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Kingdom of War by Tricia Copeland

Kingdom Journals, Book 5

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They’d been imaginary childhood friends until Alena found him thirteen years later.

After uniting the trinity, they formed a coven of witches, eight souls shouldered with the burden of breaking an age-old curse. Someone had to lead, and from the moment he became a full witch, Hunter knew it must be him. But his power, the magic coursing through his veins, hungered for a life of its own. Can he control his demons? Will Alena, Camille, and Hunter figure out how to break the spell binding their souls or will the darkness consume them?
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal Fantasy
Pub. Date: June 21, 2019

Review

In this installment of the "Kingdom Journals," the story of the trinity continues from Hunter's point of view. While Alena and Camille have grappled with their own insecurities and challenges in the past, Hunter bears the greatest burden; since his powers are the strongest, he must lead the coven. Not just that but since he is the strongest witch in the trinity, the temptation to wield his magic to its fullest is greater.

I loved this book! Hunter's narrative stands out from the previous narratives because he is the leader of the coven and his internal struggle to keep his powers from corrupting him is compelling. Hunter's inner dialogue has depth and it caused me to feel emotionally invested in him. I thought that including Alena's heritage in the plot was a clever twist that helped me understand the branches of the family trees that Copeland has created.

The inclusion of a Christian artifact that will help end the curse is intriguing; it goes against the legends that say vampires don't have souls and witches perform the devil's work. On the other hand, it's not too surprising if you follow Bram Stoker's interpretation of Dracula. According to Bran Stoker's version, the Count was an avid Christian before his wife's death. He spurned God after the Church refused to give her a Christian burial, condemning her to Hell. It makes sense that a Christian artifact would be the only way to break the curse.

Sorry, this review has become a bit more cerebral than I intended. However, it demonstrates that Copeland has more surprises in this book for her readers than in the previous books, and there are quite a few twists and turns that lead to an unpredictable ending. While the series and this book aren't officially categorized as YA, I think it is clean enough to be read by young adults age 15 and up; however, the intelligent dialogue and writing style will appeal to readers looking for something a bit more "grown-up."

If you've been following the "Kingdom Journals," you won't want to miss this book. If you haven't been following the series, what are you waiting for?

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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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