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A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He's the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement,A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He's the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he'll be Thendylath's next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, champion to King Arek, confessing the truth of how the king perished... a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief.But when Gavin saves a woman's life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past... and the truth of King Arek's demise.______________________...

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The Kinshield Legacy Reviews

  • Darkiss
    2018-12-28 19:27

    The Kinshield Legacy is an epic fantasy with all the classic themes you would expect from this genre. The storyline follows the adventures of Gavin Kinshield who through the story gathers around him a small band of followers as he confronts a classic fantasy villain. The plot holds no surprises and K. C. May allows us to see Gavin's destiny very quickly into the book. Instead of using destiny as a diving force for the plot the author instead uses a number of sub-plots that weave themselves into the a bigger picture. This is well done and although a lot of the story feels familiar it does feel fresh at the same time. The writing style is excellent and you quickly become immersed within the tale. I particularly enjoyed the action sequences which were exciting, well written. and were used to carry forward the storytelling. Each of the characters developed throughout the book and were fully rounded, three dimensional from the start. The world in which they inhabit is wonderfully portrayed and completely believable. The Kinshield Legacy doesn't add anything new to this well trodden genre and a lot of the themes feel familiar. That being said the book is an exceptionally enjoyable ride through well-known territory. Well written and highly entertaining, you are taken on an adrenalin fuelled roller-coaster ride of excitement and exhilaration. K.C.May is well worth adding to your fantasy collection and will sit comfortably beside David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist and Stephen Donaldson.The Kinshield Legacy in the first in a series of the same name. The Wayfarer King the second instalment is expected sometime in 2011. It will be on my "to buy list" and it is a series I would highly recommend.

  • Dean
    2019-01-16 16:30

    Great Magic System!One of the things I'm finding is that I tend to be more hard on indie authors rather than less. That wasn't a problem with The Kinshield Legacy. Pacing was good, characters were really well fleshed out, and I loved all of the foreshadowing. I'll be telling everyone I know to go pick this book up right away!

  • Tara
    2019-01-10 16:13

    Alright, alright. I admit, this follows typical fantasy formula – it has battlers, it has organizations of fighters, an evil mage, and epic destinies to be fulfilled. But honestly? Whilst this formula for fantasy stories is well-used, it just made this story feel familiar enough, whilst somehow keeping things fresh. It’s one of the best stories in the genre I’ve read recently, and one of the ones I’ve paid least for! Firstly, I’d like to comment on the characters – there was good character development throughout, and they quickly draw the reader into the story. The portrayal of the main protagonist, Gavin Kinshield, is particularly good – the reader gets a real sense of his character as a whole, including his benevolent side, his more raucous side, and his sense of humour.The world portrayed by K. C. May seems rich and believable, as does the political system which is built up within it. I’ll definitely be picking up the second in the series, it’s now officially on the TBR list. I’d recommend this to anyone into fantasy – it doesn’t add much new to the genre, but it’s a definite enjoyable read, ideal for fantasy newbies and veterans alike.

  • Jennifer Provost
    2018-12-30 15:16

    I really enjoyed this book! The pacing was excellent, and she introduced concepts without having them seem tired or outlandish. That's a hard thing to do in fantasy! This is the author's debut novel, and I would certainly read any new works she published.

