Kings & Daemons
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication: May 25, 2020
Age Group: Young Adult
A tale of conquest, dark kings, and daemonic heroes. A spellbinding story that will enchant you with its plot of ambition, love, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption.
Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come.
Kings and Daemons is the first book in a new series by Marcus Lee! This interesting and original Young Adult fantasy/romance is the story of a rag-tag group of people who band together to defeat a great evil! One of those ‘misfits’ is Maya, a girl with extraordinary powers. Also Taran, a telepath with a penchant for anger and Kalas, an incredible warrior. I felt this fit exactly into the young adult genre and it is a fantasy book with all of the classical elements that readers love!
The world building through the first few chapters is well-done through character point of view vignettes. I loved the imagery of the forest, the Free States, and the Witch-King’s lands. Though the book is near 400 pages, I found it went rather quickly and I was engrossed in the plot from the beginning. This is a fantastic introduction to a new fantasy world from author Marcus Lee!
I enjoyed the rich character building for Maya, Taran, and all of the other main/side characters. I thought the character arcs tied up nicely along with the narrative. Of course, being a series, there is more to come and I am absolutely excited for a continuation of this story! I would recommend this to any YA fantasy fans and any general fantasy fans. There is something for every reader in this book, plenty of action, a bit of romance, all of the fantasy elements, and an easy to follow plot that hooks you from the beginning!
Thank you to Marcus Lee and Storyteller’s on Tour for having me along for this tour! I appreciate all of the work that indie authors put into their novels and I am so glad to have the opportunity to read them! Thanks to the team at Storyteller’s on Tour as well! This is my third or fourth tour with them and they are always top notch!
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.
However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.
Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.
Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.