KC May

author of fantasy & science fiction

The Kinshield Legacy >

Book 1 of The Kinshield Saga

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The kingdom is in ruins, with only mercenaries to keep the peace

Battered swordsman Gavin Kinshield makes his living by selling his labor and saving innocents from the monsters that invade the realm of men. All he wants is a few coins to buy a decent meal and warm bed until a scholar tempts him with the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, the last person to see the king alive. To get the letter, all he has to do is track 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 the king’s demise.

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If you like fierce action, flawed & unforgettable heroes, and fast-paced, gritty epic fantasy, you'll love KC May's exciting mix of swords, sorcery, adventure, and mystery.

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Here's what people are saying about The Kinshield Legacy.

Piers Anthony, best-selling author of the Xanth novels

"The Kinshield Legacy is a rousing good fantasy tale, with nice characterization and some ferocious action. I found myself eager to return to this novel."

Carol Davis Luce, author of Night Passage

"From the very first page, The Kinshield Legacy grabs you by the throat and propels you into a world of magic, sorcery, jeweled-eyed gargoyles and a sisterhood of female warriors. A world where beyonders savage unsuspecting travelers; where a dark, yet charismatic, wizard covets the king's throne for his own and will let no one get in his way--including the rightful ruler. He who claims the King's Bloodstone shall reign as king. Enter Gavin Kinshield, warrant knight and rune solver, a man haunted by his past, and a hero like no other. A rousing debut from K. C. May, an author worth watching."

Wulfstan, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

"This book was one of the best First Books by a new author I have been privileged to read and review."

Matthew Posner, author of the School of the Ages series

"KC May has a significant talent. I would place her well above some established fantasy writers such as the execrable RA Salvatore or the clumsy Charles de Lint. Apparently she has been endorsed by Piers Anthony, and rightfully so -- one of the best of all time himself in heroic fantasy, he knows what he's talking about."

Grace Krispy, Motherlode blog

"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."


"The Kinshield Legacy is a beautifully crafted fantasy work that works so well, perfect escapism and highly recommended."

Iceberg Ink

"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."

Darkiss Reads

"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."

Where to Buy

The Kinshield Legacy is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. It's also available in French and German at Amazon.