February 2, 2021
Blurb: Once Second Prince of the mightiest kingdom in the known world, Othrun now leads the last survivors of his exiled people into an uncertain future far across the Shimmering Sea from their ancestral home, now lost beneath the waves. With his Single God binding his knights to chivalric oaths, intent on wiping out idolatry and pagan worship, they will have to carve out a new kingdom on this mysterious continent―a continent that has for centuries been ravaged by warlords competing for supremacy and mages channeling the mystic powers of the elements―and unite the continent under godly rule.
With a troubled past, a cursed sword, and a mysterious spirit guiding him, Othrun means to be that ruler, and conquer all. But with kingdoms fated on the edge of spears, alliances and pagan magic, betrayal, doubt, and dangers await him at every turn. Othrun will be forced to confront the truths of all he believes in on his journey to become a king, and a legend.
When one kingdom drowns, a new one must rise in its place. So begins the saga of that kingdom, and the man who would rule it all.
A Drowned Kingdom is narrated from the perspective of the main character, Othrun, the second Prince of the island Atalantyx, Son of the King Atalan. Othrun, despite many temptations, is loyal to his King, country, and the single God. Othrun begins his journey as the underdog in this story. His father blames him for the death of his mother during his birth. His half-brother who is in line to the throne is jealous of the love his father had for Othrun’s mother. When Othrun stands up for his belief in the single God, after his brother who has taken the throne and is ruling the country by fear, he is banished along with his faithful followers. This banishment saves their lives as they watch Atalantyx disappear in front of their eyes. Guided by his faith, Othrun leads his people to a new kingdom where he becomes an important ally to Kings Wely and Hert. He helps them hold onto their lands and title. Othrun’s beliefs and faith are tested in the new strange land that is now his home as he encounters different beliefs, customs and the temptation of a beautiful mega, Lysi, who is spiritually contacted to Othrun .
This three-part fantasy has everything you need for a successful read. The storyline has adventure, magic, faith, hope and love. P.L Stuart demonstrates his ability to capture the reader’s imagination and brings the characters to life. I found A Drowned Kingdom well written and an entertaining read. I look forward to the next book in this series so I can continue Orthrun’s journey.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.