Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Woodcastle: The Courts Divided Book One by Kell Inkston

Woodcastle: The Courts Divided Book One by Kell Inkston is a brilliant fantasy series. A must read/listen!

Every once in a while you come across an author who has that special flair and you know is going to make it big some day. Today, that author is Kell Inkston. I highly recommend this book.
Full review below...

Woodcastle: The Courts Divided Book One by Kell Inkston was a refreshing take on the fantasy genre. Initially I wasn’t sure if I was going to get into it, but it didn’t take long to realize this is a fantastic book. The story flows nicely in all the right ways.

What to expect: a unique blend of humor, swords and other weapons, kingdoms, magic, spells, realmancy, war, and a nice variety of characters that range from dragon-kin, necromancer, minions, fairies, humans, overlords, dwarves, elves, and more. There is enough action intertwined with the humor that you won’t get bored. The ending contained a nice twist. You may want to consider listening/reading the appendix first as it explains a bit about the omniverse (Chapter 41). 

I loved how some of the characters names are cleverly used in the story (“rid the world of Order”, “Chaos holds the absolute advantage, not only does he decide when to appear, he is also free to not appear at all”). There are also life lessons if you choose to notice: “We must give freely without expecting anything in return.” 

The narrator, A. W. Dickson, was awesome! Used a variety of voices and all were wonderful. Would listen A. W.’s other narrations. 

This book will be a repeat listen/read book for me. I also purchased this book for a friend. 

Overall, I recommend, especially if you are into fantasy with a blend of humor. 

A little note about the books progress: The author states this book has had two previous titles, has been in development the past four years, and was almost shelved at one point. Extremely happy this was not shelved! 

Parental warnings/trigger advisory: some occasional swear words and then there are the times when they are beeped out, death, and war. It’s possible I am forgetting some things. 

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book! 

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Where to find the author: Kell Inkston
My personal thoughts:
I am so happy this book was not shelved. It would have been a waste of clear talent. I enjoyed the word play, probably more than I should have. Still trying to figure out why Kell's work hasn't exploded...any publishers reading this?

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