Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I had such a shit day so because I work from home and it wouldnt actually effecy my job, i started drinking at like 4. Parker and I hopped on video and we both finished out our days of work together… with wine. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be an issue, but THEN we finished up The Great (the TV show). I was already good and tipsy but THEN Ginny and I decided to watch The Incredibles and now its 1am and I’m drunk.
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Drunk Overview: OK so. I’m going to try my best. So the main character, Arrah, is in a pickle. Her mother is the high priestess and her best friend (aka the love of her life) is her mother’s nemesis’s son. One day, Arrah fins out that there are a ton of kids going missing in the city. Arrah’s mom makes it seem like it’s her bae’s dad’s fault and it causes drama. DId I forget to mention that Arrah is the blood of two powerful magicla families and she hasnt had even a wink of magic? No? Ok so that counts and thenthere are gods and demons and then everything happens.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: so this story was pretty amazing. I struggled a bit because I feel tlike it was two books in one, but I would be remiss to say that this wasn’t one of the most unique mythos that I’ve ever read about. I saw moment of brilliance while also had chapters of…. well… boredom. I’m still happy with what I got.
Characters: There are a few characters I want to talk about so I’ll do that on my own.
- Arrah: Like…. she wants magic, but doesn’t get it and her gma says that theres a demon following her. But she also has hopes and dreams that are outside of that world. She and bae just want to make things better. I really do appreciate how much of a teenage girl she is. She’s so in to this guy but even so, has priorities outside of dick which is nice.
- Rudjek: I had to look up the spelling beause i listened to this on audio. He’s just a precious nerd. He’s loves Arrah. I will say, though, that his only purpose is to be a plot device for Arrah. Do I love their scenes together? absofuckinglutely. Do I want more from him other than “I save damsels”? yes. But hey, I may or may not get what I want.
- Mama: She’s like… holy shit… I really cant say because spoilers and that SUCKS
- OTHER CHARACTER I CAN’T MENTION BUT IF YOU KNOW WHO I’M TALKING ABOUT THEN YOU KNOW: She’s such a bitch. I want to knife her almost instantanously.
- Side Characters: they’re important but only for very specific reasons and don’t have a lot of agency on their ownn.
Plot: Wow, As I’m writing the character section I realize that there is a fuck ton that happens in this story. It sort of feels like two books to be honest. So much happens, in fact, that I’m drunkenly struggling to remember all the points. All I know is that I remember one feeling. I remember that I never felt surprised. Now you may think that’s a bad thing… it’s not. There was plenty that happened than was unpredictable, but the way the writing happened it never felt unreal. It felt like it was the next natural step in the story. That’s annoying bt it is the way it si.
Writing Style: I listened to this. I really feel ike i sjould change my outlide for audiobooks because narration is as important as writing style. In this case…. meh.
World Building: DONT HATE ME FOR THE MEH. The writing style was meh but the world building was amazing. It was so refreshing and new to me. While there have been a few books recently with this mythology, there haven’t been enough for me to be able to establish a baseline… PLUS ITS SO NEW that I enjoy each and every interpretation.
What to pair it with: This is a whisky ginger. It burns but it’s also sweet. It feels like a fantasy with a new flavor and flaming relationships.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,