This is a deceptive piece of writing. By that I mean, in the beginning it seems like a simple and charming Middle Grade story, with a cute kitten, a nice donkey, and a lot of emphasis on medieval crafts. After all, the story opens with the king waking up in a field with a cow mooing in his face. Not exactly the start of a probe into the nature of government and the processes of the mind.
Then a small amount of sex began to intrude itself and I thought, well, not MG, maybe YA. But as it progressed, I realized there was a whole lot more to the story than met the eye. You can’t help liking Robin (King Bewilliam, who suffers from amnesia as it turns out) – he is enterprising and talented in many ways. But in spite of his basic decency and good intentions, there is a bit of the rogue or the trickster in him. I began to realize that he was really out for himself – that everything he does is calculated to make it possible to regain his lost kingdom. He has to learn the hard way that caring about his friends has to come before his own advancement. Things start to backfire on him as he discovers what really happened before the cow mooed in his face.
And there is no real resolution to his dilemmas – when the book ends, there is obviously more to come.
This book really did get more rewarding and complex as it progressed. I’ve put the second book, The King’s Ransom, on my TBR list.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 641 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates (11 December 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006L5O1JE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings