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Mini Truth on In The Absence of Kings


In The Absence of Kings by Lee LaCroix
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Disclaimer: An ARC Copy of this work was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Important Note: Per TRB’s research we fond that “In the Absence of Kings” is a 3 part series. However, as we were not informed if the copy provided by the author was the entire collection or just the first book, we will only provide our thoughts on what we can only assume to be the first book. Thank you.


A kingdom crumbles without its ruler. The people fall to misery and desperation in the shadow of an empty throne. A father does what he must to save his son and his homeland in the absence of kings. Enter Garreth, ranger and former royal bodyguard, who embarks from his woodland home after defending it from the encroaching loggers of the Blackwoods Company. “The King is dead!” they had screamed at Garreth and drove the man to the capital of Amatharsus to resolve the most troubling statement in Malquia’s recent history. Together with his son, Novas, and daughter of a murdered blacksmith, Kayten, Garreth is hounded by bandits, cutthroats, and highwaymen, unleashed upon the countryside by the abolition of the Crown Aegis, defenders of the King, his land, and his people. Garreth unites with the remnants of the Crown Aegis to overcome the military, political, and economic oppression that the Blackwoods Company has imposed on Amatharsus and incites rebellion before the free people of Malquia succumb to crippling recession and the environmental destruction of their verdant nation. But can one man find the strength to challenge overwhelming odds when all hope is lost?


Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today Mini Truth will give us her thoughts on “In the Absence of Kings” by Lee LaCroix. Mini Truth, the floor is yours.

Mini TruthTruthful Takes

I suppose I should start with this;

Have you ever read a book and while the concept is a good one, you have neutral feelings about it which in turn makes it hard to put into words what you think about it? If the answer to that question is yes, then you’ll understand why my review today will be so short.


In the Absence of Kings” is in all actuality the story of an ungoverned land, the chaos which ensues and the quest of a man doing whatever he can for his family, his land and the people he loves.

In this 348 page novel—give or take a few pages depending on your reading platform—we meet Garreth who is a simple man, an honest man, with a profound background who at one time in his life opted to dedicate his time to raising his son, Novas and not much else. However, when bandits, looters, highwaymen, and all types of dirty, low-down folk invade the land Garreth realizes that he can no longer be still. So, Garreth takes a stand in his own way, and in the process meets a wide array of different characters.

The novel is broken up into 5 Acts and takes place during several years. In which time we see the characters grow and mature.

In the Absence of Kings” is full of action, adventure and realistic characters, some of which you grow fond of really quickly. My personal favorite was Novan, Garreth’s son.

Now, on to my overall thoughts of “In the Absence of Kings“.

Side Note:

I have to be honest here and say that this would be considered a very good book by someone who likes this type of thing. Personally, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. However, in the attempt to give an objective, unbiased review, I am going to proceed with my thoughts and overall analysis of this story. My individual sentiments will not impact the final score of this read.

My-Thoughts1. Character development was well executed and all the characters were very believable. From the least important to the most.

2. The author has a knack for descriptiveness, particularly when it comes to describing environments and backdrops. One really feels as thought they are in the woods, or traversing the land at any given moment.

3. The author’s vocabulary shined in this story, and most of the prose were well written, with the exception of something that I’ll mention in the next bullet.

4.  While the book is well written I do have to voice my angst at the innumerable usage of the word “and”. When I say it was used a lot, I literally mean that it was USED A LOT! I found exactly 8,006 instances of the word “and” in a 348 age book. I mean, it’s ridiculous! It was as though every single sentence has the word in it. I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention it because I couldn’t help be feel disdain at the constant reoccurrence of this word.

With that said, I think that “In the Absence of Kings” is an entertaining read and could do very well with readers of this genre.

Survey Says: 7 TRB Stars


Thank you Mini for your thoughts on “In the Absence of Kings” and thank you, dear followers, for dropping by. Don’t forget to share, like and subscribe. Have a great day.


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