Huge congratulations to Jill Williamson on the upcoming release (June 19) of King's War. This is the third book in The Kingsman Chronicles and a massive accomplishment. Jill has created a believable world comparable to any found in other epic fantasy novels. Her characters struggle through trauma and loss with realistic emotions and the healings are hard won. I found King's War to be a satisfying finish to the trilogy with no easy answers and thoughtful plots. After all the adventure, I was grateful some of my favorite characters survived!
My favorite thing about everything Jill writes is the fact her heart and hope shine through her writing. This trilogy wanders through darkness and sin and corruption. It feature a vast range of human emotion and the striking pains we give each other from selfish actions. But the book - like Jill's life - is marked by a dedication to the truth of courage, hope, devotion and a powerful benevolent Creator. Well done my friend.
If you love fantasy and haven't read any of Jill Williamon's work may I suggest you get started? The Blood of Kings, The Safelands, or The Kinsman Chronicles are all complex and imaginative trilogies sure to please. You can buy the books on Amazon or at her website HERE. The website also has details about the book's release party. The party is well deserved.
Please note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as a part of Jill Williamson's launch team.
When I was a senior in high school I owned a pair of bright green shorts. Seahawk amped up green. I thought they were cheerful and life giving. I didn't know it at the time but my then boyfriend (now husband) hated the green shorts. I've learned a lot about this man over the years but at the time I wasn't fully aware. He hated these shorts with a passion but didn't have the words to tell me. So he hid them between my mattress and boxspring and there they lived until I moved out of the house several years later. Sneaky.
Every week or so my kids and I go to the library and haul home a new batch of picture books. This week we found a gem. Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel. Funny. I love the little hero of the story. Jameson loves green pants. When he wears green pants he feels invincible. He won't wear any other color. And then his cousin gets engaged to a gorgeous woman who asks Jameson to be their ring bearer in the upcoming wedding. When an honor! Anything for this beautiful creature! Only problem is Jameson will have to wear a tuxedo with......black pants. This hilarious book so reminds me of my own soul. My mama said when Jameson wore his green pants under the tuxedo and breaks them out for the dance after the wedding it was just like me. Compliant and defiant all at the same time.
We spent the weekend going to our daughter's jazz band concert which doubled as the end of year swing dance. My husband said it was the best band concert so far because we didn't have to stay seated the whole time. I so loved watching the kids play and dance. The rest of the weekend we made the tours of the graduation parties. Apparently the best way to congratulate people for completing their education is by eating platefuls of delicious BBQ, guacamole and repeated pieces of Costco cake.
I have lots of advice for people headed into the world. Avoid debt. Invest in people. Find a faith community. Stay in contact with your oldest friends. Call your grandma. But something I firmly believe but haven't ever shared.
Find your green pants. You know. The thing that makes you grin and dance.
I ordered myself a new pair of green pants. Hope my hubby likes them.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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