The Kingdom of Vosh: The Chained Princess
As a new contributor, I was excited to be asked to review an ebook that is just starting out on a virtual book tour. Lucky for us here at WPR, we got to be the first stop!
Jason C. Conley’s The Kingdom of Vosh: The Unchained Princess is a steampunk novel that also incorporates elements of fantasy. There are steampunk contraptions, giant creatures, sorcery, and of course, a quest. In this book, we follow Princess Jasper, and a group of her protectors, as she goes through the biggest struggle of her young life. She must learn to fight in order to retake her kingdom, as well as how to be worthy of ruling said kingdom. Along her journey, Jasper has to learn many things about herself, life and what it means to change in order to be a better person.
While I enjoyed this book overall, there are a few things that I thought were a little odd. The first thing that threw me off, though only for a minute, was the narration: It starts out in the third person, then switches to first person and keeps going back and forth throughout. At times, it seemed that the main characters were uncommonly lucky. No matter how much of a beating their foes seemed to endure, our lucky princess and her protectors remained relatively unscathed; even after many fights, narrow escapes, tumbles and crashes. I guess they were just more rugged than their enemies.
It felt at times that the story was being rushed. There was a lot of detail included in some scenes, but not in others. I especially felt that the end was rushed a lot more than it should have been. It didn’t reach quite the climax that I wanted it to and I would have liked more explanation as to how things were resolved.
This book was a fun and entertaining read. A good one to wind down with at the end of the night. There weren’t dozens of characters from just as many lands to try to keep track of; just a few main characters that I found to be quite likeable. I even liked the antagonist because although he was a sociopathic jerk, he was fun. This book would be a good one for anyone who likes these genres, but especially preteens as it really has a good message: that it is important to be a good person, to live for today because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, and that you have to earn the respect and love of others.