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Kydona [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Krug
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Named for heaven, the kingdom of Elessia once served as a beacon to the world. Now its name has become a byword for decadence. When Lord Prince Marcus hears the beginnings of a vast conspiracy from the lips of his dying mother, he sets out to uncover the motives lurking behind the war his father waged. With the help of Kaelyn—a sharp-tongued courtesan nursing a long-hidden desire—and Vernon de Gauthier—a near-disturbingly prolific womanizer with a weakness for apples—Marcus slowly unearths the truth: his country lies on the brink of collapse. And soon, the vanquished nation of Kydona will rise to settle a generation-old score.

In Elessia’s debauched court, the threat goes unheeded. Marcus’s romances bloom and just as quickly wither. Blood is shed, lives extinguished. It matters little. Quarrel and murder, lust and love, right and wrong—the lines that separate these are hopelessly blurred in the throes of court intrigue. And the difference between each rests on a knife edge so sharp that even a hero cannot tell them apart.

Kydona is the first installment in its series. The story continues in Kydona: From Ashes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: T. K. Krug III; 4 edition (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C7VZTGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,033,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 18 Nov. 2013
By Sati
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised by Kydona. I found it a very enjoyable read however it just misses out on that final star because I could not bring myself to quite fall in love with it.

First off I am impressed that the author showed us an extremely well-realised world. One thing I absolutely love is when I get the feeling the author knows much more than s/he is letting on. A world feels real when you can imagine that it has a history where many adventures have already taken place before the current crop of main characters were even born. And I got that feeling with this book, mainly because of the mythology of Ancel and Elessia, on which the culture/religion of this land is based.

Crown Prince Marcus de Pilars is our main character and the eyes through which we view this world. Other readers have described him as arrogant and reckless and hard to like. Personally, I am attracted to protagonists who aren't whiter than white. Had he been always valiant and honourable, always ready to defend the weak and vanquish evil I would have found him boring. Because a character like that can only be broken by the external world. A more realistic character, who has many facets and shades, can be defeated by his own personality flaws and bad decisions and that is far more interesting to read. He is young, inexperienced and suddenly exposed to new things like grief, love, deception and betrayal, all while bearing the burden of his position and having a strained relationship with his father. This is Marcus the boy and as the series goes on I think we will see him grow into Marcus the man. It will be good to see how circumstances, like war, change him and what decisions he makes in the future.

But my criticism here is that Marcus is the only rounded character in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kydona 27 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The prologue started off fantastic and really got me hooked - minus the crude language between the two best friends. After that however, I felt that for the most part the start of the book could have just been left aside.

Although the first third of the novel gave insights into the daily life of Marcus, establishing who he is, how he functions in his role as crown prince and in his role as a human being, it practically didn't further the plot in any way. It was a way to develop the character and let the reader properly make the acquaintance of Marcus and his entourage, but it felt like the plot was stagnant throughout those pages.

I was very much cringing over certain scenes and sometimes the attempted comic relief by Vernon was quite simply painful. Nevertheless, the latter was a rather likeable character in his role as the best friend who is always there when needed. I didn't find him believable as a womanizer though, but as a best friend, absolutely.

It was only after the first third that the book slowly started coming back to the plot string hinted at in the very first chapter, but from there on out, the story was much more gripping and action filled. There were still a few scenes that made the action flop to a near standstill because Marcus couldn't keep it in his pants but the plot was progressing, and in an interesting way at that. The initial plot point was partially revealed and so were various intrigues although the reader was left in the dark on the background on most of those plot points - which is what made this story all the more interesting. The reader was left to keep guessing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love triangles, military and intrigue. 5 July 2013
By Edward
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kydona is seemingly hard fantasy. It centres on the life of a barely adult prince as he comes to confront what's become of his country. Within the confines of the story we are whisked into a game of love, conspiracy and war. There's a lot of engaging, intriguing prose to keep you going through, but it should be noted that this book is a prelude to later things. Just as the story is really hitting its element, it leaves you to pick up the next installation. It's by no means a cliff-hanger; it sets up momentum and feeling enough to carry you over to a new chapter without a sudden and unexpected surprise.

Is it annoying? No. I don't think so. Anyone who'd taken a look at the story length would know that it's getting itself into too greater detail to hit a climax so early on.

As a whole, Kydona skirts between good and great. From one part to another it can be either starting to drag a little with how much it delves in the common details of surroundings or instinctively sucking you into the scenes it builds. It's only discredit is how much of the exposition rapidly appears in one chapter early-on with no real build-up. It can all be easily forgiven, though. I understand this book was a labour of love seven years in the making, and it shows in how well thought-out the book is outside this one instance.

The strengths of this book seem to come from mister Krug's military background. He makes for some great intrigue and even greater, intoxicatingly believable military atmosphere. Characters are mostly okay. Memorable, and perhaps even show-stealing is Lyle Durand, and Marcus - the protagonist - while for the first few chapters went by feeling like typical spectator-bait, really fleshes out before the end of the first third.
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