Kingdom of Souls

Kingdom of Souls #1

Rena Barron

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

496 pages | first published 2019

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

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dark 78%
adventurous 76%
tense 47%
emotional 43%
mysterious 39%
challenging 10%
sad 6%
inspiring 4%
hopeful 2%


medium 50%
slow 26%
fast 23%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 37% | Plot: 37% | Character: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 58% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 19%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 2%

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