Reviewed by Kayla Cook for Readers' Favorite.(Disclaimer: I received small monetary compensation from Readers' Favorite and a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
Amy Hay’s Spirit of the King is a story of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. In a world where humans form covenants with spiritual entities for protection and power, the two most powerful of these entities, Keriggor and Eli, vie for the allegiance of Aria, a gifted eighteen-year-old with a mysterious destiny. Raised from a child by Keriggor, Aria is brought up to be his ultimate weapon in an ongoing war for the souls of mankind. However, Eli will stop at nothing to sway Aria toward his own cause, though the motives for his interest in her are less clear. Both spirits offer her a taste of their power in the hopes of winning her over. As she struggles to decide which of the spirits she should trust, the fate of the world and the safety of her own spirit hang in the balance.
With an engaging plot driven by a spiritually empowering message, Spirit of the King by Amy Hay was a short but impressive read that held my attention until the end. Amy Hay’s depiction of the complex father-daughter dynamic between the spiritual entities and Aria was at once intriguing and heart-wrenching. I adored the rich descriptions laced throughout the work, which were just long enough to provide a clear picture for me to envision but not so long that they distracted me from the events taking place. The pacing was superb with an excellent balance of world building and action. Reading Spirit of the King by Amy Hay was an amazing experience that I didn’t want to end, and I can’t recommend this powerful work of fantasy enough!