  • Pauline Ross
    2019-01-08 16:25

    At first glance this is a fairly standard fantasy story. There's the humble man destined to be king, there's a warrior babe (actually, a whole organisation of warrior babes), there's a villain bent on world domination, and there's a bit of a mystery: whatever happened to the previous king? What about the magic sword, I hear you say? And the prophecy? And there ought to be a wizard... Yep, got those too. There's probably nothing here that the average fantasy fan hasn't seen a hundred times before, and there are no prizes at all for guessing where things will end up, it's obvious right from the start.But still, there's always room for a new take on the old stories, and this one has a fresh feel to it. The hero has a certain charm, for a start. It's very pleasant in these days of gritty realism and world-weary, cynical heroes to find one who actually behaves like a hero, and rescues damsels (or blokes) in distress; although, being of humble origins, he does all this while wiping his nose on his sleeve and scratching his balls. There's a certain amount of puking and shitting going on too. But - praise be! - no rape, no lovingly described disembowellings, a very minimal amount of torture and the fights are nicely done, realistic and not too long, without wallowing in it. And three cheers for a hero who is himself rescued from time to time. I do like proper teamwork on a quest (well, of course there's a quest, didn't I mention that?).The setting is pretty traditional, too - a low-technology sort-of medieval world, with a clear class system and the usual array of merchants, craftsmen and the like. The towns have a grubby underbelly, with poverty, thievery and bad sanitation practices. There's some nice original terminology to spice things up: warriors are called battlers, for instance, mercenaries are warrant knights (and also serve as a rough and ready form of law and order) and the local chief of town Whatever is Lordover Whatever. None of it is hard to work out, but it gives the created world a feeling of otherness, as if it's not just another rehash of the medieval period.Some grumbles. Firstly, the bad guy is just too much of a caricature. He's just evil incarnate, with no redeeming features whatsoever. And he has some very powerful magic, so everything just falls into his hands (with some nice exceptions; the magic sword, it turns out, has a mind of its own). Frankly, I've never quite understood the attraction of world domination myself. If you have all that magic at your disposal, why not use it to become unspeakably rich, or (as in one book I read) to win at gambling, or pull women. Sounds like far more fun than all that bothersome ruling. But there's a nice touch in all this; the villain, it turns out, has a plot-related reason for all that villainy, it's not something trite like being abandoned by his mother, or dropped on his head at birth, or (the usual reason) just because...Secondly, the inevitable problem with rehashing the traditional tropes is that large parts of the plot are just too damn predictable. Yes, there are occasional minor twists, but basically anyone with some knowledge of the genre could map most of the story out way ahead of time. So although the plot builds up a nice head of steam and rattles along very pleasantly, every once in a while there's a real eye-rolling moment, and the magic is a very convenient device. Not quite deus ex machina, but slightly contrived, shall we say. In the middle things got quite complicated. There are a lot of characters, a lot of hopping about from one town to another, and a lot of pieces of information known by some characters but not by others, and I lost track of who was doing what where - and often why, as well. But the author was obviously on top of it, and it's not the sort of book where you absolutely have to keep up or you miss the point of the ending.This is not a particularly deep book, so anyone looking for profound subtext should move right along. Nor is it wildly original, there were too many cliches and a certain amount of contrivance. The good characters are a little implausibly good, the bad guys are just a little too evil, and nothing terribly unexpected happens. Nevertheless, it's good solid entertainment, well written and well thought out and with enough freshness to make it palatable to all but the most jaded tastes. I liked the idea that the ex-peasant and future king has appalling table manners (well, he would, wouldn't he?), I liked that there were so many competent female characters, I liked the many minor characters who were well rounded and interesting, without hogging the limelight, I liked the little touches of humour. An enjoyable undemanding read. Three stars.

  • Lindsay Stares
    2019-01-09 20:13

    Premise: Gavin Kinshield is haunted by his family's history; his ancestor had been the bodyguard and champion of the last King, who died tragically and alone. Now he is further haunted by a possible destiny, for it is beginning to seem like he is the only one who can decipher the King's Runestones and claim the throne to unite the land.This is a solid light epic fantasy, if that's not too much of a contradiction in terms. It's nothing ground-shaking or mind-blowing, but I enjoyed reading it, and I had trouble putting it down by the end.The story isn't particularly strong on politics, and the world has a generic fantasy economy. I eventually figured out that the land hadn't been in anarchy for 200 years, but rather a 'king and lords' feudalism had devolved into a petty 'local lords' feudalism. It's a mostly human fantasy land, with a D&D-esque multiverse: (there's some sort of demon dimension; it doesn't come up much, but it's actually really well handled.)I didn't like the naming conventions at first, but kinda liked them by the end. (The key is realizing most silly sounding names, like Daia Saberheart, are warrior epithets chosen by the characters.) Gavin and the other characters are well defined, the writing is visceral and the description is generally clear.There's a good assortment of characters, too: women warriors, knight errants, thieves and wanderers, blacksmiths and children.I actually liked that the descriptions and assessments I got about a character when I was 'following' him or her were pretty different from what I got when I was 'following' another character's opinion of the first. It was occasionally confusing, but did subtly point out that how we see ourselves is not how others see us. I liked that it encouraged me as the reader not to blindly believe any one character's description of another, or of themselves. (It also allowed the author to avoid shoehorning character description in too early, which is a good call.)The villain is pure evil, which works only because he's good at what he does, and has reason to believe he'll succeed; he isn't brought down by his own incompetence.Overall, an entertaining read in a world with room to grow.More reviews and articles at The Blue Fairy's Bookshelf

