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Heir to Kale (Rise of the Temple Gods Book 1) by [Bone, K.L.]
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“Fear to the fearless. Hope to the hopeless. Mercy to those who hate you. Death to those who love you.” – Prophesy of the Kalian Twins.

In the land of Kale there lies a delicate balance between the powerful Temples and the rulers from an ancient, royal bloodline. The Temples are ruled through combat, determined by a series of tournaments. Of these tournament champions, sixty are chosen to become Defendants, an elite team charged with protecting the realm from all enemies. Selection to this team is considered the highest of honours and leadership of the team is decided only once every thirteen years.

Princesses Mariana and Ameria, twin daughters of two such champions, are taken as children to separate, yet equally powerful Temples. Through years of rigorous training both are educated in the arts of combat, swordplay, and the ancient traditions of the Temple Gods. Both eventually obtain the rank of Kalian Champions with the expectation of one day serving upon the coveted Defendant Team.

Then, not long after their seventeenth birthday, the childless King declares that one of the sisters must succeed him as the future Queen. As the race for the throne begins, the sister’s long standing rivalry intensifies, leading both upon a dangerous path that threatens not only their lives, but the fate of the very kingdom.

Unbeknownst to the twins, this treacherous path to the throne is the elaborate collaboration of an ancient prophecy and two creatures charged by the Gods themselves ensure it comes to pass. As primeval powers awaken, the two sisters must struggle to learn the truth behind the prophesy and search for a way to change their inevitable fate.

About the Author

K.L. Bone has a Masters degree in Modern Literary Cultures. She is American, but is currently living in Ireland working towards her PhD with a focus in vampire and children’s literature. She wrote her first short story at the age of 15 and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. A reformed law student, she has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and now Dublin in her pursuit of her vampire studies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497397405
  • Publisher: K.L. Bone; 2 edition (Jan. 13 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #702,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really had a great time reading this amazing story! K. L. Bone is a really talented (and imaginative) writer. I was blessed to be given this book in exchange of an honest review.

This story is following twin sisters America and Mariana and their respective temples : Kolosso and Kale. I really love the story; it is original, well construct and plenty of details are provided. Those details are really helping us to envision that magical world into our head. Truly a magical journey!!! This book is pure entertainment. Violence is present into the story, but toned down and was serving the story to move it forward. Violence is never use just for the sake of using it; it is used to move the story forward. The prophecy is very compelling; I really wanted to have more details on it… I was eager to know how Ameria’s and Marianna’s teammates were doing in battle. One little note here, at first I was overwhelmed with all the names that were given. Some could have been left out; anyway for most of them, they were name once or twice. In the end, it was easier to have known whom is who though!

The main reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for this book is based on the characters, it was the only bump in the road. Ameria’s chapters were way shorter than those of Mariana’s, which caused, on my end, a total lack of connection to Ameria. In the last third of the book, I could sense the wind turning though!! I am pretty sure that in the second book I will have that connection with her character. Mariana is well construct; she is believable, but really dramatic some times; other times it felt like she had a total lack of empathy.
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By CH VINE VOICE on March 5 2015
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Bone did a amazing job making this book. It was full of fantasy, adventure and much more. The two princesses were great characters and everything they went threw. The fights were amazing to read. Love the healing light. Wish I had one. Would recommend this to others. <3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like “The Mists of Avalon" - only better! July 23 2015
By Becket - Published on
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K.L. Bone is much more than a brilliant author, she is an incredible scholar as well as a rising star in the high fantasy genre. Her writing style and storytelling talent remind me often of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Mists of Avalon.” Bone provides the reader with deeply dimensional characters and beautifully intertwining plots, not unlike the magnificent brocade patterns of a medieval tapestry. From the very first words I cannot help but get immediately drawn into the gorgeous, fascinating, and comprehensive story of the twin princesses, Mariana and Ameria, both eagerly competing against each other to become Queen of the land of Kale. Royal bloodlines, fateful tournaments, temples, gods, prophecies, primeval powers — the book is a positively genius page-turner. Rise of the Temple Gods, Heir to Kale, is an absolute must read!
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a read! Cannot wait to read Heir to Koloso next! June 7 2016
By Dana Busenbark - Published on
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Make sure you have tissues ready, because there are several parts in this book where I needed them. Mariana and her twin sister America are Princesses in the Kingdom of Kale. Mariana is a student at the temple of Kale and Ameria is a student at the temple of Koloso. Both of them are the Golden Ranked student. That is the highest fighting rank towards becoming a Defendant that the students can attain. Watching the tournaments that take place both in the temples and the one we see outside the temple are works of art. I felt like I was actually one of the people sitting there, watching it. I could practically picture it in my mind if I closed my eyes. Over the course of the book, a number of things happen. These things are potentially life altering for everyone concerned in the book when attacks are made on the Princesses, on the King, on his brother and Heir, on the Defendants of the Gods that have become servants of those Gods. We find out about the curse of the twins, if it is indeed a curse, who the temples are named after and why. We find out many things such as who is behind the attacks. When I found that out I was blown away. Yes, people die in this book and I own't say who, but that is why the tissues are needed. This truly is not a book to be missed. I cannot wait for the second part of this series to come out. Mariana is the Heir to Kale, while her sister Ameria is the Heir to Koloso. How do these things put them at odds with one another/ what oath does Mariana invoke at the dinner that she's summoned to at the palace by her Uncle, the king? What does that oath mean? How does tha tplay into either her favor or disfavor at the end of the book? You're going to need to read and find out exactly what happens. Because there were lots of surprises in this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!! Sept. 28 2016
By Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl - Published on
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Beautiful! Heir to Kale is a masterful display of word manipulation. She weaves a story that is as intricate and complex as the music played at the symphony. Heir of Kale is filled with musical delights and tantalizes the mind. She works her characters into a fantastic tale of intrigue and politics.

Within the royal family, twins were born with an elaborate ancient prophecy and a dangerous path to travel. Princesses Mariana and Ameria, are the twin royals and are their temples champions. The two were taken as children to separate, yet equally great Temples.

I am a lover of intricate world building and consistent character development. BONE NAILED IT! She is going to be a major power player in the Epic Fantasy genre.

5 Stars and a tip of my Nerd Girl hat!! LOVED IT!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book April 7 2014
By LRogers - Published on
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Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone is the first of a series that will leave you begging for the next novel. The twin princesses, Mariana and Ameria, are both desirous of becoming Queen of Kale, but only one will be the winner. They are both golden students at their training temples and will battle to see if one of them will become the Champion of the Kale Tournament. You will enjoy the beautiful setting in the Rainbow Mountains as well as the numerous surprise plot twists. The fight scenes are wonderfully choreographed and you will feel as those you are in the audience watching the tournament. A must read novel and hopefully, the sequel will be out soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this to anyone Aug. 3 2014
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I was looking for a good book to read and boy I was not disappointed one bit with this. K.L Bone writings kept me captivated and interested from page 1 till page end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read, the characters and the story line will keep you interested to the point where it's not reading it's as if you were really there. Well done K.L. Bone.