I am very pleased to be part of a wonderful book tour organised by My Family’s Heart. I have read two of these books, as well as book 4 of the series (not sure how I missed book 3).
For those of you who have been following the tour, you will have learned plenty about books 1-3. So, I thought it would be a little twist if I gave you a glimpse of where the series heads after these 3 books. I hope that you enjoy my review The Traveler in Black and White (Book 4 of the Princelings series).
PS: Keep an eye out for the great giveaway after my review.
GENRE | MG/Fantasy/Scifi
PUBLISHED | Nov 27, 2012
LENGTH | 193 pages
PUBLISHER | Princelings Publications
A strange tunnel appears in the wall of Castle Hattan. Of course it must be investigated. What lies at the other end is a strangely backward land where things are not quite as they seem. Lord Mariusz adopts the pseudonym Hugo to explore the business opportunities he sees, only to be accused of murder; witness a vampire slaying; rub shoulders with ghouls, and have a close encounter with a werewolf.
The fourth book in the Princelings series sees us back with Hugo—also known as Lord Mariusz—the cause of all the trouble in Book 1. In typical Hugo manner he narrates The Traveler in Black and White in a film noir style. He explains how he came to master the art of time travel and why he has been the easiest person to blame for all the assassinations, supernatural phenomena, and industrial espionage he has seen on his adventures.
The Traveler in Black and White is a fantasy mystery for ages 10 to 110. Since Hugo (or Lord Mariusz) comes from Hattan, the book is written in US English. This adventure sees the Princelings world from Hugo’s perspective as he meets younger versions of Victor, Prince Lupin of Buckmore and others for the first time. It will be enjoyed by fans of the trilogy as well as new readers. (GOODREADS)
It’s a fun read that is quite original and entertaining.
The first thing I have to say about this book is that Hugo is a very charismatic and endearing character. Hugo (Lord Mariusz) lives in the castle of Hatten and is a respected member of the community, who has a flock of staff to look after him (lucky fellow). On top of this he runs a thriving beverage business that is the underlying theme for the story.
A mysterious hole appears in the castle which proves to be too tempting for Hugo to resist. He enters the tunnel and makes an amazing discovery. For those who haven’t yet read this book, I don’t intend to reveal specifics of the discovery. But I will say that he embarks on an adventure aimed at expanding the reach of his beverage business.
This book has plenty of elements to entertain the reader. From the main character Hugo (did I say he was charming), to his efficient assistant Willow, to the shady characters he encounters. Throw in some castles, murder and vampires and I think you’ll agree its an exciting mix.
Oh, and another thing…the characters are guinea pigs! That’d be why I had visions of Beatrix Potter and Wind in the Willows while I read.
This is Book 4 in The Princelings Series, and actually provides some back story on a character from the other books. So it’s probably best if you read them in the intended order. I’ll be following further adventures in the next books of the series.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
About Jemima Pett
I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old. I still have a small booklet I found in my mother’s box of treasures, written in a very childish hand, entitled The Little Stream. It reads very much like the story of Smetana’s Vltava, or The Moldau as it was called when I was young, so I must have been into classical music at an early age (I blame my brothers’ influence).
My early fiction attempts failed for want of suitable inspiration: I couldn’t get characters or plot that seemed interesting, and my first attempts were derided by a ‘friend’. I had the bug for writing, though, and wrote articles and event reports for newsletters and magazines whenever I got the opportunity. My career in business and in environmental research kept me chained to a desk for many years, but also gave me the opportunity to write manuals, reports, science papers, blogs, journals, anything and everything that kept the words flowing. Finally the characters jumped into my head with stories that needed to be told….
I now live in a village in Norfolk, UK, with my guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for the Princelings stories.
AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS
1 x $25 gift card/PayPal cash
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1 x set of the six Princelings of the East paperbacks
5 x 1 signed print of a chapter illustration of the winner’s choice (approx. half letter-sized/A5, unmounted)
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