Reviews for Lost King


Booklist Reviews 2012 December #2
When invaders enter the kingdom of Khul, their goal is to kill the royal family and capture the city. In the chaos, Avtar, the king's son, escapes. He survives for six years disguised as Watt, a so-called Ghostly Boy (because of the flour-covered uniform) who works in the bakery. Things are soon to change. Khul is on high alert preparing for the visit of Roc, the leader of the Old Country, and few are aware of the subversive overthrow that Roc's Over Lord and the Spy Master are planning. Watt finds one of his sisters, Melior, and is concerned for her safety, but he doesn't know whom to trust anymore. What ensues are brushes with the enemy, murders, and finding unlikely friends, before they can finally breathe. Once past the initial slaughter, the action unfolds bit by bit--first it's intrigue, then gripping excitement. The only downside to this fantasy is keeping characters and their allegiances straight. Halfway through the book, readers will figure out that this is the first installment in a trilogy. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 November #2
After years hiding out in plain sight, a royal heir sparks a revolution in his conquered city. Despite brutal repression, rebellion is already simmering in Khul, renamed "Slave City" after the bloody invasion by the lighter-skinned Policy Makers six years before. When the arrival of the Policy Makers' imperial Roc and his 13-year-old daughter, Fidelis, on a state visit sets off a coup attempt by his own subordinates, events escalate. The whirl of intrigue and increasing tensions catches up young Avtar--disguised since the murder of his royal parents as a flour-covered "Ghosty Boy" in the castle bakery--and culminates in a wild series of attacks, betrayals, chases, revelations, encounters on hidden staircases and improbable alliances. Just for fun, Jones also stirs in a flatulent lap dog and a prank that sends most of the Roc's entourage hustling for the toilets, as well as providing amusing interchanges aplenty (" ‘Did he really call me an untrusting cow?'…‘Who'd call you untrusting?' he asked. ‘Or a cow?' he added, just in time"). There are also a massive climactic storm and so many extremely convenient coincidences that it's obvious some unseen supernatural player is at work. Sequels are certain, since the closing détente leaves almost everything unresolved. A violent, madcap, frequently entertaining scramble. (Fantasy. 11-14) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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