Secrets have been formed in the dark corners of the kingdom. Change is in the air and whispers of new ideas and technologies have swept the land. Unfortunately, the King is old and simple and his daughter is concerned only with worldly possessions. A man by the name of Buul, a man long forgotten, has returned to pay a visit to the King on the King’s birthday. He has not come empty handed and will be the King’s undoing.
The King, in moments of panic and war, can trust no one with the protection of his daughter. He quickly decides to entrust her life with a creature most vile and uncommon and chains her to a Vork. He does not leave her empty handed though. His last gift to the Princess is an amulet with powers even he does not comprehend. The land’s only chance, the only one loyal to the King’s memory, is the daughter that cares nothing of the Kingdom of Vosh.
As a rule, I don’t like princesses. I find them irritating, spoiled and annoying. And in the beginning of Kingdom of Vosh Jasper completely met my expectations. I didn’t like her at all. But (and it’s a pretty big butt!) I soon found her getting under my skin. Being thrust into a situation so utterly alien to her, and with a creature as vile as the Vork, forces Jasper to find herself.
Beyond the endearing protagonist, The Kingdom of Vosh explores interesting political, economic and social ramifications of an isolated kingdom thrown into turmoil. This is not just a coming of age story, it has depth and intelligence that make it engaging.
The combination of first person and third person point of view was a little disorienting at first, but as soon as I got into the habit of switching for different characters I enjoyed the intimacy of first person, and stepping back into third gave me some breathing room.
Overall, I found The Kingdom of Vosh to be a fun, satisfying read and was left with a lot to think about.
About the Author:
In 1999, Jason Conley drew a picture of a young woman’s face. It eventually became the cover of the book you now hold. When not consumed by writing or art, Jason canoes, fishes, and hikes the rolling hills of Tennessee with his family.
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