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The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The first book in the million-copy, Wall Street Journal bestselling Kingfountain series from Jeff Wheeler.
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.
Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.
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Through twelve novels and counting, Jeff Wheeler’s storytelling has maintained a singular knack for making everything else in my life rush to the background within a few sentences and then disappear completely. He weaves immersive worlds that forgo the explicit brutality of some popular fantasy sagas in favor of a deft touch that’s as welcoming as it is rife with conniving, trickery, heartbreak, and beautiful, memorable magic. At least until I stop reading, these worlds take center stage in mine.
I should admit that I’ve already read the two sequels to The Queen’s Poisoner (both due out later this year), in which Owen ages from eight to seventeen to twenty-four years old. And I’m pleased to report that just when it seems as if Jeff Wheeler has achieved an imaginative apex, the story expands to envelop wider lands, richer magic, deeper intrigue, and all-around higher stakes for Owen and the entire realm of Kingfountain. I’m sorely tempted to say more, but I wouldn’t dare rob other readers of the exhilarating experience of getting lost in Jeff Wheeler’s worlds on their own.
- Jason Kirk, Editor
About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.
- ASIN : B013UVNZ2K
- Publisher : 47North (1 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 7137 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,376 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have yet to decide if I will read the next in the series, as it lacks the descriptive and atmospheric writing that I prefer, but there is enough originality and interest in the characters to probably pull me back in, and they are very well realised. Though I may have been somewhat critical, this book did keep me engrossed enough to read it each day. I also want to see what this author can do with an adult protagonist - he admits that writing from a child's perspective was a bit of a gamble and I'm therefore surprised that he gambles further by recommending that people new to his writings should start with this book. Also, be careful on his website, as I came across one massive spoiler for the next book. I thought it was a nice touch to flesh the world out a little more online and there are some helpful resources for budding writers, but authors who talk a lot about themselves and their writing process tend to reduce the suspension of disbelief for the stories they are writing and the worlds they are creating.
Sorry Jeff, Wall Street may herald you as a best seller and wonderful novelist, but don't try to pass off UK history as an idea you've developed, it doesn't work.