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Tales of Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: https://dpwoolliscroft.com/
SERIES: The Wildfire Cycle
PUBLISHED: November 6, 2018 (Self-published)
PAGES: 322
GENRE: Epic Fantasy

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Blurb

If you loved Kingshold, discover the next installment in the epic Wildfire Cycle.

I am Mareth and I collect tales – tales that do not make the official histories. Join me and learn the secret stories of those who sparked the wildfire. Stories from our past, from that fateful summer and its aftermath.

Tales of Kingshold, Book 1.5 of the Wildfire Cycle, includes four novelettes and six short stories.


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“Stay flexible like the reed, bending in the wind of life; continually question your destination.”

Tales of Kingshold is a beautifully crafted series of novelettes and short stories that are both a blast to read and also the perfect way to add rich depth to The Wildfire Cycle series we’ve all come to know and love. Short journal entries and letters brilliantly and concisely explain some of the finer points of the world that were touched upon in book one, such as the inner workings of magic, or the current status of the relationships between people and countries. Longer novelettes and short stories further develop characters, describe the behind-the-scenes aspects of the plot we’re familiar with from Kingshold, and introduce new players into the game, whom I believe will have a great impact on the future of Edland and beyond.

I usually go into anthologies and collections with an open mind, because there’s bound to be parts that I love, and others not so much, but I didn’t run into that issue at all with Woolliscroft’s intermediate installment in his debut series. I will admit, that while I enjoyed all the stories, some stood out to me more than others, but each of the tales feels vital, as if, no matter how small, there is a significant piece of the puzzle buried within. The unexpected histories are entertaining, the adventures are exciting, and the revelations and stellar foreshadowing are executed flawlessly.

Woolliscroft continues to deliver well-written stories with a perfect blend of humor and sincere gravity – the slapstick comedy in The Working Dead in contrast with the darker elements of Circles makes for an enjoyable read of a highly aggregate collection. I don’t want to get into each tale for fear of spoiling, but I’ve read a few of the reviews posted by other readers and it’s exciting to see that everyone has their own opinions on their favorite story, proving there’s a little something for anyone who decides to dive in.

Tales of Kingshold is a wonderful distraction if you’re like me and anxiously awaiting book two of the series. There’s certainly no shortage of the fantastical to intrigue and keep the pages turning, and the character-centric stories allow for better understanding of those we’ve been previously introduced to. The final story wrapped up so magnificently with such a feeling of urgency, I can’t wait to get my hands on Ioth, City of Light for more! If you haven’t yet given Kingshold a try, I highly recommend you do, then promptly crack this one open.

Justine Bergman

Web developer by trade, ravenous reader, excited reviewer, dark fantasy enthusiast, mother of pups, drinker of strong coffee, and player of games. I'm also a contributor over at Fantasy Book Critic and The Fantasy Hive, and I love sharing the love.

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