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Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born Since there was no male heir the crown went to the man who killed him by Dialcian law This never bothered her growing up and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband she chooses Prince Delaney the son of that man with little hesitation Only then does her life start crumbling around her Adrian expected to live a normal life taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired But on his eighteenth birthday when the princess’ engagement is announced his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood He wants nothing than to protect Obsidia and his people but as merely prince he has little power against his father The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and ueen is nearing its climax and the three are already caught in it


10 thoughts on “The Worth of a King

  1. says:

    Although this is the third book I’ve read by Kendra she never ceases to amaze me with her epic world building skills And I do mean epic I’ve read many great fantasy books Narnia LOTR Watership Down and Redwall to name a few The Worth of a King and Kendra’s two Rizkaland books take their place among my favorites In fact I put them right next to NarniaWhat makes her books so great is that they take great pieces of fantasy and combine it with enough reality to make it plenty relatable The character building is just as strong as the world building And like Narnia there’s a strong central power who controls the world – but than a power a God I love how Kendra doesn’t step away from her Christian worldview when she builds another world God in her books is accurately portrayed and I love the title she uses for Him in this one El Shaddai It’s perfect Kendra weaves a tale a tale that includes battle and love dragons and magic powers faith and trust It’s a story of intrigue It contains so many elements but unlike some fantasies that are unbelievably complicated the story is easy to follow I’m still now sure how to describe itAll I can say is that it’s incredible If you like fantasy – even if you don’t – you should read it FTC DISCLOSURE I received a complimentary copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for an honest review A positive review was not reuired These are my honest thoughts and opinions


  2. says:

    WOAH That cover thoI gotta get this one for that drool worthy cover if nothing else XD


  3. says:

    I have no idea what I think about this book XD It was fun I LOVED the world building The world building was my favorite part the creativity cultures and the way the author did the theology was fascinatingHowever the biggest thing that threw me off was the pacing It took me a while to put a finger on it it wasn't that obvious but events seemed too sped up I think the book could have been three times longer to fit everything Obviously that would have made for a very long book but I think the characters and plot deserved itWhich brings me to the characters I liked all of them They were all uniue and easy to keep track of and that's saying something when there is an entire kingdom of people that all have Z names However while I was able to keep track of the giant cast of characters I think that having such a big cast drew away from the depth of them in this book Most of them didn't have much of an arc or changed much over the book and for those that did it wasn't very full for lack of better word It was complete but missing some internal grappling in the middle The author told us there was grappling but I wish would could have seen of itOverall though I did love the cast of characters My favorites were Laura and Delany One thing the author did well was being very creative and interesting about her Christian themes It never seemed too preachyLooking forward to book #2 And greatly relieved that the cliffhanger wasn't too awful


  4. says:

    Originally posted on my book blog hereSUEE This was a really enjoyable book DThings I loved Delaney Of course he had to be at the top of this list I LOVE THIS BOY He’s fantastic I don’t want to give away any of the plot but the way he does all the awesomeness and is also sweet and stands firm on the right things when everything is conspiring against him—basically I’m a fan D Winged Horses Okay I really want one of these They were awesome The world the “feel” and just I can’t uite explain it but I really enjoyed being here in this setting ^^ The cultures were interesting like the masked Zovordians and I just I don’t know It felt homey And fresh And honestly it gave me Goldstone Wood series vibes which is always a good thing The plot was uniue and intriguing and once I got used to the weird politics and laws those made it even fascinating D Some of it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it might be—it’s sometimes of a character story which was awesome—but there were also plenty of high stakes and it kept me guessing Cream cake Because I neeeed one Or possibly several I’m also pleased that I was able to enjoy this book without having read the Rizkaland books I believe this is the first book in a sort of preuel series to that so I was wondering but it stood on its own uite well Just a few things about the world I didn’t uite get a feel for maybe if I’d read those it would have helped? But nothing serious It WAS a little weird reading this because of my experience not having read the Rizkaland books and YET also knowing things about well STUFF due to things I’ve heard said about the series So I kind of knew things which kind of colored some of my perspectives and makes me wonder how I’d feel about things if I didn’t know certain THINGS But that’s just me XD On the whole if you’ve never picked up a book by this author before this is a good one to start with Humor is also one of my favorite things and there was some of that scattered throughout to make me smile Sweet romances which I WILL SAY NO MORE ON but so adorbz D I really liked the main one but I also loved that there were a few other ones scattered along the side of the story Keeps one on one’s toes and adds to the adorbz factor Twins Because twin stories are fun and I enjoyed Adrian and Obsidia who yes I did like uite a bit when she wasn’t being odd ADRIAN IS PRECIOUS He needs a hug He could get hard to deal with at times too but I liked his uietness and surprising strengths And the whole twin thing was great The rest of the characters were uite intriguing and I don’t have time to mention them all here but they fleshed it out nicely and I came to care about so many of them And certain have me curious about thiiings Oo Granite—oh my word I loved Granite He’s such a fun guy but also kinda mysterious because “Immortal King” and all that I loved when he was around in any scene and I don’t even know how to describe it Magnetism and humor I guess He was fabulous Oh and Delaney DELANEYYY I did mention him right? coughLess favorite things Okay so I have a couple of things I didn’t love Once I got about halfway through I confess that I started screaming every time a character admitted something and some of the wording was a smidge modern feeling OH But I did read an ARC of this book so it’s possible some of these things were smoothed out; I wouldn’t know P Obsidia occasionally annoyedpuzzled me especially how she reacted or rather failed to react to a certain big thing also so much blushing; help and Nadilynn wasn’t my favorite but I’m never big on the exuberant chatty best friend character so that’s just me P Oh and I’m not sure an 18 year old boy would be thinking of a certain girl as just his best friend?? It made him feel young sometimes And I honestly don’t know how I feel about some of the things at the end or about everything involving the ueenBUT ANYWAY those are simply personal opinions and small complaints and didn’t detract much from my overall enjoyment of this delightful novel On the whole I had a blast reading it and I definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy with a Christian tilt to it If you haven’t yet check it out and dive into a whole new uniue world with winged horses shady dragons behind the scenes and touching stories of beloved characters as they navigate the complexities of political intrigue different cultures matters of the heart and of family lost and re found It made me happy and was an enjoyable fantasy read ^^ I received a free Advance Reader Copy ebook from the author I was not reuired to write a positive review and all opinions are my own


