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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
A Kingdom Forgotten is a wonderful opening into A Throne of Souls series by Charles McDonald Jr., an opening which I consider to be the best promise for a long, epic adventure. This book will have a great appeal for fans of general fiction, sci-fi and fantasy who love stories with complex plots and strong characters. But the setting is nowhere near anything I have ever read before. It spans centuries, and one gets the impression that one is reading the evolution of human consciousness through all time. This story introduces readers to Damon, the main protagonist, caught up in a world where nothing is as it seems. Does he have the courage to break the rules?
This is a monumental story with its unique kind of conflict and multiple storylines. Readers are introduced to powerful heroes, magic, portals into other worlds and times, medieval settings, and a lot more. The book is intelligently imagined and masterfully executed, and it is important to note that it isn’t a light read. Yes, the story is complex on multiple levels, including the points of views that shift and that can cause some dizziness in the reader, the writing that is extraordinary, fraught with depths of meaning, and the storyline with numerous characters. Charles McDonald Jr. has created a story that is colossal and that combines various elements of the art of storytelling into one place. I was wowed by the writing and the characters, but most importantly, by the author’s ability to unveil the depth of human emotion and consciousness. A Kingdom Forgotten is a story of great magnitude, one to read with focus, a story that will remind readers of their roots.