Wednesday, April 6, 2016

King's Folly by Jill Williamson

I'm back on the book review train, this time with a book I was less fond of...

I received a copy of King's Folly by Jill Williamson as part of the Bethany House blogger review program, and I was pretty excited. I enjoy reading things from Bethany House, because although they tend toward the cheesy side, I at least feel like what I'm reading is going to be somewhat PG.

This book leans more toward the science fiction/fantasy genre, which I don't read much of, so I was really ready to try something different. The author wrote from several points of view, which seems to be a fiction trend right now. I'm not mad - I enjoy following several characters at a time. I got really sucked in to the story line right away, but then it went a bit awry for me...

I know the author was trying to be legit and genuine, but she developed some characters that were super into idol worship and magic, and there were scenes with hunting children for sport... And the description of said things just proved to be a bit much for me. There was a scene where a priestess character started talking with a "goddess" and became inhabited by said goddess, and at that point, I just put the book down. Call me a prude, but I just don't put those kinds of things before my eyes, and I was kind of disappointed in Bethany House for presenting me with something like that.

Maybe Williamson was going somewhere amazing. Maybe the story is the most incredible story ever told. I'll never know because, to me, those ends just didn't justify the means. Of course, this is just my opinion, and I tend to over-guard myself, but I always err on the side of "better safe than sorry."

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