  5. says:

    THIS BOOK THIS BOOK Y'ALL If you haven't read or at least bought The Worth of a King you need to change that right this minute Go ahead You can pick it up on Kindle here If you really want to the paperback well you'll have to wait a little for that but stillOk I should probably try to be serious 'cause this book is seriously amazing I didn't really think Kendra would top Lady Dragon Tela Du anytime soon — eventually sure but not with the very next full length novel she releases And ok to be fair I'm not sure if Worth absolutely tops LDTD but it comes pretty storming close let me tell youSo What makes this book so awesome? For starters the characters are wonderful We've got pre scale Amber and Granite who I was definitely most excited for — and they don't disappoint trust me It's so nice to see them both happy and working as a team especially Granite And I mean they're still in love after 2000 ish years and it's adorable I love them inordinately much And Laura's there too which is fun though also a little sad — I think this is one of the books where you really see the toll that being the Doorkeeper takes on Laura and it makes your heart hurt for her Plus she occasionally drops references to things that happen in the Rizkaland Legends or the time between which range from sueal over Easter eggs to storm you Kendra why'd you have to remind me of that that was not okOh Speaking of things that aren't ok that epilogue I mean I appreciate the symmetry and artistry and all that but it makes me sad You'll understand why when you read the book Trust meAnyway Back to the characters Besides old friends we have new ones and the best of those is Delaney Delaney is a wonderful human being He's not without flaws but he's still an astonishingly good person The poor boy has as much stacked against him as Obsidia or Adrian perhaps even in some ways but he still manages to persevere and remain strong and even encourage the others And he has every opportunity to become a villain or a betrayer but he doesn't And he and Obsidia are wonderful together — they balance each other splendidly and they're just so sweet and lovely That's not to say that the characters who aren't Delaney aren't excellent though Obsidia and Adrian are both interesting in their own way and their character development is magnificent Nadilynn I didn't expect to like as much as she did She has hidden depths that girl Again excellent character development Ossian was a compelling villain — not evil for evil's sake and uite intelligent in how he goes about his villainy— and I approved of how Kendra ended his story Actually I really liked the ending in general Not saying much because spoilers but Kendra didn't take the obvious solutionsThe worldbuilding is also excellent The world itself is another interesting concept a place where the world is on the inside of a sphere instead of the outside The different cultures in the world were interesting though only two were really expanded much And I uite liked all the different little details Kendra used to flesh out those two cultures Super random and small example that I really liked for some reason she doesn't use the standard names for seasons months and so on I will admit that certain things seem kind of crazy but then again certain things about real world political systems also sometimes seem kind of crazyPlot wise the story flows well It's not a fast paced or action packed read by any means but it doesn't need to be Between character development and actual plot events there was plenty of tension to keep me interested and turning the pages And as I said before I think the ending is excellentThe book does have a couple flaws Action scenes aren't Kendra's strong point and it shows That said I can see improvement between this and her previous books Wording is occasionally a little odd as well mostly when characters speak in a way that's modern than I expect Still these are small issues and I'm than willing to overlook themSo yes The Worth of a King is an excellent book and you all need to read it immediately Or at least very soon Trust me you won't regret it


  6. says:

    Compelling creative fantasyPrincess Obsidia has spent her life as a pawn of the man who killed her father the night of her birth As the dragons and humans battle over their world's future Obsidia's choices determine the course of the war Loved the characters and their conflicts and the creativity of the world I will definitely be reading by this author


