KIM Wilkins is one of the few authors who I gladly step outside my comfort genre to read.
Her latest, Daughters of the Storm, is the first book in her fantasy series, Blood and Gold. It is the story of five princess sisters looking to save their father’s life and find the culprit behind his malady.
Bluebell, heir to the throne and apple of her father’s eye, is after blood. But only after she saves her dad’s life. Her sister Ash, is studying midwifery and duly ignoring her talent as an undermagician. Rose is betraying a peace treaty between two kingdoms by following her heart outside the confines of her marriage. Then there’s Willow and Ivy, twins who couldn’t be more different. Ivy, a promiscuous and selfish girl whose own pouting will vex her sisters and Willow, a devout worshipper of a new faith that will divide the kingdom of Thyrsland.
While they’re all working with a common goal in the first book, you can see how each of their stories will set off other events that ripple throughout the series.
Also of note, is the not-so-thinly-veiled feminist slant – not just because the story is female-centric but because the new trimartyr faith effectively removes equality from women.
I have always admired Wilkins’ skill in setting enchanting backdrops for her stories, it is effortless and at the same time enthralling. I often liken Wilkins to one of her mystical, magical characters - able to summon forth amazing tales in her reader’s mind with the merest flick of her pen.
Daughters of the Storm is no different, though this one brandishing a thrilling conclusion that leaves you Googling when the next one is due out… can’t help you sorry, but I suspect the Raven King will swoop into book two.