Series:The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1
Synopsis:In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.
Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.
In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.
What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.
Review: The Kingdom of Liars was a FANTASTIC debut. Nick brought to life one of the most unique fantasy premises I had read. It was very refreshing to read something that seemed so incredibly different from a lot of the fantasy I am used to.
The world in this is really great. In this world chunks of the moon fall from the sky and magic costs you memories. My biggest criticism with this story is that I wanted more. I wanted more! I actually found myself wishing that it was longer and I got more of a history of this incredible world.
There were two elements of this story that I felt were near-perfect. Martell’s character work, specifically the character of Michael, as well as the political intrigue were the shining stars of this book. Michael is a character that I think people will have very mixed opinions about, but he worked for me. He is a character who is constantly making questionable decisions, but so many times I understood his motivation and if I am being honest I probably would have done the same thing in his shoes. He continues to grow throughout the story and by the end I was so connected with his character that he felt like a real friend. The political intrigue in this story was truly the driving force for this entire story for me. Political intrigue is something that I either love, or hate within a story and The Kingdom of Liars hit the nail on the head.
Overall this story highlights the best parts of modern fantasy and puts an fun and fresh spin on it!
Thank you to Gallery Press for providing an eARC. This in no way changes my thoughts and feelings on this story. These are my 100% honest thoughts.