First Impressions: The Wayfarer King by K.C. May

On September 21, 2011 by Aimee
The Wayfarer King by K.C. May

The Wayfarer King by K.C. May

About the front:
Strength. Masculinity. Darkness. Evil. I hope a way to overcome it. I love that we don’t focus anything but the sword and even moreso that it’s only the handle (hilt?). Hidden behind the main topic in the cover though are lines and dots that upon closer inspection suggest a map hides behind the silver. The font used in this really fits, too. It’s tall and with the serif edges (the little overhangs) gives me that same strength impression. I really like the simplicity in this, too. And the green … there’s something about that that makes me want to say ‘Go’ (and read it!).

Upon seeing only the cover, I’m assuming this book is a fantasy or perhaps a thriller. No way would I be able to read it at night. This will have to be a day-time book (to keep the ghosts away) and probably where there are people around me to suck me out of my reading ‘world’ and back into reality.

Now let’s look at what the back says:

Book 2 of The Kinshield Saga

Beyonders, evil beings that materialize without warning from the realm of chaos, continue to invade the world of men, destroying everything — and everyone — in their path. The most powerful of them all, Ritol, has been confined for two hundred years inside the palace in Thendylath, trapped by King Arek’s magic.

Having newly claimed the right to rule Thendylath as king, Gavin Kinshield has no money or army, but he’s determined to protect his people from the beyonder attacks. With his new power of Wayfarer, Gavin has the ability to journey to all seven realms. To end the invasion, he must travel to the realm of chaos and summon Ritol. But can he escape before the beyonder champion kills him, devours his soul and takes his place as Wayfarer?

If wizard Brodas Ravenkind has his way, Gavin will never make it that far. Not only does Ravenkind want the throne for himself, he wants revenge for his cousin’s murder too. After all, he made a promise the first time Gavin crossed him…

Does it match? Front to Back without the in between?
If it’s not fantasy, then it’s sci-fi, which to me are the same thing, except one is in a ‘past’ magical world and the other is ‘in space’. There is definitely a quest which is very tied in with that sword. I’m dying to see how the sword fits in, if it’s just a symbol or more … something part of what Gavin needs to succeed. Or something like that. Even the words in the back of the book blurb convey a sense that there is war and the revenge is explicitly stated. There is both a sense of urgency to the words as well as a sense that it’s going to take a while to get to the end.

I’m quite intrigued by this cover and blurb, my only problem? I am not a true fantasy reader. So, bummer for me, but I really like that cover. It’s a little mesmerizing and I want to just stare at it and make up my own stories for that sword.

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