The Whisper King was the first of the horror genre I’ve ever read. It opened up a whole new world.
Publisher’s Description: When David Kinder agreed to lead the Whisper King’s army into war, he was promised answers to all of his questions. That included “the knowledge that burns.” But this truth may even be too much for the Prince of the Shadow Mountains, for mortal and immortal alike have succumbed to the madness it ignites.
Even as David wrestles with matters of the mind and spirit, a physical threat looms in the form of the Amathair, a homicidal creature from the end of time. With thousands upon thousands of skeletal Dearmad troops at its command, the Amathair threatens to annihilate all of reality.
Only monsters stand against this threat. And only David Kinder, heir to the Whisper King, can lead them to victory… or damn them to ruin.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This is horror with suspense and fantasy mixed in. There is a lot of violence and several graphic death descriptions. If you don’t like the concept of children turned into other world warriors, turn away now.
I’m going to start this review with a little recap. In this series we see David ‘sort of’ kidnapped by the Whisper King. I say ‘sort of’ because he was in an orphanage and he hated it. Then again, he was a child. He wished for good parents and never got any. I did not expect to be reading horror when I started. The kindly author left that part out. Thanks, Wil. It was a page turner and I loved it. Incredibly written and vivid characters with imagery that was out of this world.
Daughter of Shadows, Book 2 leaned more heavily on the horror and The Whisper King: Reign Eternal was no different. However much I might say I don’t like horror, I LOVED this book. Again, the author shines with words that weave a fantasy world of monsters and evil that I shudder to think anyone could survive in. I know I’d be dead. I think the story indicates strength of David’s character and his struggle is just starting.
Book 3, Eternal Reign, shows how strong David has become in his position within the Whisper King’s army and how smart and caring of his friends he is. He is a protector and he takes his job to protect very seriously. He has typical problems of any leader except these problems are world crumbling – not just his world but the human world too- and war with an unknown enemy. Talk about stress, man.
This is an incredible story. David has a lot of hard choices in his world. He has power above all others and he has to figure out how to use it. He is an anomaly within the ranks of the other recruits. He exceeds and he’s become the Prince of the Shadow Mountains-the Whisper King’s heir. He doesn’t get to live the life of royalty. He has to lead his soldiers and make all the right decisions or they will be lost and his world will be no more. Love, loss, friendship and enemies. It’s got everything and I recommend it highly.
Our reviews in this series…
…you might try Inquisitor Series by Lincoln Farish, The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh or Deacon Chalk by James Tuck.
Monsters fighting monsters for the greater good….I think.
Publisher’s Description: Beyond the maddening edges of creation lurk nameless horrors greater than the Whisper King himself. To find his kidnapped daughter and save his hometown David Kinder must face these horrors, even as he tries to untangle a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the Whisper King’s empire in the Shadow Mountains. Along the way he reconnects with old friends, makes new alliances, and discovers that sometimes to destroy monsters you must become something… worse.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
“Now the shadows bitch slapped us… threw wadded up dollar bills at us for cab fare.”
“Crowns don’t make kings… crowns blind fools.”
First of all, this story falls into the horror genre. It’s also an adventure with characters thrown together by fate (or was it?) and no clear cut villains. The relationships are complicated and the twists are many. There is no HEA, as the series doesn’t appear to be finished, but yet it’s also not a cliffhanger. There is a ton of f-bombs dropped, but since I hear that daily, I wasn’t disturbed. There is no sex, no descriptions of weapons and definitely no fluffy bunnies.
The story picks up shortly after the ending of Book 1. David, the protagonist and narrator of this story gives the reader a sit rep and begins the adventure immediately. The adventure isn’t a “sit back and let it roll by.” This adventure grabbed me by hood of my sweatshirt, kicking and screaming onto the Night Road that is pitted and potholed with monsters lurking in the darkness and spies around every corner.
There are multiple story arcs going on in this book. There is David’s life story and where his destiny lays. He is a hero, but he’s going to be the tortured hero. The hero that never gets a life not fraught with danger and monsters. There are outside forces that are destroying the Night Road in the Whisper King’s dimension. Why should he care? The Whisper King should be left hanging, BUT there is more to it than that. There is the rescue of David’s daughter who is held by who? and why? There is the conspiracy that is consuming the Lan Croi to what end? Who is the mastermind? Why are they doing this? There is the family element – David’s friends, Donna’s family and the father figure of the Whisper King. The loyalty David feels for the Whisper King. The torment between no clear cut good vs. evil. It’s a good mystery to unravel.
This story is a well written, edge of my seat page turner that kept me wondering where the adventure would take me. I’m not convinced that David is on the good guy side, but I don’t think he knows either. He’s making decisions by the seat of his pants and hopes that his instincts aren’t leading him in the wrong direction. I hope they aren’t leading him astray either because if they are, it could easily be the end of the world.
Our reviews in this series…
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Okay, stoke up the campfire because this is one of those stories!
Publisher’s Description: My name is David Kinder. And this is my story… every goddamn bloodstained word of it.
About 25 years ago when I was six my parents died in a car crash. I was bounced around a few state homes until they finally settled me at Meripitt Hill, an orphanage just outside of Lansing, Michigan. It was there that the shadows started visiting me. Not normal shadows. These shadows moved on their own accord, and whispered strange, alien things to me. Scared the piss out of me.
Wasn’t until Donna Elizondo moved to Meripitt Hill that my life started to actually become bearable. She became my best friend. Taught me to love music and to dance. That kept the shadows away. That kept me safe.
That year we were an epic story of two. We danced. We laughed. Hell, I suspect I was falling in love with her, if kids could really know what love is.
But then she was taken away from me. Adopted.
That’s when the shadows returned for me. That’s when they took me to the Shadow Mountains to serve the Whisper King.
For years I learned how to fight. How to kill. I even learned how to transform myself into a Cuthach…a monster. There were thousands of us being trained there. Thousands of us learning to reach deep inside and unleash the monsters in our guts.
When a spot opened in the Whisper King’s elite guard, the Silent Heart, I was chosen to fill it. But first I had to take one final test. A test that would determine once and for all if I was destined to be man or monster.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
You remember when we were kids sitting around the campfire telling each other scary stories to see who would run for mom or dad first? This story is one of those stories. It’s told first person by David himself. David swears every other word, but really, it fits. He’s just that kind of character. The story starts out when he was young and in an orphanage. The shadows speak to David because the Whisper King wants him.
The Whisper King is a fright. He steals boys and trains them to fight. And kill. Well…..HE doesn’t train them, he has minions that do. A whole LOT of minions. David joins in because he’s young and has nothing to lose. The Whisper King is a father figure, eh, kind of. A very cruel father figure. It’s incredible the trials David goes through. He makes friends – the kind of friends that stick with him through the crap storm that is his life.
This is an incredible story.
If you like this book…
…well, I don’t tend to choose books this dark, so I’m not sure what to recommend. Probably something like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Clive Barker.