Review: The Kingdom of Abel: A Story Not Their Own

Feb •  6 •  2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Kingdom of Abel: A Story Not Their OwnA Story Not Their Own by Gume Laurel III
Published by Self-Published on May 30, 2013
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: Author
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There is a voice inside of us that causes doubt. In our minds is a lie that draws us into darkness. During the greatest of trials, a shout awakes from within which tempts us to give up, and fall victim to the tribulation that seeks to destroy us.

But for the inclined ear, there is a whisper, waiting to be heard, that brings us hope.

Join members from the Kingdom of Abel as they listen for this whisper while setting out into the unknown world to find six scattered pieces of the only weapon that can slay an ancient beast who has threatened the safety of their homeland. They are leaving all they have ever known, and forcefully embracing the unknown, in order to save their people who are in great need. In their kingdom's darkest hour, discover, with the characters, the hope that they need in order to return to the Kingdom of Abel and stop the beast. Only those who can find this hope will make it to the end of their quest, and even still, no one's safety is promised.

I love reading books that authors self-publish because you can never know what to expect. The author has free reign to take his/her book wherever they please and allow for the reader to fall in love. This is what happened with The Kingdom of Abel.

The book did start off somewhat slow for me in the beginning but by the middle, I was zooming through the pages wanting to know what could happen next. Although I was sad to see that it is only 289 (paperback) pages, the book did leave you wanting more. The idea behind the story showed potential to be a great series and in time it could be.

In the beginning we are seeing events being played out in different character perspectives and viewpoints which make the story go to a higher level of greatness. The story then follows three characters as they make a journey across foreign lands to collect six pieces that can save their lands from a darkness looming over them. There were a lot of questions I had when finishing the book about characters and what were they going to do next or just me wanting to know more about them but like every book, the books to follow will usually answer those lingering questions.

To me there was not much romance in the story so that is one thing I will be interested in seeing in the future books. I will be curious to see which characters the romance will fall upon.

I do however think that this book could be longer but that is me going back to the questions that I want to desperately have answers to.

Overall this book turned out to be a great start off to the series. Full of action, magic, and a sense of adventure that will have the reader venture out on a journey that will leave them wanting only more, The Kingdom of Abel: A Journey Not Their Own is a book all must seek out and read in there year of reading.

I give this book 4 bites!




  1. Giselle
    Feb 6, 2014

    Great review! Self published books can have some great gems. I’m glad that the pacing got better after the slow beginning it sounds like a great book. I actuality like the lack of romance, too, that’s kind of refreshing!

  2. Jenny
    Feb 6, 2014

    I think I’ll be right there with you on the romance Chayse, I’m always wanting more in any story, even when the story is already a romance:) Glad this one worked so well for you!

  3. I’m glad to know that even though it starts slow, it gains momentum. Glad you enjoyed this series start!