Kingdom’s End by Charles D. Blanchard
Publisher: Lulu’s Publishing Services
Published: April 26th, 2016
I was sent a copy of the book for an honest review.
When I got the book and read what it was about I was super excited to jump into this novel! I don’t know how many of you read the Redwall series by Brian Jacques but this just reminded me of it and I loved that vibe. It brought back so many good memories since I loved those books in middle school! The story follows the story of a colony of rats living in a abandoned movie theater, a new leader is handing out harsh punishments towards his subjects. As he reaches towards total control, he is met with fierce resistance, that hope to bring him down while trying to survive retaliation from the world.
Once I started this novel, I dove in and was sucked up! I loved the adventure, the action, the plot, and that characters. I always love reading about storylines that are about creatures other than humans. It always brings out a whole new perspective on things. This novel was no different. You meet Indio who is the current ruler, who is also blind; as well as Matthias, who has his sights set on being the new ruler. I loved how the author really tried to really make us see rats in a completely new light that what we may think of them in real life. He gave them personalities, families, and a glimpse at their lives in this urban fantasy world. I liked reading about their doings, as well as the humans who live in the world around them.
The only thing that was a bit confusing for me was the shifting of so many points of views. While I liked reading their POV’s, it was also a little hard to keep up and remember who was who. Some characters that stayed present for most of the story were easier, but there were some characters who you would read from for a bit then wouldn’t see them until much much later. So at times it was hard for me to remember who they were and why they were significant. Another thing I had trouble with was sometimes we wouldn’t get people’s names. It mainly had to do with the humans but still, we would learn a bit about them but not their names so I had no idea who they were.
Another thing I had issues with was that we were told a lot of the comings of the book so it really left little for me to find out. I knew what was coming up but had no idea when. I would have preferred to not know anything and be surprised, but in a way I see why he did it.
Overall this novel was really amazing, well written, and action packed. Highly recommend this to anyone, especially urban fantasy lovers! Such an interesting cast of characters, and I really feel it is something you should give a chance to! You’ll root for the good rats like I did!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve had the pleasure to check this book out, and your thoughts! I’d love to know!