Book Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips


Rating:  5/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: Follow along a mothers borrowing journey to protect her son, no matter the cost. Gripping, emotional, and heartfelt this book is a Must Read.

Genre: Suspense

My Review:

If someone were trying to hurt Lincoln, she would splatter brains on concrete.

Wow, you guys this book has quickly become one of my favorite reads of 2017. It captivated me from the get go and I was not ready for it to end. The raw emotion in this book would get to anyone. I was genuinely upset when it ended because I was not ready, I need more, just a few more chapters, please Gin!

No, they do not need space to run. If someone spots them, running will get them nowhere. This strikes her as an important thought. Proof that her brain is pushing through the panic.

This book tells a gripping tale of a mother willing to do anything to protect her son. Packing up after a day at the zoo Joan hears some strange noises coming from the front of the park but dismisses it and credits her overactive imagination. However, when she gets to the front of the zoo with her son what she sees has her running back to the far recesses of the zoo. Trying to come up with a plan while on the run is no easy task much less with a rambunctious four year old in tow. Throughout the three hour ordeal, the length of the novel, we follow Joan as she fights to save herself and her son while also battling hunger, pain, and warding off impending tantrums. With Joan’s intimate knowledge of the zoo and how to read her son she somehow manages to stay a step ahead of the danger.

This is the problem. They do not have time for consideration and politeness, and they do not have time for talking. It will kill them all–haven’t they learned that already?

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I read it in one sitting and I almost wish that I had savored it more. It definitely raised the question: what is a mother willing to do in order to protect her child? Sacrifice the lives of others? Sacrifice her own life? Willingly put herself in the path of danger? And then living with the guilt of those sacrifices. Pushing aside the crippling panic, all she knows is that her son must survive the night even if she doesn’t.

There is no word for what she feels pushing up through her rib cage, pulsing. It is like a scream but with fists and claws. She will not let it out.

I loved this book because it was real and gritty and raw. The iron will of a mother is incomparable to any other force on earth. Enough of my ravings, go check it out yourself!

Goodreads Synopsis:

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.


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Get to know Gin Phillips:Gin-Phillips-300x201

Gin Phillips is the author of five novels. Her debut novel, The Well and the Mine, was the winner of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Since then her work has been sold in 29 countries.

Born in Montgomery, Al., Gin graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political journalism. She worked as a magazine writer for more than a decade, living in Ireland, New York, and Washington D.C., before eventually moving back to Alabama.

She currently lives in Birmingham with her family.

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