The King Trials Book One
A mute radical. A brutal queen. A quest through a deadly maze.
Yosyph fences his heart and keeps his mouth shut. Posing as a mute tavern-hand, he gathers information on his bigoted queen and silently seeks to raise a rebellion. But when he discovers the monarch’s scheme to enslave thousands, he fears leading a revolt now would only end in a massacre.
Desperate for allies in the coming war, Yosyph travels through a deadly desert in search of his kin. But he’s shocked to discover his only option to defeat the queen’s vast military is an ancient magic that will consume him–unless he opens himself to the voice of his god.
Will Yosyph’s unexpected answers to his prayers stop his realm from descending into bloody darkness?
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The writing style is smart and engaging. Brave young men, vivacious heroine. Vibrant world, exciting stakes… I’d recommend to fans of Blades of Acktar, The Queen’s Thief, and The Minstrel’s Song!
- H.S.J. Williams, author of Fairest Son
I’ve got to say that this is one of the best books I’ve read with wonderful characters who grow on their journeys, stellar writing, fantastic world-building, and a twisty, nail-biting plot.
- Katy Huth Jones, author of the YA-fantasy series He Who Finds Mercy
M.L. Farb has created a rich world with deep, relatable characters.
I loved both Halavant’s and Yosyph’s growth throughout the story. Halavant is a prince who has to hit bottom to realize the world doesn’t revolve around him. Yosyph is a quiet man who must learn to rely on God and others. And I can’t wait to see more of Katrin, who I adore.
The book has adventure, political intrigue, faith, a twist I didn’t predict until the last moment, and a bit of romance that makes me anxious to read the next book. I’m glad it’s available now!
- Carol Beth Anderson, author of the Sun-Blessed Trilogy and The Frost Eater
I wholeheartedly recommend this clean fantasy adventure! All the main characters went through their own journeys (literal or metaphorical) of growth, and I like that I would not have predicted where some of those would lead. There was an element of romance, but it wasn’t entirely predictable either (predictability is what bothers me about most romance novels). A twist near the end caught me by surprise, which was also fun. But my favorite thing about The King’s Trial was the part of the story where Yosyph must travel through a maze of rock formations using a series of clever riddles/clues to tell him where to go.
- Annie Douglass Lima, author of the Annals of Alasia and the Krillonian Chronicles
Farb clearly paints a picture of the kingdoms where this story takes place. The abilities given to characters are not overdone and there are no ridiculous monsters. Swords, honor, courageous fair maidens, and a clearly stated evil exists. The main character fights his way through personal demons while exerting himself physically. The characters are well-rounded and easy to like – or not.
- Kameo Monson, author of When Love is Lost
I initially chose The King’s Trial because of the vibrant cover and the promise of an epic fantasy adventure. I mistakenly assumed that it would be a simple story of good triumphing over evil and happily ever after. I needed a familiar story to give me a good dose of encouragement to tough it out these last few weeks of 2020. Instead, I got something beyond what I could imagine. Yes, this book uses some familiar fantasy tropes, but Ms. Farb had a way of surprising me along the journey. I loved the thought-provoking concepts woven throughout the tale and the layers of complexity that became clear as the story progressed. Yosyph’s courage inspired me as he learned to trust God through his difficult trials and wield his powerful gift.
- Official Review from onlinebookclub.org