  • Grace Krispy
    2018-12-24 19:30

    If this book were a movie, my husband would be all over it! In fact, I can picture it as a series he would follow as eagerly as he follows "Legends of the Seeker," and for much the same reasons. This genre isn't typically my preferred type of reading material, but the description was intriguing so I wanted to give it a go.Wow. I was hooked in the first chapter and had trouble putting the book down to sleep last night. Each of the first few chapters introduces new people, people whose lives and stories become inextricably tied together as the story continues. One of the things that sometimes turns me off about the fantasy genre is the whole new language one must learn to understand what is going on. There are new names for objects, actions, types of people... it's like taking a confusing crash course in a foreign language. That's a lot of work when all I want to do is enjoy. Although K.C. May introduces new creatures and unfamiliar items with unusual names, the book is very readable, and there was no confusion. I didn't have to work to enjoy; this fantastical world is seamlessly woven into terms to which we can all relate.The writing style is such that it was very easy to become engaged in the story. When I read some stories, I find myself constantly thinking of how I would have written certain lines or paragraphs differently. That tells me that the writing is not to my standards, and it distracts me from the story the author is trying to tell. When reading this story, however, I found myself enthralled and fully immersed in the adventure. The pacing of the chapters and introduction of new characters was ideal for maintaining interest and moving the story along without drawing anything out unnecessarily. Sometimes bad things happen to great characters, and I mourned the unavoidable losses along the way, even as I celebrated the small victories. I cringed, I delighted, I was completely and utterly engaged. The ending is very satisfying in and of itself, but it does open the door for a sequel. I, for one, am eager to read more from this talented author.

  • Scott
    2019-01-20 16:31

    The Kinshield Legacy follow the story of Gavin a warrant knight (kind of like a bounty hunter) who is destined to be king. I found Gavin to be a very well developed character with a strong supporting cast. There are characters that are extremely likable (the blacksmith) and I personally despised the villain and spent the whole book waiting for terrible things to happen to him. The book moves along at a great speed and will keep you trying to finish just one more chapter. The story is completed at the end, but it leaved things wide open for a sequel (first half of 2011 according to her website) which I will get for sure. If you have a kindle download the sample, if you enjoy fantasy you will most likely be hooked and end up buying the whole book. This book was a great find and I hope that K.C. May continues to write so I can continue to enjoy her wonderful stories.

  • Connie
    2019-01-09 21:33

    Very enjoyable! I liked that I had no idea how it would all come together in the end.

  • Daniel J. Weber
    2019-01-19 17:29

    [Full Review at]The Good:First of all… what is not good about this book? Wait… I will talk about that when I get to the bad… so… not first of all… This book is a brilliant masterpiece that any and every fan of a good epic fantasy tale would be dying to read if they knew about it. Now that you know about it, you should really go and read it. K.C. May crafts a brilliant world in the classic swords & sorcery style but stays away from the dwarfs and elves and all that. What stands out to me is the character development. May uses the third-person shifting POV style magnificently, allowing the reader to get into the head of every character. I have seen this done very poorly in the past, making the story feel disjointed and wrong, but May pulls it off well. Just as much time in spent inside of and outside of a character’s head, letting the reader in on his or her inner secrets, desires, thoughts, and feelings, developing well rounded characters with proper motivation. At no point does a character feel like it’s just thrown in to progress the story. Every character is well thought out and well crafted. I thought at first that knowing so much about every character (good guys and the bad) would take away from the on-the-edge-of-your-seat-suspense, but it does not. Sometimes suspense is actually built as the POV changes at a crucial moment in the story, leaving the reader hanging on a limb, itching to read more.Not only are the character well crafted and set in a believably intriguing setting, but as the plot unfolds we learn that there is more to it than just a tavern grunt who doesn’t want to be king. It has been a while since I have read a book where the plot grabbed me, and I applaud The Kinshield Legacy for this. The reader truly doesn’t know all the ins and outs of the story until the very end, and even then we are left with enough questions to provide for a sequel. Though there are many things for this would-be-king and his band of followers to accomplish, by the end of the book the plot is wrapped up well. A secret plot thread is woven throughout the whole book until a tiny piece of it is revealed at the end giving the reader a dry-mouth-must-read-more feeling.In places the book has a darker tone (which you can’t really help when dealing with evil sorcerers and demons and the like) which I really enjoyed. However, The Kinshield Legacy stays light throughout, so this point should not turn off the more squeemish readers.The Bad:At the beginning when the POV was jumping around quite a bit, I was a little bit confused and wasn’t sure how all of the story arcs tied together. Fairly quickly, however, we see the characters coming together into one succinct plot that drives the story. Not much “action-wise” happens at the very beginning of the book while characters and setting are being developed. The introduction would have potentially been aided by more draw-you-in moments.This was “bad” for me, but other might not mind it. I was really thrown by the author’s use of words in dialogue. If someone had a slur, or a speech impediment, it came through in between the “quotes.” Someone might say, “You have bread?” instead of “Do you have any bread?” I realize that in real life (how boring! This is a fantasy novel. Let’s not talk about real life, okay?) that people actually talk like this, but I felt like it got in the way of the readability (similar to how it would get in the way of you understanding someone who is speaking like this, I suppose). One of the biggest ones that threw me was the use of “awright” instead of “alright” throughout. Based on its use this may be a “thing” that I am unaware of, but it came across to me as a typo until I had read it enough times to realise that it was done on purpose.Another thing that I didn’t like, but might not be a problem for some, was the tavern scenes. Gavin Kinshield makes a number of rude comments, as do many of his friends, and this works to develop character. The problem I had was the women who came up to him constantly wanting to bed him. It seemed to me like every time he went for a drink someone wanted to get into his pants! Though this may be a teen-age boys paradise it isn’t very representative of reality and I felt it came across rather sexist, playing into the idea that all men are pigs and all women are whores. This was even more surprising to me coming from a female author and I was almost intrigued by the use of sexism in book realizing that it wasn’t just some guy living out his fantasy to have every woman jump him in the bar. I was pleased, however, there are a few “strong” woman in the book who did not fit this moulded stereo-type, but still even they put up with more that I thought was acceptable.

