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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
Kingshold has long been ruled by kings and queens of varying caliber throughout the ages but the wizard Jyuth has other plans for the kingdom. After their swift and brutal dethroning, it has been decided that an age of democracy will dictate the new Lord Protector of the land. Of course, not all citizens are worthy of casting a vote and the entry fee will sort the wheat from the chaff. Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft follows the adventures of Mareth, a bard who can hold a tavern full of people rapt with his songs, yet who would then proceed to drink said tavern dry. Alana is a low born girl who seeks to better herself, along with her sibling, Petra, and a host of other fascinating characters.
Kingshold is a magical place and the tales of panther-headed demons, a school for assassins and the Daco turtle among other wonderful creations will have you on the edge of your seat. D.P. Woolliscroft has crafted a world that is filled with brutality and swift justice yet gives the reader an insight into a society that is shunning the rule of higher born beings. The casting of votes by pink pixies and the dwarves that live below ground are just two aspects of the election that will leave you spellbound and caught up in this magical tale. There is also an underlying thread of humor that lifts this story and will have you chuckling at even the darkest scenes. I loved this book and the twist in the final chapter will ensure that I return once more to Kingshold.