Monday, January 13, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The King's Questioner by Nikki Katz

The King’s Questioner
Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance , comes The King’s Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.

Kalen is a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’s mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.

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My Review:

5 Out of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Witches--

Kalen has a gift (or a curse if you ask him) where he can touch a person and discover their secrets, no matter how well they believe they are locked up. This skill makes him very useful to the king when it comes to interrogating prisoners. When Kalen discovers a secret he was never suppose to know, he sets out on a dangerous mission to save his kingdom and find the truth.

I am a super cover snob and I will admit that I was not really a fan of this cover. That being said, the premise sounds interesting and I had previously read a book by this author that I really enjoyed, so I was willing to give this story a chance. And I am so glad that I did! I ended up spending my whole weekend with this story and the adorable character of Kalen and his random group of comrades, reading the book and thinking about the world and the plot even while I was not reading. I feel like this was enough of a different kind of questing adventure, with touches of real life mixed in with fantasy elements, blending so seamlessly and at the same time keeping me guessing what would happen next.

There was so much going on in the story, be it secrets, conspiracies, missing sisters, all kinds of magical gifts, a terrible journey with assassins dogging their steps, scary encounters, flirting, romance, court intrigue and of course gambling! The cast of characters that were featured in the story were just as complicated as the plot. Kalen was a straight shooter, honest to his core and with a true morality that guided his every action. He was our narrator and I loved seeing everything from his unbiased view. We also have his best friend Luna who is immune to all things magic and can And then their is the playboy prince Cirrus, who use to be Kalen's best friend until that all fell apart, and who is cocky and sure of himself but can't stand the dark. Together the three made the adventuring dream team with cunning, skills and lots of great banter.

I kinda feel like The King's Questioner snuck up on me in the best of ways. I really enjoyed this standalone fantasy read and how the story ended and I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a new YA fantasy adventure with great characters, dangerous challenges and a sweet romance.

Author Bio:

Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! This sounds like a really entertaining read with great personalities, too! Glad you liked it! :)