The Lost Kingdom

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A remarkable adventure by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby brings a fantastical American West filled with secrets and spies and terrifying creatures to vivid life.

In this extraordinary adventure story, Billy Bartram, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc, seeking aid in the coming war against the French. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives frequently endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.

THE LOST KINGDOM is an epic journey filled with marvelous exploits, courage and intrigue, and a bold reimagining of a mythical America. Matthew J. Kirby brings his signature storytelling prowess and superb craft to this astonishing story of fathers and sons, the beginnings of a nation, and wonder-filled adventure.

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I had never heard of the legend of Prince Madoc until reading The Lost Kingdom. Legend has it that long before Colombus "discovered" America, a Welsh prince came to the shores of North America. Rumors of Native Americans speaking Welsh and a lost kingdom of Welshman fueled searches. Nothing ever came of these searches. However in The Lost Kingdom, Matthew J. Kirkby creates an alternative history that takes place during the time right before the French and Indian War.

I love how Kirkby doesn't hesitate to rewrite history using parts of truth while he weaves a fascinating tale with steampunk style inventions, action, and intrigue. The adventure keeps you holding your breath while you turn the pages. On instance you are meeting Benjamin Franklin and the next turn you are discovering a flying sea ship and bear-wolfs. Kirkby creates solid characters and the relationship between Billy and his father feels authentic and genuine.

If you loved Kirby's other books, you will love The Lost Kingdom.
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