Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron |e-arc Review |FFBC Blog Tour

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope good!

Today I have a review for you. Kingdom of Souls was an exciting read as it reminded me a lot of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Which is one of my favourite books!

And now without further ado, let’s start with the post.


Explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend, where one girl must sacrifice her life, year by year, to gain the power necessary to fight the mother she has never been good enough for.
Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Tomi Adeyemi and Black Panther
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.

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Title – Kingdom of Souls
Author – Rena Barron
Publisher – Harper Teen
Series? – Kingdom of Souls #1
Release date – September 3rd, 2019
Genre – Fantasy/Young Adult

Trigger Warning – Violence, abuse, torture, kidnapping, abduction of children, murder
Pages – 496
Version – ebook*
Language – English

What I liked

I wanted to like this book. So much that in the end, it’s only worth three stars for me. I had too high expectations as it reminded me a lot of Children of Blood and Bone. I should have lowered my expectations and maybe then I would have loved the book.

What I liked a lot however were the writing style and the worldbuilding. Both of these were great and I liked what the author did. Kingdom of Souls had a lot of similarities with Children of Blood and Bone in my eyes, which I also liked a lot.

The plot was great, the main idea pretty interesting and I think that there could have been more in store for Kingdom of Souls as it started very promising!

What I didn’t like

The Main Character was so annoying! I rarely find MCs annoying but this time I wanted to slap her so so hard in the face. She got on my nerves a lot. I can’t even tell you why, because I don’t even know myself. But she annoyed me like hell!

There was also a lack of suspense. Especially during the middle part. I even thought to DNF the book but then again, I gave it a second chance. Honestly, there isn’t much happening during the middle part.

The last thing I didn’t like was the pacing. It just wasn’t my kind of style. I prefer it when it’s a fast pacing style but here it was neither fast nor slow.

Favourite Character


Overall, I am a bit disappointed by Kingdom of Souls but I still liked it. Unfortunately not as much as I wanted to! If you’ve liked Children of blood and bone, you will like this too.

Favourite Quotes:

“I tell myself that this will be my year. The year that wipes the slate clean. The year that makes up for the waiting, the longing, the frustration.”

“A wonder your tongue hasn’t fallen out from talking too much.”

“”One would think you’d be smart enough not to annoy a girl who wears two dozen daggers on her person at any given time.”






Google Books:

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Follow her at @renathedreamer and 
Rena prefers not to be tagged in reviews to save her sanity.
She is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.






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Prize: Win a Kingdom of Souls VIP swag bag: a copy of Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron + swag (US Only)

Starts: 4thSeptember 2019

Ends: 18thSeptember 2019

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And that was everything for this post. Have you already read Kingdom of Souls or are you planning on reading it in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!

*A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher and edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! Thanks to the FFBC Team for including me in this blog tour!

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