Kingdom Of Souls by Rena BarronKingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom Of Souls

byRena Barron

Hardcover | September 3, 2019

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Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

The lush world building of Children of Blood and Bone meets the sweeping scale of Strange the Dreamer in this captivating epic YA fantasy debut.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Inspired by tales of folk magic in her own community, Rena Barron spins a darkly magical tale perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns or Shadow and Bone, about a girl caught between gods, monsters, and her own mother’s schemes.

Title:Kingdom Of SoulsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.49 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.49 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062870955

ISBN - 13:9780062870957


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic debut I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review. I have literally just read the final page of this book, and felt that I absolutely had to start putting my thoughts down. I am stunned. Kingdom of Souls has blown me away; I can’t believe this is Barron’s literary debut. The story is YA fantasy, but far darker than expected. It’s a lush, magical and very harsh world. The main character is 16 year old Arrah, and her journey would break even the strongest adult. She loses so much and sacrifices everything for the greater good. But just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for her - it does. She is a great example of Barron’s ability to create deep and complex characters. Kingdom of Souls manages to turn common YA tropes upside down, guaranteeing more than a few surprises for the reader. It’s refreshing! And no spoilers, but the ending featured an excellent twist that has left me with so many questions. Thankfully, this is the first in a series, so I’ll hopefully eventually get the answers. But it’s going to be so hard to wait!
Date published: 2019-09-08

Editorial Reviews

“Driven by intricate mythology with meddlesome, vengeful gods. Fantasy fans will find a refreshing, beautifully crafted setting in this novel.”