In fact, this post is much more than a simple book review. Heart of the King concludes Khirro’s Journey trilogy, and a very well-written series.
I strongly recommend reading the whole series. It would be a very good use of your time if you simply enjoy reading, are an epic fantasy fan, or even as a writing aid – there are a lot of things a budding author could learn from these three books, and there can be worse ways to learn them than by reading and taking in the finer points of a more-than-enjoyable story.
I would also like to show my appreciation and offer many thanks to Bruce for putting so much energy, talent and imagination in creating Khirro’s Journey. The storyline is so much farther-reaching than first meets the eye. Bruce, perhaps this isn’t much, but it’s all I have to give you. Please accept the Life Changing Read Award for this series.
And now, let me tell you about Heart of the King, today’s shining star!
The third and last book in Khirro’s Journey, Heart of the King is in so many ways THE END. But it’s also a bright new beginning.
When I first met Khirro I felt a deep rush of emotion towards him – not because he was a hero, or because he was handsome, or even for his smart quips. Khirro felt close to me because he was normal, imperfect, one of us. Any one of us.
Through the mission he was given, he grew into a man and began to understand the world around him as he carried the blood of his King close to his heart. His cowardice and inexperience gave reason for soul-searching and his interactions with his fellow companions were a constant source of amusement. Once he became the guardian of the King’s spirit, Khirro started to change. Imperceptible at first, these small changes brought into clearer focus – to him and us, too – the vastness and variety of life, the rich tapestry of human nature and the depth of darkness to some human souls. To survive, timid, trustful Khirro had to grow up.
On the last leg of his journey, Khirro is a man. His thoughts, actions and words prove it – and yet, a trace of old Khirro is still in there, still making him wonder at the atrocities human beings are capable of, still making him loathe to take a life, still keeping him back from becoming what he would call ‘a hero’.
Written in the same cursive, easy-reading style, this finale finds itself much higher on the intensity charts. The action is relentless. Don’t even think you’ll be able to put it down – the tension will likely give you a heart attack if you so much as try. Just as in the first two novels, the descriptions are very good, characterization flawless, and we end up with a very satisfying tale of good wins over evil.
Have I enjoyed it? Does the sun rise in the East? I don’t remember reading a more enjoyable series – ever. I will refrain from any comparisons with authors old and new, because I would not be doing Khirro’s Journey justice. This series is as original as it gets, and the writing is good enough to teach a lot of best-selling authors a thing or two. Well worth reading. I wholeheartedly recommend it. 5 stars – though I’d give it double if only I could.
For Khirro’s Journey, Bruce Blake received the Life Changing Read Award.