She gave me 4 stars
King by Right of Blood and Might is an epic tale of a young man who was born a prince, yet was forced by circumstance to fight for his Kingdom rather than easily inherit it. This intricately-woven tale takes the prince from the palace that has kept him prisoner for most of his life out into the world that he has been aching to experience. What he finds is a shock. The Kingdom of Penn is not much of a kingdom at all; in fact, it's been taken over by bandits ruled by the evil Kain who has also gained control of the queen, Harris' mother. As the truth unfolds, Harris finds that his love for the Great Mother is rewarded by her blessing and he works to unite his kingdom and free its people from slavers, poverty, and Kain's grip of power. With the help of healers and truthsayers, shape-shifters, and nomads he wins over along the way, there is plenty of fascinating paranormal action and adventure to keep any reader turning the pages. Set in post, post, post-apocalypse America, this enchanting tale reads more like a Medieval adventure story than a post-apocalypse survival novel. I was slightly disappointed to find this out, as I am a huge apocalypse novel fan, but perhaps a prequel will come out to quench my curiosity over what happened just after the great disaster. I loved the healing with herbs and magic, the selkies, and the Mother Goddess religion in this story. The nomads were interesting, as well, reminiscent of Ghegis Khan and his people and also the Native Americans. Overall, this is a fun read that would suit young adults as well as adults interested in fantasy, knights, and adventure. It is also ripe for prequels and sequels, which I hope Ms. Walls plans on writing.