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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Kingdom Come by Jim Doran
Seventeen-year-old Harold Tray is preparing for college when he is visited by an apparition one night. After she convinces him to accompany her to a faraway world, Harold finds himself in the middle of a prophecy in the fairy-tale land of Kingdom. Planet is a powerful pixie who proclaims Harold has been teleported to help her bring peace back to Kingdom. His assignment is to unite five maidens to overthrow the illegitimate king. Luckily for Harold, the five are fairy-tale princesses from familiar childhood stories. After partnering with Planet and other misfit companions, he journeys across Kingdom in search of the maidens. He finds them at the end of their stories, ready to continue their lives as queens. Unfortunately, their progress to the throne will not be easy. An ancient enemy is waiting for them, and he knows secrets about Harold's past.
Published by Lulu Publishing Services on January 13, 2018
Source: Indie Reader
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Kingdom Come is an interesting twist on a fairy tale retelling. The protagonist, Harold, has grown out of being creative and his imagination if you will until he is thrown into a fantasy world where he must help the inhabitants fulfill a prophecy of five queens.
These queens are fairy tale characters we know and love. For example, Snow White, though there are some other characters that aren’t as well known which was nice to see. Their stories have ended and Harold needs to help them continue but it’s not an easy road.
To say this plot was unique is an understatement. The storyline was well done and thought outside the box in terms of fantasy and fairy tales. All the characters were fun though I’ll admit I didn’t agree with Harold’s age. He’s 17 and this is a YA novel, but it gave more middle-grade vibes to me due to the way he acted and some of his dialogue choices.
It took me a bit to get into the story. The beginning was kind of slow for me and when searching for the five queens, it felt repetitive (and sometimes predictable) at times. But overall, I enjoyed this book and it was well done. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re a fan of fantasy and fairy tales.
Rating: 4/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, content writer, and entrepreneur residing in New England.
She’s a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head. Although, Rachel mainly writes short stories and cozy mysteries.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading many cozy mysteries. However, she loves a good fairy-tale retelling too. She also loves cleaning, playing video games, or hanging out with her dog, cat, turtle, and tortoise.