Book Review and Giveaway: Kingdom of Ruins

by | Aug 4, 2018 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Please join me in welcoming D.C. Marino and the release of her new novel Kingdom of Ruins.


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About the Book

Title: Kingdom of Ruinswa1YUJLg (1)

Author: D.C. Marino

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: July 27, 2018

In the Lands Within, history does not rest. Each archaeological layer communicates with the living generation, choosing its friends and enemies—and its kings. But an alliance has been struck no one could have anticipated, and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased and re-written at a terrible price. And a kingdom that shouldn’t have been forgotten is fading from memory.

In the Lands Without, archaeologist Lori Brickland has found a pottery shard with a heartbeat. The pulse might be a trick of the mind, or it might be the first sign of life in a world of ruin. An exiled traveler will say she shouldn’t search for the truth, a calculating ruler will say she’s the one he’s looking for. And the kingdom? The kingdom will need her before the end. It’s time to accept what she’s always known…

This isn’t archaeology.

This is war.

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About the Author

D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which DC Marinooccupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.


Guest Post from D.C. Marino

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to share Kingdom of Ruins with you! This story has been on my heart and mind for over ten years now, so this feels a bit surreal. I’d love to tell you a bit about why I wrote this book. But in order to do that, I need to tell you why I almost didn’t.

Fantasy. It isn’t real. Why should I spend time writing a story that doesn’t grapple with the actual issues of the day? Why not speak plainly, instead of inventing another world to explore the real one? These were the questions I asked myself every night before I fell asleep. I adored fiction that transported me to factual events, or introduced me to historical figures, but every time I picked up a pen, the fantastical wiggled out of it.

I was afraid I was writing the wrong story.

This story oddly (or not so oddly) enough began with Lori, an atephobic archaeologist. Meaning she had a passion for archaeology, but a phobic fear of ruins. Why would she shrink back from the work she loved? Because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t make whole the broken. Life ends in dust, and that’s all there is to it. I felt the same way. Not only was I writing something I wasn’t sure would be relevant, but could it mend anything? Make a difference? Or was it futile, like trying to resurrect the past?

What I found was exactly what Lori begins to find in Kingdom of Ruins. That even though things seem unfixable, it isn’t the end. The world Lori enters is full of darkness and peril, but it also holds a chance for her to heal from more than just her fear. While I wrote, and especially as I neared the last chapter, I realized she and I had both overcome a great challenge. I won’t tell you her conclusion, but I will tell you mine:

I wrote the right story.

I hope you enjoy every bit of the journey as I did, dear reader.

D.C. Marino


                 My review of Kingdom of Ruins                  by D.C. Marino

5 stars for Kingdom of Ruins

This fantasy tale is refreshing with colorful characters in another world worn with mysteries and secrets, begging for answers and hope. History is alive. Ruins breathe and yearn to tell their stories. I enjoyed the journey wanting for the hope of life to replace the tombs of death.

Lori is a present-day archaeologist who feels the past through items or places she finds. Her career threatens to end as she develops, or permits, her atephobia (fear of ruins) to prevail.  As she slips into the past, she discovers a hidden part of history that releases clues to possibly prevent more ruin.

Can she prevent anything with her presence and her acute sense of life in pieces of history? Or will it all slip away into a past never to be remembered?

Personally, I have felt how an inanimate object can seem to breathe and beg to be noticed, call for its story to be told again and again. I’ve experienced an old house suffocating from lack of a living being’s love. Then, I’ve felt it breathe as windows were opened and humans with their love and care entered the boundaries of its walls. As a house that is abandoned and begins to decay, history needs to be remembered before it falls to ruin.

I enjoyed the details of this fantasy as the characters attempt to revive a bit of the past before it is too late.

Blog Stops

Be sure to stop by the different blogs to enter for your chance to win prizes. Don’t forget to make comments on the blog stops.

Carpe Diem, July 31

Remembrancy, July 31

Inklings and notions, August 1

Fiction Aficionado, August 2

Multifarious, August 3

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 3

Connect in Fiction, August 4

Bigreadersite, August 4

Bibliophile Reviews, August 5

A Reader’s Brain, August 6

Just the Write Escape, August 7

Margaret Kazmierczak, August 8

Aryn the Libraryan, August 8

Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Blogging With Carol, August 10

proud to be an autism mom, August 10

Texas Book-aholic, August 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 12

Janices book reviews, August 12

A Baker’s Perspective, August 13


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  1. Rebecca Booth

    Amazing blog stops!

  2. honeybeerosewritings

    This book blog stop was eye popping in grabbing the reader’s attention. Thanks 4 sharing it with me.

  3. Florence Wright

    Nice review, I like your comment about first hand experience with an old closed up house.


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