A tunnel appears in the courtyard at Lord Mariusz's castle. Of course, he has to investigate. What he finds is a strangely backward world, filled with fun-loving, partying people... except at Halloween. It's the perfect business opportunity for the king of Wozna cola. Mariusz tells his own story in this noir tale of danger, deceit and double-dealing.
This fourth book in the Princelings of the East series explains how it all began. Mariusz (also known as Hugo) oozes charm as he slips from one adventure to another. It's risque in places, and gory in others, but it's always tasteful, and exciting!
Suitable for older children with parental guidance.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
So the years of training for and working in office jobs, writing newsletters and event reports in the evenings, of travelling round the country and wondering what it would be like to live in different places, of day dreaming of exciting adventures and reading books like they were going out of fashion finally came to a halt. She started writing. First came The Princelings of the East, which was always intended as a trilogy, with the second and third books titled before they had a plot! Then another book was needed, which turned out to be Hugo's back-story, since he hadn't had enough exposure in the trilogy. Then Victor wanted to be the star of his own book... and so it goes on.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The comment in the publisher's summary about "Chandler-esque" is spot on. This book is for older kids, more of a PG-13 sort of thing, though references to sex are pretty oblique and will go over the heads of younger kids. The level of violence is a bit higher than in the first three Princelings books, too. That warning out of the way, this is a very engaging story, told by a rather American Hugo, a.k.a. Mariusz of Hattan (Manhattan, anyone? Just guessing. . . .), who is trying to learn his way around a strange world and make a buck. The story takes us back ten years in the world of the Princelings, so that the characters from the other books are much younger (a very young Victor is a total charmer), and some we have grown to love don't show up at all (like Fred and George). The story is fast-paced, adventurous, and has just a touch of the supernatural. I wasn't sure at first I liked that (just a taste thing), but Ms. Pett handles it with her usual skill, and there is nothing in the story that isn't necessary. In a departure from the earlier books, Hugo tells his own story in the the first person, and his hard-boiled attitude lends to the fun. This is definitely not a series that is giving us cookie-cutter books, but each addition has been my new favorite, and this one was no exception. Recommendation: For any readers old enough to cope with some violence and not to be put off by the implication that Hugo philanders a bit. Tweens up, with, as usual, as much or more appeal to adults as to the children.