Book Review: The Kingdom of Lies

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I had the pleasure of connecting with author, Megan Lynn Rose, back in December of 2021, who asked if I would read and review her book. I was elated to help a fellow fantasy author, especially with her debute novel.

When I read a book, I break it down into four categories. First is the overall story structure. Second is strong language. Third is violence, and finally, sexual content.

My overall impressions were this was a well-written book. The cover was beautiful, and I love the hint of magic from the main character. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes to read fantasy romance with that ever-endearing love triangle, but here is my breakdown. 

(NOTE* If you’re looking for a book for your child, please read it first to make sure you are ok with the level of morality.)

Here is how I rated this book. (The scale is 1 being least and 10 being greatest)

  • Story structure: 8.5
  • Language: 2
  • Violence: 2
  • Sexual Content: 3

The story was a great emotional read. I binge-read half of it in one night when I needed to forget about frozen water pipes bursting in our barn. A few things that threw me off were that several elements were from the modern era and not the typical medieval framework we see in princess novels. References to Lake Michigan and Chicago also threw me off a few times because I wasn’t sure if we were talking about the land of the United States or if we were still in the fantasy land. However, the drive behind the characters’ actions was easy to follow. It helped the reader get behind them as they fought for what they wanted.

The language was fairly mild. There were a few instances of swear words, but minimal.

The violence was likewise mild. Things are kept light in this regard.

The sexual content got a higher rating because of the references to sex between the main characters. This relates to an act in the past, but we don’t get much description. As well as an act the main character wants to do in the future but only with her husband. In my opinion, this gets to be too big of an issue of discussion towards the end. But the resolution of the book is well done.

My overall rating of this book is four stars, and I look forward to reading book 2 when it becomes available.

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