  • Dave
    2019-01-13 20:26

    The first novel I read on my Kindle. I made a conscious decision to try out some fantasy stories by lesser-known authors with a low price. Although I was a bit afraid of what to expect, The Kinshield Legacy did not disappoint. In fact, I loved the story and wait anxiously for the sequel.I have to admit, the beginning seemed a bit rushed, and it took me a few moments to settle into the story. But once that happened, it was very difficult to put the book (or the Kindle, actually) down. The most impressive part of The Kinshield Legacy is the plotting. Almost every scene is relevant to the story, and after a while you discover how all the storylines connect and then converge into a thrilling climax. The tight plotting also contributes to a good pace; not too slow, but certainly not frenetic.Although the novel is definitely plot-driven, the characters are engaging. Especially the main character, Gavin Kinshield, is well-rounded, and has sufficient depth. Most secondary characters are more than one-dimensional. My only criticism is that the main protagonist, Brodas Ravenkind and his cousin Warrick, are purely evil. I prefer the characters to be more grey than black and white, but that is nitpicking.The writing by K.C. May is clear and concise, which makes for a clean, pleasant reading experience. The worldbuilding was not earthmoving, but with plenty of original features and interesting enough.The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste, but it did hook me for the sequel, which I hope will arrive soon.

  • Robert
    2019-01-02 19:28

    4.5 Stars!The Kinshield Legacy is a well written fantasy adventure. The main protagonist is Gavin Kinshield, a warrant knight (kinda like a chivalrous bounty hunter) who is destined to solve the puzzle of the rune stones and become king... However, a few things conspire to prevent this from happening, not the least being the evil wizard Brodas who covets the throne himself, or even the fact that Gavin doesn't even want to be king.Unfortunately for Gavin, destiny is hard to escape, and as he gets closer to solving the puzzle of the final rune, Brodas and his lackies resort to murder, kidnapping and theft in order to usurp the power of the stones and claim rulership of the kingdom.Aided by allies in the form of Daia and Brawna, sword-wielding sisters of the Viragon sisterhood, Risan the blacksmith, and Edan the son of a local lord, what transpires is a whirlwind adventure that will delight fans of fantasy. The story contains some twists, and even though the premise isn't new, the characters are likable and 'realistic', and the writing is of a high enough calibre to tie it all together in an engrossing tale.Perhaps the only thing I can complain about is the ending, which left it open for a sequel, however the story felt like it had almost resolved itself. All in all, if you put it in your 'to read' pile, you won't be disappointed.~Robert Day

  • Ron
    2019-01-05 22:16

    A classic fantasy of the old school: medieval technology and culture, external attack by demonic forces, magic as much a problem as a solution, too-good-to-be-true protagonist who is so superficially flawed that even he overlooks himself as a hero. All those, plus the women warriors that so many now demand and at least an attempt to break out of the LOTR elves, orcs and dwarfs alternate races rut. The warrant knights are a fresh twist on knights errant.Lots of characters with lots of back stories. Yet May stayed focused on the task at hand.What’s not to like? It’s all too easy. Gavin, despite his internal angst and boorish behavior, is a self-sacrificing champion of all in need. The solution of the runes puzzles come to him (for a very good reason, we learn late in the tale) and he heals all his friends. I almost cheered late in the book when a good guy finally died. It was getting silly.Gavin has several antagonists during the story, but when he actually faces them his victories are too easy, even the one who got away to provide a hook into the next book. Makes you wonder if it’s all about marketing. Maybe we should blame Tolkien.The usual Smashword ebook readability issues. Fewer typos than usual for them, but still had occasional pagination stoppages.A fun read. Good heart; good storytelling.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-01-13 16:39

    Light fantasy. Our unwilling hero goes on an epic quest and in the process collects a merry band of diverse fellows following him along. The bad guy is a nicely evil wizard and a few ghastly monsters from another dimension are thrown in for chills as well.Very likeable characters, simple and straight forward storyline. Good choice if you are looking for an entertianing and unchallenging read.My only bone of contention -- the ending is wide open and the next book in the series / trilogy (?) is not available yet. I really want to know what happens to Gavin and his motley crew now, please!

