Review for Crowning of The Good King by A. Jarrel Hayes

Crowning_New

Title: Crowning of The Good King
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Paperback, 532 pages
Published: December 1st 2004
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN1413429432 (ISBN13: 9781413429435)
Edition Language: English.

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Welcome to the Six Lands, a collection of islands, where magic exists and adventure lives. Five of these Lands are joined in federation and ruled by a group of the world’s best sorcerers, known as the Wizards Elect. The Wizards Elect, led by High Wizard Wizzen, use their magic to oppress the people and gorge themselves on power and flesh.

In Dark Land, the sole Land outside the federation, a Dark Lord, a powerful warlock in his own right, has a long-standing grudge against the Wizzen and the Wizards Elect. When he sends his war griffins to attack a small hamlet in the Land of Rogard, he sets begins an unexpected series of events.

Edgar Winefellow, an orphaned teen raised by his grandparents, lives in the village attacked by the Dark Lord. He loses a loved one in the senseless attack. Edgar vows to take revenge on the Dark Lord, and sets out with his friends and the mysterious Agon Laragen–known as the Failed Wizard–to make the Dark Lord pay.
Along the way, Edgar will uncover the secrets of his parents, and become entangled in a destiny that would see him crowned King of the Six Lands. But is that what Edgar wants? Find out in this epic sword and sorcery adventure.

Over 125,000 words of fantasy action!

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Few! When I saw how many pages this was on my e-reader I almost faint. But it’s about the right size of a fantasy.
The Crowning of the Good King is a tale that follows Edgar Winefellow, a orphaned teen who is raised by his grandparents. Not knowing who his father was, and thinking his mom was a lady of the night? Only for a minute because his grandfather smacked that out of him. Edgar embarked on a quest of revenge when he lost someone close to him through an attack that was for nothing.
It’s basically the formula and skeleton of a normal quest driven fantasy. What I like about Crowning the Good King, is that A. Hayes had a huge imagination when writing this novel. His characters are strong and colourful, and can be related to easily. The Wizzen and Wizard Elect, I love. The plots were well driven and I like the mystery part surrounding who Edgar’s parents where.
I like a quest type of story and I think A. Jarrel Hayes has done a really good job with this.

Now what I didn’t like. There are parts that was really slow paced and it felt a bit dragging. However he did somehow manage to pick it up again. The beginning is a lot of telling, but not in such a way that it feels like backstory info dump. I easily got into his writing style.

I’m going to give Crowning of the Good King a four.

I really enjoyed it.

Good luck with Crowning of The Good King,

Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods

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