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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Steph's DNF Review: City of York (Kingdom in Darkness) By A. Person

Series: Kingdom in Darkness #1 
Publisher: Elmhurst Park Capital
Source: the author in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Buying Link: Amazon* 
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Blurb from goodreads:

The Kingdom has been around for as long as mud has been on the planet. Magic abounds—and dragons are its physical manifestation. Once vibrant and proud, they now live in varying states of depression after having their wings clipped. New dragons have not been created since that fateful day, and the magical force has only dwindled with the passing of each dragon.
The Community, the residents of the Kingdom, are no longer the dominant beings in the world. They have ceded that title to humans, or as they inconsiderately call them, Cromies. To ensure the Kingdom’s survival, the Council of Elders made the monumental decision to concentrate all the magic in one place: New York City. From the far corners of the world, the Exodus occurred. Dubbed the City of York by this mythical Community, here they all follow the Order to stay concealed and not bring harm to the general population. Unbeknownst to the inhabitants at large, the Community lives among them.

In the present day, Emily and her friends Cat and James run a start-up news organization. Their quest to inform the public has them unexpectedly crossing paths with members of the Community. When it is discovered that they have an affinity to magic, they are all provided guides, and they immerse themselves in this hidden world.
A motley cast of additional characters is encountered along the way. Prominent among them is Hollister McAvoy, who is a magically made billionaire. He has harnessed the power emanated by dragons and brought cheap, renewable energy to the city. While the Cromies rejoice, he continues to work toward his ultimate objective. There is an age-old prophecy that foretells the dawn of a magical revival. With access to money and technology, he aims to fulfill it by creating prosthetic wings and returning dragons to their former prestige. Can the Kingdom remain in darkness when dragons once again fly?

My Thoughts:

I love dragons. Ok, I am obsessed with dragons and when I see the word dragons in a blurb, I jump on it. Unfortunately, in this case, this one did not work for me. I tried three times to read this book in three different moods. I just could not get into it. Each of the three chapters I read, had entirely different characters. Unlike in a George RR Martin novel, there were not names at the top of each chapter to give me an inkling that this was another character. By the time I got to chapter four with new characters, I couldn’t remember who was in the first chapter. I can handle a book that switches between a couple of characters, but I get lost if there are too many. I actually wasn’t even able to read Game of Thrones until after I had watched a couple of seasons of the show. It was too hard to keep the characters straight. 

 You might like it but this one just wasn’t for me.

1 comment:

  1. That will confuse me as well. Sorry it didn't work for you, but understandable.


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