Book Review – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barrow

kingdom of souls.jpgMagic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

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.


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly see why some people utterly love this book.  And I wanted to, I just… didn’t, quite.  It’s a little slow, I couldn’t quite get into the world building, and I didn’t really connect to the characters.

That said, I did like Arrah’s relationship with her parents and Grandmother, and how they were explored. And I loved *parts* of the world building – the magic choosing some and not all, the tribes, the difference between cultures.  That was all lovely.

I really didn’t care about the gods, though, which was a shame as it was so central to the magic system.  The magic system itself is pretty cool, and the witchdoctor element felt really well thought out and well done.

Arrah is a good main character, even if she breaks pretty much every promise she makes! She is trying to help and do well, and later on fix the damage she feels responsible for (even if I don’t know that she should!) and it’s hard not to empathise with that.  Her decisions need serious review, but her heart is in the right place.

It is a good book, and I do recommend it – especially if you are ownvoices, as I am obviously not. It just wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be 🙂


Buy Kingdom of Souls from Amazon UK.

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