  • Andrew
    2018-12-26 20:36

    A perfect blend of fantasy and western elements, this hybrid tale featured numerous characters that come together perfectly with your typical (but incredibly likable) tortured protagonist. It's these characters that really drive the novel. I could read pages and pages of these people just doing generic, every-day things. Great story, violence, quest companions, a dick villain, sexual humour; what's not to like? The ending feels a little rushed, with new elements flooding in rapidly to build towards the sequel though. However, any book where I find myself throughly enjoying the good deal of time that chracters spend drinking in taverns, is a winner in my mind!4.5 Stars

  • Jenna
    2019-01-07 23:12

    I found The Kinshield Legacy to be an interesting fantasy world. The story moved along well and I liked most of the characters. The biggest issue I had was with Brodas, the antagonist of the story. I actually had a hard time reading the book because I dreaded having to read the sections told from his point of view and I *loathed* him. Hopefully good will triumph over evil so then I can dance when something bad happens to Brodas.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-07 22:34

    It took me a while to get into this story - perhaps the first quarter of the book - but once I did, it was great fun. I liked the characters - good and bad - the plot line, and where the story seems to be going. The writing style was fairly smooth, though the Kindle version of the book could use another edit - missing words were quite noticeable, making me go back to reread a sentence upon occasion.Looking forward to the second novel!

  • Phil
    2019-01-04 16:38

    I wouldn't normally read this kind of book but I have to say I really enjoyed it and will look out for further books in the series.

  • ackm3d
    2019-01-19 22:09

    Refreshing read! Nice, simple tale, simply told. No fuss, no mucking about, just a good story. Eagerly awaiting the second and final book :)

  • Matthew
    2019-01-18 15:23

    I don't know how I found this author but I'm glad I did. Awesome book.

  • Chris
    2019-01-13 16:34

    Excellent story and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel! I am looking forward to the author's new book, "The Venom of Vipers".

  • Justin Kemppainen
    2018-12-28 21:23

    Bottom LineValue for Price: SuperbIt's $2.99 for a quick and easy fantasy read. No need for hours of glossary or wikipedia diving to figure out what the heck is going on. Straightforward, entertaining, and well-written. Fans of complex high-fantasy might not be as interested, but pretty much anyone else will likely find this novel enjoyable. Might be a good gateway novel for individuals interested in the genre but intimidated by more daunting fantasy offerings.Full ReviewI started reading the Kinshield Legacy a number of weeks ago. I waffled around with it, gathering up a couple of pages here and there. The premise was plenty interesting, but all that real life crap kept getting in the way of reading. When I was finally able to get down to business and really give it a fair shake......I burned through it in a day. So... yeah, it was pretty compelling.PremiseThe backdrop is one of the often seen feudal lands with sword and sorcery elements, but the kingdom has been without a leader for something like two hundred years now. The previous king, Arek, chiseled powerful magic gems into a stone, awaiting the future king to solve how to remove them and claim the throne.Enter Gavin Kinshield, a warrant knight (more or less freelance mercenary who upholds certain codes of justice and conduct) who has been secretly solving the runes. Scarred, crude, and a bit lecherous, Kinshield doesn't exactly have standard kingly qualities, but he's good, righteous, fair, and selfless enough to be an obvious good candidate. The story pretty much revolves around his reluctance to follow through with "his destiny" and an evil sorcerer bent on seizing the throne for himself. It's nothing earth-shattering in terms of amazing new ideas, but it's quite well-executed.Plot and CharactersThe story is, as I've mentioned, pretty straightforward. There isn't much in terms of twists or turns. I suppose one could say it's predictable, but it's simply a matter of a chain of events logically progressing toward a conclusion with a sequel in mind. Straightforward really is the best way to describe it, and events, action, pacing, and everything else are structured quite well so as to keep good flow and entertainment. Upon reflection, it isn't the most memorable story execution, but I'm still left with a feeling of satisfaction regarding the whole mess.The world and its general ideas and premises is, for the most part, well-explained. There are a couple of facets, such as the notion of becoming "Wayfarer" which don't become terribly clear until quite late on, but I didn't often find myself wondering at anything, even at my breakneck reading pace.Gavin is probably the most interesting character (appropriate for a protagonist, yeah?), with a tragic back-story revealed in bits and pieces throughout the tale. His attitude and the dichotomy between being a common, beer-swilling, wench-lusting swordsman and kind, caring, intelligent future king is nicely done and remains entertaining. The rest of the characters, sadly, do feel just a tad bit bland. The good guys are good guys, the bad guys are bad guys, and I never quite got a strong sense of who anyone else really was aside from simple archetypes: confident female fighter, handsome and skilled noble, evil sorcerer (equal parts nasty, crafty, and petty), evil sorcerer's henchman, and so on.Fine LiteratureThe writing was quick and competent. I noticed very few errors throughout, and everything had a nice flow to it. Her style is easy-to-read and quite compelling, so there's not much else to say.This is a pretty good thing, though, as the actual mechanics of writing at at the most noticeable when they're bad.The Picking of NitsThere isn't a whole lot about the story worth complaining about, but if I had to mention something, I suppose it would be that the straightforward story is just a little too straightforward. It's not at all a big deal; sometimes it's nice to just burn right through a book without having to wade through any convoluted mess, but folks looking for something with greater depth may want to pass on this one for now.One very tiny thing I noticed was one odd word used a couple of times: "pals." This, of course, being used to denote comrades or friends. It just seemed strange to visualize a grown man in a fantasy setting using that particular word, as in, "I'm gonna go have a few drinks at the tavern with my pals." It seems a word more suited to a young boy about to go catch tadpoles down by the creek with his good ol' pal Dank Shumshaw and his kid sister Nelly.This was obviously not a deal-breaker, and I can't say I noticed anything else in terms of bizarre word use.SummaryKC May has put together a fantasy story I'd say is best suited to someone looking for a quick and easy read. Non, casual, and regular fans of the genre will find good entertainment out of the book. Hardcore fantasy enthusiasts who prefer more epic tales with twists and turns and numerous converging/diverging character arcs might want to shy away, but, as always, such a cheap price is hard to argue with.Score: 4/5

