Lost Prince of Samavia

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For five hundred years... the royal line of Samavia has been in hiding, bound by the oath of the Forgers of the Sword. A father and son take up their dying country's cause and the dream of seeing its secret king enthroned. Their dream becomes a game. The game becomes a mission. Then the plan calls father and son to go on different journeys. Samavia waits and hopes that in the end it will bring them both back again to the same place.

Marco Loristan, a twelve-year-old ...

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Overview

For five hundred years... the royal line of Samavia has been in hiding, bound by the oath of the Forgers of the Sword. A father and son take up their dying country's cause and the dream of seeing its secret king enthroned. Their dream becomes a game. The game becomes a mission. Then the plan calls father and son to go on different journeys. Samavia waits and hopes that in the end it will bring them both back again to the same place.

Marco Loristan, a twelve-year-old refugee, and his friend, a hunchback orphan named The Rat, embark on a dangerous journey across Europe to bring freedom to Marco's beleaguered homeland of Samavia.

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Editorial Reviews

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This abridged edition, originally titled The Lost Prince, tells the highly romantic story of Marco Loristan, a twelve-year-old boy in London who has been raised to honor his father and his lost country of Samavia above all else. Though Marco and his father have moved from country to country and live in poverty with their servant, Lazarus, an old soldier, Marco is being carefully and thoroughly trained in the skills needed by a prince. Early in the tale, Marco meets a crippled boy called The Rat. This boy and his friends are captivated by the newspaper stories of the civil war in Samavia and the tales of the prince who had been lost five hundred years before. When The Rat discovers that Marco's knowledge of Samavia far exceeds his own, he becomes Marco's closest friend and is taken into the Loristan household when he is orphaned. The boys spend their time thinking of strategies to return the descendent of the lost prince to his throne. The Rat comes up with a plan to get the two of them into the country where they can bring messages to the freedom fighters who are waiting to overthrow the warring factions and restore the monarchy. A time comes when that message is needed, and Marco's father is persuaded to send the boys off to deliver it to supporters in France, Germany, Austria, and in Samavia itself. When the boys return to London, Lazarus tells them that Marco's father has gone to Samavia. When they finally join him there, they find that he is the hereditary king and that Marco is the prince. The ending is clearly predictable throughout the story, and it stretches the imagination to think that Marco, who is extremely intelligent, has never suspected it. But the lessons his fatherhas taught him all his life--honor, duty, integrity, compassion, and discipline--have made him not only an admirable, but a likable and satisfying hero. 2004 (orig. 1915), Journey Forth/BJU Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Judy DaPolito
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591662518
  • Publisher: Jones, Bob University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 1,505,657
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Number 7 Philibert Place 1
2 A Young Citizen of the World 7
3 The Legend of the Lost Prince 14
4 The Rat 24
5 Silence is Still the Order 40
6 The Drill and the Secret Party 49
7 The Lamp is Lighted! 67
8 An Exciting Game 78
9 It Is Not a Game 88
10 The Rat and Samavia 97
11 Come with Me 107
12 Only Two Boys 112
13 Loristan Meets the Squad 122
14 Marco Does Not Answer 139
15 A Sound in a Dream 154
16 The Rat to the Rescue 160
17 It Is a Very Bad Sign 166
18 Cities and Faces 172
19 That Is One 183
20 Marco Goes to the Opera 196
21 Help! 208
22 A Night Vigil 216
23 The Silver Horn 229
24 How Shall We Find Him? 245
25 A Voice in the Night 255
26 Across the Frontier 271
27 The Forgers of the Sword 285
28 Extra! Extra! Extra! 294
29 'Twixt Night and Morning 305
30 The Game Is at an End 318
31 The Son of Stefan Loristan 328
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