Blog Tour: King

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King (Books of the Infinite, # 3)King
(Books of the Infinite #3)
by R.J. Larson
Christian Fantasy
July 1, 2013 by Bethany House
Paperback, 352 pages

Akabe of Siphra is certain his people are insane.

Why have they made him a king?
What, in the name of peacetime boredom do kings do?

Frustrated by a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe decides to prove himself as king by undertaking a monumental task, his own lifelong dream: Rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra.

But Akabe’s impulsive decision sweeps him into a storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, conspiring to destroy the emerging temple—and to kill their king and his mysterious new queen.

My Review

I have read several great books in the Fantasy genre lately, and one in the Christian Fantasy genre that I loved (The Hero's Lot). When I signed up for this tour, it was because I loved the cover and the summary.

There is quite a lot going on in this story. You have several different key players and plots and circumstances, some of which have built up as the series has progressed. You would think that since there have been so many signs or proof of who Ela is and who she serves that there wouldn't still be so many doubts, issues, and hatred, but there is. You would also think that Ela, the king, and those surrounding them would be safe, but they aren't. Not even close and things escalate quite quickly when the king takes a wife who is not of the same faith.

You can see a lot of similarities or situations based off of different Bible stories. The circumstances and resolutions are not the same though. This is a different world with different characters and other factors, such as the different monsters found in the land. It was interesting how the author might incorporate something that could be construed as scripture based, but still made it her own story. I did feel that the religious context was pretty strong, stronger than I like. The writing could have been a little smoother as well. Some things didn't always work for me either, but I understood where the author was going and what she was trying to show. I also liked how she portrayed Ela's Creator in some ways, in his humor, understanding, love, and that anyone could hear his voice if they believed.

I did like the characters. Akabe, who this story is really about - as he is trying to lead and restore his country, is a great king and character. Ela is still trying to figure things out. She is a prophet, but the Infinite doesn't tell her everything to do and think. She has to make some of her own choices. She is still trying to avoid marriage even though she loves Kien. There is quite a bit of history there. I also really like Kien. He loves his home land, Ela, and Akabe and would do anything for them. I also thought that Caitria was an interesting character and adds a good dimension to the story and the other characters.

The story is constantly moving. You go from one - or a set of characters - to another depending on what is going on. You have one group, be it rebels, another country, or the king's councilors that pull the story one way or another or prompt certain events. Someone is always at risk at one point or another. It does slowly climax, but it felt more like several climaxes throughout the story. Overall, this was a good ending to the series.
Content: Clean
Source: Copy from tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

R.J. Larson
About the Author
R.J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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