The Kingman family has protected the kingdom of Hollow since its inception, acting as a check on the king’s power. Then David Kingman was found holding the gun that killed Davey Hollow, the young heir to the throne. David Kingman, King Isaac’s closest friend and right-hand man, was executed. His three children were branded as traitors, and barely survived the ensuing riots. Ten years later, Michael Kingman’s obsession with his family’s legacy and his resentment of the nobility rule his life. He is sure there is more to the story than the simple version presented to the public. To make it even more difficult, the only surviving witness’ memory has been destroyed by his use of magic.
Martell has created a dynamic world in The Kingdom of Liars, with a wide cast of characters. In some cases, I felt like the cast of characters was too wide, and that the story could have been tightened up by combining some of those side plots. The book calls for a sequel, to provide resolution to the main plot line, and to make good on those side plots. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoyed Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn or Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.