Title: The Kingdom of Liars
Author: Nick Martell
Series: The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1
Narrator: John Skelley
Length: ~16 hours (608 pages)
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press, Recorded Books
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Source: Libro.fm ALC
In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.
Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.
In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.
What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.
I thought this was very confusing, unfocused, and hard to follow. Every time I had to set the audiobook aside, I felt lost coming back to it, but I didn’t want to rewind the audiobook to reorient myself.
A lot happened, but I felt like the story simultaneously moved too fast and too slow. There were too many key characters for a first book in a series, and I struggled to keep track of who they were and their relationships with each other. I never fully understood how the fabrication magic actually worked and how it affects memories.
If this sounds interesting to you, I would recommend reading the physical book over the audiobook so you can take your time to absorb all the information.
Thank you to Libro.fm, Saga Press, and Recorded Books for my audiobook listening copy.