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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Spirit of the King is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre and it forms the first book in the Spirit of the King Trilogy penned by author Amy Hay. The book follows a spiritual vessel named Aria as she journeys through her world, forced to be a walking battleground between two powerful spiritual entities, each of which wishes to form a covenant with her. With promises of power in exchange for a pact of loyalty, the two tempt Aria by offering a portion of their own power. The small sample awakens a deep desire within Aria to wield extreme power, but as her journey through the world encourages her to reflect on herself, she begins to wonder who she could be without them.
Author Amy Hay has crafted a high-quality short novel with tons of power, and one which sets up the future series beautifully. In the first instance, the conceptual set-up of this work is spectacular, delivering a metaphysical and psychological narrative that puts the darkest temptations inside the protagonist’s own head. With this explosive potential for right and wrong, good versus evil, the duality placed the whole plot on a knife-edge and made it intriguing and unpredictable to see which way Aria would turn at any given moment. Overall, I would highly recommend Spirit of the King for fantasy fans seeking a new series to start which is packed with atmosphere, intrigue, and incredible worldbuilding from cover to cover. A real masterpiece of character-led and conceptual storytelling.