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Kingdom of the Damned (Kingdom Journals - Provocation) by Tricia Copeland

KINGDOM OF THE DAMNED by Tricia Copeland, Book reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews
“…he that believeth not shall be DAMNED” – Mark 16:16

In 1557, witches burn her home and family. She escapes with the help of a family friend and they hide among humans. At seventeen, another atrocity ignites Anne’s passion for justice. Circumventing the globe, she seeks to unite the vampires and build peace. Powerful enemies amass against them, but her friends number many, including a surprising and mysterious hero. In a war for survival, love feels extravagant, and heroes don’t always prevail. Can she best her enemy and find happiness at last?

Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural/Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
Series: Kingdom Journals

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Review

Do you remember when I said in my review of Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals, Book 1) how I was just dying to know more about Elizabeth, Orm and Alena's mother? Well, my wish was granted in this book!

We follow Anne, a vampire who starts out on a quest to avenge her parents, which leads to a quest to learn more about the history of vampires, which then leads her on a quest to end a centuries-long war between witches and vampires. In a nutshell, Copeland discusses the events that lead up to the condemnation of the half-witch, half-vampire offspring and, more is revealed about the witches' lineage and the prophecy that the characters in the previous books may, or may not, fulfill.

For those of you who are hoping that the storyline of this series would progress, I'm sorry to say that you're going to have wait for the next book in the series. Okay, I'm not really sorry because I love character development and this book has it in spades. The setting and characters are downright compelling! It's an incredibly diverse group of characters and the setting changes frequently as Anne travels through different continents (and eras) to forge peace between the vampires and witches.

Anne's story is a bit more mature in tone, even though Anne is young in comparison to other vampires but older than the characters from the previous books. The discussions about the belief systems that Copeland's vampires adhere to is unique. For example, the notion that "soullessness" and "evil" are synonymous is replaced by the belief that vampires are the children of "Mother Earth." I don't know if young adults would relate to these discussions; however, I thought they added depth and interest to the plot.

The plot moves forward pretty quickly and if there was a dull moment in the story, I didn't find it. I'm pretty sure that I would've read it in one day if I had the time to do so; once I picked it up and started reading, I had a hard time putting it down.

If you haven't started reading the "Kingdom Journals," you could easily start with Kingdom of the Damned. However, if you are reading them in order of publication, you'll find that it fills in a few of the tantalizing tidbits that Copeland dangled before us in the previous books. I'm thrilled to recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Cassandra Clare's series "The Mortal Instruments" and other books similar to it.

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About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland, author
Tricia Copeland, author
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her newest releases are Deepest Scars, a new adult romance, and Lovelock Ones, a sci-fi novel. Her fantasy books include Kingdom of Embers, Kingdom of Darkness, and Kingdom of Honor. Her new adult romance Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. If not on a trail, you can find Tricia at http://www.triciacopeland.com/, on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter.
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