Secure in his position as the Prince-warlock's son, seventeen-year-old Basil is content with his solitary life of study and magic. He has a comfortable set of rooms in his father's tower, he has his books and scrolls, and he is perfectly happy. Until the Warlockry Council summons him, and their demands sets his whole, safe existence tottering. Scared and unsure, he decides to run, and takes the first ship out of town. On board he meets Yarwan, the handsome midshipman, who awakens feelings he never knew existed.
Maud of the M'Brannoe, at eighteen already a mighty warrioress, is about to graduate as a Lioness, a special duty officer answering to the Kell Queen and no one else. The Prince-warlock asks her to fetch a certain boy from a pirate town, who could act as a double for his son. On their way back, someone sabotages their airship and the two find themselves marooned in an ill-reputed forest. Together, the young lioness and Jurgis the lookalike battle their way to the coast and a ship home, while finding solace in each other's arms.
Then the four young people meet, and Basil learns of a spell that might help him. Only the spell's creator, the infamous Arrangh Warlock, disappeared nearly a century ago. When the four young people decide to go searching for him, they start on a path leading to an old war and unsolved mysteries that could heal the traumas of their own dysfunctional societies.
Or kill them.
A spirited fantasy story of high adventure and romantic love in a world where both magic and early modern technology flourish.
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About the Author
Paul E. Horsman (1952) is a Dutch and International Fantasy Author. Born and bred in the Netherlands, he now lives in Roosendaal, a town on the Dutch-Belgian border. He has been a soldier, a salesman, a scoutmaster and from 1995 till his school closed in 2012 an instructor of Dutch as a Second Language and Integration to refugees from all over the globe. He is a full-time writer of fantasy adventure stories suitable for a broad age range. His books are both published in the Netherlands, and internationally. His works are characterized by their rich, diverse worlds, colorful peoples and a strong sense of equality between women and men. Many of his stories, like The Shardheld Saga trilogy and The Shadow of the Revenaunt books, have mythological or historical elements in them, while others, especially Lioness of Kell and his current Wyrms of Pasandir books, contain many steampunk elements. You can visit him at his website: www.paulhorsman-author.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Lioness of Kell by Paul E. Horsman introduces us to Basil, the prince warlock's teenage son who is content with his life of study and magic. He has a wonderful set of rooms, books, scrolls, everything he needs to be happy. That is until he is summoned and a new set of demands is placed on him and it turns his world upside down. With fear nipping at him from this upturn, he runs away and while on board ship he meets Yarwan, a handsome midshipman who brings about feelings Basil never knew he had. Meanwhile, Maud of the M'Brannoe, a strong young warrior, is asked by Basil's father to find a boy from a pirate town that could be the double of his own son. Paths eventually collide and the four young people must work together because they will either end up dead or world heroes. Action from start to finish is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this fast paced adventure by Paul E. Horsman, with bright colorful characters in a great world. I love Maud and her strength as a character. I can honestly say when I was a teenager I pictured myself like her in my fantasies so she is the character with whom I most felt a connection. The whole cast of this amazing world is fantastic, however, and if you want to read a rich and colorful story with its own mythos to keep you hooked, this will be the book for you. The flow is fantastic and there is always something going on; you never get a moment's pause in this fast paced tale! A truly fantastic fantasy ride.
I have to applaud Lioness of Kell for having one of the most diverse casts I’ve ever come across in a fantasy book. Often, fantasy novelists stay stuck in the typical fantasy set-ups, as if there are no disabled people or people of color in fantasy settings, and if they are, they only get to play a minor role. Here we see a female person of color in the role of the protagonist, and instead of jumping to stereotypes, Maud is realistic, genuine, a regular person, with flaws and troubles. She’s part of a society of strong warrior women. Think of what it would be like if Xena, Warrior Princess joined a group of other Xena-like women. It works well, and it adds a lot of extra layers to the plot. While strong and independent, Maud faces issues too. She’s still only eighteen, and she acts like a teenager sometimes, which I enjoyed and thought made her seem more realistic. The pages are filled with a great cast of varied characters, and they really make the plot come alive. One of my favorites was Basil. I liked his wit and humor. But really, all characters are three-dimensional, come with a back story, and each brings something interesting to the plot. The fantasy setting is amazing, adding in so many original elements. The author obviously spent a lot of time building this fantasy world, and it shows in its rich details. Fantasy fans who enjoy great world-building and a diverse cast of characters, will definitely enjoy this book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.