  • Patricia Hamill
    2018-12-31 15:34

    One of those books that make me want to read everything from the author.Let me start by saying I picked this book up mostly because it was free and because I needed a book title with a K for the A-Z reading challenge I'm playing along with this year. That being said, I was surprised to be drawn in immediately. The hero is Gavin Kinshield, a bounty hunter or lawman for hire, who finds himself drawn to solving the Kings Runes. This is not something he desires. Instead, the runes and their solutions haunt him constantly, annoying him until he has no cure but solving another one. All this you get in the first chapter or so. After that, Gavin's character gets even more interesting. At first glance he's nothing one would consider kingly material, but the author slowly reveals there is more to him in a way that draws you in.Another interesting character is the main female lead, a warrior called Daia, who has an interesting ability, a noble past, and a conflicted present. She finds herself alternately disgusted and impressed by him, an interesting thing in itself, and the banter between Daia and Gavin is both natural and amusing. She is also a member of an elite group of women called the Viragon Sisterhood, which battles otherwordly creatures called beyonders and hire out as protectors. This brings in another aspect I enjoyed, the portrayal of women as strong and capable. But their prowess and strength are not enough to protect them from the evil sorcerer who seeks the rune solver for his own nefarious purpose, and they are caught up in the ever more intricate web that threatens not only Gavin, but also the entire country, for Brodas Ravenkind as king would be worse than no king at all. As the evil villain, Brodas is both despicable and powerful, scary and charismatic. Certain chapters are told from his perspective, which reveals just how awful he truly is. I loved it!Another thing I loved about this book was the history that is revealed as the story progresses. Gavin's personal history and the Kinshield legacy, for which the book is named, are fascinating and are built slowly to allow the reader a chance to guess at what more there may be. But it is not only Gavin with a noteworthy past, Daia, Brodas, a young warrior woman Brawna, and the Farthans, Artlet and Risen Stronghammer, have their own stories to tell, all of which lead to a satisfyingly rich cast of characters with believable motivations. As for the quality of the book itself, Kinshield Legacy is smoothly told and well-edited. It's a well polished product that I feel confident recommending to others. Overall, I loved this book and feel it is worth reading again. I highly recommend it to folks who love adventure, fantasy, and a complex (but not overwhelming) plot. The story is just the right size, the writing is solid, and the experience is worth repeating.I want to read the next books in the series, though the print copies run a little high for my taste. Still, as stories I'll likely re-read, the investment in paper may be worth it. Plus, I want my husband to read them, and he's not fond of e-readers. I'll probably read them all in ebook before getting the print copies.

