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 worththrough 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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Excellent start to a very immersive trilogy. The protagonist is young but the story, plot, characters were extremely vivid and "alive". After the first 50-60 pages, you become absorbed and the youthfulness of Owen doesn't really matter any more. One of the best fantasy series I've read and I read a great deal. This is like a YA version of Games of Thrones. The first book also ends so you don't have to continue to book 2 and 3 if you don't want to.
Most of the book is written from the point-of-view of 8 year old Owen, who is the youngest son of the Duke of Kiskaddon. While initially I wasn’t sure how having the point-of-view character being so young might affect the story, Wheeler used it to create a unique and interesting world. I found that I could not put it down. When reading The Queen’s Poisoner, it is obvious a great deal of talent went into its creation. Intricacies are well described and give the reader a good grasp of the world we are entering through the words. For this review and more, visit my blog at vicariousbookworm.wordpress.com