The Prince's Plight

The Prince's Plight


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ISBN-13: 9781622533343
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Series: Balderdash Saga , #2
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 1,329,261
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range: 6 - 11 Years

About the Author

AUTHOR: Joseph Wade Zulauf III wears many hats while walking the streets of the writing world. He started with a focus on the short story, first winning the Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction. Then he became one of the editors for Daylight Dims, a horror anthology. He now works as an author at Evolved Publishing, where he created the chapter book series The Balderdash Saga. To find out more, please visit his website at

ILLUSTRATOR: Luke Spooner a.k.a. 'Carrion House' and 'Hoodwink House,' currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree, he is now a full time illustrator for just about any project that peaks his interest. Despite regular forays into children's books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else's words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility - as well as being something he truly treasures.

EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.

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The Prince's Plight (The Balderdash Saga, #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! My daughter is 7 and is obsessed with these amazing books. I love them myself. She has 3 so far and has asked for the rest for Christmas. I promise you and your children will not be disappointed with these series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good follow up to The Underground Princess. It was a good read because it took place from a different point of view in the same world, so it was kind of fresh. Same style illustrations and experience.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Seeing as The Underground Princess was one of my favorites from last year, I was very excited to hear that Book 2, The Prince’s Plight was released. Much to my delight, the second book in The Balderdash Saga by J.W. Zulauf continues along the same vein as the first, featuring stellar writing, top-notch character development, and a twisting plot which cleverly ties in with the first book yet brings a new dimension to the story by introducing human characters. Princess Scarlet, as we’ve seen, is the central character in The Underground Princess. In The Prince’s Plight, the story is told from the perspective of Prince Kaylan. According to an interview with the author at the back of the book, “it was Kaylan’s turn” and interestingly, Book 3 will be focused on the shaman (ooooh…. looking forward to that!) This is an interesting decision by the author and it reminds me of The Chronicles of Narnia where each book focuses on different characters, some of which overlap. While I did wish that Scarlet did appear a bit more in The Prince’s Plight it did not take away from the story contained within its pages. In fact, I would say that The Prince’s Plight contains enough back story that it could be read as a stand alone book. I love the addition of human characters to the story and felt that it was time for the undead to cross the boundary to the land of the living. Lucia, the young woman threatened at the start of the book, was a wonderful character and I love how she accepted Kaylan, undead and all. New twists to the story were introduced when Kaylan encounters Lord Faron, who eerily resembles a young Maleer and makes a great villain in the story. The scene at the graveyard, ripped from the pages of Night of the Living Dead, provided a spectacular climax to the story and was definitely memorable. As with The Underground Princess, The Prince’s Plight was illustrated by Luke Spooner. There is roughly one illustration per chapter and once again Spooner strikes the right balance between the macabre theme of the book with characters depicted as “undead” while keeping in mind the age of the target audience (6 to 10 years old). I can’t say it enough: children under the age of 13 still love and appreciate illustrations. My Bottom Line: The Prince’s Plight is a unique, cleverly-written and well-woven fairy/horror tale. Zulauf has created an unconventional fantastical world where the heroes of the story live underground and grapple with many “human” issues such as love, loyalty, courage, and honor. I highly recommend this series to tweens who love reading books with a touch of the macabre. Ages 6 to 12.