To Kill a King by Theodore Singer

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To Kill a King by Theodore Singer
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Action-Adventure, Historical
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Vengeance!

His beloved has been stolen from him by slavers, to satisfy the lust of an evil king! Kalath the barbarian sorcerer travels across many lands in search of her, meeting foes both human and supernatural. In his heart is not only rescue, but revenge!

A fast-moving Sword and Sorcery tale for adults.

Sometimes the most interesting quests are the ones that are the least likely to succeed.

The world building in this story was nicely done. I especially liked reading the narrator’s descriptions of the people he met while on his journey. The most memorable ones for me were the ghosts that had been haunting an otherwise fertile and highly desirable piece of land for generations. Their presence was the only reason why the living refused to visit that area. I can’t go into any details about how this situation came to be or what happened to these spirits, of course, but the explanation for it made me wish for a sequel that would revisit this part of the storyline because of how fascinated I was by all of it.

What puzzled me about the main character was how little he revealed about his personality, habits, quirks, identity, and backstory. While there were excellent reasons why some of these things were so well hidden from the audience, keeping all of them a secret made it difficult for me to empathize with him when he found himself in dangerous situations because I had such a hard time imagining what kind of person this character was. I didn’t really feel like I knew him at all despite everything I’d already seen him go through. It would have been much easier for me to worry about his fate had I known a few more things about who this individual was before the plot thickened.

The combat scenes were exciting. Mr. Singer’s writing style is well suited for describing battles and fights of all kinds because of how much attention he paid to the little things that were going on during the course of them. Time slowed down during these sections in a good way. I felt like I was experiencing every spell and blow that the characters exchanged.

To Kill a King should be read by anyone who is in the mood for an adventure.

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