and mechanics of the magic and how it worked. Kingshold is a bit wordy at times, with long-winded character introductions that are more like mini prologues that make it a little hard for the reader to keep their focus on the story, while backstory is generally essential I believe it would’ve had a more substantial impact if the information had been revealed organically.
All in all, I’d give the novel 4 out of 5 stars because while the world-building and character introductions bogged down the story for a good portion of its beginning, the quality of the writing is excellent, and I think this book is worth the read. Once all the characters are introduced, and the world-building completed, the story takes shape and the writer keeps the story flowing consistently in a well-balanced cycle of plot, information, and action until the end.