  • Celia
    2019-01-09 16:18

    Storyline: K.C. May I have another?! The Kinshield Legacy is a remarkable fantasy about a simple man who wants to do the right thing and help put the rightful heir on the Thendylath’s throne by solving the mystery of the runes. Gavin Kinshield is the descendent of the last great king’s champion and would like to live simply while patrolling the countryside, lending out his protection and skills as a warrant knight. However, as Gavin nears the completion of the Rune Stones’ mystery and the fulfillment of the prophecy that he become the next, albeit a reluctant, king; he must confront his past in order to face his future. Ms. May has written The Kinshield Legacy as an entertaining and well written fantasy that draws the reader in within the first chapter and pulls us along for the fantastic journey of the reluctant would-be king of Thendylath. Grammar/Spelling: I did not notice any issues with grammar and spelling. Character Development: Ms. May has a wonderful cast of characters that are well-developed and each has a life of his/her own prior to becoming entangled with Gavin and the runes. When the reader first meets Gavin, he appears to be a roughhewn, scraggly Warren Knight just happy to make some money, buy some ale and a little company. But, as we get to know Gavin, it becomes apparent that there is definitely more to this solid man. He is forever standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves and trying to right the wrongs from his past.There is nothing kind about Brodas Ravenkind, Gavin’s enemy. Ravenkind is a power hungry wizard that plans to usurp the throne from whoever is solving the mystery of the Rune Stones. He is quite easy to dislike and after learning all of the horrible things he has done to get where he is, the reader can only hope that Gavin can give him a good what-for.Writing Style: Ms. May creates a new and entertaining fantasy world without overwhelming the reader with too much fantasy lingo. With this story, the reader doesn’t have to have a vast knowledge of all things fantasy to keep up; instead, they just need a little imagination to enjoy it. Ms. May uses a good mixture of story telling and flash backs to help move the plot along and you can almost feel Gavin’s pain (literal) and anguish over losing his family.Continuity: There were no problems with continuity. Overall Rating: 4 I sincerely hope that the Kinshield Legacy will be the first in a series! Do you hear me, Ms. May?! I am really looking forward to finding out what Gavin will do when it comes time to face his fate and fulfill his destiny as the new king of Thendylath. There are some adult themes (language, situations) and some violence throughout the story. So, it might be suitable for younger readers. But, I would highly recommend this to anyone who believes in fate and magic.

  • Kyrsa
    2019-01-02 20:18

    The Kinshield Legacyis K.C. May’s first novel, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the book. She handles the twining of a multitude of characters and background with polish and style, making it an easy and enjoyable read. Unlike a lot of first novels this one manages complex characters that seem very real. The hero of the story is everything a hero should be, but he’s also uncouth and uncultured. The side characters have rich and varied personalities and the villains are characters who people love to hate, but with true depth instead of cliché evil without reason.The novel is, for all intents and purposes, the story of Gavin. He’s a warrant knight who is drawn to a relic which will name the next King. He does not desire the position, but he’s drawn none the less. He meets a number of people along the way, some of them allies and some of them foes. The most notable one’s in my mind are Daia Saberheart, a member of a fighting Sisterhood, and Risan Stronghammer, who is an odd combination of emotionally moving and comic relief.The characters are rich and come alive on the pages. Paired with a decently-crafted bit of prose and you have a slightly above average fantasy, and a very good first novel. Are there pieces that are cliché and a bunch of fantasy tropes? Of course, it’s almost impossible to get away from them when writing fantasy, let alone epic fantasy. It’s well paced and I never found myself skimming or skipping sections to get to the action. If I had to find something negative about the book I would have to say that her writing isn’t the best and the book could do with a bit more editing, but it’s more than adequate and she makes up for any lack with imagination and flare.Overall the story was interesting, the characters were fun and easy to connect with, and the end of each chapter made me want to turn the page, or click the button in this case, and continue reading long into the night. I’d say this is a good debut for an author I look forward to seeing more from in the future.

  • Jennifer Melzer
    2019-01-06 20:36

    was instantly drawn to Gavin Kinshield. There was just something about him, his murky and troubled past, his quick, gap-toothed smile and the mysterious surrounding his ability to do something he’s convince he shouldn’t be able to do. Plagued by dreams that lead him to the answers to the king’s runestones, Gavin has been secretly solving these rune puzzles, keeping the gems he plucks from the tablets hidden away and trying to figure out what to do with them when all is said and done. Because the man who solves the puzzles becomes the king, and Gavin Kinshield is pretty sure he’s no king.But a secret like that can’t be kept forever, and when Gavin risks himself to save a woman from nearly drowning, his well-kept secret is leaked from ale-plied lips and begins spreading from tavern to tavern until it reaches the ears of the villain who would take the throne.K.C. May certainly knows how to tell a story, and now I’m anxious to check out some of her other books outside the Kinshield Saga. The characters in this book are well-drawn and realistic. They aren’t perfect by a long shot, and the little bit of mystery they keep to themselves makes them feel strong. Their motivations are clear, their personalities solid and their actions easily endear you to them, or make you want to stab their eyes out with a fork. The story itself was nicely woven, and as soon as I reached the last page, I wanted to keep going, to know what became of those who survived. That is definitely a good thing, where books are concerned, so I’ll be dashing over to pick up the second book in this series so I can start gnawing away at it while I’m working out in the afternoons.

