Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet....
Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of "The Balderdash Saga" series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"
Princess Scarlet is on a journey to find true love, but a malevolent force, Maleer, is in the process of dethroning her father, King Hurlock. Maleer intends to rule the underground kingdom of Balderdash, build an army, and break through the ground to invade the land of the living.
As Scarlet runs out of options to save those that matter most, she is forced to make decisions that will determine the fate of her entire kingdom.
From Mother Daughter Book Reviews: "The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!"
FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2015 -- Children: Fable
AWARDED: Awesome Indies-Approved
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Balderdash Saga," a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]
Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.
Stories by J.W. Zulauf:
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground Princess
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's Plight
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's Salvation
- Hurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- Roland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- The Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story Collection
- Kingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains
More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:
- Drowning in Fear by Majanka Verstraete
- Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
- Grave Error by Majanka Verstraete
- House of Horrors by Majanka Verstraete
- The Clumsy Magician by Majanka Verstraete
- The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete
About the Author
I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.
This experience changed my life.
From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life. Writing made my life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
The content and world is unique to any I've read. It's an underground kingdom where some drama goes down, but you really end up digging the characters and the story is fun paced with some pretty cool illustrations.
Such graphic detail, you can't miss much with this story. Not only did it keep my 11 year old daughter glued, it did me as well. I enjoyed this twist on the princess with her happily ever after. I did get a huge kick out the knight/pirate! so funny! Great novel for all ages!
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The Underground Princess (The Balderdash Saga, Book 1 of Lower Grade Adventure) by J.W. Zulauf is a story about Princess Scarlet who lives in the underground kingdom, Balderdash, under Ashcroft village’s graveyard. Scarlet dreams of falling in love and living happily ever after, but her father, King Hurlock, find her wish nonsensical as they are not humans anymore but resurrected corpses. He worries about her safety a lot, especially when his enemy Maleer constantly tries to dethrone him. However, it seems that Scarlet might get her wish. A prince has died in a hunting accident and will be buried in the Ashcroft graveyard. King Hurlock sees this as an answer to Scarlet’s yearning, where the prince can possibly be her one true love. Unfortunately, Maleer initiates his evil plan and Scarlet has to act quickly to save the kingdom. The ensemble cast is quirky and compelling, a fantastical depiction of what the existence between life and death would likely be. With a touch of the macabre, The Underground Princess is entertaining and fast-paced; it’s perfect for bedtime reading. It’s also a great book and series to entice reluctant young readers. The cover art and illustrations by Luke Spooner are simply grand. They really complement the story well. While this series may be aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds, it’s no stretch to imagine older readers getting a kick out of the story as well. The Balderdash Saga is unique and stands out from the rest. Simply put, this is an excellent work from Zulauf.
A Little Gem of a Book Featuring Exceptional Writing ~ The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre.