Review: King’s Warrior

King's Warrior (The Minstrel's Song, #1)King’s Warrior by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

King’s Warrior is a young adult fantasy novel that follows the story of Princess Kamarie and her new friends as they journey and fight to save their country of Aom-igh from invaders.

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be something King-Arthurish. However, it’s set in an imaginative fantasy world, and the “knights” aren’t so much knights as warriors. But while it’s fantasy, the world doesn’t feel fake. I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading.

There’s a sense of innocence to the writing style of this book, which makes it a fairly easy read, even though the paperback book is 400 pages long. The main characters all have interesting stories to them, which constantly feed the storyline with new details. But the book is very much an “adventure” in that it isn’t about the characters learning/changing so much as it is about the journey they’re on.

Throughout the story, we follow a myriad of characters, including Kamarie, the fiesty princess who wants to be useful; Oraeyn, the squire who longs to be a knight; Yole, the timid boy who needs to find where he fits in; and Brant, the stoic guide whose past is bursting with secrets and mysteries.

The book could stand another round of editing to clean up the occassional typo and weed out all the unnecessary repetition, etc, but all in all, this wasn’t overly distracting. It was a fun read with lots of interesting world building. Between meeting dragons, escaping Dark Warriors, wandering through forests, and frolicking with wizardesses, there’s always something happening.

So what annoyed me most about the book? Besides the need for another edit, the book felt needlessly long—I found myself skipping over sections that repeated already-read scenes or had way too many fluffy (yes, I did just say “fluffy”) adverbs. These are things some extra editing would nip off.

Other than that, the flavor of this book rather reminded me of the book Inkheart (by Cornelia Funk). So, if you like that feel, or if you’re a fan of long fantasies, journey-style stories, and fairy-tale characters, definitely take a look at King’s Warrior.

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