Princelings Revolution is out on Thursday, 1st October. Instead of an ordinary book review today, I thought I’d give you a preview of the last book in the Princelings series.
Princelings of the East
In the first book [spoiler alert] Fred and George meet a strange drinks salesperson, Hugo, who turns out to be Lord Mariusz of Castle Hattan, across the Great Western Sea. He’s sending it by magic, it seems, down a tunnel into the Realms. Trouble is, it’s draining all the energy. The only way to stop it is to close the tunnel…
When I wrote the first book, I did an epilogue, showing them arriving in Hattan ready to do business with Mariusz once more. It was the promise Fred made to get Hugo/Mariusz to close the tunnel.
So although the later books in the series showed different aspects of the Realms, and introduced new characters, certain threads ran through them. George, developing fuel cells that run on strawberry juice, and how that changed society. Fred, turning from insignificant princeling to King of Castle Marsh. George, inventing flying machines, bigger ones, faster ones, ones that can carry cargo…
And now it’s time to make that trip across the Great Western Sea to Castle Hattan. The planes are nearly ready. Fred has the sway to persuade the other kings to support them.
And then… it all falls apart.
Princelings Revolution (Princelings book 10)
Jasmine’s birthday party ends in disaster. George seems to have lost a phial of highly dangerous liquid. And Fred, well, King Fred is battling politics, relatives and self-seeking dignitaries in his aim to give the people a better way of living.
The planes are crashing, the people are angry at the changes and shortages. King Fred puts democracy to the test and finds it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. And things are going from bad to worse…
Above all this there is a promise Fred wants to keep. A promise to an engaging chap he made when he was a mere stripling, when he persuaded Lord Marius of Hattan to stop the Great Energy Drain.
What will happen if he fails?
The tenth and final book of the Princelings of the East series brings our heroes to the brink of disaster. The Realms will never be the same again – but how will Fred, George, Jasmine, Willoughby and all the others fare?
An intriguing fantasy mystery adventure for readers aged 10 and upwards. [goodreads]
I’m still troubled by the fact that the start of the blurb is wrong – it’s Liska’s birthday party, not Jasmine’s. But nobody knows who Liska is, and Jasmine’s a much more important character, the daughter of King Fred, and Crown Princess. And in my original draft, it was indeed Jasmine’s birthday party. It got moved, during edits.
Should this worry anyone? I hope not.
There’s enough action, scheming and plotting to keep most people happy. It’s true to the world of the Princelings Realms, and we see many of our favourite characters in it. Victor, still running the inn of the Seventh Happiness (with a new improved illustration of it, with its extensions at the back). Willoughby, still Fred’s steward, although whether he will be by the end of the book is anyone’s guess. George, wholly focused on developing one plane after another, and still in danger of blowing himself up in the process. Prince Lupin and Lady Nimrod make short appearances. So does Dylan, heir to the title King of the Isles, although he has his own ideas on the subject.
And if you’re also a fan of George’s Guinea Pig World, the blog for the real guinea pigs in my life, you can find every one of them, past and present, mentioned in the book somewhere, minor characters or bit players. Bertie as the wireless operator; brothers Midge and Oscar as rebels, working in conjunction with Tatum and Bella, who happened to be their real-life parents. When I ran out of guinea pig names I started using all the friends who have helped me over the past ten years, Sophie, Vikki, Shirley and Barry… And across the Pond (or the Great Western Sea as Fred calls it), Dawn’s guinea pigs Mariusz and Willoughby keep their essential roles, Saku and Atticus are mentioned, still at Castle Hattan, and Augustus, Roland, Digby and Lynley all turn up as lords in the Realms.
If I’ve forgotten to thank anyone, I apologise. I am deeply indebted to numerous people who have helped me see this through to a conclusion. They probably thought I was mad to start, but they stuck with me.
Naturally, I think it’s the best of the lot. There are several cliff-hanging chapters to keep you turning the pages. I think I’ve balanced descriptive place-setting with vibrant personalities. It’s going to be very hard for me to say farewell to the Realms, and to Castle Marsh in the middle of the Broads area in Norfolk. But as I’ve also moved from Norfolk, maybe it’s right and fitting that this chapter in my life finally ends.
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