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Book Review – A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes

A Coronation of Kings (A Kingdom Divided #1) by Samuel Stokes - Blushing Geek

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes
Series: A Kingdom Divided, #1
First published September 20, 2015 by Samuel Stokes
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
284 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Review Request
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Tyranny. Desperation. Rebellion.

While Tristan may be the heir to the House of Listar, at heart he’s more a lad than a lord.

Mad with power, the ruthless and scheming Baron of Belnair will stop at nothing to gain the crown. In the dead of night, the Baron massacres Tristan’s family and burns their home to the ground. Desperate and alone, Tristan must fight for his life and his people.

With everything at stake, Tristan must unite the unlikeliest of allies to block the Baron’s ascent. For the first time in his life, he must become the leader he was born to be.

The Baron’s armies grow as an ancient magic stirs in the mountains. If Tristan fails, the throne, his freedom, and the love of his life will be lost forever.

A Coronation of Kings is the first book in this exciting new fantasy series. If you like fast-paced adventures, spellbinding sorcery, and wondrous new worlds, you will love Samuel Stokes’ A Coronation of Kings.


WOW! This book just surprised me.

When this book was recommended to me, I just said ok. But because of my massive TBR which keeps on increasing every day, I am certain that it would took me a while to read it. I don’t know what just happened but I just found myself reading it that day. I wasn’t expecting that I will finish it that fast and surprise surprise! I was really entertained!

I love watching movies with fight scenes like the movie 300 but I don’t share the same feeling when reading a book with the same plot. Why’s that? Well, I am a dialogue reader and I easily get bored. Stories like that tends to keep on talking and explaining and as much as possible, I avoid it haha.

This story is about the twin brothers, Tristan and Syrion, who were separated at birth. Their journey started when the Wolf killed King Marcus (Tristan and Syrion’s father) and burnt the Listarii mansion to the ground.

To tell you honestly, I am literally speechless about this story. All I know is that I really enjoyed it. I love the fact that it easily caught my attention as early as its first chapter. And I really adore the idea of dragons, magic and these “spartan”-inspired fight scenes mixed in one book!

The characters was surprisingly fine with me. Actually, while I keep reading this book, I can’t help but remember the “A song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin not just because of the dragons but also because of the commotion rooted by greed for the throne. Plus, there were some words also that I can’t help but picture out Daenerys when it mentioned stormborn.

But unlike the latter, this story comprises only a very easy to track characters and the name’s isn’t that hard to pronounce and remember too. The introduction of each characters isn’t that long which I really adore! Plus the execution of lines was superb. I had my share of confusions too but I’m sure all will be properly explained on the second book.

I really love the story line and I love the fact that it’s a no non-sense story. All we’re properly explained but didn’t lose the action, so absolutely no boring moments at all. And that’s absolutely what I want to read for an adventure fantasy story, so obviously, I became an instant fan!

Plus, the ending was massive! I love the happy ending and I love the fact that it gave its readers something to look forward to on the second book. And that my dear, is my kind of ending.

As I finished this story, I came across the author’s bio and read the part where he said “Instead of a slow buildup of an incredibly detailed plot, my goal is to write fantasy that takes place at breakneck speed, so the action never stops“. Dang! And he definitely did that with this story. I’ll be following this series that’s for sure.

And oops, why 4.5 stars? Well, actually, it’s because this story is composed of quite a number of some not-so-reader-friendly words that once in a while, I keep on “long pressing” my kindle for its meaning. But so far, it’s not that annoying at all. 

If you want some action-packed story, then you’ll absolutely love this book.

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7 years ago

I love when books surprise you in the best way possible! Great review!

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Thanks for dropping by 🙂

Michele @ A Belle's Tales

I’ve never heard of this one before, but it sounds amazing and definitely like one I would enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome review 🙂

7 years ago

Yay! I cant wait for you to read it Michele 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I tend to enjoy epic battle scenes when I’m reading fantasy and love those big endings. I hadn’t heard of this one. Thanks, Vanessa!

7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yeah, me too. And this book had it big time. This is actually the first published story from the author and I think the marketing guys didn’t do its job. But I am really glad I’ve got to discover this one.

7 years ago

Glad you enjoyed!! I love when freebies work out so well

7 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Hehe, that’s absolutely right!

7 years ago

This sounds like a fun read. I tried reading A Game of Thrones after watching the first season of the show and I was SO confused… even though I already knew what happened. There’s just so many people, and all their names are funky… and I wound up putting it down in favor of the show. So, I like that this is easier to follow and doesn’t leave you scratching your head half the time.

7 years ago
Reply to  Kristin

That’s absolutely right. GOT really have those massive characters plus the name sometimes so hard to pronounce, but with this story, I don’t really have any problem at all

Carole's Random Life
7 years ago

I do like a fast paced story. This book is one that I have never heard of before. I do like this kind of story and am glad that you enjoyed it.

7 years ago

Yay! You should really try this one Carole, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too 🙂

Kristen Burns
7 years ago

Hmmm, I wouldn’t have looked twice at this book based on the cover, but it does sound like it could be interesting and your review has me thinking I might like it! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!

7 years ago
Reply to  Kristen Burns

Thanks Kristen, you should try this one out and I’m sure you will love it too 🙂

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