  7. says:

    I want to give it 45 stars but don't know how to do that ;This book surprised me and pleasantly soI'd heard at one time Jack was co writing this book I'm sad she wasn't able to finish doing so she and Kendra would have made an AMAZING team But even so Kendra did awesomeThe romance was great — not too much yet sweet and cute and uniue Loved the many uniue cultures Kendra built Loved her characters loved the setting loved the traditions And Kendra wove in theme so artfully And SO LOVED THE ZOVORDIANS I really loved the Choosing when a princess flaunts around her many suitors and chooses one to become her husband One of my favorite scenes in the book was when Nadilynn a young friend of Obsidia's chooses her own husband Nadilynn was such a fun character She reminded me so much of one of my dear friends named Amber Naive hyper and altogether sweet she was a favorite Readers of Water Princess Fire Prince will be pleased at some characters that show in this book I won't give away spoilers I loved the relationship between Adrian and Jerolin brothers and friends And at times I was so reminded of some of Jack's WWII stories Kendra did fantastic with writing a non groan Christian fantasyAt times the characters' conversations felt stilted and the plot seemed to stray But for the most part I really enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting about seven hours long taking a break only to find some supper The story started just a little slow and I was really confuse as to why the princess was okay with the man that killed her father I hadn't read the back cover synopsis But once I got into the story that soon became clear There were so many scenes I loved and just few that felt out of place Over all I really enjoyed reading this book and think anyone that loves Christian Fantasy should definitely find a copy of The Worth of A King Content There was some magic for those who have a problem with that Romance was appropriate for all ages Some war and some graphic violence death But again again good I'd give content a whole five stars DRead an advanced e copy in exchange for a review


  8. says:

    I'm a little late with this thankyouthankyouthankyou Kendra for being so patient with me but it is still within the first week of Worth's release and I have a review for y'allBlurbPrincess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born Since there was no male heir the crown went to the man who killed him by Dialcian law This never bothered her growing up and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband she chooses Prince Delaney the son of that man with little hesitation Only then does her life start crumbling around herAdrian expected to live a normal life taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired But on his eighteenth birthday when the princess’ engagement is announced his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throneDelaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood He wants nothing than to protect Obsidia and his people but as merely prince he has little power against his fatherThe ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and ueen is nearing its climax and the three are already caught in itMy ThoughtsHere's what you absolutely need to know the book is amazing clean and perfect go buy itFROM HERE ON THERE MAY BE SLIGHT SPOILERS READ AT YOUR OWN PERILI have to say this is my favorite of Kendra's books thus farI love that she showed us a side of Amber that we hadn't seen before how great her influence was before she was corrupted by the dragonsAnd the Zovordians They are awesome A approve I really loved how Adrian and Obsidia interacted with each other; the fact that they both felt an emptiness but didn't try to fill it with a significant other because they didn't know exactly why they felt empty resulting in a healthy brother sister relationship once they realized the other was what they had always been looking forAnd of course Delany and Obsidia are perfect for each other; as are Adrian and Christa who I might add is an excellent cake baker and I wholeheartedly approve of the amount of cake mentioned throughout the storyThe character growth too Obsidia realizing that she needed to have faith in El Shaddai not because it would make other people happy but that because He is the Truth The unrest of who would be the one to be crowned ruler and everyone coming to a respectful mature and logical decision for the good of the people Nobody killing Ossian out of revengeEND SPOILERSI just really love it okFavorite uoteThat's how you know the worth of a king of any man really The legacy that he leaves The good he did or the lessons you can learn ContentIt is fantasy so there is some use of magic though not than would be in either Narnia or Lord of the Rings and it is from a Christian perspectiveNo language again Christian FantasyBrief fairytale ending true love's kiss between a married coupleWould recommend anywhere from ages 12 onAuthor BioKendra E Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways She's been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years Finish your story Kendra is freuently heard at family gatherings Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that glorify God and His WordFind her online at Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || In conclusion I really really really like The Worth of a King and give it a 45I was given a free e copy in exchange for an honest review but trust me on this totally worth spending the same amount you'd spend on a cup of coffee to have it show up on your e reader device


  9. says:

    I enjoyed the story It wrapped up the main plot nicely while leaving some deeper plot points open for preuelsseuels It can be read as a stand alone without being disappointing There are some religious overtones but they are not preachy inline with the maturing of the FMC


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this story It was a complicated setup but the author does a great job not bogging down the reader with everything at once The world felt real even though the laws of physics were different; and the different customs in the different kingdoms really made the land seem largeI also liked that the author kept everything sueaky clean while at the same time expertly and delicately referring to adult topics when the occasion reuiredThe only thing that annoyed me about this book was that everyone seemed to say exactly what they meant which made some of the conversations sound scripted or even forcedOverall though I really enjoyed this book and the twist at the end was awesome