  • L.C. Evans
    2018-12-26 18:39

    I'm not normally a fan of fantasy. In fact, there have been times when I've started fantasy books and couldn't get past the first chapter. Not so with The Kinshield Legacy. The author drew me in from the first page where hero Gavin Kinshield enters a mysterious cave to solve a rune. Rather than beginning with pages of long description, Ms. May skillfully builds her world by feeding in details as the characters act. She starts with a well-written scene and continues in the same vein throughout the book. The plot was interesting and entertaining, a mystery and a quest, and moved along at a quick pace. There is a strong cast of good characters as well as a number of evil characters to oppose them. Main antagonist, Brodas Ravenkind, has woven a spell of evil that adds plenty of tension and suspense. He is a formidable opponent for a man destined to be king. The characters were introduced in separate chapters and then brought together. Main character Gavin Kinshield is out to solve a mystery, to discover why his ancestor acted as he did. Eventually he comes to understand that he has a duty to the people of the kingdom of Thendylath--a duty he must not shirk. I especially liked the interaction between Gavin and Daia Saberheart, a strong woman who has to defy her father to achieve her goals. There's a hint of romance between Gavin and Daia, and I like their friendly banter, especially when she tries to improve his manners. Another favorite character is the blacksmith, Risan Stronghammer. Though small, he is courageous and loyal. Excellent debut fantasy. Recommended.

  • Greg Hamerton
    2019-01-09 20:32

    If you're looking for good entertainment that doesn't expect you to invest heavily in setting up the fantasy world and conflict, something you can just pick up anytime and enjoy, then this is ideal.It's fast-paced heroic fantasy for the commuter hour, easy to digest with little to chew over, but that makes it delightfully unpretentious. Like the hero, Kinshield, it comes at you strong and fast, bashes your head and clangs your sword, engages you in a fight, then extends a generous hand to pick you up again. I had great fun!What it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in cheerful indulgence in fantasy traditions: kings, prophesies, enchanted swords, ruffian knights, evil wizards and not-at-all-helpless damsels in distress. The writing is professional, action driven, with scheming and backstabbing aplenty.The occasionaly intensely dark moments, although highly effective to characterise the villain, were disturbing and push the reading towards adult territory; most of the story is a tongue-in-cheek quest with a game-play feel.Kinshield's personal journey, his moments of compassion and his slowly revealed past offer a glimpse of May's ability to empower her stories with more than swordplay. A writer to watch!

  • Adam Ortyl
    2018-12-26 15:25

    Alright - It's been a few days, already started on the next book to read, what do I think?I liked it. It was memorable. Left a nice taste in my mouth. Would recommend to others. Actually, I already have.What do I normally read?I read fantasy, so this book was right up my alley. I would classify this somewhere between a epic fantasy and a heroic fantasy. Gavin isn't really saving the world, he is becoming king. How does it stack up against other fantasy books?I think it does well. I think it was different, unique. Maybe not the most hardcore fantasy, but being a little lite isn't a bad thing.What did you like about it the most?The pops of color. I don't mean colors literally, that would be silly. People often describe something as colorful, and by that they mean that it is unique, that it stands out. I thought parts of this story were particularly vibrant. I could really see it. They weren't just dull fantasy details, K.C. May really painted a beautiful picture for me.Would you recommend?Yes - I think this would be a good read for any fantasy fan. I think it could also server as a good introduction into the genre, as it is easy to get in to.

  • Jerry Hanel
    2019-01-11 15:29

    The characters in this book were vibrant, and nearly came to life around me. While I've always enjoyed KC May's writing, this book really struck a chord with me. I try not to just gush on and on about books I enjoy, so that I don't lead anyone into a book that they might not find as enjoyable. I try to point out at least one or two quibbles I have so that I can present a balanced picture of what worked and didn't work for me.In this story, I was so engrossed by the characters and the well-developed story that I really don't have much that I can say negatively. The book is obviously hooked at the end to lead you into a sequel, but not so much that you feel that you only purchased one-half of a book. She wraps up the current situation, then leads you into the next with amazing style.KC May has written the best fantasy story of the year, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading The Wayfarer King. Pros: Great characters, each having a unique voice in the universe.Cons: Nothing that jumps out at me at all. I'm actually struggling to find something to put here.