Book: King John
Series: The Lost and Founds (book 4)
Publisher: Pickwick Ink Publishing
Publication date: September 10, 2015
Length: 343 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
English attorney Alistair Robertson can’t quite believe an astonishing tale of kingship and transformation he hears at Burning Man, the annual counter-culture art festival in the Black Rock desert. Who are the Found Kings? Is “being kinged” as magical as it sounds?
Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always meant to be,” Alistair catches his quarry amid the extravagant sculptures, fire worshipers, mutant cars, and lavish costumes. After searching for three years, he’ll finally get to ask the question burning inside him: “Will you king me?”
Wandering together through the desert, Vin Vanbly and Alistair explore Burning Man’s gifting culture and exotic traditions, where they meet the best and worst of their fellow burners. Alistair’s overconfidence in Vin’s manipulative power collides with Vin’s obsessive need to save a sixteen-year-old runaway from a nightmarish fate, and the two men spiral into uncontrollable, explosive directions.
In this fourth adventure of The Lost and Founds, beneath the sweltering summer sun and the six billion midnight stars, one truth emerges, searing itself on their hearts: in the desert, everything burns.
After each Lost and Founds book I’m always left speechless and saturated with emotion. Each book tells a story of a lost king and Vin Vanbly the man who makes them remember. Vin… I don’t know where to even begin with this character. He breaks my heart with every page. When he loves his kings it’s breathtaking, selfless. Though his wish is that they never leave him he is always the first to say goodbye. Every kinging takes a piece of him away, he gets further from his one true self.
King John is a challenge for Vin. One of if not the hardest kingings he has ever done. I wept with Vin and for him. It takes place in 2002 at Burning Man in Nevada. A special place for Vin and through Edmond Manning’s poetic writing it’s as if you’re there in each moment with Vin, with the burners, with the Found Kings.
I can look through a dictionary to help me find words to describe this outstanding story and still not express it properly.
Now, the ending…. I just. I was filled with rage. I was in awe of Vin’s bravery. I cried long after I closed my kindle and cry now writing this. Vin works so hard to be found and yet I’d happily be lost with him.
It is a cliffhanger, I wasn’t expecting that but I can only imagine how epic the next book is going to be. There’s always an angst to the Lost and Founds series because you follow Vin each time. My soul is shredded for him, I’d move mountains so he could see his kingdom. Never have I ever read a fictional character so deserving of being king.
Read this book. Read this whole series. You will cry and break. Though I never end one of these books feeling put back together I always end them asking myself the same question. Every. Single. Time. Would I sacrifice it all like Vin does?
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