An extremely exciting thing happened yesterday. Jill Williamson’s KING’S FOLLY was released into the wild.
I’ve had the extreme privilege and pleasure to be on the promotion team for this book, and now it’s here, ready for your hands.
- Author: Jill Williamson
- Publisher: Bethany House
- Year: 2016
- Genre vibe: High fantasy
- At a glance: The Five Realms are in danger. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and other kinds of disasters plague them, and the king of Armania is certain the gods are angry with them. But that’s not quite the case–and the princes realize that.
King’s Folly is a story about many people doing many things–some of those things are good, and some of them are not so good. Many of these people don’t know that the things they’ve done are not so good. Basically everyone in this book is misled in some form or another, and that’s kind of the whole point. Grit and hope combine in what ends up being a wonderful concoction of problems and problem solving.
Sounds great, right?
Well, if you’re not convinced, here are five realms of reasons you should read King’s Folly:
While King’s Folly may be an Adult Christian Fantasy™, it doesn’t beg to be described like that, mostly because of the people that inhabit its pages. Think of that genre and you probably don’t have a character that comes to mind, right?
King’s Folly is different. Even going beyond the simple fact that many of its cast are young people, King’s Folly is a book that doesn’t rely on atmosphere or ideals so much as it relies on the morals and questions of the people inside of it.
Prince Wilek is quite easily one of my new favorite characters, and he and his brother and the rest of the crew all carry this story on their shoulders. And it works.
King’s Folly is five layers deep in everything it does. (how many Five Realms jokes can I make in one post? (a lot)) Williamson is an incredible world builder, for starters–there aren’t any detectable holes in the way thing work, and if there are, you can probably explain them away if you think hard enough.
Beyond that, King’s Folly is one of those books where you get the sense that whoever wrote it really knew what they were doing. The plot is a progression, and one that makes sense to boot. From a writer’s standpoint–the sheer amount of planning that had to go into this is crazy.
Which brings me to:
My print version of King’s Folly is five hundred and forty-four pages long, and there’s two books left to come out. But don’t let that intimidate you! There are two reasons why.
One: This book is not just thrown at your face like a brick. It is released in bite-sized e-book formats.
Two: Hefty books are good for you. I was an epic fantasy kid–I devoured books almost this size in days. And then I grew up and found my true genre and stopped reading so many of them because, well, they just weren’t my thing anymore, right? Which doesn’t mean anything besides the fact that, well, five hundred and forty-four pages seems like a lot when you’re used to two-fifty.
But it’s good to read long books. It’s good to be engaged for that long. Your brain can handle it, I promise. And with King’s Folly, it doesn’t even seem that hard.
iv. The Colors
I mean…have you seen the cover? Red and gold never looked so good. (except for maybe in Gryffindor.)
The colors don’t stop there, though. The inside of King’s Folly is just as nice as the outside. Varied and rich, from characters, to beliefs, to places and beyond, King’s Folly is painted in shades of bronze and red, gold and blue. It has a strange sort of indeterminate aesthetic that it almost seems to not realize it possesses.
Lots of high fantasy has a not-aesthetic like this, but a lot of high fantasy takes the “not” to a deeper level than the rest of it. But King’s Folly kind of just…rolls with it.
v. This awesome playlist I made
Because what kind of book promoter would I be if I didn’t give you music to accompany your reading experience?
So what’re you waiting for? Here are picture links to help you begin your journey. (click to visit)
This is music:
This is the free e-book of part one:
- Rating: 5/5 stars for impressing the unimpressed
- Recommended to: Anybody that was a high fantasy kid, and anybody that’s got a Christian Speculative prejudice (like me).
- Lasting Impression: Prince Wilek’s bowed head; the foggy red lake. The way your heart feels when you know something they don’t.