When the mage-king of Thendylath and his queen are slain by a demon, and the only written account of their demise is burned in a fire, the kingdom falls into chaos. For two hundred years, the facts surrounding King Arek's death are locked within the impenetrable palace. All that remains of the king's powerful magic is a tablet embedded with gems and protected by mysterious runes. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear.
Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He's the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he'll be Thendylath's next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, champion to King Arek, confessing the truth of how the king perished... a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief.
But after Gavin saves a woman's life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past... and the truth of King Arek's demise.
"Come along on this epic adventure. It’s a breathless non-stop ride from beginning to end. K. C. May’s characters are gritty and honest, flawed and yet filled with virtue, and will have you cheering for them as they face insurmountable odds to save a kingdom, and keep a promise made to a king centuries ago." ~Robert Gelinas, ArcheBooks Publishing
Originally published in hardcover by ArcheBooks Publishing, The Kinshield Legacy is now available in paperback and multiple eBook formats. The hardcover edition is officially out-of-print, but I wanted to make the book available to readers without charging a hardcover price.
April 20, 2013 - I've decided to offer this book for free going forward. It's free at Kobo.com, iTunes, Sony Reader Store, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon DE, and Barnes & Noble (it has a very old cover on the product page, but don't let that fool you). You can also download it for free from Smashwords for all ebook readers.
Note: Aug 9, 2013. The Kinshield Legacy (book 1 of The Kinshield Saga) has accidentally been given a price on Amazon. Hopefully that'll get resolved soon and go back to being free, but in the meantime, you can get a free Kindle-compatible copy at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18996 (You can get epubs free at BN, Kobo and iTunes as well as at Smashwords.)
Update: Aug 12: The Kinshield Legacy is back to being free at Amazon US, DE, and CA but is still priced at Amazon UK.
"I was hooked in the first chapter and found myself enthralled and fully immersed in the adventure. The pacing of the chapters and introduction of new characters was ideal for maintaining interest and moving the story along without drawing anything out unnecessarily."
GraceKrispy on her blog, Motherlode
"The Kinshield Legacy is a well paced, intricately plotted fantasy
wrapped in a beautifully crafted setting. Author K.C. May does an exceptional
job of breathing life into the kingdom of Thendylath. The lore and history of
her setting weaves throughout the plot, tying everything together
Julie Ann Dawson of Bards and Sages Publishing
"This book was one of the best First Books by a new author I have been
privileged to read and review."
Wulfstan, an Amazon top-500 reviewer
"It's difficult to believe that this could possible [sic] be KC May's first
novel, if I didn't know I would have said she had been writing for years. ...
The Kinshield Legacy is a beautifully crafted fantasy work that works so well,
perfect escapism and highly recommended."
"Well written and highly entertaining, you are taken on an adrenalin fuelled roller-coaster ride of excitement and exhilaration. K.C. May is well worth adding to your fantasy collection and will sit comfortably beside David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist and Stephen Donaldson."
"The story is wholly interesting and by the time you get to the end you realize that although it doesn’t go out of its way to add much new to the arena, it is definitely entertaining. That is really all I ask for out of this sort of classical high fantasy book. Entertainment plain and simple. You will get that with THE KINSHIELD LEGACY in spades."
The Kinshield Legacy was named one of the top four reads of 2010 by reviewer
Grace Krispy on DailyCheapReads.com!
Here's a list of places you can purchase the book:
|Kindle ebook format||Amazon US|
|Kindle ebook format||Amazon UK|
|Kindle ebook format||Amazon CA|
|Nook ebook format||Barnes & Noble|
|Adobe ePub||Kobo Books|
|All ebook formats||Smashwords|
The Kinshield Legacy is copyrighted by K.C. May and published by my self-publishing imprint, Peach Orchard Press.