Tuesday, January 23, 2018

[Short Story Review] Kingsbane by T.L. Branson


Kingsbane by T.L. Branson is another amazing short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

I had previously read Ash and Steel and Midnight Blade, two other short stories in this world, and I absolutely loved them. When I saw a roll call for Beta Readers for Kingsbane, I immediately wanted to jump in!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Kingsbane by T.L. Branson

Ocken is a Khur, one of the desert tribesman. After his father died at the hands of a fearsome kranack, his mother moved him and his brother, Thren, to Sunbury where he joined the king's guard.

When pregnancy complications threaten to take the life of Sunbury's queen, the king embarks on a quest to obtain a legendary stone rumored to have the power to heal any disease. As a loyal member of the royal guard, Ocken volunteers to go along.

Ocken is a man's man with a thirst for thrills and adventure, but what he doesn't count on is coming face to face with his own fears and self-doubts. Haunted by the night of his father's death, he puts not only his life, but the lives of all of his companions at risk.

Each day that passes is a day less for his queen's survival. Time is running out. Will they find the stone before it's too late and at what cost?

My thoughts: 
Yet again, I have to start with the cover... How neat is this one?! I couldn't wait to learn who this character was. I also really love this updated cover:

Per usual, I adored the writing. The story started with an intense situation and then continues at a fast pace. This one was longer than the other two, and I still wanted more! These stories totally suck you in and don't let you go until the last sentence. 

I was happy to see a few familiar characters, but really loved meeting a few new ones this time. I really hope to see Ocken and Khate again.

Favorite passages:
Ocken stared out into the darkness. As if facing the thing he hated most made it less frightening to him. 

It was pointless to dwell on the darkness of yesterday, no matter how painful it may be, but instead, strive to make a brighter tomorrow.

My final thoughts:
If you haven't checked this series out yet, I highly recommend doing so! They are so much fun and they really help create anticipation for the first book in the Soul Stones series.

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite short story?


  1. HI Erica,

    I agree it is a lovely cover and I really like the sound of this series. It's totally passed me by? How? lol

    1. :-D Ah! I think you'd love them! The shorts are all so fun and interesting!

  2. I think I'll definitely been looking into this! Great review. :)