The Queen's Poisoner

The Queen's Poisoner

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"King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles... and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life" -- back cover.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : 47North ; [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503953314
1503953319
Branch Call Number: SF WHEELER, JEFF
Characteristics: 318 pages : map ; 22 cm.

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Beatricksy Aug 21, 2017

Quite enjoyable. It's a nice riff on on Shakespeare and Richard III with a subtle magic system. It felt very Assassin's Apprentice. A castle both forbidding and fascinating to a child, a mentor assassin hidden away in the attics, magic with distinct sounds to it, dangerous kings and delightfully warm kitchens, and a knight with a big cloak for a scared child to hide in. The ending drifted toward melodramatic, and the kids don't always act like kids, but it's a charming, easy tale that plays with what could have beens.

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Mar 02, 2017

nakorafree thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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