Ten years old. It’s the birthday of my first published book, Princelings of the East came out on kindle ten years ago. Soon after that I discovered I could publish to all the other e-readers via Smashwords.

The Princelings of the East

by Jemima Pett
First version of Castle Marsh

It’s so old I don’t even have a copy of the original cover on my blog. The chapter illustrations are pretty ropey, and I’ve updated most of them over the course of two revised editions.

Like most first books, it needed improvement. These days I lack confidence in promoting it as the introduction to the series…the rest are so much better. I’m not convinced it grabs readers enough to get them to want more. And yet… I reread it and there’s nothing I want to change. A phrase here and there, but nothing that would essentially change it. I should just be more enthusiastic, I suppose.

When the King’s Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeep Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.
Suitable for good readers aged 10 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern.

Princelings of the East

Happy birthday, Fred and George, together with Hugo and Victor.

Available as an eBook from Amazon and Smashwords, also in paperback and audiobook.

castle marsh with city
Castle Marsh 2017

Happy birthday, Princelings of the East
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12 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Princelings of the East

  • 27 November, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations Jemima – it’s brilliant you’re continuing on. I love the art work too. Also Fred and George, together with Hugo and Victor – all the best to you too – Hilary

  • 27 November, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Well congratulations on a ten year anniversary! I love the story and both illustrations 💜

  • 27 November, 2021 at 9:13 am

    All your Princeling books grabbed me, Jemima, that’s why I read and reviewed them all 👍😃🤗❤️🤗

    • 27 November, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank you, Chris – both for the encouragement and for the reviews 🙂

  • 27 November, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Huge congratulations, Jemima. You’ve made a career for yourself and the boys. You are a singularly talented writer. I’ve given your books to several of my much younger friends.

    • 27 November, 2021 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much for those lovely words, Noelle <3

  • 27 November, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Congratulations and happy publishing anniversary.

  • 30 November, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I was a late fan of the Princelings, but hooked from the start. Great series and characters.

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