2019 Reviews · contemporary fiction

Book Review: A Beggar’s Kingdom by Paullina Simons

Title: A Beggar’s Kingdoma beggar's kingdom small

Author: Paullina Simons

Published: July 22nd 2019

Publisher: Harper Collins AU

Pages: 656

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars


A Beggar’s Kingdom is the second novel in a groundbreaking three part series, penned by Paullina Simons. It is the story of a love like no other, devotion, survival, pain and heartbreak. It covers time, space and history, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey into the unknown. A Beggar’s Kingdom truly encapsulates the term a ‘grand saga’ and it will be sure to enthrall fans of the series.

A Beggar’s Kingdom follows the unique love story of Julian and Josephine. Following the peril and failure of his last attempt to win Josephine’s heart forever, Julian is prepared to once again put his life on the line for the woman he loves. What follows in this quest is an expedition across lands afar and times past. A Beggar’s Kingdom takes a leap back in the history books, as Julian negotiates a set of challenges in order to cement his life with Josephine. It will lead this hero into great danger, puzzling times and immense grief. Along the way, Julian relies on his friends more than ever, but he also makes some foes on this incredible journey.  This is the compelling story of a suitor who is determined to woo his love despite the setbacks of fate, time, circumstance and betrayal. As breathtaking and as involved as the previous issue in this series, A Beggar’s Kingdom is a true testament to a love like no other.

I really admire what Paullina Simons is doing for the publishing world with her one of kind series, the End of Forever Saga. Tapping into our current preoccupation for binge watching and the rise in popularity of streaming apps, Paullina Simons has created a three part books series that can be consumed in just a short period of time. No longer does the reader have to sit and eagerly wait the next book in a series they love, Paullina Simons has it covered! This three part saga has been released in less than a year, which is virtually unheard of for a book series.

I almost admitted defeat with A Beggar’s Kingdom. I definitely felt the breadth of this one, but I was determined to plough through, despite my fatigue at times, it was well worth it. A Beggar’s Kingdom is an all-encompassing tale. Grand is an understatement for this novel! Monumental is perhaps a better choice of word to describe this very original series. I do suggest given my struggles with this book at times to race through, that you read The Tiger Catcher, the first book in the series to decide if this saga is for you. The first book will also give you some essential padding to the epic second novel.

What I appreciated the first book and I continued to value in my reading of A Beggar’s Kingdom is the fact that it has altered by perception of time travel. Previous to this series I would shy away from books that cover this topic, I just find it too outlandish! However, Paullina Simons has made the time travel aspect in her novel work incredibly well. In A Beggar’s Kingdom, I was impressed rather than confused, which is what usually happens when I approach a time travel style book.

Simons has really done her homework with A Beggar’s Kingdom. We are again presented with a very full and well researched novel. Simons dips in and out of at least four different time period and locations, which is an amazing accomplishment. She also balances this with a compelling contemporary thread, extending on her characters and their lives in the present day. There was an abundance of narrative lines and snippets of information to inhale while I read A Beggar’s Kingdom. I definitely enjoyed my odyssey with Julian and company.

The historical footing and cosmos travelled by our intrepid Romeo really is awe inspiring. I had no idea where the book was headed, it definitely branched off in a number of different and unexpected directions. At its core, A Beggar’s Kingdom follows the overarching of themes of true love, sacrifice, devotion, survival, risk and adventure. With a heart stopping close, make sure you have the next and final book in the series on hand, as you will want to reach for it immediately!

A Beggar’s Kingdom by Paullina Simons was published on 22nd July 2019 by Harper Collins Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of A Beggar’s Kingdom, Paullina Simons, visit here.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: A Beggar’s Kingdom by Paullina Simons

  1. I’ve only read the Bronze Horseman series and two other books of hers but I can’t wait to read more, love her books and this series sounds great, one day I’ll borrow them from the library.

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